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Nice, thorough review of the 37XR, David. I’ve had one for a couple of years, and for the general hobbyist/kitbuilding stuff I use it for, it’s been great. I bought it mainly for the inductance feature (why don’t more DMM’s have this?), and it’s nice to learn from your review that it’s built as well as it seems. Until I pony up the money for a Fluke, it’s a good meter.
I’ve had a 37XR for probably 3 or 4 years now and it was a pleasant surprise to see that you’re reviewing it this time around. At the time I bought it, I was aware that Meterman was the same as the Wavetech company that came before, but I wasn’t sure if the change in the name (and possibly management) had allowed them to keep to the same quality standards as they had in the past.
Your review of the 37XR is very accurate and I think I’ve made use of almost every feature the meter has on it. If I had the money at the time, I would have bought a Fluke instead, but looking back I’m also happy to say I certainly don’t regret the money I spent on the Meterman instead. Given the choice, I’d certainly buy it again.
I have the same exact model! I bought mine used on Ebay after hours of googling. I think I paid $30.
Bargain at $30!
Okay, I’m going to admit my ignorance. What’s “burn voltage”?
It’s “burden voltage”. See:
Hi Dave, I just discovered your site and wanted to throw in my two cents about the Meterman DMM. I work at ITT as a calibration technician. In our facility, we design and manufacture all sorts of power supplies, so as you can imagine we have hundreds of meters in all flavors.
With its various functions, this Meterman is indeed a handy meter. However, I would only recommend it for home use. After a few years, they all too often fail calibration. Long term, they are just not that stable. A few years back, many engineers bought this meter because it had many functions and was cheaper than a Fluke. Today, only one remains in service, all others have been rejected. For industrial and military use, I give this meter a thumbs down!
Great site you’ve got here, and as I go through the old video blogs I’ll probably have a comment sprinkled here and there. Thanks for the info and entertainment!
Came across ur assessment of this meter and really found it very useful
great informative delivery
Keep up the blog -I will be following ur blog for tips and info
Like Tracy I bought this DMM because of the inductance feature. I can also confirm the late response in regards to continuity. This behaviour is caused by the Auto-Range function when the resistance is measured.
A work-around for getting a fast response for continuity is to use LOGIC (It doesn’t matter if mode is set to TTL or CMOS) instead.
This should also work for other DMM with the LOGIC feature…
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Can you suggest how I might make a modification to my 37XR? Seriously-I would like the blue backlight to come on and stay on the whole time the meter is activated. Battery life is of no concern to me.thank you.
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