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What is a decent first multimeter?

Discussion in 'Electronic Basics' started by dg, Dec 17, 2003.

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  1. dg

    dg Guest

    I want to get my nephew a decent DMM. He is 9 years old and doesn't need a
    Fluke, just something basic for DC voltage, current, and resistance. I
    wanted to buy him a nice RC car for christmas, but he needs tools first.
    What brands should I look at?

    Thanks,
    --Dan
     
  2. Bob Fay

    Bob Fay Guest

    This one is nice for a beginner and very inexpensive.

    http://www.ingram-tech.com/products/p35761.htm
     
  3. Walmart sells a simple but functional pocket digital multimeter for
    about $20.
     
  4. Louis Bybee

    Louis Bybee Guest

    Brand isn't real important at this point. At nine years old he will most
    likely damage it beyond use either by dropping it, leaving it out in the
    rain, or improper application, before too long. I wouldn't spend more than
    $20. Make sure it has voltage, and current modes, in both AC and DC, and
    multiple resistance scales (x1 - x100 etc.). Many of the cheap models lack
    lower resistance scales. After he becomes more advanced, and skilled, you
    can invest in something more elaborate, accurate, and costly.

    Radio Shack, other electronic supply stores, home improvement stores, etc.,
    will be good sources.

    Radio Shack, and others, have experimenter kits with supplies, and labs
    prepared.

    Most important, secure someone locally as a resource to answer his
    questions, and evaluate his activities safety wise.

    Kudos to you for encouraging this type of experience in a young child. Who
    knows in a short time he may be disassembling your cars, and other
    appliances. :-]

    Louis
     
  5. Harbor Freight has a decent basic DMM for $7 US. It was on sale for $4
    the other day. http://www.harborfreight.com
    --
    8 days!


    Michael A. Terrell
    Central Florida
     
  6. DarkMatter

    DarkMatter Guest

    Look at Protek on google or e-bay

    Buy an old HP 4.5 digit on e-bay. Best meter.
     
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