The Tacklife DM07 is a fairly basic, okay quality multimeter for jobs around the home. An auto ranging multimeter, it has a slew of features and can measure both voltage and current. It comes with a large screen that is backlit and also offers volt detection (of mains voltage) and temperature measuring capability. Best suited to beginners and as a backup for lower energy works.
- Auto ranging
- DC volts up to 1kV
- AC volts to 750V
- Voltage sensing (AC)
- AC/DC amps to 10A
- Resistance to 60MΩ
- Capacitance to 100mF
- Temperature measurements (included probe)
- Continuity/diode tests
- Dual backlight/torch
- Auto off
- Data hold
- Batteries: x4 AA (1.5V)
- English manual
- K-type thermocouple
- Screwdriver (to open case for batteries)
Complete Review of the Tacklife DM07
Along with your standard test features on the Tacklife DM07 multimeter – to include voltage, current and resistance – you also get a capacitance range, frequency and (lesser-used) duty cycle test options. All ranges are fairly useful, with capacitance going down to 6 nano-farads and resistance up to 60MΩ for instance. You can also test micro-amps, which might be useful for troubleshooting flame sensors on HVAC systems.
The display is large for a budget meter and is backlit. The caveat is it will only stay on for seconds at a time, plus it is also linked in with the flashlight. These don’t operate independently and thus may contribute to battery drain if used a lot. Batteries are included (x4 AA). They are generally a better option than the traditional 9V batteries you find in most meters as they are cheaper.
NCV detection: The detector is built into the top of the meter and features a beeper and series of LEDs that sound/light depending on intensity. Note that this is for mains voltage only; it will not pick up DC/lower voltage, such as that put out by a car battery. For quick checks of the status of a socket or switch, however, it is useful to have since you don’t need to handle any connections.
Temperature: The included temperature probe (thermocouple) allows you to measure a wide range of temperatures. It can display in Celsius and Fahrenheit but may suffer on accuracy.
|DC voltage||600mV / 1000V||±(0.5%+3)|
|AC voltage||6V / 750V||±(1.0%+10) @ 600-750V|
|DC amperage||60μA/ 10A||±(0.8%+3) @ 60μA-600mA|
|AC amperage||60mA / 10A||±(1.5%+3) @ 10A|
|Resistance||600Ω / 60MΩ||±(0.8%+3) @ 600Ω-6MΩ|
|Capacitance||6nF / 100mF||±(4.0%+3) @ 6nf-6mF 100MF|
|Frequency||10Hz to 10MHz||±(1.0%+3)|
|Duty cycle||10% to 95%|
|Temperature °C||-20 -1000||±(1.0%+3)|
|Temperature °F||-4 -1832||±(1.0%+3)|
Accuracy: Compares to more expensive meters in tests and seems to settle on a reading well. Consistency over time could be an issue, however?
The Tacklife DM07 is well protected like more expensive meters, with a rubberized shell that helps in bumps and drops. The flashlight shines out of a cutout in the rear and there are standard lead holders and a kickstand built in to boot. Overall build of the meter is pretty good, including the probe leads which fit snugly when driven home though some have had issues with them.
Display: The screen is the standout feature. It is large (2.7” across diagonal) and clear and has a resolution to 6000 counts. Sample/refresh rate is somewhere between two and three times a second, but don’t expect lightening fast, Fluke-esque speed when auto ranging.
The screen powers down after 15 minutes of non-use. This is default setting, which can be cancelled.
The safety rating of the Tacklife DM07 is to a supposed CAT-IV at 600V, which denotes surge protection in the 8kV range at those to-ground voltages. This suggests a safety rating right up with the Flukes and top Kleins and should probably be taken with a pinch of salt. To get a meter to have that kind of robustness at the component level is an expensive undertaking (which is why the aforementioned meters are thusly), though it does have HRC fuses.
Pros and Cons
- Great display
- Backlit, 6000-count screen
- Good features, including auto-ranging
- Measures current in AC and DC
- Tough build
- Measures temperature
- AC voltage detection
- Auto power down
- Not for industry, despite high CAT sticker
- Possible probe lead issues
- Momentary, high current only
This is a decent multimeter on the face of it. While it will work well enough for everyday jobs around the home or yard, it is not meant for high amperage factory work. Most of those that reviewed the Tacklife DM07 typically get on well with it on usability and accuracy. It has a great screen though lead connection issues have been reported.
Alternative: The Surpeer is a decent other when it’s on a special.