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GoldenGhetto 1,276 1,533 October 16, 2016 at 05:34 PM in Tools (3) More Sears Deals
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When you're tired of the inaccuracy of these things, and pretty high rate of battery drain, you'll end up buying a Fluke and cursing the day you ever thought to buy this crapsman meter.

Ten bucks though, not a big loss... Just don't use it for much more than chjecking voltage and continuity...
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When you're tired of the inaccuracy of these things, and pretty high rate of battery drain, you'll end up buying a Fluke and cursing the day you ever thought to buy this crapsman meter.

Ten bucks though, not a big loss... Just don't use it for much more than chjecking voltage and continuity...
These are fine for people wanting to do simple continuity tests, or fuzzy troubleshooting. While I wouldnt spend my money on it, people needing one for a couple of low precision jobs, these work ok.
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Thanks OP!
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Quote from AtTheLeftThere View Post :
Ten bucks though, not a big loss... Just don't use it for much more than chjecking voltage and continuity...
Checking voltage and resistance/continuity plus limited current applications is all that this meter is designed for and, coincidentally, all that most people will need for basic troubleshooting of car problems, appliance repair, and home electrical. It may not be as accurate as a meter costing many times this amount, but will be accurate enough for most of these applications.

Before the HF fan club arrives, I'll point out that the free HF meter is probably just as functional but isn't as well made and has a cheap toy-like feel.
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Can't wait to wire this bad boy up to my 3,000 watt sound system to see if it really pushes 3k watts
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Can't wait to wire this bad boy up to my 3,000 watt sound system to see if it really pushes 3k watts
You'll need an amp meter for that Wink
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my impression is you can some non big name multimeter for $11-$15 on Amazon everyday. I know it is possibly quality difference, but good enough for my simple use.
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I have a similar looking cheapo unit I got from Harbor Freight. I use it to check voltage on a variety of small camera batteries (typically 1.35v-6v) to see if the voltage is still within specs. However it does not put a load on the battery to truly test if it is still good. Does anyone know if this Craftsman model can do that? I don't know much about these little meters.
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I have a similar looking cheapo unit I got from Harbor Freight. I use it to check voltage on a variety of small camera batteries (typically 1.35v-6v) to see if the voltage is still within specs. However it does not put a load on the battery to truly test if it is still good. Does anyone know if this Craftsman model can do that? I don't know much about these little meters.
This one has separate settings for 9V and 1.5V battery testing (vs. just DC Voltage). No 6V test, although the 9V function might work fine on a 6V battery. When you use those functions, the display shows the voltage. I *assume* that this means it is doing something other than just measuring voltage, such as applying a small load to let some current flow and measure voltage under that condition, just like I think you're asking.

BTW, these meters are great, and so is the price.
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Thanks for good finds.
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You'll need an amp meter for that Wink
you could check voltage with this and calculate your impedance to get watts
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no auto metering, this is technology of the 80s. one can get better deals for same money.
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fluke is junk.

Tektronix for life
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Thanks for the post, OP. When you post a Sears deal, please post exact price (in this case, $9.99). It's an important distinction for deal hunters.
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