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Fluke 1587

Fluke 1587

The Fluke 1587 works as a regular – although high-end – true-RMS multimeter, but is also a digital 1 Kv insulation tester. Regardless of the added funcionality it is larger than the average DMM.

Needless to say, this is a rather expensive unit built with professional users in mind. It should offer plento of versatility for both maintanance and troubleshooting tasks. This being a DMM from Fluke, the 1587 is a reliable professional tool; durable yet as simple to use as you’d expect from a high quality device.

This insulation multimeter should be a practical tool when working on generators, switches, motors and cables, as well as most industrial and elecrical jobs. Also included in the package are:

  • Test leads
  • Alligator clips
  • Remote probe
  • K-type thermocouple

… and considering the rather steep price it should come as no surprise tha batteries are in fact included (uses regular AA batteries). Manuals, including a digital edition, are also in the box.

The 1587 is delivered in a robust hard case and comes with a 3 year warranty.

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Simpson 260-8 Analog Multimeter

Simpson 260-8 Analog Multimeter

The Simpson 260-8 is an analog multimeter with the provisions of measuring Voltage, Ohms and Milli-amperes. The manufacturer has named it a VOM. Each of the functions has a different scale and there is a mirror on the dial. Thus parallax is reduced and a better accuracy of the measurement is ensured.

Functions on the VOM

In fact, this instrument has the three major functions of voltage, current and resistance. DC voltage is measurable in nine ranges of 250mV, 1, 2.5, 10, 25, 50, 250, 500 and 1000V. AC voltage may be measured in 2.5, 10, 25, 50, 250, 500 and 1000V ranges. Accuracy varies between 2 and 3%. You can measure DC ampere in six ranges with the meter. The ranges available are 50µA, 1, 10, 100, 500mA and 10A. Well, there is no provision for AC ampere here.

Resistance measurement with the meter is possible in three ranges. The ranges are R X 1, R X 100 and R X 10K. Most interesting thing is, you can measure audible signal on the instrument in decibels.

Well designed different scales are there on the dial of the instrument that helps read any measurement accurately. Parallax is minimized by the mirror on the dial. There are two knobs to select function and range. Another knob to adjust zero on resistance measurement is also there on the meter.

Features

  • Operation is simple
  • Tri colored marking of dial makes it easy to read
  • Jacks are safe as reverse is recessed
  • Strong outer casing for longer lasting
  • Portable and workable both in field and work shop
  • Test leads are long and probes are threaded for extension

In the digitally flourishing present time, an analog instrument is surprising. Still, its simplicity and ruggedness may be interesting to some users.

Price: $262.00

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Extech EX320 Mini Digital Multimeter

Extech EX320 Mini Digital Multimeter

The Ex 320 DMM is a miniature multimeter with eight of the most essential functions and non-contact voltage detector. It’s so small that you can hide it in your palm. At the same time it would serve your purposes of fault detection in electrical circuitry.

Features

  • Automatic range selection
  • Basic accuracy is 0.5%
  • Built in non-contact voltage sensor (NCV) with beeper and LED indicator
  • Large LCD display at a high contrast
  • Maximum hold and data hold action
  • Auto Power off

Non-contact voltage detection is a good safety feature. Before going to work on a system you are made aware of the presence of voltage. Maximum hold enables you to see the maximum value of a pulsating data. You can hold any data to watch later.

Functions present

Voltage measurement on the DMM starts at 0.1mV and terminates at 600V. This is true for both AC and DC volts. 0.1 µA is the lowest ampere range to be measured on this meter and the highest ampere range covered is 10 A. Resistance measuring range of this instrument is 0.1Ω to 20 MΩ. Diode and continuity test is there on the meter.

The DMM weighs only 260 grams. So you can easily carry it anywhere you like. The holster of the meter is strong enough to protect it. It has a tilt stand to place the meter at a convenient angle. The Multimeter is supplied with test leads and two AAA batteries.

Price: $44.99

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Fluke 77-4 Automotive

Fluke 77-4 Automotive

The Fluke 77-4 (or 77-IV) is simply a yet-again-improved model in the Fluke 70 series instruments. Fluke 77-4 manages most industrial needs of electrical and electronic testing. The term ‘automotive’ in its title is really quite superfluous information, since this is just one of the many potential uses for this meter. Like any other Fluke item it’s well built and looks nice.  At the same time you can hold it comfortably. The screen is big and brightly lit for easy monitoring in low light corners.

Functions available

Fluke 77-4 measures and tests all common variables in electrical and electronic concern. Voltage measurement is wide enough, from 1 mV to 1000 V for DC and AC. Current range is 10 A in both cases. Resistance and capacitance ranges are similarly broad enough to serve most of the purposes of a professional electrician. One must agree that 50 MΩ and 9999 µF are sufficient for most of the measurements.

