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Description: The digital multimeter (DMM) is an essential tool in every electronic enthusiasts arsenal. The SparkFun Digital Multimeter, however, is not your average multimeter, it features a loud continuity sound, current/voltage sense, and quality probes. You can use the multimeter to measure DC and AC voltage, DC current, resistance, continuity, and test diodes. With this version we’ve done away with the bright flashy colors that can get us into trouble and gone with a nice, neutral gray. This multimeter should provoke no strong feelings one way or the other, we know this because our guts say “maybe.”

This isn’t your expensive, flashy type of multimeter, this is for all those starving students that need to buy their first good, low-cost digital multimeter. This meter doesn’t have the ability to auto-power off, it isn’t capable of auto-ranging, and it won’t be able to measure frequency. However, with this multimeter you WILL be able to measure DC Voltage from 200mV to 600V, AC Voltage from 200V and 600v, DC Current between 200uA to 10A, and Resistance from 0 to 20M Ohm. We even left a meter on to test the battery life - it lasted more than 170 hours (7 days) before the included 9V gave out!

Includes:

  • 1x Digital Multimeter
  • 1x 9V Battery
  • 2x Testing Probes

Features:

  • DC Voltage - 200mV/2V/20V/200V/600V
  • AC Voltage - 200V/600V
  • DC Current - 200uA/20mA/200mA/10A
  • Resistance - 0 to 20M Ohm
  • Continuity Buzzer
  • Diode Test
  • Max Display: 1999
  • Not Yellow!

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Customer Comments

  • No Sparkfun red? I guess somebody has trade dress protection on that too…

  • Just on note of warning about this “cheap” multimeter. Like all cheap multimeters Even though it say AC 600 it’s NOT safe to measure the mains voltage or othe high energy circuits, expecially with those plastic probes. It’s fine for those battery powered circuits or isolated low voltage Power Supply like the examples in the sparkfun video.

    You can find more about the danger involved with cheap multimeter on youtube or the EEVBLOG.

    GOOD value for this price but, USE with caution!

  • You should sell an upgrade kit, that contains black and yellow spray paint !!

    • ha, I think you guys are clever enough to figure out how to do that without a kit.

      • C'mon man, just think about the markup we could get on a roll of low-grade masking tape and a couple of sharpies…

  • So where are the accuracy specs? Someone still working on that?

  • Like the yellow/gray one that caused all the trouble this wears a big “CAT III” safety rating.

    Has SparkFun verified this?

    If not why do you sell it? Who do you think will be liable in the (likely) event of injury or death if this meter is used for the purposes it claims to be capable of?

  • The youtube video included at the bottom is not accessible and it says that it’s private. Also, when I click the “Multimeter tutorial” link it does not work. Could someone correct the links and the videos? Thanks.

  • Should of been red. :)

    I’m so gonna paint my yellow, straight up, perfect match fluke yellow… just because I can.

  • I’d love to see Sparkfun carry a more advanced meter. Perhaps something with capacitance and other less frequently used functions?

  • Is the minimum current range 200uA or 20uA? The dial has 20uA.

  • Like all cheap meters this one doesn’t have auto-off. That means that if you forget to turn it off 1% of the time and you use it every day. You will have to replace a $3 battery three times a year. I THINK THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR LEAVING OUT A VERY SIMPLE CMOS CIRCUIT THAT TURNS OFF A BATTERY POWERED DEVICE WHEN NOT IN USE. COME ON SPARK FUN; GET IN THE 21st CENTURY.

  • Does anyone know the overall dimensions of this product?

  • Does anyone know the overall dimensions of this product? (Height, Width, Depth)

  • I received this meter, and it seems to be working fine, but the first time I took it off the bench I hear something rattling around inside. I assumed it was a screw, but it’s a small metal ball. Does anyone know where it belongs? Perhaps it’s used for the dial. The dial seems to turn fine though, so should I not be concerned?

