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Offline zapta

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Any opinion on Fluke 107?
« on: September 16, 2013, 08:52:09 AM »
Hi all,

I am looking for a small DMM for general work around the house and car. Strong preference for a simple, compact, good quality, backlight and aesthetic look (subjective of course). During my research I stumbled upon the Fluke 107. It seems to be smaller than my other candidates Fluke 117 and Fluke 15B, just about my perfect size.

http://www.fluke.com/fluke/inen/digital-multimeters/compact-multimeters/fluke-107-digital-multimeter.htm?PID=77007

It is available (Chinese version?) on Alibaba in single quantities with shipping to the US for sub $100.

http://www.aliexpress.com/item/2013-New-fluke-107-F107-200g-handheld-Pocket-digital-multimeter-diode-test-Backlight-with-magnetic-Strap/1285231514.html

Anybody has any experience or an opinion about this Fluke line?

Thanks,

zapta
« Last Edit: September 16, 2013, 09:07:20 AM by zapta »

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Re: Any opinion on Fluke 107?
« Reply #1 on: September 16, 2013, 09:01:21 AM »
No experiences that I've seen, but some opinions:
http://www.eevblog.com/forum/testgear/any-teardown-pictures-of-new-fluke-101-106-107-palm-sized-multimeter

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Re: Any opinion on Fluke 107?
« Reply #2 on: September 16, 2013, 11:52:41 AM »
I don't know. I've been wanting to hear a review of that meter for some time. Seems good for electronics work.
I'm not saying we should kill all stupid people. I'm just saying that we should remove all product safety labels and let natural selection do its work.

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Re: Any opinion on Fluke 107?
« Reply #3 on: September 16, 2013, 02:27:23 PM »
Read the other thread. This series of meters is NOT meant for electronics. It is missing millivolts range on DC, milliamp and microamps, and has a very limited frequency measurement range. The Fluke 17B is a better electronics meter than this.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xsj1UWol7l8
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Re: Any opinion on Fluke 107?
« Reply #4 on: September 16, 2013, 03:14:28 PM »
Thanks everybody for the info. I understand that the 107 is limited (uA, true RMS, etc) but I need it only for occasional works around the house, car etc and like the convenience due to the simplicity, form factor and backlight. For electronic works I have an old Metex 3860D and a Tektronis DSO.   I think I will give it a try and order from Alibaba Express. Never order from them, hopefully they will accept my order and will actually ship to the US.

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Re: Any opinion on Fluke 107?
« Reply #5 on: September 16, 2013, 04:46:42 PM »
I think I will give it a try and order from Alibaba Express. Never order from them, hopefully they will accept my order and will actually ship to the US.
If you get the Fluke 107, please provide some photos of the inside as many of us here are curious.

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Re: Any opinion on Fluke 107?
« Reply #6 on: September 17, 2013, 02:32:17 AM »
If you get the Fluke 107, please provide some photos of the inside as many of us here are curious.

Will do. Just placed an order.

After viewing so many eevblog multimeter teardown videos I think I know what to look for ;-)

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Re: Any opinion on Fluke 107?
« Reply #7 on: September 17, 2013, 06:15:39 AM »
[..] and like the convenience due to the simplicity, form factor and backlight. [..]

How often are you probing things in darkness? No, seriously, if someone could explain to me the purpose of this feature, please. One of my cheap meters has a backlight as well but I never found poking circuits with probes when I can't see shit a particularly bright idea (pun very much intended). Of course I assume that the LCD isn't so bad by itself that it doesn't offer decent contrast in any amount of light that allows me to actually see what I'm doing. Backlit watch, phone, TV remote - sure, but DMM? :-//
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Re: Any opinion on Fluke 107?
« Reply #8 on: September 17, 2013, 06:49:09 AM »
How often are you probing things in darkness? No, seriously, if someone could explain to me the purpose of this feature, please. One of my cheap meters has a backlight as well but I never found poking circuits with probes when I can't see shit a particularly bright idea (pun very much intended). Of course I assume that the LCD isn't so bad by itself that it doesn't offer decent contrast in any amount of light that allows me to actually see what I'm doing. Backlight watch, phone, TV remote - sure, but DMM? :-//

I like to work at night on my workbench, with the ceiling lights off and using just directed lighting on my work. While monitoring measurements with the DMM a little to the side, the backlight is very useful. I don't go probing in the dark, but sometimes when leaving the DMM connected to some line you need to monitor for some specific event, backlight also helps.

