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Volmate Digital Multimeter Multi-Tester (VOL-880) for $8.98 + Free Shipping @ eBay.com

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Last Edited by cricket702 August 4, 2016 at 03:07 PM
Hey guys,

I didn't see this posted, so I thought I'd share. There have been several recent popular deals for Multimeters for a few dollars more: HERE or HERE.

NOTE #1: This item is Sold & Shipped by Nubeestore, a US-Based Seller (ships out of CA) with 33,787 Feedback w/ 99.2% Positive (Top-Rated Plus).

NOTE #2: The same model [amazon.com] is also available via Amazon for slightly cheaper ($8.68). However, unless you are a Prime member or spend $49+ in additional items, it will not Ship Free.

Product Features:
  • CMOS Integrated Circuit and Dual Slope A/D Conversion, Auto-Zero and Select Polarity
  • 70 x 40 mm Easily Viewable LCD Display with word size up to 25mm. The best display visual angle is approx 70?
  • Tester will automatically turn off after running up to 25 minutes to prevent battery drainage.
  • Highly Reliable Measure Range and 32 Gears are more effective to Avoid False Testing
  • Supports Transistor Add Diode test

Technical Specifications:
  • DC Voltage: 200mV-600V ?(0.5%?2dgts)
  • AC Voltage: 200/600V ?(1.2%?10dgts)
  • DC Current: 200uA-10A ?(1.0%+2dgts)
  • Resistance: 200?-2M? ?(0.8%?3dgts)
  • Accuracy: ?a% of reading: ? N0 digits guaranteed for l year.
  • Environmental Temperature : 23??2?.
  • Relative Humidity: <75%.
  • Power Supply: 9V,6F22
  • Max. Display: 1999
  • Diode: Yes
  • Dynatron: Yes
  • LCD Backlight: Yes
  • Continuity Buzzer: Yes
  • Input Impedance for DCV: 1M?
  • Sample Rate: 3times/S
  • Low Battery Indication: Yes
  • Data Hold: Yes
  • LCD Size: 70 x 40mm
  • Dimensions: 5.43"x2.76"x1.22"
  • Product Net Weight: 9 oz

Package Contents:
  • 1 x Volmate Digital Multimeter Multi-Tester (VOL-880)
  • 2 x Test Leads
  • 1 x 9V Battery
  • 1 x English Manual
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Be careful! Do yourselves a favor and read the Amazon reviews on this meter. Risky business using this meter, and not, IMO, worth risking your well being, possibly your life!
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It looks like a variation of the XL830 / XL830L meter, which is widely available (and cloned) on amz/eB/DX/etc.

Many Amazon reviewers report test leads breaking in a short time and lots of images to prove it -- a stupid place to cut cost and probably cost the seller more in returns and negative reviews. The 3 Craftsman DMMs I've bought have solid leads while the HF meter one is beyond flimsy.

It's really dumb for this meter to have the terminals in a non-standard order (Common V/ohm/mA 10A) for no reason. It'll annoy those who are used to the standard meter terminals layout which has always been "10A mA Common V/ohm" or "10A Common V/ohm/mA" for decades.

Don't you hate it when the display is obviously stimulated (some people like me want to see the size of the digits, contrast, LED backlight, etc) and the probes are photoshopped to be plugged in, with the negative probe plugged into the wrong terminal Smilie. I guess the manufacturer didn't provide them with "in use" pictures so the seller had to make them up with one single stock photo. Fortunately, plugging the negative probe in the 10A will still work, with a slight increase in resistance due to the internal current shunt (probably negligible compared to the crappy leads). Customer photos show the actual LCD display.
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Last edited by FatFaluz August 4, 2016 at 05:22 AM
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You can always get a free one at Harbor Freight. It works ok for basic tasks. If it breaks, just go get another one.

http://www.harborfreight.com/digitalsavings.html
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Quote from Atom75 View Post :
You can always get a free one at Harbor Freight. It works ok for basic tasks. If it breaks, just go get another one.

http://www.harborfreight.com/digitalsavings.html
That's what my friend says. Years ago, before county codes, he wired his new house, so he knows a little something.
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Quote from stegall View Post :
That's what my friend says. Years ago, before county codes, he wired his new house, so he knows a little something.
A multimeter is not needed for wiring of new construction which is so easy that a ten year old could do it.

This one is better than the free Harbor Freight one, but if all you need is what the free one provides then get that one.
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Quote from jeff34270 View Post :
A multimeter is not needed for wiring of new construction which is so easy that a ten year old could do it.

This one is better than the free Harbor Freight one, but if all you need is what the free one provides then get that one.
I miss the days of No Purchase Required Harbor Freight freebies. Not they make me look for random items under $1. LMAO

But yeah, this one is better than the Centech one, for sure.
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It's the backlight LED that interested me. Needed something under $10 that would work outdoors.
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Quote from Nekoman View Post :
Be careful! Do yourselves a favor and read the Amazon reviews on this meter. Risky business using this meter, and not, IMO, worth risking your well being, possibly your life!
That's a complete and total myth created by Fluke to sell over priced meter.

