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Multimeter?

Discussion in 'Shock Brother's DIY Amps' started by Mfa88, Mar 2, 2020.

  1. Milspec

    Milspec Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

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    I would suggest a Fluke 179 or 87 model...it will last you years and measure anything you would ever need.

    Besides, you could always sell it after your amp is fixed up without losing any money.
     
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    I used a Fluke 179 for twenty five years until I gave it to my nephew.

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    I had a really nice craftsman cost about $50 when it shorted out I bought a Fluke. Flukes are a professional grade tool, they
    have safety features built into them to protect the operators, there's a lot of voltage in amps why settle for less?



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    Love my Klein MM600 - You can get them at extremely reasonable prices used.
     
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    memorex Friend of Leo's

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    I've had one of these for thirty years. Still works perfectly as long as the battery isn't dead.

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    I have had my Fluke 87 V True RMS multimeter for many years now. They are worth the money and are a one time purchase. Even has a probe with a long lead that will read temperatures and n AC/DC clamp that will read amps by just putting the clamp around a wire. .
     
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    I use a Fluke 88 at work, and had a Fluke 87 I used for almost 30 years. Last year the 87 died, and I sent it for repair. The guy told me the voltage regulator in the chip died, and it wasn't worth the repair. (He offered me a Fluke 87 III for a good price, but I passed.
    I bought a $40 meter from CE, and after using it a while, I realize how much I rely on auto ranging!
     
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    Thanks for your replies everyone. I will do some research to find something within my budget. There is not a ton of used Flukes on sale here in Denmark :)
     
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    Long story, but mainly because I made the board with the standard layout , but then decided to have the tubes on the front of the chassis.
     
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    What is a bias meter ?
     
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    Another Fluke fan here. if you're regularly playing around with 400+ volts, you want a DMM that can really handle it. What's your life worth??
     
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    Quite a few to choose from here
    https://www.harborfreight.com/search?q=multimeter

    This $7 works fine. I have a couple of them.
    Replacing the fuse in one of the high end meters will cost more than one of these units.
    One I snipped the ends of the test leads off and installed a 1/4inch guitar plug to use when I go Craigslist Guitar buying to plug in and check out the guitar. I keep it in the car so I don't forget it.

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    I'm not kidding, a fluke87 is 500 USD in Denmark :eek:
     
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    Ouch. Around 100 USD ;)
     
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    Thanks I'll check that they are not touching
     
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    I have a few of these I got free with a coupon. Good enough for 90% of the things I do.
     
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    I like my $50 Klein, got on Amazon. Had it for ... 7 years now. Amp voltage, no problem.
     
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    Fluke is overrated. I've used meters in personal projects since I was 12, in school and at work for the past 22 years. The last fluke I used was only a few years old, never abused, only used by a student before me, and yet it was flakey and drained batteries so quickly that every set of batteries leaked.

    So Flukes don't necessarily last a lifetime.

    Despite that they're still a great brand, but they also make sure they charge a premium for that name recognition. Like any commercial product they are monetizing the fact that they're the most recognized brand.

    And even if Flukes last a lifetime, they are not the only company that makes a "last a lifetime" meter. Build quality of my CircuitTest meter is great. Think I paid $60 for it about 20 years ago, it's been through a lot, and still works perfectly. It gets a lot of use and is well "road worn".

    But don't go the other route and get a cheapie. The voltages inside an amp are serious, serious business. 400V or so can jump about 1/3 of an inch of memory serves correctly. All that is protecting you is the insulation on those leads and the meter housing. So if you can afford to get into building quality amps, get a quality meter.

    Not that money always correlates with quality, but I wouldn't mess around with a $20 meter.

    I'd trust Fluke, Klein, CircuitTest, Bryman, and an Extech one I used seemed solid.
     
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