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Offline Old Don

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Re: EEVblog #1007 - Is a $25 Multimeter Any Good
« Reply #475 on: November 29, 2017, 05:53:00 AM »
I just received my AN8009 and am a bit disappointed in it since even my free Harbor Freight CenTech has a transistor tester and came with batteries.  >:D

Really, I did just get a AN8009 to use as a backup to my Flute when it's got itself lost on the workbench. They really do need to add a "locate meter" function for meters in general! Other than putting batteries into it and seeing if the functions appear to work I haven't used it. Test leads are about of the same quality level as the CenTech and so will be limited to low voltage usage. The plastics used for the case will not stand up to hard knocks and offering a slip on rubber boot as as an option would add hopes of it surviving drops. Guess that would double the cost? Since I don't intend to attempt to drive nails with my meter I guess the case represents low cost and also answers the question -- what the heck did you expect for $20 US including shipping?

Retired - Formerly: Navy ET, University of Buffalo Electronic Tech, Field Engineer and former laptop repair business owner
 

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Re: EEVblog #1007 - Is a $25 Multimeter Any Good
« Reply #476 on: December 01, 2017, 10:16:50 AM »
Hello,

I've looking for a while for a cheap multimeter for small DIY projects. Nothing special.

I've read several reviews and I come up with the following shortlist:

  • Aneng AN860B+
  • Aneng AN8009
  • BSIDE ZT301
  • UNI T UT139C

If they were all $20-$25, which one should I pick?

Thanks in advance
 

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Re: EEVblog #1007 - Is a $25 Multimeter Any Good
« Reply #477 on: December 01, 2017, 11:44:43 AM »
I've looking for a while for a cheap multimeter for small DIY projects. Nothing special.
  • Aneng AN860B+
  • Aneng AN8009
  • BSIDE ZT301
  • UNI T UT139C
If they were all $20-$25, which one should I pick?

ANENG AN860B+

Edit:
ZT301: Would be my second choice but I like the solid built, rubbery AN860B+ more (plus AN860B+ is cheaper).
AN8009: No proper milliamp ranges, tiny custom fuses (10mmx3mm - good luck finding replacements!)
UT139C: It's twice as expensive as the others and not really any better.
« Last Edit: December 02, 2017, 08:57:29 AM by Fungus »
 

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Re: EEVblog #1007 - Is a $25 Multimeter Any Good
« Reply #478 on: December 01, 2017, 11:58:31 AM »
I've looking for a while for a cheap multimeter for small DIY projects. Nothing special.
  • Aneng AN860B+
  • Aneng AN8009
  • BSIDE ZT301
  • UNI T UT139C
If they were all $20-$25, which one should I pick?

ANENG AN860B+

Having one, I would also recommend it. However, I haven't actually had/tried the others.
 

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Re: EEVblog #1007 - Is a $25 Multimeter Any Good
« Reply #479 on: December 02, 2017, 01:29:21 AM »
I have both the Aneng AN860B+ and the Aneng AN8008 (I know you mentioned the Aneng AN8009 but I have not bought this one yet) and I really like them both. I like the AN860B+ as it is a great size and has a really big display, the Aneng AN8008 is smaller but has a higher count, 9999 count versus 6000 for the AN860B+. I would not use either for mains or high voltage work but as I do not do this kind of thing it is not an issue for me.

If you want a detailed description of them then I recommend the following reviews:

https://www.markhennessy.co.uk/budget_multimeters/aneng_an8008.htm for the Aneng AN8008 version
https://www.markhennessy.co.uk/budget_multimeters/aneng_an860bplus.htm for the Aneng AN860B+ version

I ended up getting both (and probably will get more) as they are really great value - if you are not sure which one to get just pick one and at a later date, when they go on offer again, just get the other one - this is what I did. It is always useful to have two or more meters, I think Dave says four is a good number...
 

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Re: EEVblog #1007 - Is a $25 Multimeter Any Good
« Reply #480 on: December 02, 2017, 09:50:11 AM »
Thank you for all you input. I bought the AN860B+
 
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