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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!
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This meter has 2 fuses. One for the 20uA to 200mA range and the other is for the 10A range. Both are 5x20mm sized. The 10A range fuse is a 10 amp Slow Blow fuse. (We don't stock) The other is a 200mA fast acting fuse. COM-10165
If it requires power, you need to know how much, what all the pins do, and how to hook it up. You may need to reference datasheets, schematics, and know the ins and outs of electronics.
Skill Level: Rookie - You may be required to know a bit more about the component, such as orientation, or how to hook it up, in addition to power requirements. You will need to understand polarized components.
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This meter has its shortcomings, but it's quite good for the price.
The soldering is excellent, there's decent (but not excellent) input protection, a loud continuity buzzer, and all the basic features a student or basic hobbyist would need.
A couple of things I found a bit irritating:
Most probes have fully shrouded plugs; these have half-shrouded plugs. If I wanted to replace these with higher quality probes, such as Fluke probes, they wouldn't fit. (Also, the probes are shrouded for a reason!)
The range switch is quite nice, but it's impossible to turn one-handed due to the meter's light weight and lack of rubber feet. Even on the stand (which is a bit narrow, but okay), it's hard to turn.
It's not flashy, but it does the job. For the price, it's quite an excellent little meter and definitely a good pick for a student's first meter. Sure, a $50 Extech or a Fluke 17B would be nice to start with, but this'll do the job for most work. Besides, when you upgrade, this'll serve as a handy backup.
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Good entry multimeter with basic functions. Great value, slick design. Everything you need for basic usage.
Pretty straight forward Does what I need it to...
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
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.
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
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.
This multimeter is sturdy enough for most applications, very simple to use, and has decent accuracy for an entry-level multimeter.
so the meter works just fine. my only problem is that the gray face plate can start to pop off during normal use and my unit had a small piece of plastic rattling around inside it when it was new. however for just using at your desk it is just fine, maybe not so good for a mobile tool box where a more rugged one would be preferable.
One of our technicians will be in contact with you. Sorry for the issues, however, these are both quick and easy fixes that can be done with a small phillips-head screw driver.
Not the greatest meter ever made, but also not the most expensive meter ever made. Good enough for most tasks. This is one of the meters I recommend to my students getting started in electronics.
Great product, not much to say about it besides it works exactly as advertised and has a great durability, plus easy to use.
Plug everything in and works right out of the box. Unfortunately, I blew out the 200mA fuse right away by measuring current I wrongly calculated. But the 10A worked perfectly fine for the 400mA I was measuring. Purchased a few 200mA fuses and replacement was easy. Volt meter works like a charm, and ohm meter measures to a T. Continuity worked fine, but I haven't used it long. Diode test is detailed to the thousandths of a volt.
Intermittent errors on resistance scale, short leads together and sometimes you get 0 other times infinite or something else. Will contact support and try again, maybe the second one will work.
This is a good basic multimeter for a fair price. The continuity setting works well enough, and it has a bunch of current and voltage ranges that seem to be pretty accurate. However, the other day when I turned it on, the two spring-loaded ball bearings that provide the indents in the dial rotation fell out and were lost. It still works, but now the dial turns smoothly, and you have to point the arrow exactly to the setting you want to use. I have used it quite a bit when my good one isn't handy, and although a bit cheaply made, I have blown several fuses, and it hasn't let me down.
edit: SFE sent me store credit to replace it, their phenomenal customer service is just another reason to buy stuff from them!
Solid build, not too large, sturdy leads, big display. has everything but auto ranging. but it's only $15.
Sturdy multi-meter that does what it was designed to do. If you're looking for a good value in a multi-meter you can't go wrong.
If you don't want to spend a lot of money, go with this. If you have money to spare, I'd recommend the other, self-adjusting DMM
The sleek design, loud continuity beeper, easy operation, easy read, what's not to like. Just a great meter.
I just use it for small electronics projects, and it's been good for that
It's a fairly good meter considering the price, but it's got some issues. Biggest problem I have is that there are two ball bearings on springs behind the range switch that are constantly falling out of place. If one falls out it'll (probably) be fine, you'll just hear it rattling around in there, but when the second drops out you'll start getting wildly inaccurate results (presumably because the switch no longer makes good contact). It's not terribly difficult to pull it apart and put them back in place (seven small but easily accessible phillips screws) but I find I have to do that once every couple months, and I'm not getting the meter out more often than about once a week!
Other than that, expect to get what you paid for -- it's a cheap meter, good for the price but fairly basic overall.
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.
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