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Old 10-28-2014, 08:02 PM   #29
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For what I know about using these meters I think I need to keep it cheap and simple,I did see one at walmart that was 21.00,one thing I liked about it was you could hold it by an outlet and it would give you the volts just by pushing a button,but that don't look like it would tell you if the outlet was working or not,it could be picking up a reading off the wire,Is that right????????
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Old 10-29-2014, 09:35 AM   #30
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On sale for $10.99, regular is $52.00. Pretty straight forward:

Etekcity Digital LCD Voltmeter
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Old 10-30-2014, 09:26 AM   #31
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I like the Sears digital Volt Ohm meter.
Digitals don't seem to mind if you get the leads backwards.
The price is right.
I like the ones with the plastic boot to help with the bumps and bangs.
I would get the longer leads from Radio Shack and some alligator clip test ends.
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I am an Electronic Tech 21yrs US Navy and now use a GTC CM100 1 mA to 100 Amps AC/DC Low Current Clamp Meter that you can find on Amazon. Works great, easy to use and goes everywhere I go. Flukes too pricey, this guy come with all you need.
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Old 10-30-2014, 05:46 PM   #33
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I agree, any digital meter can be very handy when trying to diagnose an electrical problem. The amp clamp is handy, but may be more than required when just trying to figure out if you have voltage or not, which seems to be the problem more often than not.
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Old 10-30-2014, 05:52 PM   #34
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A piece of junk would probably do just fine. HD should have a few. I just keep the one I got free from HF in the coach.
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Another vote for harbor freight..less than 10 bucks or free
With the coupon. It is as accurate as it needs to be for the
Toolbox-hobbyist- traveler..
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I have two digital from Harbor Freight for free.
One at home and one in the rig.
It is amazing how often they are used and they work for my purposes.
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As I type this I'm looking at a coupon from harbor Freight, their 10.00 meter (well 9.99) free with coupon no purchase required. I already have two of them.
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I have a different point of view when it comes to meters, especially for those who don't use them that often. I have a Fluke 117, but rarely use it. My favorite and old reliable is an old Sears Craftsman analog. When poking around in a motor home bay or reaching into a fuse panel, it's so easy just to watch the needle move out of the corner of your eye. When trouble shooting RV issues, the majority of time you're just checking for power or a good ground. If you need to now what the exact voltage is, an analog gauge still gives a good reading.

My only suggestion when buying what ever meter you decide upon is......buy some good cables to go with it. Buying a cheap meter with 12" cables can be pretty much useless.

The settings are easy to read and when using the Ohm meter for testing
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