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Old 11-30-2021, 10:33 AM
Freemasm Freemasm is offline
 
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Default Multi-meter suggestions

I have a Tandy/Radio Shack digital MM I've used since the late 80's. It has handled the abuse from me for decades but the display backlight is out and unreadable in most environments. I've had a couple of Kleins from HD for AC home project related stuff but they failed (in-range failures, the worst) were unreliable after a a coupe of uses.

Way too much "stuff" of cheap quality available from teh usual commercial sites. Suggestions for a multi-meter that you've had real experience with?

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Old 11-30-2021, 10:44 AM
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I have a Tandy/Radio Shack digital MM I've used since the late 80's.
Same here, good units.

I am surprised the Klein units had issues. Their hand tools are very good.

Fluke is one of the best but kinda pricey.
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Old 11-30-2021, 10:46 AM
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Fluke, hands down...
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Old 11-30-2021, 11:09 AM
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I found the standard, cheap Harbor Freight meter will do everything needed for an RV build, and then some. I have 3-4 dispersed in the various tool boxes.

But - when I really want to measure something in the radio room with precision, I use the Heathkit VTVM I built when I was 14.

If you just want the best and don’t care about cost, Fluke is the product. It is almost as good as my 50+ year old VTVM…..

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Old 11-30-2021, 11:24 AM
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You know what they say…. “If it works, it must be a Fluke!”

My most recent is a Klein, replacing a no-name Fluke clone I had for probably 25 years.

(Fluke was the only multimeter in the Space Shuttle tool kit BTW)

Paul
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Old 11-30-2021, 11:29 AM
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Fluke but funny thing is I don't own one. Used them at work and my trusty old DVM is still trukin'.
Not a fan of the Harbor Fright.
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Old 11-30-2021, 12:38 PM
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I love my Fluke but can only afford one of them. I keep it at my hanger. I use the cheap china junk at my two homes. They work good,, but I don't trust them for anything other than basic voltage and continuity checks.
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Old 11-30-2021, 12:44 PM
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Japanese Radio. had mine since I was , like 20. Mid last century.
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Old 11-30-2021, 12:55 PM
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I use the cheap china junk at my two homes.
You can afford two homes----but only one good VOM?
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Old 11-30-2021, 01:02 PM
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I have a Sperry that has served me well for 20 plus years.
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