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Chinese LCR meters on eBay, what do you think?

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Wartex:
I'm looking to buy an LCR meter but as a diy guy can't spend a grand on a Fluke or BK, at the same time I don't want to buy a shitty 1 KHz Agilent/Bk/Extech for $350. This is what I found and specs don't look so bad. What do you think?

http://cgi.ebay.ca/TONGHUI-10KHZ-HANDHELD-DIGITAL-LCR-LCZ-LCRZ-METER-USB-/350431410132?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item519756f7d4

http://cgi.ebay.ca/10Khz-Precision-Digital-LCR-Bridge-D-Q-Meter-clip-/270646261885?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3f03c6387d

They are made by Tonghui, I checked out their website and they seem legit. Anyone used one of those meters before?

Kiriakos-GR:

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shitty called anything that it does not do , what the specs reports .

I have no idea , about the those that you had found , but if you trust it in any way , get it.

Wartex:

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shitty called anything that it does not do , what the specs reports .

I have no idea , about the those that you had found , but if you trust it in any way , get it.

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What I meant by shitty is that features do not justify the price at all.

eliocor:
I own a TH2821A (the 2nd one in your list): it works flawlessly and it is really precise.
I have checked it with lots of precision capacitors (0.5% and 1% ones with values from few pF to about 1uF).
Unfortunately I have no precision inductors to check it.
One of the best things about this meter is the 4 terminal sensing (kelvin probe) measurement: it require a special pod (4 cables) but it eliminate the stray capacitance/impedance.
I suggest you to buy even the kelvin tweezers to measure SMD components.
The probes are not built as HP/Agilent ones but they are enough for a "casual" user.
The only trouble I got with this device: I had to replace the rechargeable battery after some months of usage.

After about 2 years of usage, my only regret is to not have bought one of its more expensive "brothers" with selectable test frequency higher than 10kHz.

To my knowledge those products are not CE marked: be careful if you are living in Europe and your instrument will be caught by customs! They can reject it and send it back to the shipper!

saturation:
Do you need just an LCR or LCRZ meter? Adding impedance makes it more costly.  LCR meters typically are $50-200.

Some no-name LCR meters can be bought locally in Canada, say Toronto:

http://www.a1parts.com/mode/meters/index.html#LCR%20Meter



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