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Re: EEVblog #1083 - Pocket Mutimeter Shootout
« Reply #50 on: May 21, 2018, 11:20:12 pm »
Have you ever heard of this brand of pocket multimeter? https://au.rs-online.com/web/p/digital-multimeters/1336519/
The idea is you have one probe clipped on the back, and use that in one hand, with the other probe in your other hand. It seems like it would be an awkward use for bench work, and only seems useful for wall-mounted electronics.

It's usually called a "duspol", it's mostly for electricians. The idea is you don't need three hands to use one when you're standing up and walking around.

Lots of companies make them, even Fluke: http://www.fluke.com/fluke/m2en/electrical-testers/electrical-testers/t90-t110-t130-t150-voltage-and-continuity-testers.htm?pid=73757

I quite like the display though.

Given the way you use them I think it would be better if it was readable in the vertical orientation.



If you like orange displays you might be interested in Agilent multimeters.
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Re: EEVblog #1083 - Pocket Mutimeter Shootout
« Reply #51 on: May 22, 2018, 12:04:26 am »
Thanks for that. I actually do quite like orange displays!
 

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Re: EEVblog #1083 - Pocket Mutimeter Shootout
« Reply #52 on: May 27, 2018, 03:27:00 am »
Dave made me buy a 2nd Sanwa PM300, how?
He cut the price! Got to NY in 10 days, nice job Dave.
I’ve seen all the others, own a few, but still think the Sanwa is the nicest. Tucking the cords inside is the only real complaint I have. Super accurate tested on my DMMCHECK Plus.
I think I’m DONE buying pocket meters, he said ........
 

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Re: EEVblog #1083 - Pocket Mutimeter Shootout
« Reply #53 on: May 27, 2018, 04:28:15 am »
Where mention of the batteries used in these pocket multimeters?
In the video...?  :-//

I summarized here:

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Batteries Battery Cover Enclosure
XB-866 2 AAA one screw
ANENG AN8203 2 AAA one screw
ANENG AN101 CR2032 one screw
Uni-T UT10A CR2032 - one screw metal insert
Uni-T UT120B/120C CR2032 - one screw metal insert
Jaycar QM1544 two LR44 - one screw metal insert
Sanwa PM3 CR2032 - one screw metal insert
Brymen BM22/Amprobe PM51 CR2032 - one screw metal insert
Kyoritsu KEW1018 two LR44 one screw metal insert
Hioki 3244-50 CARD HiTester CR2032 - one screw metal insert
Amprobe DM78C two LR44 one screw
DER EE DE-19S 2 AAA one screw metal insert
Sanwa PM300 CR2032 - one screw metal insert
 
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Re: EEVblog #1083 - Pocket Mutimeter Shootout
« Reply #54 on: May 30, 2018, 06:53:53 am »
Does anyone know where I could buy a set of the small test probes that come with these pocket meters? 

I've had a Metex P10 for years and it's not a bad little meter (built in 1.5v battery tester!) but inevitably one of the wires broke at the top of one of the probes where it gets bent the most.  I've bodged a repair by cutting back the plastic and soldering the break and protecting it with some heatshrink, but I'd rather replace the probes/leads if I can.
 

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Re: EEVblog #1083 - Pocket Mutimeter Shootout
« Reply #55 on: May 30, 2018, 07:23:03 am »
Does anyone know where I could buy a set of the small test probes that come with these pocket meters? 

Attached to one of the meters...?

If you want to repair a favorite meter then a lot of the meters in this thread cost about $10. Snip the leads off one!
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Re: EEVblog #1083 - Pocket Mutimeter Shootout
« Reply #56 on: May 30, 2018, 07:40:06 am »
Does anyone know where I could buy a set of the small test probes that come with these pocket meters? 

I've had a Metex P10 for years and it's not a bad little meter (built in 1.5v battery tester!) but inevitably one of the wires broke at the top of one of the probes where it gets bent the most.  I've bodged a repair by cutting back the plastic and soldering the break and protecting it with some heatshrink, but I'd rather replace the probes/leads if I can.

