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  1. vick5821

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    Hey guys, any recomendation on which multimeter to be bought ? multifunction too and auto range.And any suggestion on what type of digital multimeter should I get ?

    Thank you
     
  2. GreenGiant

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  3. vick5821

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    Wow..it's so expensive..my budget around 100+ only
     
  4. (*steve*)

    (*steve*) ¡sǝpodᴉʇuɐ ǝɥʇ ɹɐǝɥd Moderator

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    Google "eevblog multimeter shootout" and check out the $50 and $100 multimeter shootout.
     
  5. JMW

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    Home depot has a good selection as do many high quality auto parts store. Electrical supply houses are also good sources.
    Fluke is nice, however the smoke from a $500 meter is little different from a $20 Radio Shack special. After you have toasted, dropped and submerged a few, you will discover the features you need and can upgrade accordingly. Even a Fluke must be calibrated yearly.
     
  6. vick5821

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    What do you think about SANWA CD770? Worth to buy?
     
  7. Rleo6965

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    It looks good to me except ac and dc current was only 0.4amp. You need 10amp current meter to test load current. This is very important in troubleshooting power supply an test current flow of circuit was normal or not.

    Look for almost same specs of Fluke 79 III. Sanwa Brand maybe much cheaper than Fluke.
     
  8. vick5821

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    Will I bew dealing with such high current ? SANWA CD 770 already cost me like RM158 already..LOL
     
  9. Rleo6965

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    Go ahead. Buy it CD770. It has Frequency counter, Capacitance Test. You need those.
     
  10. vick5821

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    So, you think CD770 is a good type of multimeter for beginner ? Frequency counter is for what function ?
     
  11. Rleo6965

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    frequency counter use to measure frequency of circuits. such as output of astable ne555 timer.
     
  12. vick5821

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    Wow..that is nice!

    Thank you
     
  13. JMW

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    Looks good. The freq counter is good for audio frequencies, but only sine wave.
    As for the current, it is a bit low. I would go for the 731 higher current, i would sacrifice the freq counter for the current. 10 Amps is sufficient for most applications, any higher get a shunt, far more accurate and will save a bunch in repairs.
     
  14. vick5821

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    I would need to compare the price then :)

    Thanks alot!
     
  15. peter.mitchell

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    A suggestion, if you can find it cheap enough, the uni-t ut61, it has all them features, but 10A current, it costs about $40, 100 ringit.
     
  16. vick5821

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    does CD770 has the ability to measure capacitance ?
     
  17. davenn

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    I had a bunch of those in the company I worked for
    they were the biggest heap of crap ever!!
    Yes they worked ... well for a while, we lost 5 out of 8 units to all sorts of
    weird faults that werent repairable

    Dave
     
  18. peter.mitchell

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    What can you expect for $40 though?
     
  19. davenn

    davenn Moderator

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    hahaha wellllllllllllllll they looked so good and lots of features and big screen
    a bit more expensive than that when bought over here vaguely remember ~ AU$100
    the boss got one for every road tech. I still have my faulty one lying around somewhere
    you know what us techs are like ... hate to throw things out just in case parts of it are useable one day ;)

    cheers
    Dave
     
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