We can no longer carry these digital multimeters in our catalog. Check this post for more information.
This is for all those starving students that need to buy their first good, low-cost multimeter. This meter has really impressive overall feel for being so low-cost. We've played with a lot of cheap-o DMMs and found that this unit's function selector has a great, solid, clicking feel to it. This unit has good continuity (rare for low-cost units), and decent probes. 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!
Note: This meter works well for measuring very small amounts of current. Check here for a tutorial. Replacement fuses can be found below.
This multimeter does all the standard functions of lower cost meters, but here are the main reasons we like this multimeter:
Strong connection from meter to probe
Things that this DMM is lacking:
No auto-power off
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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