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~$50 multimeter suggestion
« on: September 16, 2020, 06:14:42 PM »
Hi all,

Iím getting back into things after a long hiatus and my harbor freight dmm is toast. I looked at some of the old threads about this but a lot of the models are discontinued or unavailable.im hoping to get something relatively decent but for sure less than $100. I have been looking at various models such as the fluke 101 but donít know if that is too bare bones for this stuff. Iím hoping to get some suggestions.

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Re: ~$50 multimeter suggestion
« Reply #1 on: September 16, 2020, 07:54:12 PM »
I wouldn't worry too much about features, unless you're planning on doing something like the A/DA Flanger. Voltage, resistance, she's a good 'un :)
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Re: ~$50 multimeter suggestion
« Reply #2 on: September 16, 2020, 08:12:25 PM »
VC97 is about $30 and is pretty good.

On a whim, I also picked up a Mustool MT108T on sale at banggood or whatever, for like $14.  It's actually pretty nice!  Very slick for the price.  I reach for it a lot over the vc97 because it's about half the size.

Just my opinion, and others may disagree, but I do not think you need to spend $100.
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Re: ~$50 multimeter suggestion
« Reply #3 on: September 16, 2020, 08:32:47 PM »
Would you say measuring current is necessary?

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Re: ~$50 multimeter suggestion
« Reply #4 on: September 16, 2020, 10:01:21 PM »
Not sure whether you can find them for under $50 but been very happy for years with my Extech EX330.

More often then not i measure current by taking the voltage drop across a resistor and calculate the current with ohms law. But wouldn't want to have a meter without the capability, is there such a DMM?
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Re: ~$50 multimeter suggestion
« Reply #5 on: September 17, 2020, 04:55:24 AM »
Yeah the fluke 101 doesnít measure current but voltage, capacitance and resistance.

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Re: ~$50 multimeter suggestion
« Reply #6 on: September 17, 2020, 06:52:00 AM »
This one looks pretty good for circuit debugging/tracing:
https://www.amazon.com/Crenova-Auto-Ranging-Multimeter-Measuring-Backlight/dp/B00KXX2OYY/ref=sr_1_7?dchild=1&keywords=multimeter&qid=1600346672&sr=8-7

I have an Extech that was about $50 that I use for circuit testing. 90% of the time, I use it for continuity testing. I have a separate tester for measuring component values. Just search "transistor tester" on Amazon or eBay and you'll get a ton of relevant results that are affordable.

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Re: ~$50 multimeter suggestion
« Reply #7 on: September 17, 2020, 09:13:26 AM »
Thanks guys. After reading some reviews I went with the Crenova one.

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Re: ~$50 multimeter suggestion
« Reply #8 on: September 17, 2020, 09:19:34 AM »
This one looks pretty good for circuit debugging/tracing:
https://www.amazon.com/Crenova-Auto-Ranging-Multimeter-Measuring-Backlight/dp/B00KXX2OYY/ref=sr_1_7?dchild=1&keywords=multimeter&qid=1600346672&sr=8-7
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Re: ~$50 multimeter suggestion
« Reply #9 on: September 17, 2020, 09:22:12 AM »
I just caught that lol ha