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Old 01-09-2013, 06:15 PM   #31
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The HF meter is adequate for a bike. I'd rather spend extra money for quality leads.



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Old 01-09-2013, 08:25 PM   #32
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All I can say is after you checking amps with your lead type meter make sure you switch back the leads for checking volts to the correct position. BEFORE you check high voltage again. Only a Fluke DVM will survive.

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Old 01-10-2013, 10:25 AM   #33
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I have this one

http://dx.com/p/2-6-lcd-current-volt...r-1-6f22-32418

for $21 it's hard to go wrong. It's my kickaround meter and goes in the mobile toolbox in my truck etc. I'd love a Fluke as I enjoy high end tools but I guess I don't need stuff that is super accurate. I've compared it to a Fluke and I get the same resolution so...

You do need to buy the better leads from them as the stockers are junk. I think I was into the whole thing for $25. I wasn't expecting much but since i was ordering a bunch of Li Ion batteries for flashlights I decided what the hell, been a great meter for the couple years I have had it.
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Old 01-10-2013, 11:19 AM   #34
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for a bike the harbor freight is fine. They will last many years, and when they don't, get another. You will spend more on batteries and possibly fuses.

That said a cheap needle meter is often more useful. They usually draw more current, which is better for much troubleshooting, and you can see a needle wiggle when moving a harness that can often be missed on a digital meter.

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+1, was using a DMM for troubleshooting a bike problem recently and it showed good voltage which threw me off....the problem was a very loose connection (courtesy of Joseph Lucas, Prince of Darkness ;-) and when I used a 12V test light instead of the DMM it would not light up since it tried to pull some current....sometimes a test light or analog meter works much better than a DMM


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Old 01-10-2013, 11:31 AM   #35
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Old 01-10-2013, 11:54 AM   #36
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I agree on the HF units. I got my last one free because they had them on sale for $3.99 and also had a coup for $3.99 off on them. I didn't really need it but figured I was getting a free 9V battery.

My favorite is this old pocket multimeter from Radio Shack:


Good features:
- Small, self-contained
- Autoranging
- Audible beep when continuity testing

Most important feature:
- Auto-off!

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Old 01-10-2013, 05:52 PM   #37
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I had not heard of this particular Fluke model and ran across it today screwing around on eBay.



Reading this article, sparked my interest - http://www.antiqueradios.com/forums/...p?f=8&t=167123

Finding more info http://laserpointerforums.com/f52/fl...ist-67805.html, I was determined to find one.
I've always appreciated MILSPEC stuff. Judging by the info out there on it, it should be the last DMM I will be buying.

A little persistence and I located a really nice one on Craigslist at a pawn shop in SC. It has a rather large, hard carrying case, leads, alligator clips and what looks like a USGI manual. I called the shop and fellow on the other end was very pleasant but would not drop below his $60 asking price. He agreed to ship it to me for an additional $10. A quick PayPal transaction and he emailed me a tracking number. I'll let you all know the result when it arrives.

One final note - my wife did not cringe when I broke the news to her!

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Old 01-10-2013, 06:22 PM   #38
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Looks like you got a nice deal. That meter looks new. I guess the only thing that could kill a Fluke is if the battery leaks.
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Old 01-10-2013, 10:10 PM   #39
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I agree on the HF units. I got my last one free because they had them on sale for $3.99 and also had a coup for $3.99 off on them. I didn't really need it but figured I was getting a free 9V battery.

My favorite is this old pocket multimeter from Radio Shack:


Good features:
- Small, self-contained
- Autoranging
- Audible beep when continuity testing

Most important feature:
- Auto-off!
I used to have one of thse Radioshack ones they were so handy!
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Old 01-11-2013, 04:07 AM   #40
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I had not heard of this particular Fluke model and ran across it today screwing around on eBay.



One final note - my wife did not cringe when I broke the news to her!
that's a neat one. find one of these to fit it. worth the investment.

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Old 01-11-2013, 11:44 AM   #41
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for a bike the harbor freight is fine. They will last many years, and when they don't, get another. You will spend more on batteries and possibly fuses.

That said a cheap needle meter is often more useful. They usually draw more current, which is better for much troubleshooting, and you can see a needle wiggle when moving a harness that can often be missed on a digital meter.

Rod
I like this answer. Test light too. If I was an electrician, an better meter would be required.

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I have used my fluke on 110v, I would not trust my life with a Chinese meter.
Nutz. Don't touch metal and nothing is going to happen with any meter.

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I used to have one of thse Radioshack ones they were so handy!
I've gone through a number of Radio Shack meters and that was my favorite, although it is sitting in a pile of pieces right now. I just finished bottom balancing a bunch of LiFePo batteries (many, many hours of meter time) and between 3 HF meters, there was an .02V difference @ 3V. I learned keeping the battery fresh has a fairly dramatic effect on their accuracy. I also agree about better leads.
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Old 01-12-2013, 05:06 AM   #42
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I'm in the Navy (Nuke power) and for the last 27 years I've missused and abused (along with hundreds of Sailors that I've worked with) many a Fluke 77. I don't remember ever breaking one or having one fail calibration (required annual cal).

Great all around, easy to use meter.
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Old 01-12-2013, 05:09 AM   #43
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I'm in the Navy (Nuke power) and for the last 27 years I've missused and abused (along with hundreds of Sailors that I've worked with) many a Fluke 77. I don't remember ever breaking one or having one fail calibration (required annual cal).

Great all around, easy to use meter.
I'm in Naval Nuke construction, many of the test procedures in the TM call for Fluke meters specifically and require the permission of the Director of Nuke Test to use something else.
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Old 01-12-2013, 08:23 AM   #44
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I have one like this for over 20 years.



Textronix 155, I think Snap-On sold these under the Blue Point label too.
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Old 01-12-2013, 09:22 AM   #45
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I'm in Naval Nuke construction, many of the test procedures in the TM call for Fluke meters specifically and require the permission of the Director of Nuke Test to use something else.
Fluke is the standard at at&t for central office work too, used them for years with no trouble...but at home I've been using a Radio Shack 22-812 autoranging meter and it has been fine for the vehicle and hobby work (building tube amps)...just a run of the mill meter but has a couple of features that are usually found on much more expensive units, calibration pots and isolated RS232 data output (which can be converted to USB or bluetooth w/ an adapter)
Often on sale for $50, recently replaced by 22-039 which appears to be identical (but who knows inside), however the originals are still out there...


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