I got here after watching some Dave's multimeter reviews (and also the clip with the flying pig
), and it looks like a friendly and informative place to be in.
So, I need a new multimeter.
I only have a 3$ crappy meter, and after seeing it misreads almost any current over 500mA, and that it has no fuses at all, I decided I need something better. (After seeing it is unfused I was very surprised with it still being operable, maybe I am a very safe n00b
I need some simple multimeter for around the house jobs - fixing electric devices, testing the mains, and it would also be great if I could measure my car battery, maybe other car electronics.
But I also need it for a bit of electronics, and I'm also into flashlights so I really would like to be able to measure currents of up to 5A and to test LEDs.
I would also like to be able to do touch temperature measurements.
In short, what I'm looking for is a cheap (sub 50$, preferably 30$ or cheaper, including shipment to Israel) multimeter, with the following abilities (correct me if I'm wrong):
- AC/DC voltage and current (DC current up to about 5A, but the higher the better)
- LED tests (3.7 Vf)
- Temperature - at least -20 to +500 celsius
- Fused - both mA and A if possible
I don't care if it measures even with 2%-3% error, most of my measurements don't need a better accuracy.
What comes to mind are the Vichy VC99 or some of the cheaper UNI-T (like UT39C) or a Minipa or a Mastech.
I was even thinking of buying a second hand Fluke, but can't find anything at a reasonable price.
I'll buy it from some Chinese / Hong Kong vendor, so I don't really care much about warranty.