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Online Shock

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Fluke Fluff
« on: May 17, 2018, 11:54:30 am »
Finally got my two "ultimate" (LOL) bench meters, so it's time to move up in the world.

After some prolonged Ebay trawling, (in US dollars) came to $120 for both combined. Total savings of approx $890 and shipping buying them new here. I did trade another Fluke as part of the deal which saved $30 or so.

A lot of rubbing former owners grime off the Fluke 87V restored it. The Fluke 117 ended up being as best as I can tell, brand new.

The deals I passed on were two Fluke 87Vs at around $160 each, two dirt cheap Fluke 117s one which was practically free but the seller scared me off.

The golden missed deal of the century, a sub $100 Fluke 289 that had a poor listing (owner replaced it with some cheap meter because the Fluke 289 was too fancy). A couple of years ago I hesitated and missed out on another "buy it now" expensive Fluke.

So now in true EEVblog fashion I will say all Chinese brand meters are junk and you're wasting your money. Joking, but after seriously sampling the secondhand Fluke market and buying over a dozen Flukes under $30 each (20 and 70 series) and some slightly more expensive 110 series it redefines wasting $100 on a Chinese brand when there's plenty of secondhand deals around.


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Re: Fluke Fluff
« Reply #1 on: May 17, 2018, 12:22:38 pm »
After some prolonged Ebay trawling, (in US dollars) came to $120 for both combined.
That is an excellent deal.

When the Canadian dollar was par with the US dollar and USPS shipping rates were reasonable, I would buy broken Fluke meters for under $20 USD.  Sometimes I would get a good deal on a working meter for under $100 like a Fluke 87V or 18x.

But those days are long gone and I haven't look on ebay in nearly 3 or 4 years now.
 

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Re: Fluke Fluff
« Reply #2 on: May 17, 2018, 12:53:59 pm »
That is an excellent deal.

When the Canadian dollar was par with the US dollar and USPS shipping rates were reasonable, I would buy broken Fluke meters for under $20 USD.  Sometimes I would get a good deal on a working meter for under $100 like a Fluke 87V or 18x.

But those days are long gone and I haven't look on ebay in nearly 3 or 4 years now.

I did exactly the same. When the US exchange rate returned to normal and shipping prices went up it made things a little sad.  I have a bit of a workaround in place for shipping now (I do my own) which makes it a little less expensive.

The Fluke 117 is really just because it has LoZ and Voltalert which is a bit extravagant. I've got two Uni-T 71Ds for logging and my shelf queens are two Keithley 179s. Plus I'm keeping spare sets of Fluke 27/FMs for voltage/current monitoring.

I'm not really compelled to have a billion features on a handheld DMM nor digits but may just upgrade the Keithleys next. Sort of a work in progress like everyones bench I guess.

I feel a purge coming though, as I'm expanding to critical mass. It's like keeping children from a former marriage, you know you love them but they are occupying all the rooms.

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Re: Fluke Fluff
« Reply #3 on: May 17, 2018, 10:14:59 pm »
FWIW, the Continuity/buzzer and Min Max modes on these are killa, the AutoHOLD on the 87V is addictive...
and speaking from experience you will need a 289 to complete the Trilogy... when the wallet recovers  :phew:

Thanks I'll do some comparisons. I've only played with the Fluke 87V a little so far and need to sit down with it. I was quite impressed with the DC mV range, forget what I was doing at the time, watching a circuit discharge or something exciting like that hahah.

Yeah I want, I've been coveting the Fluke 287 BravoV and the Fluke 289 Shahriar has as I keep seeing images of them.

Something I do have though now is a Fluke 98B Series II Scopemeter in the repair pile. It's a bit of an oddball scope but the price was a giveaway. I'm hoping it's a supply problem, my preliminary testing seemed to indicate it's having issues drawing startup current.

Here is a photo another user posted of his in mint condition. I did get most of the case candy with my Fluke 98B but it will need some TLC to get it this sparkly.



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Re: Fluke Fluff
« Reply #4 on: May 17, 2018, 10:24:10 pm »
There are definitely bargains out there on the flukes. I’ve bought a 289, 381, 233, 1587FC (new in box), 724 and then a 725(new in box but 6 years old). All up it’s cost around 2 grand.

Each meter has its specific use and application in my line of work. Most of them can’t be matched easily with cheapies. A mate has a Fluke 28 ex (got it for a similar price to the standard 28 on eBay) and that’s a solid meter.
 

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Re: Fluke Fluff
« Reply #5 on: May 18, 2018, 12:27:12 am »
There are definitely bargains out there on the flukes. I’ve bought a 289, 381, 233, 1587FC (new in box), 724 and then a 725(new in box but 6 years old). All up it’s cost around 2 grand.

Each meter has its specific use and application in my line of work. Most of them can’t be matched easily with cheapies. A mate has a Fluke 28 ex (got it for a similar price to the standard 28 on eBay) and that’s a solid meter.

