• EEVblog #432 – Brymen Multimeters

    Dave takes a quick look at three Brymen Multimeters.
    The BM257 6000 count 0.2% $100 meter
    The BM857A 500,000 count 0.03%
    The BM869 500,000 count 0.02% top of the range meter

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      • tchicago

        If these guys are so serious about the product design, I think they take a hard look at the design of their retail package. Because I’d think twice before buing test equipment in such cheesy boxes that scream “I’m cheapo” 😉

        • Andrew

          YOu obviously, haven’t been to their website. It looks as though the design has not been updated since 1996 although the information is current.
          It is unfortunate, i have had a brymen meter for the last 8 years and it has always done well for me. I actually had it bought for me and it is good to hear it really is a decent meter.
          I have the software for it (on dikete!) somewhere. It connectes via serial with optical isolation. Unfortunatly the suite is useful but adds little extra functionality and has a refresh rate of about 1hz sadly.

      • Angus

        Thank you very much for your review. I had never heard of Brymen before, and now am the happy owner of a BM869 (bought from Poland since I couldn’t find any distributors in the UK).

        A nice surprise which I don’t think you mentioned in your blog is the ‘delta’ function, allowing a reference level to be held, and deviations from it displayed. Just what I needed!

      • Lucas

        I just ordered myself a BM257 (also from Poland). It’ll be my first ‘real’ multimeter, after a 5 bucks Onehunglow which actually worked quite well over the years.

      • glatocha


        so happy that you like the 257 that I own for 3 years now. In addition I would like to add that it is pretty fast. AFAIR there is 50 updates per second on the graph below the digits. I like that function (u need to select the range).

        If one buying on the internet, take some spare fuses as I couldn’t find thouse in normal store.

        One of mine gets stolen on site and I imediately order a new one. That is how happy I was with mine.


      • BennyBoy

        5870 is a badass card! Have one in my 5 year old Mac, and it still flies on most every game.