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EEVblog:
Heads-up everyone.
Many people have requested that I do reviews of more affordable multimeters rather than just the top shelf stuff.
Rather than review one-by-one I'm thinking of having one big "Under $XX Multimeter Shootout" and am and trying to tee this up.
And it'll be "to destruction" of course!

I don't know what the $XX amount will be, taking suggestions on that too, but certainly under the $100 mark. The idea is to find the best value/performance meter under that amount.

Rather than just pick the meters myself, I'd thought I'd also let viewers suggest ones they are interested in.
So if you want to see a particular model reviewed, let me know, but it MUST be picked from here, and be at least under that $100 mark:
http://www.tequipment.net/

Thanks.
Dave.

jimmc:
At the risk of incurring your wrath can I suggest one not from that source.

At the very bottom of the pile is the ubiquitous  DT830B, the cheapest I've found it is here £2.71 ($4.50) including postage!)
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/LCD-Digital-Multimeter-Voltmeter-Ammeter-Meter-OHM-DVM_W0QQitemZ390171973976QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUK_BOI_Electrical_Test_Measurement_Equipment_ET?hash=item5ad80fd958
This would at least show what the very bottom of the range is like.

I confess I have a few in addition to my main meters, they do have their uses if their limitations are understood.


Jim

desolatordan:

--- Quote from: jimmc on April 01, 2010, 09:52:48 pm ---At the risk of incurring your wrath can I suggest one not from that source.

At the very bottom of the pile is the ubiquitous  DT830B, the cheapest I've found it is here £2.71 ($4.50) including postage!)
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/LCD-Digital-Multimeter-Voltmeter-Ammeter-Meter-OHM-DVM_W0QQitemZ390171973976QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUK_BOI_Electrical_Test_Measurement_Equipment_ET?hash=item5ad80fd958
This would at least show what the very bottom of the range is like.

I confess I have a few in addition to my main meters, they do have their uses if their limitations are understood.


Jim


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Was just going to suggest the cheap $3 ones from Harbor Freight, looks like they're the exact same meter.
http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=98025

EDIT: Oops, didn't noticed the Tequipment note in the post.

Extech 430
http://www.tequipment.net/ExtechEX430.asp

EEVblog:

--- Quote from: jimmc on April 01, 2010, 09:52:48 pm ---At the risk of incurring your wrath can I suggest one not from that source.

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Only problem with that is that Tequipment are providing the meters for nix.
So I can get other ones, but I'll have to scrounge them from somewhere else or buy them myself.

Dave.

freddyk:
 :o A multimeter for only $4.50? I'd love to see how that one measures up to other multimeters.

It would be fun to have my preconception of cheap China Export blown to pieces if it (against all odds?) proved not to be as bad as the price suggests.  ;)

Dave, I'm going to donate a small amount to you ($42 ought to be the optimal amount), hoping that you include one of those mega-cheap multimeters in the review...

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