Well, milliampere measurement for AC and DC is also present in the meter. A beeper is incorporated to indicate continuity and diode test result.

Salient Features

The following features differentiate this instrument from equivalent meters of other brands.

  • Big display with backlit
  • Records Min and Max
  • Auto and manual range selection
  • Safety Classes of CAT III and CAT IV are met
  • Ergonomic outer casing
  • Hands are free with a magnetic hanger (optional)
  • Indicates over range and wrong lead connection, better safety

This DMM is sold as an automotive instrument, but it is also a general purpose multimeter for field and shop use. It meets almost all requirements of a professional user. At the same time it’s quite safe for the amateur who requires a top-quality device.

Price: $275.00

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Fluke 233 Remote Display

Fluke 233 Remote Display

The Fluke 233 is a digital multimeter from the professionals’ favored brand with all necessary functions present. The special feature is a removable display that you take off the meter and then works through a wireless link. Sometimes it may be a lot safer and/or more convenient to work in this mode.

Functions

AC/DC voltage and current ranges are 1000 V and 10 A and accuracies vary from 0.25% to 1.50%. Resistance measurement ranges from 0.1 Ω to 40.0 MΩ. You can measure a capacitor as low as 1.0nF and a maximum of 9999 µF with this instrument. Frequency and temperature (400°C) measurement opportunity is there on it. 5 Hz to 50 kHz frequencies are within reach of this meter.

Features

  • True RMS of AC parameters
  • Built in thermometer
  • Display is workable from a distance of 10 m
  • The magnetic display can be fixed on any convenient position
  •  Auto power off saves battery
  • Records Min/Max and average values
  • Diode and continuity test is possible
  • Large, bright screen
  • 3 years warranty

The unique wireless, separable display allows you to connect the meter cautiously and watch the display from a safe distance. Thus you remain completely safe even in a risky situation. It’s rather like doing the work of two people alone. As you fix the display unit on the DMM it transforms in to a good conventional multimeter. Like all products from Fluke, the quality is second to none, and for those that have need of this extra safety measure, the 233 is clearly an interesting product.

Price: $314.99

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Fieldpiece SC53 (Clamp, Dual Display)

Fieldpiece SC53 (Clamp, Dual Display)

In a single meter you’ll have two readings of ampere and volts on the SC53. One display is dedicated to ampere and the other you can choose yourself. Non-contact voltage measurement is of course a vital advantage of this DMM. While you are measuring a current with this instrument, you can simultaneously measure another parameter like capacitance, resistance, voltage or temperature. So you get the work done faster.

Functions

In addition to voltage, current and resistance, the SC53 measures capacitance and temperature. Voltage ranges available here are 4, 40, 400 and 600 volts. This is true for both AC and DC systems. The accuracy level for DC voltage is ±.5%. This is a bit worse for AC.

Ampere ranges measurable with the meter are 40 and 400A and accuracy is ±2.0%.  Capacitor measuring ranges are 4, 40, 400µF, 4mF and correctness is varied by ±3.0%. The SC53 measures temperature up to a maximum value of 400°F and its accurate by ±1.0%.

You can test continuity of a circuit as well with this meter. A beeper is there to indicate a maximum of 25Ω path resistance.

Features

The DMM SC53 has quite a lot of advantages over competitors’ equivalent clamp meters, including the most obvious:

  • Dual display
  • Non-contact voltage (NCV) function
  • Direct AC ampere (400A) measurement
  • Temperature measurement
  • Typical jaw to operate with one hand
  • Data hold function

The Package

The package with Fieldpiece SC53 contains the clamp meter, vinyl test leads, 3 lithium-ion batteries, operating manual and a carrying case ANC4. So you can start working immediate after you receive the consignment. An NCV function alerts you before you go in contact with a live circuit. Above all, this Clamp meter is designed with better safety features for field use and it should be highly convenient to use in the field. Even a novice should be able to use it safely.

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Extech MN36 Mini Multimeter

Extech MN36 Mini Multimeter

The MN36 is an auto ranging mini multimeter. Small or not, it has all basic functions of a professional multimeter. It is so small that you can comfortably keep it in the pocket of your trousers. It’s well shaped to hold and operate easily.

Functions present

Extech’s MN36 measures AC/DC voltages and AC/DC amperes. The highest voltage range on this instrument is 600V for both AC and DC. Lowest range for DC is 400 mV and for AC it’s 4V. Maximum ampere range is 10 A and minimum is 400 µA in both the cases.

Resistance measuring ranges start from 400Ω and finish at 40 MΩ. Capacitance, frequency and temperature measuring ranges of the meter are also very much convenient for an electrician’s use. K-type thermocouple is included in supply with the instrument that measures temperature as high as 1400°F (750°C).

