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Matt Battle
08-10-2006, 03:54 PM
Hey everybody,

Well, I bought a multimeter about a year ago from Home Depot. I bought one that was on sale not knowing if it was good or not. It has served me well up to now. I am just looking to get a new one that has just a little more functions and more ranges then my old one. So I was wondering what some of the functions and ranges does your multimeter have? Also what is a good price range for a decent one?

-Matt

RDL2004
08-11-2006, 08:41 AM
That kind of depends on what the one you have now can do and how much you want to spend on a new one.

True RMS AC, capacitance, hFE, and diode check are common upgrades from basic meters. For a little more money you can get them with built in frequency counters. I really like having capacitance measuring.

since I use my meter mostly at my workbench, I bought one more suitable for that rather than portability. It has a nice large display that will stay lit up while its plugged in the wall, but can also run off a 9 volt battery or 6xAA battery pack.

Matt Battle
08-11-2006, 08:59 AM
RDL2004 said...
That kind of depends on what the one you have now can do and how much you want to spend on a new one.

True RMS AC, capacitance, hFE, and diode check are common upgrades from basic meters. For a little more money you can get them with built in frequency counters. I really like having capacitance measuring.


Hey RDL2004 thanks for your response. There are couple I have looked at and think about buying. The major upgrades I am looking for are True RMS AC, capacitance, hFE, and diode check, and maybe temperature reading. Here are two that I was thinking of buying. From the low end to high end of the list. here (https://www.jameco.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?storeId=10001&langId=-1&catalogId=10001&productId=220741) and here (https://www.jameco.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?storeId=10001&langId=-1&catalogId=10001&productId=645571). Thanks for your input.

Regards,
Matt

Steve Andrues
09-25-2006, 01:54 PM
I own, and use, a Fluke 87. It's a solid all-around good meter. You need to decide what features you want, but "creaping-featureism" is making them all the same anyway. In any case it's about .1 kilobuck for the meter.