When not on the bench, like in a wiring closet or below the dashboard of your car you might need to place the DMM in a (dark) corner while using a flashlight that illuminates only the contacts you need to probe; with the backlight on all you need is a glance at the DMM to view the reading.

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Re: Any opinion on Fluke 107?
« Reply #9 on: September 17, 2013, 06:57:50 AM »
I like to work at night on my workbench, with the ceiling lights off and using just directed lighting on my work. While monitoring measurements with the DMM a little to the side, the backlight is very useful. I don't go probing in the dark, but sometimes when leaving the DMM connected to some line you need to monitor for some specific event, backlight also helps.

When not on the bench, like in a wiring closet or below the dashboard of your car you might need to place the DMM in a (dark) corner while using a flashlight that illuminates only the contacts you need to probe; with the backlight on all you need is a glance at the DMM to view the reading.

Hmm... ok, I can imagine that a practical scenario, thanks.

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Re: Any opinion on Fluke 107?
« Reply #10 on: September 17, 2013, 07:23:32 AM »
Check new HIOKI meters.

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Re: Any opinion on Fluke 107?
« Reply #11 on: September 17, 2013, 08:00:00 AM »
[..] and like the convenience due to the simplicity, form factor and backlight. [..]

How often are you probing things in darkness? No, seriously, if someone could explain to me the purpose of this feature, please. One of my cheap meters has a backlight as well but I never found poking circuits with probes when I can't see shit a particularly bright idea (pun very much intended). Of course I assume that the LCD isn't so bad by itself that it doesn't offer decent contrast in any amount of light that allows me to actually see what I'm doing. Backlit watch, phone, TV remote - sure, but DMM? :-//
I can think of two reasons to want the back light.  Not all meters have good screen contrast.  The latest Flukes like the 11x series have relatively low contrast compared to some of the older models I've used.  The lower contrast isn't that big a deal if you have good lighting but sometimes the lighting isn't as good as you would like. 
Second, not all meters are used on the bench.  I was working on a CNC mill years back and the lighting was poor once you got into the control boxes behind the unit.  It was good enough to see where I was sticking the probes but not to read the display of the meter sitting in the bottom of a control box. 
It's not a critical thing but it can be really nice.  I personally like that the Fluke meters seem to leave the light on for a long time. 



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Re: Any opinion on Fluke 107?
« Reply #12 on: September 17, 2013, 08:50:30 AM »
Interesting. Have a look at the size comparison:

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Re: Any opinion on Fluke 107?
« Reply #13 on: September 17, 2013, 01:15:26 PM »
No, seriously, if someone could explain to me the purpose of this feature, please.
Have you ever used your meter away from the comfort of your bench? These meters are mainly aimed at electricians. Electricians don't work on a well-lit bench all day, but have to crawl in odd, possibly poorly-lit spaces. Investigating a tripped breaker for a lighting circuit so you only have to work under emergency lighting is one example. Fluke also makes a light that clips on your probe, which is very useful under those conditions.

What Robomeds said, essentially ;).

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Re: Any opinion on Fluke 107?
« Reply #14 on: September 17, 2013, 02:13:53 PM »
Interesting. Have a look at the size comparison:

Thanks for the picture. I assumed that the 107 is the same size as the 101. Anyway, of the four the 107 is the only one with backlight display so it's my first choice.


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