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pooge 28th June 2007 02:34 PM

DMM for Hfe testing
Well I dropped my old meter and need a new one. Does anyone have any recommendations on a good quality (i.e., accurate) DMM at a good value that has provisions to test for transistor hfe, preferably also with capacitance testing feature?

Petriej 28th June 2007 03:27 PM

This is what I use:


Function Specification
Digits 3 1/2
DC Volts min. max. 1,000V
AC Volts min. max. 700V
DC Current min. max. 10A
AC Current min. max. 10A
Resistance min. max. 200 meg ohms
Capacitance min. max. 20uF
Frequency 20KHz +/- 1.5% or better
Diode check HFE 1 ~ 1,000
Temperature Measurement min. -20 degrees C max. 1,000 degrees C

Yes, it is for VT students, but you should still be able to get it in NoVa.

Sammich 29th June 2007 01:11 AM

I love my Fluke 87, however, my $30 craftsman DMM from the hardware store is great too.

FastEddy 29th June 2007 01:49 AM

I just picked up one of these at the local surplus house :

It works so well, I think I'll get a couple more for the shop and cars ... US$9 or less. :bigeyes: ... no capacitance meter :bawling: ... does xistors hFE & diode polarity (with beeper!) ... DC volts to 500 :mad: ... no freq counter ... :xeye:

Leolabs 29th June 2007 02:02 AM

Many DMMs even the cheap one do have the hFE function.

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