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  1. GW43125

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    Good evening all,

    This is my first post so apologies if I've got something wrong.

    I am starting a modelling project which involves a lot of wiring, so would like to invest in a cheap(ish) multimeter to assist me with this.

    My only question is:
    Does anyone have any recommendations as to what the best cheap (around a tenner) multimeter would be for this job?

    Thanks,
    Jamie.
     
  2. shumifan50

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  3. GW43125

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  4. Supercap2F

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    What functions do you think you well need?

    Dan
     
  5. GW43125

    GW43125

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    In reality, i doubt I'll end up using more than the continuity, voltage, amperage and resistance.

    Jamie.
     
  6. davenn

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    Yeah, but don't forget about your progression in electronics over the next few years ;)

    Dave
     
    Last edited: Jul 3, 2014
  7. shumifan50

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    The one you battle with is current measurement. Multi-meters become more expensive quickly when you need to measure high currents and it is the one bit of a meter that is blown easily, even though 'they have protection', because when there is high current there is invariably highish voltage and consequently high wattage.

    I agree wuth Davenn about the future. Electronics is addictive and the more you learn the more you want to learn and need to learn and the better the equipment you need.
     
  8. GW43125

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    At present, the only currents I need to measure are the sub-1A currents seen on model railways, but, as you say, there may be more need for it in the future, so I am, at present, stumped.

    Jamie.
     
  9. BobK

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    IMHO A cheap meter is good enough for starters. 10 bucks is a throwaway compared to what you would pay for a good quality meter. I have no experience with it, but others here have said that you can get a decent cheap meter at Harbor Freight for half of your $10 budget.

    I have been doing electronics for 45 years, and have never found the need a high quality multimeter. I would rather have two cheap ones than one expensive one, since two are often needed to measure current and voltage simultaneously.

    Bob
     
  10. GW43125

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    Yes, ISTR my teacher has an around £30 meter but only uses about half the functions!
     
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