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Offline fa2ality

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Quick help please . Fluke 287 vs U1253B
« on: December 26, 2011, 11:56:46 pm »
If you chose between the fluke 287 and the  Agilent U1253B  which one will you pick.
The price difference is only $25 higher for the U1253B.
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Offline samgab

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Re: Quick help please . Fluke 287 vs U1253B
« Reply #1 on: December 27, 2011, 01:16:03 am »
Me personally, I'd go with the Fluke 287.
For various reasons, but the key deal breaker for me with the Agilent U1253B is the battery life with that OLED display.
 

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Re: Quick help please . Fluke 287 vs U1253B
« Reply #2 on: December 27, 2011, 02:27:18 am »
In case you wondered what the other, lesser reasons I personally don't like the U1253B compared to the 287 or 289:
-I HATE the horrible beep tones.
-Placement of the fuses, right under the PCB assembly!
-9V battery :(
-Seems less rugged than the Fluke. I may be wrong, but that's just how it seems to me.
-It rattles when shaken
-Horribly slow continuity response.
-Very slow auto ranging.
-Doesn't have any graphing for the logged data.
 

Offline Richard W.

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Re: Quick help please . Fluke 287 vs U1253B
« Reply #3 on: December 27, 2011, 02:04:43 pm »
the battery lifetime in the 287/289 is 12 times longer, the TempCo is better (lower) and the display is readable in the sun.
 

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Re: Quick help please . Fluke 287 vs U1253B
« Reply #4 on: June 13, 2014, 08:50:46 am »
Yes but at twice the price AUD$1030 vs AUD$562 here in Australia the cost of the Fluke can't be justified. I am struggling to justify the price of the Agilent but it is definately better bang for buck.
 

Offline nanofrog

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Re: Quick help please . Fluke 287 vs U1253B
« Reply #5 on: June 13, 2014, 07:21:38 pm »
Why not consider the U1252B in place of the U1253B?  :-//

It's less expensive, better battery life and no OLED to be concerned about.
  • As per continuity, I've found ~1.5 seconds on default settings is what's needed to get a good solid tone (U1252B), and there's a trick to speed it up based on another post I've seen here (set it to 50Ohm range).
  • Auto ranging isn't bad either IMHO.
  • Not sure what you're meaning is about the fuses, as the fuse holders are soldered to a PCB.
  • Rattle is the 9V battery, so that exists. I find it's not a problem for me, but I don't make a habit of shaking my meters (it's not a blender after all).  :P
  • Does not graph as mentioned, so a computer will be required to generate one unless Max/Min or Peak values are all you really need (FWIW, you can also scroll through all the logged values).
It's not perfect, but it is very usable. Same for the Fluke. Each have their pros and cons, even in this segment (technical as well as subjective elements to the features).

That said, if I were buying my first 50k count DMM, I'd go for a Brymen BM869.  :o Much better value over either Fluke or Agilent.  ;) Heck, I still want one (have a U1252B and a BM857), and am hooked with Brymen (the build quality and feature set are excellent, and cost makes them even more attractive).  >:D
 


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