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« on: January 20, 2016, 12:25:33 00:25 »

What do you think about this multimeters, which one of them you prefer.

VOLTCRAFT VC880  215,00
Extech EX530  239,00
Greenlee DM-860A  299,00
Ore used Fluke 187  around 250,00
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« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2016, 12:27:39 00:27 »

Fluke 187 -quality and long history of reliable, robust design.
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« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2016, 06:43:31 06:43 »

Completely agree with optikon. I'd choose an used Fluke 187 over any new multimeter of the other manufacturers.
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« Reply #3 on: January 20, 2016, 09:34:28 09:34 »

I have the same opinion as optikon & cup58. Just a remark: the so nice lifetime warranty drops if you are not the original owner. Grrr..
Otherwise the Extech have PC link feature, which may be useful.
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« Reply #4 on: January 22, 2016, 07:23:46 19:23 »

I decided for Fluke187
I bought a used Fluke 187 for 227 euro with ir-usb cable
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« Reply #5 on: January 23, 2016, 09:26:00 09:26 »

I have the Greenlee 860A (aka Brymen 869s) it's a well respected meter and I have been very happy with mine.  I've just ordered another one of them and a Brymen 525s (primarily for the 20sps sampling rate).  There is a USB IR cable available which works with Brymen's PC graphing/logging software. 
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« Reply #6 on: January 23, 2016, 02:58:07 14:58 »

I do have a VOLTCRAFT VC940 and very content with this DVM, the question which DVM you need to buy is more based on what you want to use it for?. Do you need to measure small currents or maybe capacitance ?. This is what you first need to make clear to yourself and than you need to look for the DVM to buy. Fluke is very good but also not cheap compared to less common brands.
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« Reply #7 on: January 24, 2016, 09:23:40 09:23 »

Hi

I have Fluke75 for more then 20 years - and I would not replace it nor plan to ....
But whether i need to buy a new one i will also consider the multimeter from keysight with RMS measuring capability

all the best

Bobi
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« Reply #8 on: October 05, 2016, 06:19:50 06:19 »

If you have the use and can spend the money, it's pretty hard to beat a Keithley.  You can pickup a second hand Keithley 2000 off of eBay for $500-700 if you wait around.  If you want to spend a little more, you can look at a 2001.  If you do end up going this route, be sure to check if the VFD displays are good though because now that Keithley is owned by Tektronix, they won't sell you the replacement VFDs directly any more.  You have to send the units into them for "repair and calibration" which tends to be a little spendy.
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« Reply #9 on: October 05, 2016, 10:42:32 22:42 »

I have had all sorts of multimeters so far. I had a Fluke 179 some 5 years ago which gave up the ghost when it started to rain during an outdoors job (and the rain was in no way heavy). Then I had a 289, it was too heavy to carry around but it seemed to be very accurate. Sometimes, I took my very old Kyoritsu with me and sometimes I took lesser quality multimeters out for non-demanding jobs. All this while, one multimeter that has stayed with me without wearing down is a cheapish old Agilent one. (It is not around so I don't remember the model name). Agilent is good enough for most tasks, cheap enough to not burn your pocket. It is always ready for action. However, Fluke retains its value very well. After using for more than a year I sold my 289 at something very close to the purchase price. (It looked brand new though.)
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« Reply #10 on: October 06, 2016, 12:17:10 00:17 »

I have nice multimeters that I keep in the shop, but for a vast majority of outside the house stuff I the dirt cheap single chip Asian ones...  They are accurate enough for basic stuff and it truth disposable...

If you live in the US Harbor Freight Tools constantly has FREE multimeter coupons with any purchase, I literally have a drawer full of them...

Sure you are not going to win any bragging rights with them but those free multimeters have served me very well and diagnosed untold problems just fine...
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« Reply #11 on: October 06, 2016, 01:02:57 01:02 »

Fluke 289 is junk compared to the 187/189 (slow update, low contrast display, poor battery life, very bulky).  I watch for 187/189 and fluke 87-IV on ebay all the time.  These are the best meters fluke ever made.

