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Old 13th June 2013, 11:21 AM   #1
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Question Multimeter question: Old Fluke vs Extech EX330

I have searched, and it seems pretty obvious that if you were comparing, say, a Fluke 77 Series III to an Extech EX330, the winner would be blatantly obvious.

However, when it comes to the older versions of the 77, specifically the series II, I have found rather less information. Would an older 77 still beat the pants off the Extech? How much have Fluke changed the performance of the 77 multimeter over time? Any guidance would be much appreciated.
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Old 13th June 2013, 08:52 PM   #2
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Fluke LCD displays have sometimes been problematic. At least two of my coworkers had their Fluke 77s become unreadable after less than 5 years; mine is still OK at 25, though.

If it's for a meter that will live on the test bench indoors, consider the larger bench meter Flukes, like the 8000A. The LED display is very visible, and you can stack them to save space.

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Old 28th June 2013, 08:12 AM   #4
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Extech in general is plain rubbish. Huge quality control issues. I've seen people send their Extech in for repairs and get a replacement that is DOA.
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Go Fluke -- look into the 8050A on eBay -- they go for next to nothing and offer outstanding performance, including TRMS, dB, Siemens, etc. I've owned several and still have one that is my go to meter. Get one with the battery option so you can use it anywhere.
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