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bernie79:
Hi,
My old PeakTek 1070 dies this weekend. It was not a very precise instrument, it has no auto range, it has no cool features - but is was small. And it barely fits in my toolbox. (together with screwdrivers, pliers, soldering iron, drills - all the basic tools for repairing an TV-set, a copier, a wall plug).
Looking up Amazon for cheap meter, I didn't expect good written offers. But on many "small" advertised meters the sellers simply forgot to tell how small exact these meters are!
What I whant: a tiny DMM with AC/DC Voltage an Current measurement, a least 250V and 1000mA. It should also have resistance measurement and continuity check. But it has to be tiny! 3/4 inch thin at max.
Not much to choose from.

I found two options:
I can get a tiny pen-type DMM but without any current-measurement
or I can get some one/two-Inch-"thin" device, whitch is waaay to big.

Something like this:
https://www.amazon.de/dp/B0017V97AK
is flat enough to sit in the corner of my toolbox. But is has no current scale.

I have also seen DMMs build like a smartphone: big screens with rechargeable batteries, and plugs mounted to the side/bottom. Its still larger than my recent smartphone but tiny compared to e.g Fluke 77 (this would take 50% of the entire room of my toolbox). Has anyone played with these things?
here is an example: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B096MJLVMG

Greetings
Bernie

ledtester:
voltlog did a review of a few inexpensive "pocket" multimeters:

Affordable Pocket Multimeter Shootout - Repost Voltlog #148
https://youtu.be/YSK_AsNp-88

The spreadsheet in the description has a few more that weren't included in the video as well as links to  reviews of them.

slbender:

--- Quote from: bernie79 on May 22, 2022, 11:53:31 pm ---Hi,
My old PeakTek 1070 dies this weekend. It was not a very precise instrument, it has no auto range, it has no cool features - but is was small. And it barely fits in my toolbox. (together with screwdrivers, pliers, soldering iron, drills - all the basic tools for repairing an TV-set, a copier, a wall plug).
Looking up Amazon for cheap meter, I didn't expect good written offers. But on many "small" advertised meters the sellers simply forgot to tell how small exact these meters are!
What I whant: a tiny DMM with AC/DC Voltage an Current measurement, a least 250V and 1000mA. It should also have resistance measurement and continuity check. But it has to be tiny! 3/4 inch thin at max.

Greetings
Bernie

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Hi Bernie,

There seems to be a flood of new, cheaper, 6000 count, and 10000 count meters between $20. and $50.

One that seemed about 6” x 3” pretty small, and very thin - is the Kaiweets 600 it was going for $20. and change with free shipping.  May be replaced by the 600Y now.  You have to choose one with 3 input jacks as the models with only 2 input jacks do not have “Amperage “(Current Measurement).

Steven


Fungus:

--- Quote from: slbender on May 23, 2022, 12:53:44 am ---One that seemed about 6” x 3” pretty small, and very thin - is the Kaiweets 600

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Those are awful to use.

These are very small/tough: https://zotektools.com/products/zt-c4/

There's 4 models to choose from. They also go under other brands, eg. Aneng.

rsjsouza:

--- Quote from: bernie79 on May 22, 2022, 11:53:31 pm ---What I whant: a tiny DMM with AC/DC Voltage an Current measurement, a least 250V and 1000mA. It should also have resistance measurement and continuity check. But it has to be tiny! 3/4 inch thin at max.
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This is the biggest constrain. Meters that thin can be found in the ubiquitous M830B and its variants, but they tend to be the absolute bottom of the barrel these days. An evolution of this family is the Mastech MAS830/MAS838 family, being your old Peaktech one of them (I have a MAS830L and it is reasonably well built, but still thicker than your initial constraint).

In the Zotek site that Fungus shared, you can probably get by with Zotek's smaller meters such as the ZT-109 (Aneng AN8008), ZT-302 (Aneng AN8009) and others with the same housing. I had the ZT-102A (Richmeters 102Pro) but it had a very subpar rotary switch and I can't recommend it, although others like and praise these meters.   

A better built and cheap meter that I tested is the Richmeters RM113D, but it is thicker than your requirements as well.

You could also get by with the Aneng mini, but that is very tiny and I wouldn't use it for anything really critical (I use it as a battery tester).

Good luck in yoru search.

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