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Old 4th June 2011, 03:36 PM   #11
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I got both of mine at a great price, well below list.
I don't suppose you would mind sharing your source?
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Old 4th June 2011, 05:58 PM   #12
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Ive been useing the same DMM for 6 years and it was $20 on e-bay ......

It does :

Capacitance (up 200uF and very accurate) .....
AC Volts
DC Volts
Amperage
Resistance
Diode test
Hfe npn/pnp transistors
Continuity

and some other stuff I can"t remember .....

the only thing it doesn"t have that I wish it did have is an Inductance meter ......

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Old 4th June 2011, 09:49 PM   #13
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I got a great deal on EBay a year ago for a brand new Fluke 117 True RMS meter. Love it. Best True RMS Fluke deal I could find and has proven to be true to the brand name.
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Old 4th June 2011, 11:43 PM   #14
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I don't suppose you would mind sharing your source?
Both companies are long gone. In MA USA there once was a burgeoning electronics supply business and nearly overnight, it disappeared.

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Old 6th June 2011, 11:04 PM   #15
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Uni-T is really nice China/eBay brand. I'd look into them for cheap quality equipment.
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Old 7th June 2011, 12:02 AM   #16
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I have two DMM's one is for basic voltage, current and transistor testing and the other is an LCR meter mostly for measuring inductors for class d amplifiers.
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Old 7th June 2011, 01:35 AM   #17
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Default Fluke

I watch cheap meters fail all the time, but my Flukes keep on working.

And don't try and use a radio around those cheapy meters. Every time
you hit the talk button the display jumps.

They're expensive, but most good tools are...

Ever use craigslist?

site mash : fluke tools : craigslist tools finder
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Old 7th June 2011, 02:05 AM   #18
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I watch cheap meters fail all the time, but my Flukes keep on working.

And don't try and use a radio around those cheapy meters. Every time
you hit the talk button the display jumps.

They're expensive, but most good tools are...

Ever use craigslist?

site mash : fluke tools : craigslist tools finder
I watch Craiglist like a hawk, not too much around these parts tho. BTW, I've had half a dozen cheap meters and they all still work, not to say I don't want a "good" tool, I just can't quite justify spending $200+ (or $100+ on a used) on one....yet....

I'll have to try the radio, lol
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Old 7th June 2011, 08:23 AM   #19
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They're expensive, but most good tools are...
In many, perhaps even the majority, of situations the cheap tools can be as effective as the good tools - especially in my ineffective hands.

However . . . there HAVE been quite a few cases where I was frustrated, or even enraged, because the tool I was using simply wasn't good enough for the task I applied it to. But I don't recall a single instance where I thought a tool was "TOO good" for what I was trying to do with it.

Decades ago, an old Tool and Die Maker told me, "Only a poor craftsman blames his tools.". On the surface, that's an admonition to take responsibility for your own work. Years after I first heard that advice I realized there's a deeper implication: The good craftsman knows what he can do, with the tools he has, and doesn't embarrass himself or insult his client by taking on what can't be done.

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Old 15th June 2011, 06:40 AM   #20
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I have a Extech I bought from Radioshack a few years well, still kicking. it is discontinued now but the shack has the newer model.
http://www.radioshack.com/product/in...uctId=10912068
Note they eat 9 volt batteries, unless they are the genuine copper top
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