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Fluke 174 DMM digital multimeter $99 after $67 off with Promo code - Fry's Electronics

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UPDATE: Price $99 again this week. Just use the new Sunday (8/27) promo email code.

VERY good price for a Fluke meter. In-store (ad says online too, but not actually available). Only $99 after $67.36 off with Sunday (8-20) emailed promo code.

AC and DC voltage measurements to 1000V.
AC and DC current with 0.01 mA resolution.
Continuity, resistance, diode test, capacitance and frequency measurements.
Capture up to 65,000 sets of MIN/MAX/AVG readings.
CAT III 1000 V, Cat IV 600 V; IP54.
Maximum voltage between any terminal and earth ground 1000 V dc or ac rms.
'Sleep mode' to prolong battery life when not in use.
Fuse protection from A inputs 0.44 A (44/100 A, 440 mA), 1000 V FAST Fuse, Fluke specified part only.

http://www.frys.com/product/91974...IN_RSLT_PG

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No shipping....
Got one shipped last week love it highly recommended
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Despite some tool down voting this, probably because there's no Fry's nearby, it's actually a pretty nice deal. Even if only available to people with local Fry's.
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Enjoy my free digital multimeter from HF.
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Enjoy my free digital multimeter from HF.
Got a couple myself. Still no comparison to a meter like a Fluke.
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Enjoy my free digital multimeter from HF.
There's a difference between quality or quantity. I would prefer my 400$ fluke and over any HF meter to help me get accurate measurements on 3 Phase systems. Or even 120v/240v power.

Accuracy is key to quality work
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TU. Wish there was shipping even though closest Fry's is 30 miles away. Just hate dealing with them. EEVBlog rates this favorable, looks like it is discontinued and really a model 3000 from the tear down photos.

https://www.eevblog.com/forum/tes...fluke-174/
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There's a difference between quality or quantity. I would prefer my 400$ fluke and over any HF meter to help me get accurate measurements on 3 Phase systems. Or even 120v/240v power.

Accuracy is key to quality work
Im not saying theres not a difference and love having quality tools but what really is the difference when it comes to something like a meter? And im not talking about hf. Whats the difference between a $40 craftsman and this fluke meter? Serious question
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Im not saying theres not a difference and love having quality tools but what really is the difference when it comes to something like a meter? And im not talking about hf. Whats the difference between a $40 craftsman and this fluke meter? Serious question
It really depends on where you gonna use it to be honest. But the difference between the two is actually quality of the parts inside the meter. I use mine in a industrial environment and we need accurate and and fast measurements.

From what I've seen from other lower brands, they tend to cheap out on their quality and will not last you a very long time. I had mine for 8 years and only had to get it calibrated twice.

In my position, my DMM is my life. You'll never know if the line is live or not, so id rather have something I can fully trust, than have doubts about it. (Some kill switches tend to be faulty)

Build quality. I can't express how much abuse they can take. I've dropped mine from a 3rd floor and I still works perfectly fine...with the exception of needing to be recalibrated. And I've had a few apprentices that had to cheap out on DMMs (i kinda don't blame them if they don't have the money, I just let them borrow one of mine if needed) a few of the cheap ones blew up on them or they are seriously underated.

There's advantages and disadvantages of fluke meters, but for my workplace, it's my go-to meter.

Probably for at home basic usage, a craftsman would be fine after awhile, your gonna need to get another one if it craps out on you.
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I haven't used this Fluke meter but I do own several other Flukes (and non-Fluke premium brands). There are a number of reasons to get the Fluke over a $40 meter. That's not to say the $40 meter can't do a good job but it's not like the extra money is for nothing.

So in no particular order:
Typically $40 meters won't come with test leads as durable as the Fluke leads. So under harder use (shop, industrial etc) you are more likely to have a lead failure with a cheaper meter.

Fluke meters have very good inherent safety. So if a high voltage spike hits the line while you are working on things the Fluke meter might not survive but it's not likely to explode in your hands. The Fluke meters contain very robust fuses to protect the user if you happen to connect across high voltage/power lines while in amp mode.

