Background info on the calibration of handheld multimeters. You might not need to get this done for general tasks and DIY work, but those dabbling in refined and accurate systems should factor it into their multimeter purchase.
Here we take a look at what makes an HVAC meter; the required range inputs, features and functions. We have put together six of the best selling models in the world of heating, ventilation and air-con, all of which have the right ranges and have been fully reviewed.
TO CHEAP OR NOT TOO CHEAP
They may look similar on the outside, but not all multimeters are made the same. Here we cover the real reason why it’s worth forking out for a higher quality meter, and when it is okay to be a bit cheap.
THE HIGHEST CATEGORY RATING
Discover what makes a multimeter Category IV, the level of input protection required. Chart on surge energies, brand info and a selection of meters that meet this requirement.
There isn’t a huge range of true wireless devices about. Here, we take a brief look at some of them. Fluke and Agilent produce the best quality ones, with Fluke best known for its excellent 233 detachable display meter. See more…
Clamp meters have come on in leaps and bounds since the 1940s. Along with measuring high amperage values and leakage current, you typically also have traditional multimeter ranges, such as voltage, resistance and capacitance. Here is a brief overview and guide into buying an amp clamp.
Ever since the company was founded way back in the mid-20th century, Fluke still makes the best multimeters. They are the go-to manufacturer for testing and troubleshooting systems in maintenance and field service and have the reputation for reliability, accuracy, safety and attention to detail. While you can buy direct from them, getting Fluke multimeter […]
TEST LEADS, PROBES, CLAMPS AND CASES
Fluke make the best accessories to go with their high quality multimeters. Here we detail a range of test lead kits, probes, current clamps, cases, magnetic hangers and other items. These are all available from Amazon and Fluke and can be purchased alongside your meter.
Lots of brands offer cheaper multimeters, including the likes of Klein Tools and Extech. You needn’t go over the top when testing general day-to-day things, but it’s essential not to go too low and miss out on critical safety features.
HOW CHEAP CAN FLUKE GO?
They are typically known for their high quality, EXPENSIVE multimeters, but Fluke also knows how to make them cheap… relatively. Discover how you can own a meter from the top brand and not break the bank. They can be cheaper than you think.
Perhaps you misplaced your manual, didn’t receive one with your meter or just fancy a digital version that you can view on your phone. See here instructions for getting a free Fluke instruction manual online.
Guide to what we reckon are among the best cheaper multimeters. Includes some basic info on specs, usability and ballpark prices. Extech, INNOVA, Amprobe, Uni-T and Mastech are featured.
WHO MAKES THE BEST METERS THEN?
A brief look at some of the more popular multimeter makers on the market. It might look like we’ve biased Fluke. If so, there’s a reason for that; they still make the best meters. Also included are Agilent, Brymen, Extech, Amprobe, Klein Tools, Innova, Mastech, Tekpower, Uni-T, and Etekcity.
FIND A MANUAL
There’s nothing more frustrating than buying a multimeter and finding they haven’t included the instruction manual. Fortunately, most manufacturers have digital versions available online, or you can try out other resources to download from. We detail how here.
Overview advice on multimeter safety and the level of input protection needed to protect the user from over-voltage transients. Includes a look at the basics behind multimeter category ratings, voltage ranges and transient voltage spikes.
HANDY DMM GUIDE
General guide to handheld digital multimeters for beginners. Features a definition of what a digital multimeter is, comparison with analog meters, typical measurement ranges, component parts, connections, circuit board input protection, how to define a good one, and basic information on brands.
Guide on how to test for parasitic draw on your vehicle’s battery using a handheld multimeter. An easy eight-step process on how to connect up your meter, how to read parasitic draw, and how to diagnose which circuit(s) is causing the power drain. Includes info on the best type of multimeter for the job.
Basic guide on how to test your car battery with a multimeter. This five-step process details how to set up your meter and what exactly to look out for in whether you have a dead battery or not. Also includes general car battery information, diagnostic tests, replacing a car battery, and information on automotive multimeters.
TOP TEN DMMs
An unbiased guide to what we think the best general purpose multimeters are. Fluke features quite heavily – no surprises there – but there are several other brands in the running, including a Chinese maker. Includes general advice on price, features, displays and safety. See who won…
Here we take a look at some of the most popular pocket multimeters on the market, from Fluke to Amprobe, Craftsman and UNI-T. Features basic meter intros with general specs and ratings, along with advice on the overall safety and accuracy of pocket meters.