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Offline meeder

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Brymen 869s calibration
« on: April 17, 2015, 08:35:38 pm »
At my work I have a Fluke 5500A calibrator at my disposal so I thought that it would be nice to see how the Brymen 869s performs.

I will update this thread later with measurement data.

From what I have seen now it performs pretty well (still have to check all the numbers with the specs).

What I did notice is that it seems to get slow in reaching a stable reading at higher voltages (tested to 1000V) in both AC and DC. I also tested a couple of Flukes (77, 87 V and 187) and they are much faster in reaching the end value (easily a 5 to 10 second difference).
 

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Re: Brymen 869s calibration
« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2015, 09:39:17 pm »
I certainly would be interested in the results. I have had no reason to doubt the accuracy of any Brymen I have received but I have not had access to such a high accuracy reference.
 

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Re: Brymen 869s calibration
« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2016, 01:17:08 am »
I would be interested to know if you ever completed this testing.  I am considering the 869s over the Fluke 289 and the ability to hold calibration is one of the only things giving me a bit of hesitation.  Thanks.
 

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Re: Brymen 869s calibration
« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2016, 02:42:43 am »
I also would love an update on this. I ordered a 867 last week that should come in sometime next week.
 

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Re: Brymen 869s calibration
« Reply #4 on: January 16, 2016, 08:28:48 am »
I certainly would be interested in the results. I have had no reason to doubt the accuracy of any Brymen I have received but I have not had access to such a high accuracy reference.

Accuracy at one time is unfortunately not the key Factor for professional use.
Dave often replied it: its all about the history and the confidence level over time (repeatability) what is needed to build up the trust for a measurement device.

We  have a small in house cal lab (not accredited) to calibrate our internal measurement equipment.
Calibration in our case means only the check if the instrument which is defined to be controlled is in cal or not.
For example: comparing the defined values and calibration steps from a fluke 289 against the calibration values of a Fluke 5520A.
The result after checking and storing the Data is simply the answer: cal passed and cal sticker will be renewed.
If the cal process is not asking for, there will be never ever any adjustments done  to bring it in cal or adjust it to any direction.

Conclusion: The calibration process only checks if the measurement device (for e.g. Fluke 289) was passed the calibration process without any error after the last check again (verification of the History).
If not, this result can become very difficult, complicated and/or expensive for some Business and you may have to recall all your shipped goods for rework after the risk assessment.
And Yes, you have to do a risk assessment is you are certified according ISO 9000 
With this in mind you can imaging that for example a Fluke 87V which is on the market that long and passed in many factories under harsh conditions so many times the calibration process must be a reliable piece of equipment which is hard to beat.

For Hobbyist user above mentioned things don't matter and you can calibrate or adjust your instrument as much as you want and nobody will care about.

it would be very interesting if somebody here in the forum can post some statistics of Brymen multimeters.
For e.g.: we are using 20 BM869S on daily laboratory basis (normal conditions) and our annual calibration cycles where passed since 10 Years without any deviation.
"Yeah, but no, but yeah, but no..."
 

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Re: Brymen 869s calibration
« Reply #5 on: January 16, 2016, 04:10:59 pm »

For Hobbyist user above mentioned things don't matter and you can calibrate or adjust your instrument as much as you want and nobody will care about.

it would be very interesting if somebody here in the forum can post some statistics of Brymen multimeters.
For e.g.: we are using 20 BM869S on daily laboratory basis (normal conditions) and our annual calibration cycles where passed since 10 Years without any deviation.

Thanks for the detailed response.  Wasn't sure if anybody would still pay attention to this since the original post was a bit old.

With regards to your last point, this is exactly the sort of data that I would be interested to see.  If anyone knows of such data and could share it here, I think it would be very useful.

With regards to the hobbyist concerns that you mentioned, I agree that the risk is much lower regarding the implications of being out of calibration.  However, I also suspect that, while many hobbyist could calibrate to their heart's delight, many never will (at least I probably fall in this group).  As such, having some confidence that it is likely to stay within specification is still valuable.

In any case, I think I will probably order the 869s regardless.  At ~$220 (US) shipped right now, it seems to be a great value.
 


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