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For insight, i'm currently a 2nd year apprentice right now for the IBEW. I realize the importance of a good meter. Therefore im looking to upgrade my junk to something alittle better.

I have access to get a a model T5-1000 for around 90 bucks, or a Fluke 321 Clamp meter for around 65/and comes with case.

Thoughts on which might be a better meter? Which would suit me better? Worth grabbing both maybe?

Thanks.
 

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For insight, i'm currently a 2nd year apprentice right now for the IBEW. I realize the importance of a good meter. Therefore im looking to upgrade my junk to something alittle better.

I have access to get a a model T5-1000 for around 90 bucks, or a Fluke 321 Clamp meter for around 65/and comes with case.

Thoughts on which might be a better meter? Which would suit me better? Worth grabbing both maybe?

Thanks.
T-5 1,000 worth every penny...:thumbup:
 

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I don't know anything about that clamp meter but I've had both the t+pro and t5-1000

I would pass on the t5-1000 though

The t+pro
Requires no action prior to using the voltmeter or continuity tester if voltage is present it automatically turns itself on, selects range, and selects dc or AC. If no voltage is present it acts like a continuity test with beep-on-short

The voltage tester vibrates and beeps and lights up like a Christmas tree. [will still light up like a Christmas tree even without batteries in it but no beep/vibrate/lcd readings though] Hard to misinterpret all that even if you're recovering from a bender. Voltage is more accurate than the specs suggest. [ac voltage/ohmmeter readings are within 0.1% of my fluke 289]

Can detect absence of voltage

Will indicate phase rotation/sequence

But---
Can't detect current
Lacks the slick carrying method of the t5, basically you just have wires flapping around
Can't test alkaline batteries with it.

The t5-1000
Can detect current
Has a very slick holster and even without it you can store the leads smarty by wrapping them around the current probe
Can measure up to 1000v

But
Can't detect absence of voltage with its high input z
Can't detect phase rotation
You have to tend to dial prior to using it
Less assertive in indicating presence of voltage
 
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