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Stephen Hill:
Hi,

I'm after a really cheap LCR meter for hobby use so I know roughly what value a component is. (For example, find the value of a salvaged unmarked inductor). So on eBay I've found this incredibly cheap no-name LCR meter that looks terrible, but, it looks like it would do for my needs of simply getting a ballpark measurement.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/140968592347

Has anyone used one of these cheap LCR meters? Are there any safety concerns I'm not aware of?

Many Thanks
Stephen

dr.diesel:
I wouldn't use that if you gave it to me.  Why buy an instrument you can't trust, even if only for hobby use?

Stephen Hill:

--- Quote from: dr.diesel on July 24, 2013, 02:22:38 pm ---I wouldn't use that if you gave it to me.  Why buy an instrument you can't trust, even if only for hobby use?

--- End quote ---

Like I said, I only want a ballpark figure, however, what would you recommend as the cheapest LCR meter you would use?

Rascal:
Unfortunately these post tend to invite the wrath of the 'Fluke' brigade

As documented else where - these type of meters are probably quite adequate for low voltage / current (battery) hobby use, and where accuracy to the Nth degree isn't required.

I have used various cheap meters over a number of years without a problem.

Paul   

dr.diesel:
The cheapest I'd probably recommend (DISCLAIMER: I've never used it) is:

http://qsradio.com/test%20equipment.htm

These are fairly popular, probably not too bad.

Otherwise you can get an Agilent for $350, and know it's good for many many years to come.

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