Don't believe me? Don't argue with me here, instead go out and find documented cases (links) where people have been killed using a multimeter.

Hint: If you look really really hard you will find exactly two. And guess what?

One of them was using a Fluke. And he was using the meter properly.

The guy where they don't list the maker of the meter was a Darwin award candidate. He so misused the meter, anything would have blown up.

Again, if you disagree, provide links not heat. It's a marketing scam.
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Quote from airventor View Post :
That's a complete and total myth created by Fluke to sell over priced meter.

Don't believe me? Don't argue with me here, instead go out and find documented cases (links) where people have been killed using a multimeter.

Hint: If you look really really hard you will find exactly two. And guess what?

One of them was using a Fluke. And he was using the meter properly.

The guy where they don't list the maker of the meter was a Darwin award candidate. He so misused the meter, anything would have blown up.

Again, if you disagree, provide links not heat. It's a marketing scam.
I couldn't disagree more. I was a product manager for test equipment for many years. If you dissect some of cheap meters... Some are very scary. Cold solder joints. Fake fuses. Exposed connections near the lead connections. Etc. Also, fake semis are a huge issue right now... If you get a meter that appears to be reading ~10v or low amps... But current is actually 10x what you see... You could be setting yourself up for pain/death/damage.

Not saying you have to spend Fluke money on a meter, but at least look for something with legit UL or ETL. Even "cheap Chinese brands" make higher end meters that are really nice (fluke equivalent), and can be had for ~$100.
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Quote from airventor View Post :
go out and find documented cases (links) where people have been killed using a multimeter.

Hint: If you look really really hard you will find exactly two.
You must not be looking very hard - OSHA documents a few tens to hundreds of cases a year.

I guess you could argue it was user error, but so is nearly any other "accident". The greatest risks are arc flashes, touching live wires, and damaged probes.

It's the damaged probes that don't insulate well enough to protect the user that seem to be the greatest risk with this meter. Still, if you use only one hand (recommended procedure when using any meter) the risk is minimal.

As a practical matter, any of these meters are fine for home use. The free HFs are just fine, and you won't notice an accuracy or performance difference. The only real reason to pay for one is if you want the features such as lighted display.
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Last edited by Dh3256 August 4, 2016 at 04:01 PM
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Quote from airventor View Post :
That's a complete and total myth created by Fluke to sell over priced meter.

Don't believe me? Don't argue with me here, instead go out and find documented cases (links) where people have been killed using a multimeter.

Hint: If you look really really hard you will find exactly two. And guess what?

One of them was using a Fluke. And he was using the meter properly.

The guy where they don't list the maker of the meter was a Darwin award candidate. He so misused the meter, anything would have blown up.

Again, if you disagree, provide links not heat. It's a marketing scam.
Hey friend, I'm pointing out the comments in the REVIEWS about the leads falling apart, that is all! No marketing, nothing like that. This is from my OWN observations, and to warn those who are unfamiliar with MMs/DMMs to be careful in what they purchase. I was interested, until I read those comments, and I'm very familiar with the use and applications of these tools, but find it uneconomical to have to purchase a separate, safe and reliable set of leads.
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Quote from ZLeathal1 View Post :
I couldn't disagree more.
You can't disagree with facts.... You seem like a fairly smart guy, ask yourself this: Why are meters different? Hundreds of millions of things are plugged into the mains right now. Most of them have cold solder joints.

Why are meters so risky to plug into the mains but TVs, radios, et al aren't?

If you can't answer that question, perhaps you should reconsider your opinion.
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Quote from Dh3256 View Post :
You must not be looking very hard - OSHA documents a few tens to hundreds of cases a year.
Oh ok... Link me.

But um, let me tell you how wrong you are. OSHA does not even track the numbers of people killed by meters as a number. You won't find a number because they don't even collect the data.

Going a step further, the myth is that meters are incredibly susceptible to arch flash. (OSHA doesn't even track deaths by arch flash much less the arch flash caused by meters.) There are so few cases they don't even track the larger number much less the smaller number.

And the few arch flash accidents that do happen every year are primarily in grain silos.

If there are hundreds of cases meters killing people a year surely you can give me a dozen news stories about it too right?

Hint: You won't find that either. (go ahead and search, I'll wait here)

Please, if you can't provide links, save both our time continuing.
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#15
Sorry for interrupt your educational fight over death by multimeter.. But for average car use, 0-12v, can you recommend me on multimeter that can do the job and not killing me with a mighty 12v shock? =).
I am seriously just looked for one few days ago and got lost with all the really cheap one's and the really over priced fluke one's.
Thanks
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