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  • WHATS YOUR FAVORITE ELECTRICAL METER?

     techtownmayor updated 2 weeks, 1 day ago 9 Members · 19 Posts
  • beef

    Member
    January 9, 2020 at 9:18 am

    Mine has been the UEI DL389B.

    Removable amp clamp, will measure amps and voltage simultaneously, micro amps, micro farads, NCV, temperature, quite high tolerance on ohms and has a LED light built into the amp clamp. 

  • techtownmayor

    Administrator
    January 9, 2020 at 10:20 am

    That looks like a great meter. I’m a big fan of UEI equipment – it isn’t as expensive as Fluke, and it isn’t as cheap and dinky as a lot of the junk on sites like Amazon. 

  • fixbear

    Member
    January 9, 2020 at 10:42 am

    My favorite is a fluke 87.  Tough and will take a drop or 10.  But I still carry a analog Amp meter.  There are times that I want to see the fluctuations that a digital just doesn’t show.

  • empire

    Member
    January 9, 2020 at 12:12 pm

    I use the Fluke Split Clamp for routine fast troubleshooting.  Have several Fieldpiece meters I also use as well.  

  • indianatech

    Member
    January 9, 2020 at 2:19 pm

    Fluke 116 for multimeter and Fluke 323 for clamp meter.

  • beef

    Member
    January 9, 2020 at 4:54 pm

    Anyone try the redfish made by Jim Bergman 

    • techtownmayor

      Administrator
      January 9, 2020 at 9:00 pm

      Truly impressive looking! If we get you one of these (to keep), would you be willing to write a review for the community? 

    • jonbartz

      Member
      September 17, 2020 at 8:57 pm

      Has anyone tried this meter yet? I’m looking for a new one. Currently using a fluke.

  • mtsaz100

    Member
    September 29, 2020 at 9:30 am

    I have used fluke since 1980. They have come a long way since. The junk on amazon (chinese stuff)—works- but its for a homeowner or DIY mechanic, it wont hold up to the day to day rigors of heavy use. I bought a megohmeter to test compressors and a manometer for pressure switches and draft inducers in furnaces- and yes- they both meausure—-but the plastic is cheap, the leads are much smaller gauge wire. I ultimately wound up buying a fieldpiece manometer and a (I forgot) brand of megohmeter— and I think the best investment you can make in any electromechanical/electrical/electronic industry is a good meter. Its not a place to cut corners.

    I have 2-3 flukes- a clamp on (323) a straight dvm (115) and a power meter (345) that was about 500$ new at pawn shop for use with 3 phase and specialty power problems. It does all sorts of things more suited to computer rooms or equipment very sensitive to power. They sell for 3000-5000$ so I couldn’t pass it up- but have never used it for any kind of ac work. I was an engineer and designed motor generator and ups systems for mainframe computers—other wise I would never have known how to use it.

    I just want to say- I am new to this forum- and it seems to have really great people. Thank you all for your input and help. I know hvac (commercial/residential AC, electronics, and I know how to work on heatcraft/bohn coolers and freezers—-but the ice machines are showing who is boss- and my ego has been swiftly returned to a manageable size. I have tremendous respect to the very impressive and willingly shared expertise on this forum—very impressive I appreciate the help more than you know.

    • fixbear

      Member
      September 29, 2020 at 11:54 am

      Welcome to Techtown. Hope this site gives you whatever you need to be the best. And I hope you get to pass some on to others.

  • nafets47

    Member
    September 29, 2020 at 9:54 am

    I have been using a Fluke 324 and it has done everything I need for the properties I work on. I do quite a bit of HVAC and seeing how it is an HVAC meter it works great for that and doing kitchen work as well. It hasn’t let me down in that department.

    Not an expensive piece but well rounded.

  • mtsaz100

    Member
    September 29, 2020 at 2:07 pm

    Any pro line meter will serve you well. I might add as an electrical engineer and 40 yr experience working in electronics /hvac…invest in quality probes/test leads. Get pomona or fluke….pomona is fluke….kind of like a chevy truck is nearly identical to gmc but cheaper. The point is that many meter issues are actually lead issues…..esp with less expensive meters or if they (meter or leads ) are getting old.

  • fixbear

    Member
    September 29, 2020 at 2:28 pm

    I second that on the leads. Also there are a lot of difference in probes and there usability.

    I forgot to mention, has anyone ever used a Fluke 190.

    • techtownmayor

      Administrator
      September 29, 2020 at 3:35 pm

      Is that their “handheld” scope? From a quick Google search, that looks like one heck of a unit, albeit at the typical Fluke price!

      • fixbear

        Member
        September 30, 2020 at 4:38 am

        Yes, a rare item is a rugged 4 input scope that will survive the field use. I borrowed it from a friend/customer that had to pack one with every turbine controller he built. It’s how I made the power company fix a phase shift that they swore didn’t exist. 4 degrees with one leg makes a lot of motor problems.

      • nafets47

        Member
        September 30, 2020 at 10:37 am

        That is a hell of a piece. Also like you implied; expensive.

  • justrefr

    Member
    October 5, 2020 at 3:18 pm

    I have used the industry standard, 260 Simpson multimeter since 1967 and still use it to this day. I would not trade my Simpson for all the fancy fluke meters made !!! Simpson is the industry standard and the readings from a Simpson are accepted by every power company in the USA. buy the best, buy Simpson !!! Throw away your jap and chinese junk !!!

  • fixbear

    Member
    October 5, 2020 at 6:19 pm

    You are correct on the Simpson 260. I got mine in 1967. Had to replace the core in 1975. But it is not a low independence meter for today’s electronics. Unfortunately, I loaned it to a friend who died and never got it back. I know, I’m a dumb ass for doing so. But he was a close fiend that I trusted. It’s unfortunate that the next generation spouses are stupid.

  • techtownmayor

    Administrator
    October 6, 2020 at 10:56 am

    While on the topic of multimeters, techtown is giving away a Fluke 3000 HVAC kit as part of our one year anniversary. If you missed the post, check it out here:

    https://www.techtownforum.com/2020/10/05/celebrate-1-year-of-the-new-techtown/

    Celebrate 1 year of the new techtown and win a Fluke HVAC meter kit!

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