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Offline electric

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Question about multimeter
« on: July 15, 2013, 12:58:21 am »
Hi guys im looking to replace my mastech my-99, what would be the best multimiter on the market that has amoled display or normal one,data logging,5000 counts,backlit display has to be sharp display,trendcapture, autorange.
I know that fluke 280 is good, but is there other brands with similar features?

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Re: Question about multimeter
« Reply #1 on: July 15, 2013, 01:49:03 am »
It would be helpful to know where you live, and what you are willing to spend.
 

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Re: Question about multimeter
« Reply #2 on: July 15, 2013, 02:02:45 am »
It would be helpful to know where you live, and what you are willing to spend.
i live in europe and i am willing to spend around 700 euros , around 900 dollars
 

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Re: Question about multimeter
« Reply #3 on: July 15, 2013, 03:13:07 am »
Well you are out of my experience with that price range. You probably don't need to spend that kind of money for a replacement for a Mastech!
 

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Re: Question about multimeter
« Reply #4 on: July 15, 2013, 03:43:47 am »
Well you are out of my experience with that price range. You probably don't need to spend that kind of money for a replacement for a Mastech!

i dont mind if u know cheaper models because i think that fluke 289 is tad expensive, but as long as cheap model has those features that i look for i wouldnt mind buying cheaper one
 

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Re: Question about multimeter
« Reply #5 on: July 15, 2013, 04:17:26 am »
Hi guys im looking to replace my mastech my-99

Google has nothing on that model number?

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what would be the best multimiter on the market that has amoled display or normal one,data logging,5000 counts,backlit display has to be sharp display

OLED display and backlight? That does not compute.
The choice of OLED vs backlit LCD is a big one, it drives your choice of meter and the resultant battery life. There are very few OLED models on the market.

 

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Re: Question about multimeter
« Reply #6 on: July 15, 2013, 04:21:23 am »
Try a search for "Brymen multimeter" on YouTube and you'll find a few reviews of their rather reasonably priced multimeters. They may not have the on-screen trendcapture the Fluke 289 offers but they do have data logging capability via a PC (or internal data logging as well on the BM-520's series).

Well you are out of my experience with that price range. You probably don't need to spend that kind of money for a replacement for a Mastech!

i dont mind if u know cheaper models because i think that fluke 289 is tad expensive, but as long as cheap model has those features that i look for i wouldnt mind buying cheaper one
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Re: Question about multimeter
« Reply #7 on: July 15, 2013, 04:28:11 am »
Well for much less money there is the Brymen BM525. It does not do trend capture but has 87000 data point logging at up to 20 time per second and is CATIV 1000V rated.
http://www.tme.eu/en/details/bm525/portable-digital-multimeters/brymen/#

Then there is the Metrix or AEMCline of weird meters that cost a lot and do many things like you want but have less clear displays:
http://www.chauvin-arnoux.com/produit/Famille_detail.asp?idFam=1962&idPole=1


The Fluke 289 does what you want but reportedly has a very low contrast display.

Sorry I couldn't be more help
 


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Re: Question about multimeter
« Reply #9 on: July 15, 2013, 07:41:30 am »
With that kind of money I think you can enjoy the pleasure of using any of the Agilent U1270 Series

http://cp.literature.agilent.com/litweb/pdf/5990-6425EN.pdf

I would pick the oled one (U1273A) because I have a pletora of Sony CycleEnergy rechargable batteries and I always have replacement batteries available so I think I would be able to enjoy that pornographic display
 

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Re: Question about multimeter
« Reply #10 on: July 15, 2013, 03:52:34 pm »
Hi guys im looking to replace my mastech my-99

Google has nothing on that model number?

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what would be the best multimiter on the market that has amoled display or normal one,data logging,5000 counts,backlit display has to be sharp display


OLED display and backlight? That does not compute.
The choice of OLED vs backlit LCD is a big one, it drives your choice of meter and the resultant battery life. There are very few OLED models on the market.

well i found a pic of it on google kinda weird that u didnt but anyways here the pic, and reason why i want to replace it lcd panel died
« Last Edit: July 15, 2013, 04:04:39 pm by electric »
 

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Re: Question about multimeter
« Reply #11 on: July 15, 2013, 10:29:33 pm »
what do you guys think of flukes 179 model is it a good multimeter for small electrical stuff/industrial?
 

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Re: Question about multimeter
« Reply #12 on: July 15, 2013, 10:40:59 pm »
May I ask what the intended use of this meter is for?

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Re: Question about multimeter
« Reply #13 on: July 15, 2013, 10:58:14 pm »
May I ask what the intended use of this meter is for?

i need it for school stuff
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Re: Question about multimeter
« Reply #14 on: July 15, 2013, 11:39:52 pm »
what do you guys think of flukes 179 model is it a good multimeter for small electrical stuff/industrial?

It doesn't have data logging, so doesn't meet your original specs, but it's an excellent quality general purpose meter.  Very nice ergonomics, Fluke ruggedness, fast-reading bargraph, backlight, latching continuity beep, quality safe protection circuitry, lifetime Fluke warranty.  I've owned one and used it for about 3 years.  The next serious step up in Fluke's lineup would probably be an 87-V.

