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Cheaper than its ever been on Amazon, if only by a few dollars, according to Camel
However, its a pretty specific kit, the more generally applicable one is the 177 true RMS (B000O3LUEI), normally around $170 but was as cheap as $125ish a few months ago
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Any benefit over a multimeter like the craftsman that goes for around $10 or the harbor freight's that's free with a purchase? I'm asking as a non-professional, around the house user.
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Any benefit over a multimeter like the craftsman that goes for around $10 or the harbor freight's that's free with a purchase? I'm asking as a non-professional, around the house user.
The main benefit you would get out of a Fluke is accuracy, precision, and durability. If you are simply checking for ball park numbers (i.e. batteries checking, outlets working, etc.), those cheap ones are fine.
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The main benefit you would get out of a Fluke is accuracy, precision, and durability. If you are simply checking for ball park numbers (i.e. batteries checking, outlets working, etc.), those cheap ones are fine.
Plus, it won't blow up in your hand when you accidentally swipe the dial past the current setting with the prongs in an outlet.
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Any benefit over a multimeter like the craftsman that goes for around $10 or the harbor freight's that's free with a purchase? I'm asking as a non-professional, around the house user.
Not unless you simply like having very high-quality tools and have money to burn. Even then, a decent $30 DMM will do the trick reliably.

Flukes are really only targeted at industrial and scientific markets.
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Any benefit over a multimeter like the craftsman that goes for around $10 or the harbor freight's that's free with a purchase? I'm asking as a non-professional, around the house user.
As another poster mentioned, the wrong setting make a big difference between some cheap vs more expensive multimeters.

My biggest gripe on this set would be that the 323 doesn't do temperature. This set is touted for HVAC use. Most HVAC techs would rather carry only ONE meter/clamp/probe set. The 324/325 sets will allow temp probe use rather than having to bust out the 116 to do temps.

Fieldpiece makes great meter/clamps also.
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Plus, it won't blow up in your hand when you accidentally swipe the dial past the current setting with the prongs in an outlet.

Even the cheap Harbor Freight ones have you plug the + probe into a different port for current than for volt/ohm/etc to avoid this. This is safer for high voltage in industrial settings but Harbor Freight ones are okay for basic home or auto use.
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Any benefit over a multimeter like the craftsman that goes for around $10 or the harbor freight's that's free with a purchase? I'm asking as a non-professional, around the house user.
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The main benefit you would get out of a Fluke is accuracy, precision, and durability. If you are simply checking for ball park numbers (i.e. batteries checking, outlets working, etc.), those cheap ones are fine.
I agree. If you're only checking batteries the free Harbor Freight one is okay for free. I wouldn't pay for it though, because you can get much better ones for cheap on Amazon.

For $10 you can get 4,000 count display and auto-ranging in a unit much nicer than the Harbor Freight special
Holdpeak 36K www.amazon.com/dp/B00TGUVILK
The one my friend bought is right on tested against a high precision $300 meter I have at work. (Within stated tolerances)

For $27 you can get the Holdpeak 770E with more decimal places than most people know what to do with them. (40,000 count display) It's a rather large meter though.
www.amazon.com/dp/B01EJFNQAC
My coworker bought one to leave in our plant in overseas so he doesn't have to keep taking his through TSA when he travels.

And if you want a clamp meter to measure current without disconnecting wires, the ut-210 series is great. They also measure voltage / resistance, etc for most home and DC electronics use. They're so small they make great meters to keep in your car or tool bag.
$41 UT-210E measures 100A max, with 1 mA resolution (great for small electronics work)
www.amazon.com/dp/B00O1Q2HOQ
$42 UT-210D measures 200A max with 10mA resolution, and also measures temperature and frequency
www.amazon.com/dp/B019Q6YK7W

If you ever want to track, log, and graph measurements you can get this one for $60
It connects to your phone with Bluetooth and displays and logs data using the app. Using the app you can also set it to start logging data on its own, walk away, and come back to download it later.
Owon B35T+ www.amazon.com/dp/B01C3IQDE8

I use a B35T+ at work because it's very precise but cheap enough I don't worry about getting it dirty or breaking it. I keep a UT-210E in my bag for when I randomly need a meter or when I need to measure current and I have a Southwire 15190T that I use for precision work. (I love the 15190T, but with all other options out there it's hard to justify the cost unless you really need precision and logging.)
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too expensive for something i can just steal
Yeah I just use my man bits to do the job
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Decent if you're not comfortable buying the genuine Fluke meters with more features for half price on Aliexpess. I use the Fluke 17b+ that has everything here plus temperature, paid $95 shipped.

Just tested 10 A/C units yesterday with it. It's perfect.
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Decent if you're not comfortable buying the genuine Fluke meters with more features for half price on Aliexpess. I use the Fluke 17b+ that has everything here plus temperature, paid $95 shipped.

Just tested 10 A/C units yesterday with it. It's perfect.

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Not unless you simply like having very high-quality tools and have money to burn. Even then, a decent $30 DMM will do the trick reliably.

Flukes are really only targeted at industrial and scientific markets.
Fluke process meters are the best for loop testing and simulation. I have seen cheap ones send 50mA when I have them set to 20mA. Never again will I use anything else.
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I agree. If you're only checking batteries the free Harbor Freight one is okay for free. I wouldn't pay for it though, because you can get much better ones for cheap on Amazon.

For $10 you can get 4,000 count display and auto-ranging in a unit much nicer than the Harbor Freight special
Holdpeak 36K www.amazon.com/dp/B00TGUVILK
The one my friend bought is right on tested against a high precision $300 meter I have at work. (Within stated tolerances)

For $27 you can get the Holdpeak 770E with more decimal places than most people know what to do with them. (40,000 count display) It's a rather large meter though.
www.amazon.com/dp/B01EJFNQAC
My coworker bought one to leave in our plant in overseas so he doesn't have to keep taking his through TSA when he travels.

And if you want a clamp meter to measure current without disconnecting wires, the ut-210 series is great. They also measure voltage / resistance, etc for most home and DC electronics use. They're so small they make great meters to keep in your car or tool bag.
$41 UT-210E measures 100A max, with 1 mA resolution (great for small electronics work)
www.amazon.com/dp/B00O1Q2HOQ
$42 UT-210D measures 200A max with 10mA resolution, and also measures temperature and frequency
www.amazon.com/dp/B019Q6YK7W

If you ever want to track, log, and graph measurements you can get this one for $60
It connects to your phone with Bluetooth and displays and logs data using the app. Using the app you can also set it to start logging data on its own, walk away, and come back to download it later.
Owon B35T+ www.amazon.com/dp/B01C3IQDE8

I use a B35T+ at work because it's very precise but cheap enough I don't worry about getting it dirty or breaking it. I keep a UT-210E in my bag for when I randomly need a meter or when I need to measure current and I have a Southwire 15190T that I use for precision work. (I love the 15190T, but with all other options out there it's hard to justify the cost unless you really need precision and logging.)
Great post!
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Fluke makes great products. As an HVAC journeyman I use the Fluke 902. It has everything I need for residential HVAC work. Amps, Volts, Micro Farad, cont, etc. Just one thing in my bag.

Also, get a good pipe clamp. They show it in the picture but that one is not included in the deal.
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