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    Default Multimeter Sugestions, and Don't get cute with 500 dollar suggestions :)

    I can't afford a Fluke. 30 bucks or less. Amazon has literally hundreds of them but most are questionable. Amazon has it's own brand which is 'probably' decent. It's only 13 bucks. I'm ging to be using this for DC, mostly 12V or lower, but 24V too. The Fluke 107 is about the lowest fluke I can find, and it's over 115.00 on Amazon. I cold buy 9 Amazon brand for that much.


    I ordered this one because it is autoranging and supposedly does a lot more than most, such as amps. It has a really nice, clean layout, which I appreciate. 10A and lower side fused. Cat II 600V. However, it was 22.00 vs 13.00 for the NonAutoranging Amazon brand. I may send it back based on recommendation I get here.

    Neoteck Auto Ranging Digital Multimeter AC/DC Voltage Current Ohm Capacitance Frequency Diode Transistor Audible Continuity, Multi Tester with Backlit LCD

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...0?ie=UTF8&th=1

    It says it will measure up to 10A DC.


    This is the Amazon one for 13.00:

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07W1BK4PX...pd_rd_wg=WkLcP

    It will measure up to 200ma DC.

    I'm using it for DC, no AC, but some AC functions would be nice. I just want to test LED strips and computer stuff mainly.

    I think it would be really cool for JG to do tests for things like this. There is so much of this Chinese stuff out there, and not all of it is bad. Almost no one is doing proper tests for products like this.

    I bought a 40 dollar Bluetooth receiver that uses the Texas Instruments Class D amps. It's pretty clean sounding. My brother has a high end dedicated Yamaha receiver and he said he can't tell any difference at 50% volume, but they get a little dirty higher up. Still sounds good all the way up. There are a few tests of these type of amps out there now, and they report some pretty impressive numbers coming from a Class D amp. I mainly listen to Jazz at lower levels, so it's really clean to my ears. I mean, I bought a pair of nice very efficient Klipsch speakers and that little two channel amp and the total cost was 180.00 bucks, and it sounds as good as my 1982 Yamaha receiver and Cerwin Vega High Energy Head speakers that cost me back then a total of 700.00 for both. (It actually sounds better because the Klipsch speakers are not rock speakers.

    Anyway, with PSU testing it might be interesting to see how these Chinese products measure up.


    Anyone have any suggestions for a cheap DMM?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DWD1961 View Post
    The Fluke 107 is about the lowest fluke I can find, and it's over 115.00 on Amazon.

    The Fluke 101 is $46 on Amazon ($42 on ebay); no current measurements, but I see that as a plus.

    Spend over $50 at https://www.circuitspecialists.com/ and you can get a free DMM
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    Quote Originally Posted by ashiekh View Post
    The Fluke 101 is $46 on Amazon ($42 on ebay); no current measurements, but I see that as a plus.

    Spend over $50 at https://www.circuitspecialists.com/ and you can get a free DMM

    It's been a Chinese or Asian market item mostly and the warranty isn't good in the US from what the reviewers say. I was considering it.

    This guy actually did a review of the 15.00 Amazon offering and found it was quite good. He tore it down and tested it pretty thoroughly.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5NPaA8SX4E

    Here's the meter:
    https://www.amazon.com/AmazonCommerc...6A6FDDCTCPAQP8


    Another poster said it was a rebranded CEM multimeter.

    I may return the one I'm getting or cancel it today and get the Amazon one, even though it's not auto ranging.

    I just canceled the Neoteck. I'm going with the Amazon brand that guy tested. It's UL listed also and independently tested. Not the Neoteck.
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    For me it is important that a meter turns itself off; batteries are expensive. Missing decimal point is annoying. I also prefer there are no loose wires to the battery; in my own Fluke (110) the battery rests up against some fixed contacts (one is tired, the battery needs replacing; ones doesn't want to break any leads).

    The Fluke 101 uses two AAA batteries rather than a 9V, so if you are already using rechargeable AAA batteries, this is a plus.

    For a meter that can measure current, a self resetting fuse is nice, so one does not need to keep replacing the fuse (I have such a meter that I got free with a $50 purchase from Circuit Specialists).
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    Quote Originally Posted by ashiekh View Post
    For me it is important that a meter turns itself off; batteries are expensive. Missing decimal point is annoying. I also prefer there are no loose wires to the battery; in my own Fluke (110) the battery rests up against some fixed contacts (one is tired, the battery needs replacing; ones doesn't want to break any leads).

    The Fluke 101 uses two AAA batteries rather than a 9V, so if you are already using rechargeable AAA batteries, this is a plus.

    For a meter that can measure current, a self resetting fuse is nice, so one does not need to keep replacing the fuse (I have such a meter that I got free with a $50 purchase from Circuit Specialists).
    Self resetting fuse would be really nice. I canceled the order and got this Amazon brand based on that Youtube test:

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    It's 15.00 bucks. Did you watch the through test he gave it up against his 200 dollar Greenlee. What I don't understand is why he didn't test it with his best meter. I don't get that. Most of the test he uses an Extech cheaper model, "That he loves."


    Yeah more decimals would be nice but it's not going to bother me.This Amazon one also measures up to 10A DC. For the price, I don't care about it not being auto-ranging.

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    I still think it would be nice for these guys at JG to test stuff like this.

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    It is a lot of work, and who wants to work for free?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ashiekh View Post
    It is a lot of work, and who wants to work for free?
    They get paid to do PSU reviews?

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    I believe so
    Last edited by ashiekh; 07-01-2020 at 11:31 PM.

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