• EEVblog #66 – Death & Destruction of a Fluke Multimeter

    Dave goes on a several hundred km adventure in order to completely destroy the Fluke 28-II multimeter. Short of blowing it up with explosives, will he succeed, or will it live to measure another day?

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      • Murphy

        That’s awesome.
        Painful watching it go off the dam. >.<

        • Karthik

          I can’t believe it. It is twice over its spec.
          where did you get the spare lcd ?

      • Peter

        But is it bulletproof?

      • Nick

        But will it blend?

        • Matt

          That IS the question!

      • http://starlino.com/ starlino

        Great-great-great video. We’d like to see more of these.

      • Steve Dardas

        I got my 28 II Jan-2-2010, I liked it right out of the box. But now thanks to your demolition video I LOVE it.

        Thank You

        • Mike miller

          My good buddy Steve Dardas told me to watch and now I will buy one too,

      • http://aonomus.wordpress.com Norman

        All those muscles paying off with the canyon trip – not the typical engineers stress test. What was Fluke’s response to the 30 meter drop?

      • http://truthspew.wordpress.com Tony P

        Nice real world test of the specs on that meter. At the 100′ level I expected it might get a little messed up but alas, just the common issue you id’d with the inductor.

      • http://www.toddfun.com Todd Harrison

        Holy he2xl Dave!
        Just when I thought you couldn’t dare do more you tossed it out a car at 88mph! I thought that was the big test but you just keep ramping it up. It was hard to keep my eyes open, I just wanted to look away a few times. I’m glad you didn’t take it to the hammer. A new screen plus inductor and some community college could still get 30 years of great use out of that damn thing.
        Amazing video it was worth the wait!
        I’m a lifetime viewer from here on.

        • http://www.toddfun.com Todd Harrison

          oops, I see now that the 88mph was just a BTTF movie referance. The speed was really 60kmh ~= 37mph. But still, jeees he tossed it out a moving car and it lived just fine.

      • http://www.machinegrid.com bluehash

        I had to look away at the dam drop. They must make you their QA engineer. Thaks for an entertaining podacast!

      • http://www.elproducts.com elproducts

        That was fun to watch.

        It was interesting to see the USPS Priority Mail box in the background.
        Is that a common shipping method down under?

      • Curtisbeef

        The Thumbnail for that video looks hilarious.

      • http://msjaye.com MsJaye

        You’re a loon! And I mean that in the nicest possible way. :)

      • Auggie

        awwwwww man I could have used that meter hahaha. Awsome video though.

      • Rubi

        Common Dave that hurts,…

        At least, please don’t do that with the Agilent Oled, be so kind and “only” fuck up the lcd version.

      • http://diary.piku.org.uk James

        Your canyons look more fun than what we’ve got in the UK. I used to do a lot of rock climbing, but when the weather was too bad we’d go and climb the mountain streams and rivers instead – sort of like reverse canyoneering.

        I think Fluke should start making mobile phone and laptop cases too. I’d like a laptop that’d survive six metre drops.

        What video camera did you record the canyoneering stuff with, and would that survive a 6m drop off a bridge? :)

      • Robert

        Nice entertainment Dave! 😀

      • http://lerch.no-ip.com/atm James Lerch

        While you still have it in one relatively complete piece, perhaps try the following:

        Meter face up
        Cover with water
        Place in freezer

        Will water -> ice expansion in the test lead plugs cause the plastic to crack and compromise the environmental integrity of the case?

      • RyanE

        I thought for sure you were going to drive over it, and it would *still* survive.

      • Maverick

        I used a Fluke23III in the steel industry and I dropped that of crane at 80m (near 300ft) onto a steel slab and it survived even the LCD 😀

      • Dakota

        It probably would survive the hammer hit. I’m sure Fluke appreciates the data.

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      • walter delbono



        it’s like bruce willis in die hard…


      • http://hackedgadgets.com Alan Parekh

        Nice to see it hold up to tons of abuse! When I was doing service work I dropped my meter from a 6 foot ladder on more than one occasion, each time my heart sunk until I saw that it was working just fine.

