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Zeebit:
Hello EEVBlog,

I am new here so please don't bash me. I am a freshman college student. I am also a small time electronics hobbyist.

I am looking for a relatively cheap DMM that I could use from time to time. My current budget is only $80. I could no longer stretch it beause I'm only depending on my scholarship allowance for my funds.

BTW, I live in the Philippines. I can't afford Fluke or similar quality DMMs at the moment and these are not available in my country.

I found a Sanwa CD771 on a local store and I can tell that it is not a knock off. I am also a good friend of the store owner so I know that he is honest.

Its the only one that seems to be a lot better compared to those $20 ones. So do you guys think that this should be a good begginer's DMM? 

ftransform:
You should try to talk to professors and get old gear from them. Be nice and interested in the lab (good grades help but not necessary) and it's likely someone will help you out or give you a "student discount" on some equipment that's been collecting dust in the stock room for 5 years.

Being interested in analog-stuff will probably get you better equipment.

but you still should probably have multiple DMM's in your lab (for measuring power, convenience, etc)

100$ shootout (one of them is like 80$)
http://www.eevblog.com/2010/07/11/eevblog-99-100-multimeter-shootout-extech-amprobe-bk-precision-ideal-uei-uni-t-part-1of2/

50$ shootout (exactly what you asked for)
http://www.eevblog.com/2010/06/04/eevblog-91-50-multimeter-shootout/

PedroDaGr8:
UT61E is likely the best scope in the sub-$60 range. Its a damn good meter for the cost.

 Go to sub$100 and I think Amprobe makes one that is almsot (or just) as good but has better input protection

Lightages:
Zeebit:

The Uni-T UT61E is not a perfect meter but for the price it s a very good buy. Don't use it on anything over 250V and don't trust the high amp range too much below 1 amp. It has no back light and no temperature measurement but it does have a PC connection and software to make up for that. There isn't much, if anything, with the same features and accuracy for the $60 you can buy it for.

PedroDaGr8:

--- Quote from: Lightages on January 15, 2013, 08:33:55 pm ---Zeebit:

The Uni-T UT61E is not a perfect meter but for the price it s a very good buy. Don't use it on anything over 250V and don't trust the high amp range too much below 1 amp. It has no back light and no temperature measurement but it does have a PC connection and software to make up for that. There isn't much, if anything, with the same features and accuracy for the $60 you can buy it for.

--- End quote ---

Lightages is 100% correct in his analysis.

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