One nice thing about a 179 that you won't find in most data logging meters is that the 179 has very long battery life.  A single ordinary 9V transistor radio battery will power it for 200 hours, and with its auto-off circuitry, that works out to well more than a year of my occasional use.  You won't find that kind of battery life on most OLED displays or most graphical matrix displays.  And the 179's backlit LCD display is extremely readable under a wide variety of conditions, better than most graphical matrix displays, but not as pretty as OLED.  This characteristic of long battery life and good display readability isn't unique to the 179, it's mostly a characteristic of the conventional segmented LCD display.

Compared to the 87-V, the 179 lacks a microamp range, but the microamp range on the 87-V has such high impedance (burden voltage) that it's not good for much in general electronics work anyway.  It's good for appliance technicians when they need to diagnose flame detection circuits in gas burning appliances, though.  For general electronics microamps, one of Dave's microcurrent adapters is better than any general purpose multimeter's microamp range.

The 179 also lacks the low-pass filtering of the 87-V, which would be useful for industrial motor drives, but I don't work with those.

The 179 is probably more than most people would need for school, but it's a durable high quality instrument that will serve you well for a very long time.
 

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Re: Question about multimeter
« Reply #15 on: July 15, 2013, 11:58:39 pm »
what do you guys think of flukes 179 model is it a good multimeter for small electrical stuff/industrial?

It doesn't have data logging, so doesn't meet your original specs, but it's an excellent quality general purpose meter.  Very nice ergonomics, Fluke ruggedness, fast-reading bargraph, backlight, latching continuity beep, quality safe protection circuitry, lifetime Fluke warranty.  I've owned one and used it for about 3 years.  The next serious step up in Fluke's lineup would probably be an 87-V.

One nice thing about a 179 that you won't find in most data logging meters is that the 179 has very long battery life.  A single ordinary 9V transistor radio battery will power it for 200 hours, and with its auto-off circuitry, that works out to well more than a year of my occasional use.  You won't find that kind of battery life on most OLED displays or most graphical matrix displays.  And the 179's backlit LCD display is extremely readable under a wide variety of conditions, better than most graphical matrix displays, but not as pretty as OLED.  This characteristic of long battery life and good display readability isn't unique to the 179, it's mostly a characteristic of the conventional segmented LCD display.

Compared to the 87-V, the 179 lacks a microamp range, but the microamp range on the 87-V has such high impedance (burden voltage) that it's not good for much in general electronics work anyway.  It's good for appliance technicians when they need to diagnose flame detection circuits in gas burning appliances, though.  For general electronics microamps, one of Dave's microcurrent adapters is better than any general purpose multimeter's microamp range.

The 179 also lacks the low-pass filtering of the 87-V, which would be useful for industrial motor drives, but I don't work with those.

The 179 is probably more than most people would need for school, but it's a durable high quality instrument that will serve you well for a very long time.

Thanks for your advice, i dont think that im gonna for on industrial motors anytime soon and i can live without data logging and oled display because flukes display is pretty crisp and in future if im gonna need data logging i can always buy second multimeter.
 

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Re: Question about multimeter
« Reply #16 on: July 16, 2013, 12:44:04 am »
Hmmm, electric:

It is a bit frustrating to spend the time to offer help to people who keep moving their target.  The Fluke 179 is definitely not the best meter for the money but it is your money, have fun.
 

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Re: Question about multimeter
« Reply #17 on: July 16, 2013, 03:25:53 am »
A single ordinary 9V transistor radio battery will power it for 200 hours,
A very good summary and a small correction.  According to the Fluke 17x manual, the battery life is 400 hours with an akaline.  I believe 200 hours is for a zinc battery.
 

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Re: Question about multimeter
« Reply #18 on: July 17, 2013, 09:07:40 pm »
what do you guys think of flukes 179 model is it a good multimeter for small electrical stuff/industrial?

I can't say that the Fluke 179 offers the best value of any DMM but I've been very happy with it.  Seems to have very good battery life, a very readable display, and my impression (when comparing it to and using it in conjunction with other meters and other test equipment) is that it is very accurate.  It instills confidence.  Depending on your specific requirements, you could probably get roughly comparable results and satisfaction with the the Fluke 11X series at about half the price.  Unless you had a reason to spend more the Fluke 11X series looks like a great family of DMMs.
 

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Re: Question about multimeter
« Reply #19 on: July 17, 2013, 09:24:12 pm »
I've worked with Fluke 83 V and 87 V multimeters. If you can afford them, they're pretty much one of the gold standards for hand-held DMMs, and should serve you well for years.
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Re: Question about multimeter
« Reply #20 on: July 17, 2013, 10:50:37 pm »
I've worked with Fluke 83 V and 87 V multimeters. If you can afford them, they're pretty much one of the gold standards for hand-held DMMs, and should serve you well for years.

For robustness I'd say yes, as they have a track record of decade(s). For most other specs and features I'd say the Brymen 869 trounces the Fluke 87V
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