  • I’m one of the lucky guys that has the Sparkfun grey/yellow here:

    https://www.sparkfun.com/news/1430

    Anyways, I think it is totally ridiculous regarding “trade dress” on colors. If Chevy were to only manufacture blue cars from this day forward - does that mean that Ford or GMC cannot make a blue car??? People would think that is ridiculous. Likewise with multimeters. Color is the only resemblance between the Sparkfun and the Fluke. There are all kinds of colors for multimeters. There are lots of multimeters with yellow backing and grey faces such as : Lodestar, Vichy, Victor, Xiole, CEM that all look like the fluke - just google “yellow multimeter.” It’s just total nonsense. I feel like i’m on some alien world surrounded by morons.

  • Even after I got a $60 auto-ranging meter out of my school for free, this is still my favorite multi. Does exactly what it needs to. Even bought an identical replacement after I dropped a bolt cutter on my first one (an obviously completely unrelated bit of advice: don’t carry bolt cutters in poorly secured bicycle panniers.)

    And mine is proudly yellow :). ‘Cause I’m a rebel.

  • I was in my local Micro-Center shortly after that whole “yellow is a trademark” incident and found one of the contraband units that the border patrol didn’t catch. I didn’t even need a multimeter at the time, but I bought it anyway, so I could have a collector’s item. I had forgotten about that until this showed up in the New Products Post this week.

  • 200V-600V AC? Did you by chance mean 200mV? This is what the product images indicate.

    • The description is correct. The top right yellow section of the dial is DC, the bottom right white section is AC.

  • Harbor Freight: Still only $6.99 w/ backlight! Available in Sparkfun-like red color!

  • Can I get it in Yellow???

  • I can totally vouch for this model. I have a not-Sparkfun-branded version of the VC830L that I got from Amazon for $19.99 and it’s served me well for years. in fact, I think I’ll pick up a second today.

Customer Reviews

3.6 out of 5

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good for the price

Pretty straight forward Does what I need it to…


Pretty good multimeter for pretty cheap

I’ve been using mostly the $5 special from Harbor Freight for a while, and this is is definitely better. The feel of the knob used for settings feels like it’s high quality and will last a long time. The plugs make a solid connection and don’t feel like they are letting off of their firm hold even after trying to abuse it a bit.

Overall, for general use, this would probably fit most users needs as well as newcomers budgets.


It's junk

This DMM kit is awful. DMM does not accept standard test leads, such as the tweezer test probes sold by SparkFun (the plug sockets on this DMM are too short to accept the insulation around regular leads). Also the center conductor on the negative test lead pulled right out because it wasn’t bonded to the lead. Garbage.

I’m sorry to hear that you had problems. Please contact us and we’ll be happy to help you with this issue. https://www.sparkfun.com/returns


first multimeter but i think it should be better

this is not the first multimeter that i have ever used, but it is the first that i have had the chance to call my own

i bought it along with some beginners parts and an arduino to start playing with electronics

i read the ridiculous story about the yellow meters and feel like i was lured in with sympathy or something… but at $15 i wasn’t expecting much, except for it to work

im not sure if the included leads are supposed to have the metal rods with the points come out of the plastic housing but i suspect that is why i hardly get a reading. i can set the meter to continuity and touch the two probes together and get no sound or sound that will start and stop. it seems to help if i push the metal rods deeper into the housing but needless to say i cant always do this when trying to measure resistors or other components.

perhaps i need to buy better leads but for now i have to say its really not even worth the $15 i spent on it. i cant even measure a 330 ohm resistor and find out what value it is because the connection seems to be so poor

edit (6/4/2015)

after seeing my review I was contacted by sparkfun and they sent me a set of the needle tipped probes from their website. they do seem to work better, however as the member above me pointed out they do not seem to fit correctly in the actual multimeter. because it does work a little better now I will upgrade it to 3 stars, but my honest opinion is to just spend the $$ to get a nice multimeter up front. im going to end up doing that anyways. to each his own. A+ on the customer service from spark fun though.


Solid multimeter.

It’s cheap, but it works. It takes a second or two before it’ll give you a reading. But it works and for the price it’s great


Good product for the price

I just use it for small electronics projects, and it’s been good for that


Good value, simple multimeter

Good entry multimeter with basic functions. Great value, slick design. Everything you need for basic usage.


Related Tutorials

How to Use a Multimeter

December 2, 2012

Learn the basics of using a multimeter to measure continuity, voltage, resistance and current.