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antedeluvian
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Re: Duratool tool kits
antedeluvian   8/5/2014 3:31:29 PM
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Max

If you want small, how about this?

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Re: Duratool tool kits
Max The Magnificent   8/5/2014 3:25:29 PM
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@Elizabeth: I also got one of these multimeters...

What are the physical dimensions of the multimeter? Thus far, I haven't found anything smaller than the one David suggested from JayCar.

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Max The Magnificent   8/5/2014 3:22:27 PM
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@Wnderer: Does the need for spudgers actually come up in your travels? Do you really do impromptu tear downs?

Well, not yet, but then I never had any travel spudgers -- now that I have, you should be very afraid...

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Re: Travelling Toolkit
Max The Magnificent   8/5/2014 2:52:30 PM
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@_hm: One way to mitigate this is to get mutliple of this knives and gift it to persons you love most.

What? Give my wife a very sharp knife? I think not LOL. I also have the gun safe in our house set up that only I know the code (call me a scardy-cat if you will LOL)

But I knwo what you mean -- When I went to Norway a couple of years ago to give the keynote at the FPGA Forum, I took three of these knives to give as gifts for the guys that had helped me out. I think they liked them.

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Re: Travelling Toolkit
Max The Magnificent   8/5/2014 2:43:41 PM
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@David: ... can I suggest also that if you get another one, get a bit of chain and connect it to the loop on the knife, and to one of those mini-karabiner things so you can clip it onto a belt so it can't get lost!

Not a bad idea -- I might look into that -- but it hadn't got lost for the 2 or 3 years it was in my posession -- my son had his hands on it for 30 seconds and it ended up at the bottom of a lake ....

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Max The Magnificent   8/5/2014 2:41:39 PM
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@_hm: You can never alter first love. I strongly suggest to get one more pocket knife, may be look a like or custom made.

I found the exact same one on eBay -- it's currently on my belt and the radience once again lights the world (the chances of my son ever getting his hands on thsi one are zero LOL)

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Max The Magnificent   8/5/2014 2:39:43 PM
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@David: Now the AU$ is a bit less than the US$ (about 93c) so $3.25 in the US should mean that we pay A$3.50 for one.  We pay A$ 4.95...

Bummer. To be honest, I hadn;t realized that JayCar was a 100% Australian entity -- I thought they had a presence in the USA -- I just discovered my pistake this morning when I read an email from them sayinmg my package containing the multimeters had been dispatched from Australia (I hope I don't get hit by customs)

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Max The Magnificent   8/5/2014 2:36:49 PM
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@David: ...for $2.50 you can't go wrong.

You really can't -- I'm amazed they can make something like this so cheaply.

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Re: Duratool tool kits
David Ashton   8/3/2014 8:09:00 PM
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@Elizabeth...sorry, I should have looked a bit further.  Element 14 Aus has 3 of them, two (like yours and the $10 one) are identical but different prices, and the other one differs in that it has a set of allen (hex) keys in it, but it is around $16.

I have one of those Tenma multimeters - bigger than the one above but thinner (10.8 mm vs 26 mm) but I think it is a bit higher quality than Jaycar's mini ones.  But it is a fair bit more money ($16, even if you buy 99999999 of them :-)  But I also notice that the Tenma has auto power-off after 30 minutes - a VERY nice feature in a DMM.

Have fun with them!

(Thinks - I should hit Element 14 and Jaycar up for some commission :-)

 

 

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elizabethsimon   8/3/2014 4:52:51 PM
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Actually, I found out that there's have at least two versions at Newark. I got two of the cheaper ones...

http://www.newark.com/duratool/tl10406/26-pc-miniature-tool-kit/dp/01N3562

I also got one of these multimeters...

http://www.newark.com/tenma/72-10395/multimeter-digital-manual-handheld/dp/26W7007

 

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