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    Recomendations for a new Multimeter?

    My old Fluke is in need of a replacement. Any recommendations for a new upgraded one? Been looking at the Clamp-on ones also. AC/DC is a must.
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    Well, it really depends on what you want to use it for. Home only use or for your job? If you only need a multi-meter that has the normal functionality, then most any Fluke multi-meter will do that. If you need high amperage testing capabilities, then a clamp on inductive pick up ammeter would be a good choice.

    I have one like this. It has a high amperage inductive clamp, has leads to check AC/DC voltage, can also check resistance and has true RMS AC voltage and current measurement. This is usually my go to meter when working around the house.
    Fluke 325 True RMS Clamp Meter

    Of course, if you need something with more capabilities, FLuke has them also!!!

    Fluke Test & Measurement Tools

    When it comes to test equipment, IMO, Fluke is hard to beat!
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    A very general use Multimeter I'd highly recommend is a Fluke 117. They're not super expensive and has Auto V. An automatic voltage sensing circuit and decides on AC/DC for you. It also has voltage detect, just like those pocket voltage detectors. My favorite part of it is Auto V adds a small resistor in the circuit to drag down any false induced voltages that these modern super sensitive meters are so apt to tell you exists. This is what I arm my mechanics with for general use everyday. They are about $150. They work great in automotive, home, and commercial up to 600v cat III ratings.

    Amazon Fluke 117


    Fluke 117
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    Canít go wrong with fluxe as others have stated, but Iíve purchased several of the Milwaukee electrician tools recently and Iím very impressed. I would highly recommend looking at the Milwaukee line of multi meters, they have a few models depending on your budget and features needed.

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    Fluke is the gold standard. Period.

    There are others out there that are good and will serve you well but I just like the way Flukes work and feel.

    I carry many different Fluke meters on my truck. IR cameras, multi-meters, meggers, volt tics, you name it. My go to everyday use meter is my Fluke 376 FC with the iFlex current loop. You can download an app on your smart phone so if you are in a place alone or if your waring a complete arc flash suit, others can see what you are doing and witness measurements from a safe place with my phone.

    What ever you pick, always test it on known circuits and inspect the leads. I'm sure you know to do that but it never hurts to have a reminder.

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    Fluke may be the gold standard,, and loved,,,
    but, I purchased a Fluke from the local electrical supply.

    Before the second battery was used up, the display was flaky,,,
    missing segments,, etc. The Fluke was DEAD!!

    This is with VERY kind, single user, homeowner duty.

    After the Fluke, I purchased a cheapo from Lowes,, and a free one from Harbor Freight.
    Both have been perfect for a decade.

    Other than clamp-on,, mine do anything I want.
    come to think of it,, I have never wanted to measure amperage,,,
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    Quote Originally Posted by dieselshadow View Post
    A very general use Multimeter I'd highly recommend is a Fluke 117. They're not super expensive and has Auto V. An automatic voltage sensing circuit and decides on AC/DC for you. It also has voltage detect, just like those pocket voltage detectors. My favorite part of it is Auto V adds a small resistor in the circuit to drag down any false induced voltages that these modern super sensitive meters are so apt to tell you exists. This is what I arm my mechanics with for general use everyday. They are about $150. They work great in automotive, home, and commercial up to 600v cat III ratings.

    Amazon Fluke 117


    Fluke 117


    That looks like a great meter at a great price. My old 87-III cost at least twice that around fifteen years ago.
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    Harbor Freight multi meters stink

    Quote Originally Posted by CADplans View Post
    Fluke may be the gold standard,, and loved,,,
    but, I purchased a Fluke from the local electrical supply.

    Before the second battery was used up, the display was flaky,,,
    missing segments,, etc. The Fluke was DEAD!!

    This is with VERY kind, single user, homeowner duty.

    After the Fluke, I purchased a cheapo from Lowes,, and a free one from Harbor Freight.
    Both have been perfect for a decade.

    Other than clamp-on,, mine do anything I want.
    come to think of it,, I have never wanted to measure amperage,,,


    I'm glad you're enjoying them, but I've been through more than one of every model HF sells and gives for free and none have been worth the gasoline to haul them home.
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    I have 2 Klein's that I bought years ago that are as close to the flukes I've owned as I've seen. One is a clamp on and one isn't. Both were in the $140 range also. Home Deposit sells some Klein's but they are the watered down homeowner versions. I got mine from an electrical supply shop.


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    The free one you get for making a purchase at Harbor Freight. Got about 6 of 'em
    laying around.

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