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laserpon3:
So I'm about to buy a multimeter and I want to save money (one reason being I'm a student and the other being the reason I want to use the remains of my saved up money to buy components).
Now I know the rule go's like: You get what you pay for.

The thing Is I can't make up my mind for one.

The one I first had in mind (despite very expensive in my opinion) is: http://www.elv.de/digital-multimeter-dm9199-ip67.html
Then I did some more searching and found the amprobe recommendation so I'm also considering this: http://www.testequipmentdepot.com/amprobe/multimeters/am-520.htm

I'm not likely to measure high voltage mains stuff or require a ultra high precision meter.
(Closest to high voltage would be the power coming from the wires of a PSU)
I'm not working with high speed microprocessors too much either (at max arduino and stuff along that range.)

I want something just for electronics with at least auto-ranging and that can measure voltage, current, resistance, capacitance and temperature.

Any advice or help would be really apreciated.
I'm located in The Netherlands

gszo123:
Take a look at UNI-T UT-61E

You can buy it at about $60 so its fairly cheap. There is a thorough review available here:


Though it doesn't have temperature probe and it only updates at about 2Hz.

There is also a great review of <$100 DMMs by Dave:

LaurenceW:
There are many, many, meters to choose from! a LOT of info on Dave's EEV blog (see various multimeter shoot-outs) and also Martin Lorton https://www.youtube.com/user/mjlorton?feature=watch . Watch these videos to learn about desirable features and traits, not just for which specific model you should buy (which may not be available to you in your country or at this time).

You should think about your future requirements as well as your current needs. You probably want your meter to last you for many years. Cheap ones might work OK, up to the first time you plug them into the mains on a resistance range (an unwritten rule in electronics is that, at some point, you will do this!). Better quality meters should live to tell tales of such abuse.

Do not get too sidetracked by spurious features. Yes, many meters now measure capacitance, but only at a very crude level, and are no replacement for a dedicated component tester. Yes, some meters will measure frequency, but not over the range, sensitivity or accuracy that a dedicated frequency counter will give you. Choose a meter that gets the basics right.

By and large, you will indeed get what you are prepared to pay for, though there are some dogs out there.

laserpon3:
This looks like a really good meter.
I would prefer a meter under the 60$ range which this one is so thats good.
I will see if there are more recommendations and then pick which one suits my needs the best.

I have sat through the whole multimeter shoutout of video's on dave's blog, while it does help me what to look out for and what to look for.
I'm still kinda lost :/

Jonny:
On the cheap side I have one of these   http://www.multimeterwarehouse.com/dt830bf.htm   which equates to about 6 EUR  LOL

Compared to my expensive meter its accuracy is spot on. I'd suggest getting one from a local shop so it's easier to return if it fails, although at that price maybe you wouldn't care if it did. Look after it tho and since you're only using it for low level voltages etc it should be fine.

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