Fluke 117 Review
The Fluke 117 is a compact digital instrument with some distinct advantageous features for commercial use. It’s a true RMS multimeter. Other than voltage, current and resistance it can measure capacitance and frequency. You can test the condition of a diode and verify the continuity of a current path with it.
This DMM measures DC voltages as low as mV. The exact range is 600mV. Voltage ranges are 6, 60, and 600V. The accuracy of the meter is ± 0.5% for all the ranges which is quite good for any maintenance work. In measuring AC voltages this instrument provides same ranges as DC, but the accuracy is a bit lower. It’s ± 1.0% for 45 to 500Hz and ± 2.0% for higher frequencies. This tool has a feature of Auto volts which measures the voltage in 600 V range and it’s correct up to ± 2.0% and ± 4.0% at lower and higher frequencies respectively.
Resistance measurement is another vital function of a multimeter. This instrument can measure resistances in six ranges. Starting from 600Ω the ranges end at 40MΩ. The accuracy at the highest range is only ± 5.0%. But it’s much better for other ranges (± 0.9%).
The DMM, as mentioned earlier can test a diode and path continuity. Diode test range is 2.0 V and correctness stands at ±0.9%. In continuity measurement you’ll get the beeper sound below 20 Ω and it stops at 250Ω. The meter is able to detect a short or open circuit that exists for just 500µs even.
As an electrical technician you obviously sometimes need to measure current through a circuit. This DMM provides you the ability to measure a current as high as 10A. It contains another lower range of 6A. This is true for both AC and DC currents. But the accuracy for DC current is ± 1.0%, while it’s ± 1.5% for AC. An overload of 20A is within tolerance of the meter for 30 seconds.
When you go to measure a capacitance, you’ll find 5 options to choose the range. The lowest one is 1000 nF and the highest one is 9999 µF. Deviation in result is ± 1.9% for 100 µF – 1000 µF span and ±5.0% for other ranges. The frequency of an AC voltage or current may be required to detect. Your F 117 is here to find it. This equipment has several ranges, starting from 50Hz it ends at 10 kHz. Accuracy is good enough, it’s ±0.1%.
Well, a Fluke 117 can measure Temperature also. You’ll need a temperature probe for that. Temperature in between -40°F and 752°F is possible to measure on this meter.
The salient features of the Fluke 117 are the following:
- Non-contact voltage detection
- Automatic AC/DC voltage selection
- Prevents false reading from ghost voltage
- Large LED display with white backlit
- True RMS value for AC
- Min/Max/Average for fluctuating signal
- CAT III 600 V rated safety
For maintaining electricity and electrical equipment of a commercial buildings, hospitals or schools you can use a Fluke 117 comfortably. It will provide you all information to diagnose almost any problem.
- VoltAlert technology for non-contact voltage detection
- AutoVolt automatic AC/DC voltage selection. DC millivolts - Range : 600.0 mV, Resolution : 0.1 mV
- Low input impedance: helps prevent false readings due to ghost voltage
- Large white LED backlight to work in poorly lit areas
- True RMS for accurate measurements on non-linear loads.Operating temperature:-10°C to +50°C
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