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Been waiting for this fantastic meter which is over $170 for so long.

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I'm waiting for the Free Harbor Freight crowd to show up with their cheap meter comparisons.
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For the record, $135 for a quality meter that has true RMS is pretty good, especially since it's Fluke. However, it is overkill for most home users.

If you really want Fluke, check out the 15B or 17B, which is probably easiest to get through eBay. They're made for the Chinese market, so they're cheaper, but really are made by Fluke. AvE (YouTube) took one apart and verified that they're "skookum," though they obviously cut a few corners to keep the price down. They aren't TrueRMS, but that really doesn't matter for 99.9% of home use, unless you're running industrial machinery or need to test with a generator that's giving you dirty AC power.

Alternatively, check out a kit like the Extech ETK30. It's made by Flir (best thermal imaging devices on the market), and runs under $73 on Amazon [amazon.com] right now. My father, a retired electrician -- and a damn good one at that -- just bought me this kit to replace my old multimeter (hated the damned thing). The MM is True RMS, autoranging, and has milliamp AND microamp resolution settings. The clamp meter goes up to 400A (AC) and has the non-contact detection feature just like this Fluke. Between the two devices in that set, everything the home DIYer and electronics hobbyist could need is covered.
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Awesome!! Thanks.
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I don't need this but this is an excellent price on a great product. Fluke!
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I really like this, but I don't know if this is good for electronic circuits work (12v, 5v, 3.3v range) stuff rather than at the Electrician's (120v/240v range) .. Any inputs?
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I really like this, but I don't know if this is good for electronic circuits work (12v, 5v, 3.3v range) stuff rather than at the Electrician's (120v/240v range) .. Any inputs?
It will work, but note that on the current side, it only has a 10A range, not a mA or uA. This is unhelpful for electronics work since you'll typically be in mA range for many lower power devices. This is designed for electrician work, so it's geared towards that. Fluke makes awesome gear, but I probably would say find one that's geared more towards electronics use. I often use the Extech EX330 which is certainly a lower quality piece of equipment than a Fluke, but a great multimeter for hobbyist usage. It's also much cheaper.
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I'm waiting for the Free Harbor Freight crowd to show up with their cheap meter comparisons.
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I really like this, but I don't know if this is good for electronic circuits work (12v, 5v, 3.3v range) stuff rather than at the Electrician's (120v/240v range) .. Any inputs?
It will work very well with those voltages. Are you doing digital electronics/powering logic IC's? A good DMM is an awesome (and always needed) tool, but you would benefit much more from a mixed signal o-scope.

In terms of DMMs, fluke is one of the best. It doesnt have some of the features of the 87 series, but it isnt $400 either... Like a previous post mentioned, it doesnt have a dedicated low range current measurement, but when measuring milli/micro amps in the lab, I've never seen someone use a handheld digital multimeter. You can find much much more accurate meters if you are working in the microamp range.
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It will work, but note that on the current side, it only has a 10A range, not a mA or uA. This is unhelpful for electronics work since you'll typically be in mA range for many lower power devices. This is designed for electrician work, so it's geared towards that. Fluke makes awesome gear, but I probably would say find one that's geared more towards electronics use. I often use the Extech EX330 which is certainly a lower quality piece of equipment than a Fluke, but a great multimeter for hobbyist usage. It's also much cheaper.
Thanks for confirming my suspicion that this isn't the perfect tool for electronics work (I am not saying Fluke isn't good). I will wait for now, and read up on the Extech (and other brands).

Thank you.
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I'm waiting for the Free Harbor Freight crowd to show up with their cheap meter comparisons.
normally that's all your average Joe needs anyways. I have a drawer full of these free Harbor Freight ones
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I'm waiting for the Free Harbor Freight crowd to show up with their cheap meter comparisons.
On that note, for the hobbyist who's working on circuits typically in the 5V-12V DC range but may want to use this to repair devices like TVs, is there a solid multimeter to get that won't break the bank? I picked up the HF cheapie multimeter on a whim, but it's going back unopened.
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Oh wow, a $200 item for $30-$50 bucks worth of a product that does the same job.

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Build quality between this and your 30-50 dollar product is night and day
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It will work, but note that on the current side, it only has a 10A range, not a mA or uA. This is unhelpful for electronics work since you'll typically be in mA range for many lower power devices. This is designed for electrician work, so it's geared towards that. Fluke makes awesome gear, but I probably would say find one that's geared more towards electronics use. I often use the Extech EX330 which is certainly a lower quality piece of equipment than a Fluke, but a great multimeter for hobbyist usage. It's also much cheaper.
Specs say 1 mA resolution up to 6 A. (10 mA 6 to 10 A).
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...but when measuring milli/micro amps in the lab, I've never seen someone use a handheld digital multimeter...
For milliamps, I use a handheld Fluke DMM all the time... In the lab...
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