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Old 04-05-2018, 11:03 PM   #21
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I don't make the choice. The person at Harbor Freight who puts all that stuff in the $10 dollar sale bin is the one who makes the decision for me.
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All that being said, I think you overpaid by about 10 bucks
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Old 04-05-2018, 11:05 PM   #22
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I have one of those freebies in my kitchen junk drawer. I use it for checking batteries. While I don't have any reason to mistrust the measurement, the leads are about 1 hair bigger than the twist ties that come on a loaf of bread.
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I wired in a PLC cabinet that the panel builders send one of the HF meters with every one they build. The guy from the automation company told me that it was so that when customers call them with problems and tech support wants them to check something they can't say they don't have a meter.

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Old 04-05-2018, 11:43 PM   #24
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I wired in a PLC cabinet that the panel builders send one of the HF meters with every one they build. The guy from the automation company told me that it was so that when customers call them with problems and tech support wants them to check something they can't say they don't have a meter.

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That's actually a pretty cool idea. Those meters are probably rated CAT-nothing, though. Most I ever got in vendor orders was like bags of M&M's or jelly beans. Sometimes hats or stickers.
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Old 04-06-2018, 12:31 AM   #25
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Pretty much why I like the T5. When that can't get it done I'll dust off something more expensive.
I think the T5 is an excellent choice for walk-around maintenance for most electrical work. Another similar option is the pocket 107. To compare the two, the short, extra-thick leads on the T5 are very durable and don't get tangled up... they just make more sense for quick point measurements. They can also be looped through the fork when you snap the probes into the holders, which is nice. On the other hand, the 107 has a few extra features, and can actually measure mA to about +/- 1mA, although it's not rated for that range. You do have to wind up Fluke standard 48" leads which is less pocket friendly. I've used both and I prefer the 107 for that because I have no use for the amp clamp (fork?) and the mA measurements put it over the edge for strictly controls work. I would probably side with the T5 for anything else.
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Old 04-06-2018, 05:09 AM   #26
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Interesting article and once I get past the needs and wants when buying a meter, it must pass the 8' drop test
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need first, dependability 2nd and cost third!
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I recently buried my Fluke 23 and took three weeks to decide upon a replacement.

I looked at all of the Chinese made ones. I looked at Milwaukee, Klein, Bosch, Craftsman, Amprobe, etc.

I found the Fluke 117 to have all of the features I needed and a few more as a bonus such as a non contact voltage detector and a low Z setting that automatically decides A/C or D/C and displays the voltage. It measures Hz and capacitance. It is true RMS, auto ranging, has a backlight which the 23 didn't and separate settings for A/C and D/C instead of having to push a function button every time you wanted to check a different voltage.

Amazon $162.

I got it last week and it has really upped my game.
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I got it last week and it has really upped my game.
Exactly what I said back when I got my first Supco500. But my game is separating customer's from their money.
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My first multi meter was a 5 dollar piece of junk rated at only 300 volts. Troubleshooting a high output fluorescent fixture in a grocery store, not knowing what I was doing, I tried to measure the voltage at the sockets. The meter literally smoked and never worked again
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I have a Klein cl2000 and honestly itís one of the best meters Iíve owned. It has most of the features you can ask for in a meter. The main reason I prefer it over other meters is the magnet on the back.
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Old 04-10-2018, 07:28 PM   #32
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I went from an old amprobe amp clamp with probes that you had to wiggle to make reasonable contact to a Fluke 179. Then last fall I upgraded to a Fluke 87 when I was troubleshooting a VFD.
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I also love the Klein cl2000. It has almost everything you need and is really reasonably priced. I've had fluke and other meters in the past. The magnet is a great feature, the back light is cool. Definitely does the job.
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I frequently need to measure DC amps so my favorite meter is a Fluke 374-FC.
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Functionality, features, then price.
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I'm currently looking for a quality clamp multimeter but in the $50-$150 range. I already have 3 normal multimeters
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