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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!
Based on 9 ratings:
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Good entry multimeter with basic functions. Great value, slick design. Everything you need for basic usage.
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 just use it for small electronics projects, and it’s been good for that
Pretty straight forward Does what I need it to…
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.
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
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.
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.