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post #1 of 12 Old 05-07-2009, 12:34 AM Thread Starter
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Multi-meter

which one r u using and y????
best bang for the buck????

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I carry a Fluke meter in my tool bag because I service electronic equipment for a living. I like high quality gear.

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+1 on the Fluke. Quality meters and dependability. Battery life is also better than most.

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I have a Fluke amp-clamp with digital multimeter functions and an inexpensive Craftsman digital which has a rubber-ish armor cover. For simple measurements on the bike, either is fine.

There are occasional situations where an analog meter would be nice. For example, I was checking the trailer plug on my car. I turned on the hazards to see what the voltage was. It was difficult to read, since the digital meters have to see the voltage for a second or so to stabilize. No one was around, or I would have had someone step on the brake so the lights were steady on.

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Analog and digital

I have both. The analog is an Amprobe Iv'e had for thirty years and a more modern digital. I prefer the analog cause it does'nt jump around.
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I have both. The analog is an Amprobe Iv'e had for thirty years and a more modern digital. I prefer the analog cause it does'nt jump around.
A digital meter doesn't jump around either if you get one with a bar graph display in addition to the numeric readout.

There are two times when I prefer an analog meter. The first is when checking transistors or diodes -- I have too many years of Rx100 reference here to switch to the "diode" position of the digital meter. The second is when checking the DC resistance of long lines. A digital meter doesn't have enough current to drive that kind of load.

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Seeing as i am a complete noob to multi meters but have found more and more places where i need one can somebody please explain the difference in them...and i looked at those fluks which one?????seems they make a lot of them...best bang for the buck...

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Fluke is probably the best known professional meter out there, but likely overkill for casual use. I have a Fluke mulitimeter and a Fluke scopemeter, but carry a Greenlee PDMM20 on the bike - mainly because it is incredibily small. ( http://www.greenlee.com/product/pdmm-20/start.html ). It is fully automatic - if it sees a voltage, it will display it (autoranges), if it doesn't it will show the resistance. It has a position for testing switch contacts (and shows a graphic switch display), and has a non-contact antenna in it for checking house wiring (like the Greenlee "sticks"). As it is automatic, and doesn't have an ammeter function - it is virtually impossible it destroy. (The Fluke will beep if the leads are in the current position, but the meter isn't - most meters will just act like a short and (hopefully) blow the fuse). The one downside to the Greenlee is it is a little slow to read. (as it tries to auto range the voltages and then do resistance). I bought mine through eBay, usually <$40. (I gave a couple out as Xmas gifts last year).

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Seeing as i am a complete noob to multi meters but have found more and more places where i need one can somebody please explain the difference in them...and i looked at those fluks which one?????seems they make a lot of them...best bang for the buck...
Buy the $20 meter at Radio Shack. If I needed a meter in a hurry, that's what I'd get. If you ever need more than that, you'll know.

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Not quite a Fluke, but a high end Radio Shack digital multi-meter (circa 1995) is what I have for home and garage use. For the bike tool kit I have just the basic Radio Shack (or anywhere) $20 digital multi-meter that uses a lithium battery and is about the size of half a deck of cards. If I really need to use the multi-meter on the road/trail, having a fancy/expensive one would not likely get the big going any faster in my opinion.

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