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Old 01-25-2019, 04:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Good alternative to Fluke 88 automotive multimeter?

My trusty Craftsman professional meter shit the bed after 17 years. Don't want to drop the cash on a Fluke, but don't trust something priced at $40. Any suggestions on a good meter that is sub $200?
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Old 01-25-2019, 04:37 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I recently picked up a Klein CL 700, it was sub $200 but not by a whole lot.

I am very happy with it so far. Way more than I need.
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Old 01-25-2019, 05:17 PM   #3 (permalink)
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In doing some research, this one seemed well liked:

https://www.kleintools.com/catalog/c...c-auto-ranging
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Old 01-25-2019, 05:28 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I have one of these and it works pretty good.

https://www.harborfreight.com/600a-t...ter-64015.html
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I have one of these and it's what I reach for 95 percent of the time for automotive use.......

https://www.amazon.com/Power-Probe-C.../dp/B00NPY02EW
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Old 01-26-2019, 01:44 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I have one of these and it's what I reach for 95 percent of the time for automotive use.......

https://www.amazon.com/Power-Probe-C.../dp/B00NPY02EW
Oh wow! Thanks for posting that.
I remember wanting the old one with no volt meter or resistance meter and it cost $400.
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Old 01-26-2019, 03:36 AM   #7 (permalink)
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https://www.amazon.com/Power-Probe-P...6pL&ref=plSrch

I bought this ages ago. It’s been great and gets the job done.
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I have an Ideal 61-340 that I was given a while back that I use as my "good meter" and I have been very happy with it (other than the fact that you cannot lock the screen illumination on, it times out, usually right about when I have both hands on the leads measuring something): https://www.amazon.com/IDEAL-61-340-.../dp/B003QIRJSE

It does the usual voltage/amperage as well as well as temperature measurement (I usually use an IR temp gun for that though).
I also have a couple of HF meters for my "throw in the car" meters.

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Old 01-26-2019, 07:28 AM   #9 (permalink)
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I have one of these and it's what I reach for 95 percent of the time for automotive use.......

https://www.amazon.com/Power-Probe-C.../dp/B00NPY02EW
I love this tool for when I have problems but I don't think it is a substitute for a regular vom
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I love this tool for when I have problems but I don't think it is a substitute for a regular vom
Agree, I love my PP but it is no dedicated DVM
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Old 01-27-2019, 06:23 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I have an Extech ex330. It was $50 and it can do the basics plus frequency, duty cycle, and temp. I read a good review in a tech journal I get a d went with it.

https://www.amazon.com/Extech-EX330-.../dp/B000EX0AE4

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Old 01-27-2019, 08:12 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Brymen makes good ones that the EEVBlog seems to rate highly. I got a bunch for the guys at work from these guys:

https://www.tme.eu/en/katalog/portab...s=2%3A45315%3B

They were pretty cheap and arrived in like 3-4 days.
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I have this one. It's not bad for the price. I got it for $45.

https://www.sears.com/craftsman-cm/p...3&blockType=G3
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Beckman aren't bad but most likely the same cost as fluke
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Old 02-12-2019, 06:09 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Why not just a pawn shop fluke?
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