Fluke 179 ESFP Review
The Fluke 179 ESFP is a real hand held multimeter. Its narrowing lower part and slight necking at the middle makes it a very comfortable fit to hold. The grey face with yellow outline makes it look gorgeous. It’s strong in all respect and easy to operate. Broadened top makes the LCD screen wider and easy to monitor.
The manufacturer claims it to be a True RMS Multimeter. But this is not a vague claim. Its accuracy is really high. The instrument is well designed to be used in industrial environment for maintenance of electrical and electronic systems.
It contains all features demanded by a technician to resolve industrial break downs and system failures. It has measurement facility for both A.C and D.C voltages and currents. You can safely use it for voltages as high as 1000 volts as it is tested independently in Cat III 600V and in Cat IV 1000V. Best accuracy you find here is ±0.09% in D.C and ±1.0% in A.C
Maximum current measuring capacity of the meter is 10 amperes in both A.C and D.C at accuracy of ±1.0 %.
Every now and then you need to measure resistance and test for continuity which are attended by a Fluke 179. Resistances starting from 0.1 Ω to 50 MΩ are within the reach of the meter. So you are well off about resistance measurement. Continuity is indicated by an audible signal.
No electronic circuit can be imagined of without capacitors and diodes and these are most vulnerable elements in a circuit. So it’s most likely for an electrical technician to need these for testing. This instrument has ample range for measuring capacitors from 1nF to 10,000 µF. Your Fluke DMM 179 is equipped to test a diode on it.
Sometimes you may have to measure frequency of a voltage or current source. Fluke 179 has the ability to measure frequencies in between 0.1 Hz to 100 KHz at an accuracy of ±0.1%.
For temperature measurement on a Fluke 179 an 80BK thermocouple probe is included in the supply and you can measure any temperature within the range -40 to 400°C on this DMM.
The summery of the notable features of a Fluke 179 are:
- Designed for industrial use
- True RMS values
- Warranty for a life time
- Optional Automatic ranging
- Holding of displays
- Recording of Min. and Max. values
- Calibration from front panel
- Protective holster and ergonomic case
So a Fluke 179 carries almost all you need as an industrial professional. Well, don’t forget to order an accessory like strap and magnet which allow you to test with both hands free. Life time warranty will take away all your worries regarding your multimeter. Fluke meters are still top-of-class instruments, and although the price is a little higher, their longevity and quality will probably save you money in the long run.
- Industrial thermometer combo kit
- Full featured DMM with advanced electronic troubleshooting functions plus probes
- 80BK Temperature Probe
- Installed 9V battery
- Test leads
- Users manual
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