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Old 10-27-2014, 10:00 PM   #1
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Multimeter (Wow, which one?)

I need a multimeter to keep in the motor home,just something to check volts,amps,and so on,I went on amazon and looked and the list is endless,what is a good one to buy,I don't want to spend a bunch of money but I don't want a piece of junk,what do ya'll use.

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Old 10-27-2014, 10:09 PM   #2
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For what you want to do, nearly any one will do. I have a digital one that sells for $9.95 at Harbor Freight. It does everything I need it to do, And they often give it away for FREE if you have a coupon from one of their ads.
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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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Old 10-27-2014, 10:17 PM   #4
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Under $20 at Walmart or Radio Shack also
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Old 10-27-2014, 10:20 PM   #5
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Pretty much any meter will do most of what you need it for. If I had a recommendation it would be to get a Power Probe. You can get a nice kit with everything you need for under 200 bucks it will tell you positive and gnd and also give you voltage readings. Plus it has a separate lead that is always gnd and you can make the tip hot or gnd with the switch. It has a light so it doubles as a flashlight in tight spots and provides a audio tone so you can tell hot or gnd with out seeing it. I have several meters some very expensive and my Power Probe is my go to nearly all the time. Once you learn it you will love it.
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Old 10-27-2014, 10:26 PM   #6
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I got a 'Green line' meter for about $20 at the local hardware store. It is nothing fancy, but it does what I need it to do. For serious work in my shop, I have a mid level Fluke meter.
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Old 10-27-2014, 10:26 PM   #7
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You get what you pay for, a quality meter is worth any number of cheap ones. Get a Fluke, yes, that is the name of the meter, and you will not regret it. You can find them used on eBay, I got mine for $80.00, new over $300. Quality tools are built to last and not be replaced every few years.
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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
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Old 10-27-2014, 10:49 PM   #9
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Most multimeters would be fine, but getting a meter with the ability to read amperage for alternator output-starter draw-and battery loads is extremely useful. Also the ability to read dutycycle would be good---engine sensors use a duty cycle signal. Saying that Sears makes a good clamp amp meter (it reads up to 400AMP I think maybe slightly higher than that) that reads all the above for about a hundred bucks.
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One of my favorites. Rugged, readily available, inexpensive, does the job.

Craftsman $10-$20.

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You get what you pay for, a quality meter is worth any number of cheap ones. Get a Fluke, yes, that is the name of the meter, and you will not regret it. You can find them used on eBay, I got mine for $80.00, new over $300. Quality tools are built to last and not be replaced every few years.
X2 - I use my dad's Fluke Model 77 - I believe it's from 1989. It was his upgrade. Get a set of these while you're at it.
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At home I have Flukes 87III/333 clamp on in my unit I have a Greenlee clamp on that measures AC/DC volts and AC/DC Amps got it at HD.
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I have multi-meters ranging from "Free with coupon" at Harbor Freight to a couple hundred dollars.

If you need absolute accuracy.. Fluke and expect to PAY!!!!.

For most of our needs. well.. The ones I get from harbor Freight, when the internal battery goes dead.. Cheaper to get a new meter.
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