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Old 27th October 2020, 12:37 AM   #1
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My old multi-meter was failing so decided buy a new one.
I found a cheap one online wit ha company called Wish in China.
So purchased it.
After a month it didnt come so tried to get in touch with them but couldnt.
So wrote it off and bought a similar one from the UK which came in a few days.

Five months down the line I got a knock at the door and it was the postman with a parcel. Opened it and a shiny new multi-meter.
Only took 6 months to arrive !
So got two now.
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Old 27th October 2020, 01:04 AM   #2
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That's Covid for you. Which meter did you buy? I bought a UNI-T UT61E for 50 quid and its fantastic, prefer it over the two Fluke units i have.
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Old 27th October 2020, 03:36 AM   #3
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Zotec ZT219 is quite similar but cheaper than UT61E - ZOYI?????????????????ZT219??NCV????-???
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Old 27th October 2020, 04:30 AM   #4
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It was just a cheap mas produced one for 6.
It does the job so no need to spend a fortune on anything expensive or fancy.
I tend to be a bit rough and throw solder blobs around so cheap is easy to replace.
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Old 30th October 2020, 10:51 AM   #5
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To be perfectly honest, it's not that uncommon for an order from China to take more than a month. Six months is excessive, but I've also had stuff from the US get lost in the mail and arrive six months after I ordered it.

It's probably an international post issue (and very possibly a customs issue), rather than a China issue.

As another note, I've decided that the pricier multimeters ($100+) are generally worth the cost. I've still got Fluke 77s from the 1980s that work great (a few have needed a zebra strip, but that's not too big a deal), but I have Uni-T meters that are less than 2 years old and already feel worn out. But I must say, I recently bought a couple bench meters (Instek GDM8245 and a Fluke 8842) and I'm converted. No more meters getting knocked over when I try to change the range. The 8842 has a pretty dim VFD on it, but it's still just such a nice meter to use in comparison with almost any handheld, and the 8245 has just about the prettiest display of any meter I've ever seen.
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I buy in pcb's from China and pay through the nose for 2 day delivery to UK.
I had one recently where i tracked its progress.
China, Germany, UK, USA, UK.
USA ?
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Old 30th October 2020, 02:19 PM   #7
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That meter in post#3 looks expensive.
This site delivers quickly in UK and USA.
an8008 - Buy an8008 with free shipping | Banggood Shopping UK
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Old 30th October 2020, 02:24 PM   #8
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The one I bought was 6 GBP.
The last one lasted about a year before the rotary switch started playing up.
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Old 30th October 2020, 02:32 PM   #9
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That meter in post#3 looks expensive.
Appearances can be deceptive, its only 18UKP.
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Old 30th October 2020, 02:56 PM   #10
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That meter in post#3 looks expensive.
This site delivers quickly in UK and USA.
an8008 - Buy an8008 with free shipping | Banggood Shopping UK

I think you've neglected a unit conversion when concerning the price on the link in post #3.
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