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Old 28th January 2014, 07:21 PM   #31
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LOL...Fluke will always be imitated...but NEVER duplicated! Now open a Fluke 87v...if you do not see a difference in quality....you must be blind
Actually, I have and I'm not blind nor am I a fanboy. As a scientist I've long trained my self to be objective and challenge personal prejudices. The difference in quality is minimal at best. If anything, the input protection on the Brymen is slightly better. I know its not what you want to hear but its the flat out truth. The fuses on the brymen are isolated, whereas on the Fluke the are free standing. Same with the input sockets, on the Fluke the board is cutout providing an air gap. On the brymen there is an additional plastic isolator inserted. There are more fusible resistors (Flukes only use one). The major difference is this one uses spark gaps instead of MOVs. Some people will prefer sparkgaps for their higher performance rating and lower capacitances (less attenuation of high frequency signals). Others will prefer MOVs for their higher action speed and the ability to select lower voltage cutoffs (good for meters with lower safety ratings). You can say "but...but...but its a FLUKE!" all you want. The fact is the 87V is a great all around meter, its accurate, its safe and its reliable. That being said its not the BEST at any one thing. There are more accurate meters (even within flukes own lineup), there are meters with better input protection and there are meters with similar build quality (ergo reliability). What you do get is the fluke name, easy access to replacement parts and a device everyone knows and loves.

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Old 31st January 2014, 06:27 PM   #32
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Actually, I have and I'm not blind nor am I a fanboy. As a scientist I've long trained my self to be objective and challenge personal prejudices. The difference in quality is minimal at best. If anything, the input protection on the Brymen is slightly better. I know its not what you want to hear but its the flat out truth. The fuses on the brymen are isolated, whereas on the Fluke the are free standing. Same with the input sockets, on the Fluke the board is cutout providing an air gap. On the brymen there is an additional plastic isolator inserted. There are more fusible resistors (Flukes only use one). The major difference is this one uses spark gaps instead of MOVs. Some people will prefer sparkgaps for their higher performance rating and lower capacitances (less attenuation of high frequency signals). Others will prefer MOVs for their higher action speed and the ability to select lower voltage cutoffs (good for meters with lower safety ratings). You can say "but...but...but its a FLUKE!" all you want. The fact is the 87V is a great all around meter, its accurate, its safe and its reliable. That being said its not the BEST at any one thing. There are more accurate meters (even within flukes own lineup), there are meters with better input protection and there are meters with similar build quality (ergo reliability). What you do get is the fluke name, easy access to replacement parts and a device everyone knows and loves.
You should watch a few of Dave's videos...He loves to " take it apart".
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Old 31st January 2014, 10:34 PM   #33
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You should watch a few of Dave's videos...He loves to " take it apart".
EEVblog #64 - Fluke 28 Series II Multimeter Review & Teardown - YouTube
I actually post quite a bit on the forums on Dave's site. I'm very familiar with him.
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To answer the OPs question. I'm using the 179 (Bought new in 2010) for all repairs that pass my bench. Very accurate in all functions.
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