Features worth mentioning

The instrument comes with a good number of features worth pointing out, such as the following:

  • Large and bright digital display
  • Very small in dimension and weight
  • Well protected in rubber holster
  • Auto range selection
  • Data hold option is present
  • Power source is simple two AAA batteries
  • Continuity and diode test is possible

The DMM is supplied with test leads and two AAA batteries for operation. Yes, the temperature probe is also included. So you get a handy, mini multimeter at a very competitive price. At the same time it will serve you well in solving electrical and electronic system problems.

Price: $39.19

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Klein MM2000 HVAC True RMS

Klein MM2000 HVAC True RMS

The Klein MM2000 is another good digital instrument from Klein Tools and a more advanced version of the MM1000 from the same manufacturer. It competes with other high-end meters like the Fluke 179. It’s a true RMS multimeter with an extensive feature set. Its shape and color combination is a bit different compared to competing meters. Brilliant black at the center and orange ends present an attractive look, if such things were important. Due to flattened ends it is comfortable to hold in your hand.

Functions

It has all the common functions of an electrician’s multimeter. Voltage, current and resistance are obviously present on it. In addition, it measures capacitance, frequency/duty cycle and temperature. The ranges of the parameters are convenient for most industrial purposes.

The meter’s voltage range is 1000 and current range is 10A on this instrument. 40MΩ is the highest range of resistance measurement. Well, you can measure µA even as low as 0.1 with this multimeter. Maximum range of capacitor measurement on this meter is 4000µF.

The temperature measuring range of the instrument is wide enough, from -58 to 1832°F.

Key Features

  • True RMS value
  • Bright backlit display
  • Graphic display (bar graph)
  • Low impedance measurement

What you get

When you purchase an MM2000 HVAC true RMS DMM you get the following:

  • The DMM
  • Thermocouple for temperature measurement
  • One set of batteries

An MM2000 can probably serve you just as well as similar and more expensive instruments from competitor brands.

 

 

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Klein Tools MM1000

Klein Tools MM1000

The Klein MM1000 is a digital multimeter with an auto ranging feature; it provides most of the essential functions an electrician has to encounter. It seems to be well built in size and shape. The ribs on the two sides of the meter facilitate a stronger grip.

Functions available

This DMM measures AC/DC voltage and current, resistance, capacitance, frequency and duty cycle. The instrument also operates on micro amperes and temperature. The range for voltage is 1000 and ampere is 10. The highest resistance it can handle is 40MΩ and lowest micro ampere it can measure is 0.1µA. Highest capacitance range of this meter is 4000µF. Yes, you can test diodes and continuity also with this tool.

Features

The multimeter possesses the following salient features:

  • Auto ranging in measuring voltages
  • Backlit, brighter display
  • Bargraph can measure fast changing parameters
  • Flame detectors can be checked with µA range
  • Rubber mold casing makes it drop proof
  • Better safety with CAT IV

The package

Buying an MM1000 also gets you the thermocouple for temperature measurement. Test leads and the battery required for the instrument are also supplied along with the meter. So you get a ready-to-use instrument for testing and diagnosis of electrical problems.

Price: $59.99

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Extech EX505-K Industrial MultiMeter

Extech EX505-K Industrial MultiMeter

Ex 505-K is a digital multimeter kit designed for industrial use. The double molded outer shell of the meter makes it water protected and drop proof. It carries all necessary functions required by an industrial electrician. K-type temperature element is also included in the DMM.

Functions available

The Ex505 is a true RMS instrument. A high contrast backlit display enables you to read a measurement anywhere in an industrial environment. Voltage range for both AC and DC is 1000 and current ranges are 10 A in either case.

The meter measures resistance up to 40 MΩ and capacitance range is 200µF. Measuring range of frequency is 10 MHz. Temperature as high as 1382°F is possible to measure with the DMM. You can test continuity and diode on this instrument. Basic accuracy is 0.5%.

The Kit

The instrument kit contains the following:

  • CAT IV 600V safety grade heavy duty multimeter
  • DV 25 model dual range AC voltage detector
  • TL 808 CAT III 1000 V test lead kit ( 8 pieces)
  • Heavy duty test leads
  • Type K thermocouple and connection adaptor
  • Magnetic hanger for hands free operation
  • Soft case to accommodate all the items

So you basically have all the accessories for electrical and electronic testing and measurement in a well organized manner in the nice, soft case.

Features

The rugged design and IP 67 class of the DMM makes it water proof and drop proof (2 meters). This True RMS multimeter is very suitable for industrial use. Relative mode is present and data hold and auto power off features of the meter are of course also advantageous. The handy size and light weight (360g) of the meter makes it super value for the money.

Price: $111.99

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