Fluke meters are typically very reliable in terms of accuracy. So they deliver accurate readings not just in controlled environments but also after many years and in hot or cold conditions. For many people the extra measurement accuracy doesn't mean much just like a thermometer that reads out to a 1/10th of a degree doesn't matter much when you are just checking to see if you need a coat. However, in some cases the accuracy is critical.

There are actually a number of small usability things that matter as well. Fluke meters are typically quick to respond to signals. This is really handy when checking continuity. The difference between say. 05 second delay vs 0.3 seconds when checking continuity really does matter when the connection is hard to make (ie you can only get contact for a moment) or you are checking a number of pins in a row (slide the probe across and see which one beeps).

Most $40 meters don't have true RMS AC voltage readings. Not a big deal if all you typically measure is 120V AC wall power. It is a big deal if you are dealing with complex waves and need to know the voltage on a wire or line. Odds are if you need this feature you understand it so it's an advantage but not one many people need. The same is true of things like a higher frequency AC measurement bandwidth, fast signal capture etc.

For what it's worth, the Flukes are almost always the nicest feeling meters to use. Some people complaint that Craftsman wrenches feel crude compared to fully polished tools from other companies. Well I would agree but just a difference in polish doesn't mean the wrench is more or less effective. Fluke meters in general just feel like a quality tool. Their circuit boards are really really well made compared to most. That doesn't in and of itself doesn't make for a better measurement but it does make the tool nicer to use. I might be able to use Craftsman tools to get a job done but cost no object I would rather be using Snap-on just because they feel so much better.
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I haven't used this Fluke meter but I do own several other Flukes (and non-Fluke premium brands). There are a number of reasons to get the Fluke over a $40 meter. That's not to say the $40 meter can't do a good job but it's not like the extra money is for nothing.

So in no particular order:
Typically $40 meters won't come with test leads as durable as the Fluke leads. So under harder use (shop, industrial etc) you are more likely to have a lead failure with a cheaper meter.

Fluke meters have very good inherent safety. So if a high voltage spike hits the line while you are working on things the Fluke meter might not survive but it's not likely to explode in your hands. The Fluke meters contain very robust fuses to protect the user if you happen to connect across high voltage/power lines while in amp mode.

Fluke meters are typically very reliable in terms of accuracy. So they deliver accurate readings not just in controlled environments but also after many years and in hot or cold conditions. For many people the extra measurement accuracy doesn't mean much just like a thermometer that reads out to a 1/10th of a degree doesn't matter much when you are just checking to see if you need a coat. However, in some cases the accuracy is critical.

There are actually a number of small usability things that matter as well. Fluke meters are typically quick to respond to signals. This is really handy when checking continuity. The difference between say. 05 second delay vs 0.3 seconds when checking continuity really does matter when the connection is hard to make (ie you can only get contact for a moment) or you are checking a number of pins in a row (slide the probe across and see which one beeps).

Most $40 meters don't have true RMS AC voltage readings. Not a big deal if all you typically measure is 120V AC wall power. It is a big deal if you are dealing with complex waves and need to know the voltage on a wire or line. Odds are if you need this feature you understand it so it's an advantage but not one many people need. The same is true of things like a higher frequency AC measurement bandwidth, fast signal capture etc.

For what it's worth, the Flukes are almost always the nicest feeling meters to use. Some people complaint that Craftsman wrenches feel crude compared to fully polished tools from other companies. Well I would agree but just a difference in polish doesn't mean the wrench is more or less effective. Fluke meters in general just feel like a quality tool. Their circuit boards are really really well made compared to most. That doesn't in and of itself doesn't make for a better measurement but it does make the tool nicer to use. I might be able to use Craftsman tools to get a job done but cost no object I would rather be using Snap-on just because they feel so much better.
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Keysight is better than Fluke
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Keysight is better than Fluke
Thanks, though not real helpful unless you can point to a specific model that's a better deal.
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I need something for both small measurements (hobby electronics, raspberry pi, circuit boards etc) as well as household measurements (AC wiring, live wire testing). Would this work for it? Or can I get away with a cheap $10 one?
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