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Multimeter Question

Discussion in 'Amp Tech Center' started by decibel, Oct 14, 2020.

  1. decibel

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    Hey guys. I purcahsed a European model of the Brymen BM235
    https://www.welectron.com/Brymen-BM235-Multimeter_3

    It's about $50 cheaper than the US one, for some reason. Then after buying it, I realized it might not work properly in the US due to HZ/voltage differences. Do you think it will work properly in the US? If not I will just cancel the order.

    Thanks
     
  2. schmee

    schmee Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    If battery driven I would think you are good to go.?
     
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    Should be fine. Meters are designed for a range of voltages so that's a non-issue. The only other difference among regions would be AC frequency. (60 Hz vs 50 Hz) The spec sheet on the link you sent covers a wide range of AC frequencies so that's not an issue.
     
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    Any meter is just going to give you an answer to what you feed in. You're good to go.
     
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    Cool, thanks guys.
     
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    Confirmed with the seller of these it will work fine in the USA.
    "The Brymen BM235 is UL tested for the US market and will work perfectly in the USA."

    This is a great deal at $100 (including shipping) if anyone needs their meter upgraded. $140 on amazon, so a huge savings going through German seller. I'm not sure how/why that is, but it's a great deal. From what I researched, this meter does everything the Fluke 115 + 117 do combined (Fluke left features off each to not cannibalize their upper end models), and maybe as much as the 87v for much less money. Pretty incredible.
     
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    Just be sure to use metric batteries in it.
     
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    It should be just fine.
     
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    Electricity is not aware of regional/country/world differences... ;)
     
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    My knowledge is near zero (but I can follow a diagram and schematic to wire something up).
    So, I have to ask the stupid questions............

    But the reason I reported back is in case anyone is looking for a meter - this deal is superb.
     
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    Last I checked Multimeters were not designed to work with one voltage or frequency. They were designed to let you what you were working with.
     
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    I think Brymen are made in Taiwan, though I don't think they discriminate between countries.

    Seems to have all the functions you typically need.
    Accuracy seems OK, for most uses.
     
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    You will be fine. You arent tracing precise signals, just voltage, resistance and current. I have worked in electronics for almost 40 years and own Simpson, Westin, Fluke, Tripplett and myriads of other meters and test equipment. What do I use at work? A little 7.99 meter I got at Harbour Freight that fits in my back pocket. Havent used any of my scopes or signal generators in years and get by just fine. You can get a temp probe for just about any meter and I have never once needed to measure Hz. Although a peak hold function can be useful looking for voltage sags that cause a computer to randomly reboot.
     
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    Better meters also read frequency (Hz) and duty cycle, as well as temperature.

    But that is a great basic meter.
     
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    It does hz and temperature.
     
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    Angstrom ain't really in the normal metric heirarchy! But yes, based on the meter .... so metric indeed :)
     
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    The BM235 is an excellent meter...good choice at that price. It will do what you need it to do.

    It wasn't the one made for EEV blog is it? I nearly bought one of those, but they were more expensive than that. It is just a tweaked version of the BM235 I believe with a better display.
     
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  20. decibel

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    Yes, a version was made for the EEV blog. That's the blue one. The red one is the same exact meter (I was told by the German distributor); just not made for the blog, red, and cheaper. If you click on the link I posted, all 3 versions are there. They are all the same meter. I just went with the red, standard one. I couldn't find it anywhere in the U.S. The only one here is the blue EEV one, and it's $140. So, I thought this was quite a good deal.

    I researched meters for days, and while I wanted a Fluke, all the ones in my price range (i.e. the 115 and 117) removed features that I wanted. This meter seems to combine those two Flukes' features into one meter. It seems great. We'll see when it arrives.
     
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