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Fluke 17B+ (Plus)
« on: August 09, 2014, 11:14:51 pm »
Hello to everyone. I am new to the EEVblog Forum but I have recently ordered the Fluke 17B+ from China. I have been trying to find information such as a review and or comparisons with the older Fluke 17B. Anyone out there has or using this 17B+ model? I understand that this newer version has a backlight, 600V CATIII rating and larger display. Would appreciate any input, thanks :)
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Re: Fluke 17B+ (Plus)
« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2014, 01:57:31 am »
Hello to everyone. I am new to the EEVblog but I have recently ordered the Fluke 17B+ from China. I have been trying to find information such as a review and or comparisons with the older Fluke 17B. Anyone out there has or using this 17B+ model? I understand that this newer version has a backlight, 600V CATIII rating and larger display. Would appreciate any input, thanks :)
Be aware AFAIK there is no warranty outside China for 15 or 17B.
When you get the DMM there will probably be documentation claiming this is the case.
Of a lot of 15 units I got only 1 had to be tweaked for accuracy after 12 months, however it was still within factory accuracy limits.
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Re: Fluke 17B+ (Plus)
« Reply #2 on: August 10, 2014, 01:58:42 pm »
The meter is also available in India.
Apart from what you mentioned already, the capacitance range was extended to 1000uF (100uF before), an overvoltage visual warning was added to the faceplate and it comes now with a Min/Max feature for some of the measurements.
The new meter is also slightly larger and heavier.
It still lacks a true RMS function for its 4,000 count Fortune IC.
Someone also mentioned better responsiveness, compared to the older model.
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Re: Fluke 17B+ (Plus)
« Reply #3 on: August 10, 2014, 10:22:00 pm »
Thank you all for the replies so far. Does anyone know if the continuity test on the new 17B+ latches on good or is still scractchy like what Dave tested on the review of the old 17B??
 

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Re: Fluke 17B+ (Plus)
« Reply #4 on: August 11, 2014, 05:10:01 am »
Thank you all for the replies so far. Does anyone know if the continuity test on the new 17B+ latches on good or is still scractchy like what Dave tested on the review of the old 17B??
AFAIK the internals are the same as a 15B and the continuity test is excellent for a cheap DMM
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Re: Fluke 17B+ (Plus)
« Reply #5 on: August 11, 2014, 06:50:02 am »
The original Fortune IC (FS9721 LP3) is limited to 100uF capacitance and doesn't provide a Min/Max feature, so the 17B+ must be using a different DMM IC . The continuity tester will thus be different, as provided by the new, unknown as yet, IC.
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Re: Fluke 17B+ (Plus)
« Reply #6 on: August 11, 2014, 02:29:37 pm »
That is my thought exactly, that the 17B+ having so many new features compared to the old 17B has a more "reliable" continuity tester. I already own a Fluke 87V and I know it will not even begin to compare with the 17B or 17B+ but I sure hope that the continuity tester latches on good like my 87V.  ;D Thanks again.
 

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Re: Fluke 17B+ (Plus)
« Reply #7 on: August 24, 2014, 10:21:19 am »
may i ask where did you order them from ? Aliexpress ?
 

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Re: Fluke 17B+ (Plus)
« Reply #8 on: August 26, 2014, 07:59:26 pm »
UPDATE: I finally got the Fluke 17B+ Plus in my hands, I have to say that the quality construction is excellent and as expected from Fluke but there is no comparison to my Fluke 87V. I ordered my 17B+ from a vendor located in China through Ebay, that was painless but it did take a bit to get it in the mail. The continuity tester IMHO works better than the one showed on the "old" 17B it is not scratchy at all but it is slow to latch on. So far I am satisfied for the price and it is going to be my everyday use carry around DMM. Thank you all for the replies.  :-DMM
 

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Re: Fluke 17B+ (Plus)
« Reply #9 on: August 26, 2014, 08:45:14 pm »
Glad it meets you expectations. Give us some pics of the pc board and a quick review when you find the time. Cheers.
 

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Re: Fluke 17B+ (Plus)
« Reply #10 on: August 26, 2014, 09:43:56 pm »
So far I am satisfied for the price and it is going to be my everyday use carry around DMM.
Is it because you are worried your 87V will get stolen if carried around on a daily basis?
 

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Re: Fluke 17B+ (Plus)
« Reply #11 on: August 26, 2014, 10:12:44 pm »
I would certainly like to see some pictures, inside and outside!
 

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Re: Fluke 17B+ (Plus)
« Reply #12 on: November 20, 2014, 07:51:49 pm »
Hi guys. I have one 17b+ too. Yes, it void warranty out side of China. I guess as Europe has a lot of 15-17-18b in stock yet. If I will have a free time I could make a review.
 

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Re: Fluke 17B+ (Plus)
« Reply #13 on: January 08, 2015, 08:30:58 pm »
Hi Everyone I purchased a Fluke 17b+ from ebay.in, well it took a Bombay tour before it reached me... i was worried that it may get damaged in this unwanted tour.. after 14 calls and 2 emails i had to go on by new honda bike good 7 kms to pick it up.. stay away from this Aramex courier guys  |O i felt like  :box: them real hard

It was a new years gift to me recieved it today :-) after much pain

yes, the new 17b+ had capacatance range raised to 1000 uf, i saw that mine one was manufactured in Everett wa US, Came with two Energier alkaline AA battries, looking closely at the batteries it seems they were made in singapore secondlast image says so.. i guess  in some way these batteries or this DMM have been in singapore not sure which.. lets see how it serves.. my older DMM went kaput after 12 years
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Re: Fluke 17B+ (Plus)
« Reply #14 on: January 08, 2015, 09:24:28 pm »
yes, the new 17b+ had capacatance range raised to 1000 uf, i saw that mine one was manufactured in Everett wa US,
The holster might say Everett WA, but the Fluke 17B+ is likely made in China.

What does the grey back case say where it was made?
 

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Re: Fluke 17B+ (Plus)
« Reply #15 on: February 20, 2015, 09:55:43 pm »
This 17B+ video came out last month, but I forgot to bring it to the forum's attention.

 
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Re: Fluke 17B+ (Plus)
« Reply #16 on: April 27, 2015, 03:21:38 pm »
I was so close to buying one today, it felt heavy too. But i dropped out of getting it, since I have the 87V literally etched in my head.
 


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