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Gardner Bender GMT-312 Analog Multimeter, 5 Function / 12 Range, 300V AC/DC, for AC / DC Voltage & Current, Resistance, Continuity & Batteries ($9.32)

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Recently saw this at Rural King selling for $15 and Amazon is usually between $10 and $11. Seems like a great price for a basic analog multimeter from a good brand - Gardner Bender.


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Testing equipment can be put to good use ensuring that electrical equipment is properly installed and safe to operate. Faulty installations can be lethal; the condition of electrical installations can be established when contractors use test equipment. Pocket sized analog tester. Tests voltage, DC voltage, DC current, resistance, continuity and batteries.

From the Manufacturer
The Gardner Bender 16-Range 5-Function Analog Multitester tests AC/DC voltage to 500 volts, DC current to 250 mA, resistance to 1 megohm, and decibels from -20 to +56dB. The multitester is diode protected and includes 2 safety test leads, a helpful instruction manual, and one AA battery. The unit is conveniently pocket-sized, so you can have it with you anytime you need it. Gardner Bender has 50 years of experience making professional electrical tools and supplies of consistently superior quality, so you can count on high-performance products at a fair price.

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ManufacturerGB Electrical
Part NumberGMT-312
Item Weight 0.8 ounces
Product Dimensions 3.5 x 2.38 x 1.13 inches
Item model numberGMT-312
Is Discontinued By Manufacturer Yes
Size300V
ColorBlack
Style5 Function / 12 Range
MaterialPlastic
Voltage300 Volts
Item Package Quantity 1
Included Components Na
Batteries Included? No
Batteries Required? Yes
Warranty Description 1 Year Limited


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Any perks to an analog meter like this?
The Craftsman electronic with digital display is same price semi regularly.
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Any perks to an analog meter like this?
The Craftsman electronic with digital display is same price semi regularly.
I think this video provides a good explanation of one key advantage:

https://youtu.be/kMWFFbhF2Qo
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I think this video provides a good explanation of one key advantage:

https://youtu.be/kMWFFbhF2Qo
Thanks for link.

TLDR for those not wanting to watch video (with my limited new understanding):
Analog is a bit easier to understand "what's happening" when a voltage is irregular/jumping, for example when testing a speaker DC line. Analog is non-stop metering whereas digital has a polling frequency which makes it look to be jumping/erratic.
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Noobie here, what's the difference between the Gardner Bender and this:

AstroAI Digital Multimeter DM6000AR $23.70
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noobie here, what's the difference between the gardner bender and this:

Astroai digital multimeter dm6000ar $23.70
price!
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1980's called and they want their multimeter back
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price!
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There are niche cases where an analog multimeter works better than a digital one for general (not pro) use. Voltage ranges do not require a battery to work (good for keeping in car where it will likely sit for years untouched, though 9V batteries in a digital multimeter tend to last a few years, alkaline AA/AAA not so much before leaking). Continuity (checking fuse) is more visually intuitive with a full needle sweep.

A digital multimeter is far more forgiving especially near AC line voltage (safer if you've selected the wrong range, wrong polarity, etc) They tend to have more functionality: auto-ranging, continuity beep, better ones have manual range lock, backlighting, NCV, etc. Even Harbor Freight's cheap (used to be free with any purchase) digital multimeter is more versatile.

Many discount/dollar-plus stores sell a barebone analog multimeter like this widely cloned model [ebay.com] for a few bucks, which is good enough for emergency car use.

EEVblog on analog vs digital multimeter [youtube.com].
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