        Good to see that the meter would have probably been just fine if I was even more clumsy. :)

      • http://www.test-equipment-shop.com.au Duncan Livingston

        That would have to be the best multimeter review I have ever seen. There was excitement, drama, fast cars, cool gadgets and blues brothers gags.

        I especially liked that you let the Fluke 28-II live another day.

      • http://www.canardpc.com Sam D.

        Please Dave, try again with a scrap Chinese multimeter 😀

        • http://aonomus.wordpress.com Norman

          Dropping a $10 crap multimeter off a 30 meter high dam might be considered littering, scattering all the non-RoHS compliant, lead filled junk into his watershed doesn’t sound like the brightest idea.

          Having said that, if there is a reasonable way to test it, it might as well be done for comparison.

      • Michael Thompson


        That’s one hell of a meter!

      • CJ

        Hey dav,
        have you replaced the inductor and LCD screen from the 100 foot dam drop test? I bet it still will work.

        I still have my original fluke 82, the first version. Dropped it many times from a few feet to roof tops, still working to this day. The only thing is the wafer switch is wearing out, but almost 20 years of everyday use I have no complaints.

      • Ryan

        I wonder what Fluke’s response was to this blog? I’m sure they were waiting to see what you did to it, I know I was 😉

        I did cringe though every time you threw it and I heard the smack against concrete, I’ve lost a laptop that way (good thing it wasn’t new!).

        And if you put a new inductor and LCD into it, did it still meet spec? I know it’s not analog, but after those drops, it’d have to be knocked out of calibration!

        • Neil

          This will be calibrated electronically. So as long as none of the main circuity is damaged I would bet it would still be in spec.

      • george graves

        Dear Fluke.

        You have some brass balls for letting someone publicly do that to one of your meters. I’m in the market for my first “pro” meter, and I had scratched you off my list.

        I’m re-writing my list.

        George Graves

      • edward

        Fantastic! I went to high school 2 miles from Fluke’s headquarters. Their reputation lives on. I remember seeing a sales guy throw his demo meter against the wall to show off. Nice to see they still can deliver on the same level.

        Thanks dave for all the work in the review. I hope you sell a lot of meters through your ads.

      • Dan

        Really awesome review Dave, the shots of you canyoning with the thing dangling had me in stitches!

        Also keen to hear if there is a response from Fluke.

      • fox

        that was the most awesome blog i have seen !!
        i really really liked the canyon trip. it was enough for me as a proof this fluke is indestructible.

        later on i was just begging you in my mind you to stop. enough. it can’t survive this. but each time it did survived.
        i feel pity for it, and designers. no one would ever predict dropping multimeter from car or dam.

        i thought it will just explode on the pieces when you drop it from 3 meters.

        it was way over the limits and rational thinking, you just wanted to destroy it. thats way beyond daily basis use.

        im prety sure if you would drop a hammer from this dam it would brake. and this is a multimeter 😀

        please dont do that again, thats just wrong. if you want you can destroy everything. its just not fair.
        and i feel pity for those devices.
        i guess, i like happy endings :)

      • http://aonomus.wordpress.com Norman

        Dave should have checked the *concrete under the dam at the impact site* for chips and damage. The multimeter is that awesome.

      • Sean

        Dave, there’s one shot of the meter sitting on a ledge in the canyon with a beautiful backdrop that Fluke should buy off you for advertising purposes.

        My neighbor probably could come closer to doing fatal damage to it, but only because he regularly does tower work on 450 ft radio towers and it should get closer to terminal velocity at that height.

        It truly deserves to live!

      • gianpi

        Hi Dave!
        Very nice blog and you are a super funny guy!!
        What do you think about new metrix dmm?

      • http://itmightbelove.com Dora Dipanfilo

        The mind is the limit. As long as the brain can visualize the very fact that you can do something, you can do it

      • Bernhard Weller

        I wonder if shielded inductors have less problems with shearing off, but I couldn’t possibly ask you to kill another multimeter just to find that out.

        • http://www.eevblog.com EEVblog

          I think it’s just the brittle nature of those standard build ferrites. No doubt other inductor constructions would vary. The best thing to do would be to pot them, that’s common in designs that must survive drops.

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