You could try Frankys thread on this site here:
http://www.eevblog.com/forum/buysellwanted/franky_s-sales-thread/

Or his online store here:
https://www.ebay.com/str/99centhobbies

If you find small enough ones for your pocket meter, just cut the ends off.
 

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Re: EEVblog #1083 - Pocket Mutimeter Shootout
« Reply #57 on: May 30, 2018, 08:27:13 pm »
Attached to one of the meters...?

If you want to repair a favorite meter then a lot of the meters in this thread cost about $10. Snip the leads off one!

A $10 meter for $1 test leads to fix a meter that's probably worth rather less than $10 doesn't add up for me.  I like the meter, but I'm not that sentimental about it! 

Edit:  Having said that it seems you can pick up a pocket meter for under $5 shipped from China which is ridiculous, but a possible solution so thanks!

You could try Frankys thread on this site here:
http://www.eevblog.com/forum/buysellwanted/franky_s-sales-thread/

Or his online store here:
https://www.ebay.com/str/99centhobbies

If you find small enough ones for your pocket meter, just cut the ends off.

Thanks I'll take a look, though I spent a good 20 minutes on eBay to no avail.  I suppose most people would just bin the whole thing and buy a new one.  If it comes it I'll wire in a full sized pair of probes, I just won't be able to store them in the holder.
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Re: EEVblog #1083 - Pocket Mutimeter Shootout
« Reply #58 on: June 08, 2018, 09:13:04 pm »
I've received  one of these meters as a gift, it was the uni-t 120C in chrismas.

The 10nF residual capacitance is present, which not so good, but in terms off voltage reading, frequecy, even capacitors >= 100nF is quite in spec. Has nice digits and some diode protection, PTC, clamps and a polyfuse for current, which is usefull for low power apps ( microcontroller). I do like the plastic case, keeps from been poked by the leeds. I carry on my bag as an extra.

About the review, the Sanwa seems very nice and best value for the money, but has the rotary switch that pertrudes a bit towards the case and can be pressed if using in your trousers pocket.

PS.: The continuity for the uni-t 120C is bad :S
« Last Edit: June 09, 2018, 01:06:06 am by malagas_on_fire »
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Re: EEVblog #1083 - Pocket Mutimeter Shootout
« Reply #59 on: June 08, 2018, 09:18:47 pm »
I've received  one of these meters as a gift, it was the uni-t 120C in chrismas.

The 10nF residual capacitance is present, which not so good, but in terms off voltage reading, frequecy, even capacitors >= 100nF is quite in spec. Has nice digits and some diode protection, PTC, clamps and a polyfuse for current, which is usefull for low power apps ( microcontroller). I do like the plastic case, keeps from been poked by the leeds. I carry on my bag as an extra.

About the review, the Sanwa seems very nice and best value for the money, but has the rotary switch that pertrudes a bit towards the case and can be pressed if using in your trousers pocket.

Here are some photos of first power on and inside, for checking battery, signs of corrosion, etc.
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Re: EEVblog #1083 - Pocket Mutimeter Shootout
« Reply #60 on: June 20, 2018, 06:14:29 pm »
14 pocket multimeters from $8 to $65 are torn down and compared for feature set and build quality.
Ranging in price from $8 to $65, which one is the best in each price category?
Timestamps:
6:07 XB866 Wun Hung Lo
9:42 ANENG AN8203
15:47 $10 Shootout Summary
16:14 Uni-T UT10A
19:12 Uni-T UT120B/120C
22:41 UNI-T Shootout Summary
23:05 Jaycar QM1544
26:42 $20 Shootout Summary
27:06 Sanwa PM3
31:06 Brymen BM22 / Amprobe PM51
37:31 Kyoritsu KEW1018
42:01 Hioki 3244-50 CARD Tester
45:47 Amprobe DM78C
50:25 DER EE DE-19S
56:27 SANWA PM300
1:02:36 Conclusion

Use coupon code "pocket" for a big discount on the PM300:
https://www.eevblog.com/product/pm300/



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The code seems to not be working. Did I miss the sale?
 


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