For basic troubleshooting no, for more advanced work yes.Under $100 USD, fluke
Buy true rms oir just normal one.
I am an electrician,
do I really need true rms?
http://www.electriciantalk.com/newreply.php?do=newreply&p=1183957Question: Why should I buy a True RMS (TRMS) reading instrument?
Answer: A quick answer is TRMS instruments are accurate on any AC waveform. There are two basic AC measuring systems. One is "Average Sensing, RMS Indicating." This has been the most common system, since it is low in cost and easy to manufacture. An instrument with this type of measuring system measures the average of the sine wave, then multiplies it by 1.112, to allow the instrument to indicate RMS. This measuring system is called "Average Sensing, calibrated to the RMS of a sine wave," and is accurate ONLY ON SINE WAVES!
The second measuring method is called "RMS Sensing, RMS Indicating." An instrument with this type of measuring system computes the RMS value of the measured waveform (sine or otherwise). This is referred to as "True RMS" reading. This measuring system is accurate for ANY waveform, sine or otherwise. When an Average sensing instrument is used on a non-sinusoidal waveform, measurement accuracy could be as much as 50% off! Since you may not know what type of AC waveform you are measuring, a TRMS instrument should always be used.
-Mel Hendrickson, Amprobe Technical Support Specialist
I have a T5-1000, it is my daily carry meter and I like it a lot.The t5-600 will get everything you need done, one of the best and most cost effective flukes out there
I agree that the T5-1000 is a great daily knock around meter. It's probably the best bang for your buck in that price range.I have a T5-1000, it is my daily carry meter and I like it a lot.
But it cannot get everything I need done.
It is not true RMS and its ohmmeter functions are very limited.
I have one that's about 60 years old. Still works like a champ. They were quality meters years ago.Briancraig81 said:Not to high jack but whats everyone's opinions on Tripplett meters? From what ive been told Tripplett used to be really good
Always wanted to try their fox and hound and some of their advanced RF tools. Seems like Tripplett used to have a lot of really useful analog stuff that's not around anymore in my market.Not to high jack but whats everyone's opinions on Tripplett meters? From what ive been told Tripplett used to be really good
I really, really wanted to like Milwaukee's testers, because on paper they look awesome. I'll admit I only tried one, but it was too flaky to even keep....I'm using the CAT III 1000V TRMS M12 Clamp-Gun
Mainly because it looks like a ray gun, has a bright flashlight, and the inspector can read it from a long way away. temperature probe sold separately. Once the novelty runs out I'll probably stop carrying it; its pretty huge and awkward.
Yeah, its probably the least practicable meter ever, super fumbly especially when you've got the probes hooked up. I just carry it for the inspector domination factor and because every time I leave it out on the table next to the meter can the poco guy just hands me the meter seal and says don't tell my super, but I don't want to come back... :laughing:I really, really wanted to like Milwaukee's testers, because on paper they look awesome. I'll admit I only tried one, but it was too flaky to even keep.
I still wonder why Fluke hasn't tried to put low-impedance in their T-5 series when they offer it with a lot of their other basic testers.