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antedeluvian
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Re: Duratool tool kits
antedeluvian   8/5/2014 4:01:26 PM
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Max

That is rather tasty -- but it's $36 from Amazon, which seems a bit steep considering the price tag of the JayCar offering...

Why don't you get one and let us know which is better value? (I am happy to spend your money!).

Seriously though I would like to know how well the Jaycar ones perform. We have had subcontractors who used non-name brand meters only to find that they stopped working at inopportune times and then called us in to try and debug why the product didn't work. Plugged in a Fluke and the measurement was fine.

 

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elizabethsimon   8/5/2014 4:01:06 PM
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The Tenma multimeter is

110 x 58.2 x 10.8mm

so height and width are a bit larger than the Jacar one but it's thinner and was in stock at Newark so I could order it when I ordered the Duratool kits...

 

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Max The Magnificent   8/5/2014 3:47:56 PM
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@Antedeluvian: If you want small, how about this?

That is rather tasty -- but it's $36 from Amazon, which seems a bit steep considering the price tag of the JayCar offering...

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antedeluvian   8/5/2014 3:31:29 PM
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Max

If you want small, how about this?

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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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