I don't know why we resurrected a 6mo old thread.  roscoe must be hunting for post points Smiley
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« Reply #12 on: October 07, 2016, 11:26:55 11:26 »

My current multimeter: Agilent U1252A. Rugged, fast display update, many functions (my favorites: True RMS, uA scale, square wave output).
Fair price too.
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« Reply #13 on: October 17, 2016, 11:48:53 11:48 »

I got a Keithley 2015 for 350 USD, basically it is a Keithley 2000 (6.5 digit) with a THD measurement. The voltage reference is a well proven LM399 which is very stable. The calibration was expired on 2012, but I had a chance to get it checked in an university, all ranges still within specs. highly recommended (of course double check for the VFD).
the drawback is it not portable at all.
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« Reply #14 on: March 06, 2017, 02:30:41 14:30 »

Personnally I would not go for a non portable multimeter, as I very rarely require a very precise measurement.

On top of that most of the "wired" multi-meters are not even more precise. You have to spend $$$ to get something much more precise
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« Reply #15 on: March 07, 2017, 06:07:28 06:07 »

The Fluke 287/289 take a few seconds to power up which I find a bit annoying, but the dot matrix display provide some capabilities not available on non-dot matrix displays.  I find the 50000 count resolution to be adequate for 99.9% of my needs.  Even the 20000 count of the 1980s vintage 8060A is adequate for nearly everything.  

I have the 8060A, 867B, 189, and 289 meters.

The 867B is an interesting instrument that also provides limited oscilloscope function.  They can sometimes be found on ebay in good condition for $300.

https://www.amazon.com/Fluke-867B-graphical-multimeter-Misc/dp/B0064SE64I

http://www10.ujaen.es/sites/default/files/users/ingele/manualfluke867b.pdf

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« Reply #16 on: March 13, 2017, 02:27:24 14:27 »

My current multimeter: Agilent U1252A.

I have this one too, it's fantastic DMM. I think it has since been discontinued but anything from Agilent (now Keysight) is going to be good.

The U1250 series has 20MHz frequency counter, programmable square wave generator and data logger, all 3 I find quite handy when debugging a new board & testing battery charge/discharge characteristics.
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« Reply #17 on: April 16, 2017, 05:24:56 05:24 »

I prefer bench meters for hobby use. They are easy to read and don't fall off the bench when you stretch a lead too far. You can find older HP/afilemt models on eBay for a few hundred,,or a older fluke 8050A for less than $75. I guess it all depends on what features you are looking for.
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« Reply #18 on: September 26, 2017, 08:06:36 08:06 »

Bench multimeters are nice. Just beware of the Keysight 34465A series. They dropped prices, but some functionality is broken by design.  Sad The older models with a more simple screen are better.  Cheesy

The successor most likely will be better as well, as they will fix their mistakes.
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« Reply #19 on: September 26, 2017, 09:13:44 09:13 »


These are brilliant for $18.  I now have 3 of them.

https://www.banggood.com/ANENG-AN8008-True-RMS-Digital-Multimeter-AC-DC-Current-Voltage-Resistance-Frequency-Capacitance-Test-p-1157985.html
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« Reply #20 on: September 26, 2017, 10:53:30 10:53 »

Old_but_Alive, good find. I needed something new to keep in my car Smiley
Have you opened it and had a look at the fuses and amp circuit? Our Chinese friends have a habit of not being too careful when it's about safety ...
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« Reply #21 on: September 26, 2017, 01:23:52 13:23 »

not opened it at all, apart from fitting the 2x AAA batteries

I only use them for low voltage and current, so not too concerned

I will open it and take a piccy if you wish.

there are cheaper ones with 2000, and 6000 range, but I think the  9000 range is worth the extra cost.
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