Nice set of meters, I'll have to pretend for now my Fluke 27/FMs are like your mates Fluke 28 II Ex ;). My whole workshop is probably the same price as that meter alone.

You reminded me with your clamp meter, I have a Fluke 322 for repair with a display issue that needs scoping and a few Fluke Y8100 Current Probes to restore which might be useful for something.

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Re: Fluke Fluff
« Reply #6 on: May 18, 2018, 02:24:25 pm »
Ok it appears I have another new old multimeter (I know right?), needs a little TLC but is operational.
Wondering if it's even worth messing with. Anyone know which model in the 80s series this is?



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Re: Fluke Fluff
« Reply #7 on: May 18, 2018, 04:01:18 pm »
FWIW, the Continuity/buzzer and Min Max modes on these are killa, the AutoHOLD on the 87V is addictive...

You're right, I tested the continuity on the Fluke 87V and it's very quick to beep.
The Fluke 117 seems fast as well but the bar display seems slightly quicker on the 87V.

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Re: Fluke Fluff
« Reply #8 on: May 18, 2018, 08:03:18 pm »
Clean the sockets, plugs, probe tips on both meters and enjoy real deal speed    8)
The Fluke 189 is the quickest I've come across (it has a bird chirp instead of beep)  but the 87V is like only a hair behind in the race  :clap:
If you want to get some serious troubleshoot trace work done quickly, look no further than what you have 

I gave the Fluke 87V the clean from hell when I got it, the sockets were clogged. The Fluke 117 is immaculate I think it's probably been only used half a dozen times.

They are both very fast, probe tip cleaning makes a huge difference, it's a pity the bananas are harder. They could benefit from a comparative accuracy/calibration check though. I might line up a few and see who is the odd one out.

The meter above looks like an 83, 85 or 87, the first series, hard to tell which of the three   :-//
It should have top notch performance too, and IIRC a bit more responsive than the 117
and if it gives you any grief, loads of posts here about fixing them

Couldn't tell from photos so I tore it down, with the cover off I can faintly see it's a Fluke 87. So apparently I have two now. Random, as I wasn't really trying for a second but pulled the trigger on the price (rather than the model). I think you're right it looks like the first series and I can see photos with Fluke 87s with blue buttons.

Is there any other way to tell the model without reading the label on this series?

While it was apart I checked the fuses, it seems to zero out ok. Another filthy one, I am not in love with it at all.

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Re: Fluke Fluff
« Reply #9 on: May 18, 2018, 08:07:40 pm »
Next aim ... Fluke 189 ... duck&cover&run ....  :scared:
 

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Re: Fluke Fluff
« Reply #10 on: May 18, 2018, 08:12:05 pm »
Next aim ... Fluke 189 ... duck&cover&run ....  :scared:

Whats better Fluke 180 series or 280 series, and which model?

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Re: Fluke Fluff
« Reply #11 on: May 18, 2018, 08:21:06 pm »
Whats better Fluke 180 series or 280 series, and which model?

Well, for me as I own 287 (similar to 289) and 189, word better is subjective as 28X series is more for logging meter with high accuracy, graphic display for log view & deep memory, while 189 ... subjectively of course, to me is the most versatile daily use grab meter as it boots really fast (hate 28X boot time) and with a really sharp & contrast LCD display compared to 28X, also feature wise is really good too especially for electronics instead of electrician work like 87X does. And 18X models use 4 AA cells.  :-+

The 28X models are the successor of 18X which is discontinued.

Used Fluke 189 which I scored while ago.



Size comparisons between this popular Fluke models => 87V 189 287.

BBB .. the Beauty, the Beast and the Brick.  :-DD
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Re: Fluke Fluff
« Reply #12 on: May 19, 2018, 01:41:03 am »
BBB .. the Beauty, the Beast and the Brick.  :-DD

That's not a brick, this is a brick!
Might be too extravagant in the immediate future. I wouldn't know where to put all the numbers on those big displays.


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Re: Fluke Fluff
« Reply #13 on: May 19, 2018, 05:34:49 am »
I've had my Fluke 87V/117 pair for going on 4 years now.  They compliment each other nicely.

I got the 117 when my old Craftsman died.  I knew nothing about meters or electronics in general at the time except that Fluke was supposed to be good.  Then I saw Dave's review of the 117 (the first EEVBlog video I ever watched) and heard him say that my shiny new meter was useless for electronics.

"Well shit, what does this crazy Australian think is a good electronics meter?"

I eventually found his 87V review, bought one, and subsequently fell into the electronics hobbyist rabbit hole from which I've yet to emerge.

Thanks a lot, Dave.    ;)
 

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Re: Fluke Fluff
« Reply #14 on: May 20, 2018, 03:52:24 am »
there was an eBay guide to flukes.  one of eBay regulars wrote it. if I recall right, series 1 and series 2 have the lightning bolt, series 3 is when they started listing cat rating. find that guide, very useful.
 


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