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Author Topic: Voltmeter recommendations please  (Read 1469 times)

Offline tonyf7

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Voltmeter recommendations please
« on: February 18, 2018, 04:19:04 PM »

So I've been using a crappy cheap multimeter I bought off ebay a long time ago for around 15 bucks (shameful, I know). I mainly use it to check for continuity, AC & DC voltage and ohms. It's finally starting to crap out on me after more than 3 years. Looking to spend a little more on something of higher quality.

Any recommendations for what I should get?

Offline tonyf7

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Re: Voltmeter recommendations please
« Reply #1 on: February 18, 2018, 04:31:36 PM »
Anyone ever use this Fluke meter? Looks pretty basic but might do the trick.

Offline olyteddy

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Re: Voltmeter recommendations please
« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2018, 05:10:55 PM »
I've got one of these Klein's. I repair and refurbish a lot of different appliances and HVAC so the Amp Clamp (AC & DC), Temperature, and Capacitor ranges get a workout.

http://www.kleintools.com/catalog/clamp-meters/digital-clamp-meter-acdc-auto-ranging

Around $120.
« Last Edit: February 18, 2018, 05:11:59 PM by olyteddy »

Offline tonyf7

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Re: Voltmeter recommendations please
« Reply #3 on: February 18, 2018, 05:15:17 PM »
I've got one of these Klein's. I repair and refurbish a lot of different appliances and HVAC so the Amp Clamp (AC & DC), Temperature, and Capacitor ranges get a workout.

http://www.kleintools.com/catalog/clamp-meters/digital-clamp-meter-acdc-auto-ranging

Around $120.

That one looks pretty damn handy. I like the amp clam and how compact it seems.

Offline dab147315

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Re: Voltmeter recommendations please
« Reply #4 on: February 18, 2018, 05:32:55 PM »

Offline dab147315

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Re: Voltmeter recommendations please
« Reply #5 on: February 18, 2018, 06:47:22 PM »

Offline baldwinappliance

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Re: Voltmeter recommendations please
« Reply #6 on: February 19, 2018, 11:42:26 PM »
I've got one of these Klein's. I repair and refurbish a lot of different appliances and HVAC so the Amp Clamp (AC & DC), Temperature, and Capacitor ranges get a workout.

http://www.kleintools.com/catalog/clamp-meters/digital-clamp-meter-acdc-auto-ranging

Around $120.

Ive used that same meter and usually only get a year or so out of it before the dial goes out.  Anyone else had similar experiences? But I do use it a ton and love the features for the price. I actually get them for about $75 at our parts store.

Offline dab147315

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Re: Voltmeter recommendations please
« Reply #7 on: February 25, 2018, 10:47:46 AM »
So I've been using a crappy cheap multimeter I bought off ebay a long time ago for around 15 bucks (shameful, I know). I mainly use it to check for continuity, AC & DC voltage and ohms. It's finally starting to crap out on me after more than 3 years. Looking to spend a little more on something of higher quality.

Any recommendations for what I should get?
What meter did you get?

Offline dewitt8884

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Re: Voltmeter recommendations please
« Reply #8 on: February 25, 2018, 06:52:34 PM »
i won't buy a meter that costs more than $50.  So, I found a perfect one. Southwire clamp meter for $40 at Lowe's.  Does everything you need for appliance repair.

Offline dab147315

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Re: Voltmeter recommendations please
« Reply #9 on: February 27, 2018, 10:00:27 AM »
olyteddy meter and the Fluke 117 meter has a LoZ function that you can use to see if that voltage you are reading can do actual work by putting a load on the circuit.Very good feature in a meter.
More here. LoZ stands for Low Imped- ance (Z). This feature presents a low impedance input to
the circuit under test. This reduces the possibility of
false readings due to ghost voltages and improves accuracy when testing to determine absence or presence of voltage.
« Last Edit: February 27, 2018, 10:01:16 AM by dab147315 »