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Downside to cheap DMMs
mhrackin   8/5/2014 4:17:20 PM
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The quality may be much better now, but a few years back I bought what looked like a cheap Chinese knock-off of a Fluke with some nice added functions.  However, it was very poorly calibrated and had a bunch of interacting pot adjustments that made it  a major chore to calibrate properly.   Not being very patient, I used it uncalibrated with mental correction of readings until about a year ago when I spent the time to recal it.

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Max The Magnificent   8/5/2014 4:07:22 PM
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@ntedeluvian: Seriously though I would like to know how well the Jaycar ones perform.

I was planning on sending you one when they arrive ... watch this space...

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Max The Magnificent   8/5/2014 4:05:53 PM
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@Elizabeth: ...so height and width are a bit larger than the Jacar one but it's thinner...

We will have to compare notes about things like "look and feel" when they arrive...

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elizabethsimon   8/5/2014 4:04:04 PM
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not to mention that it's larger than the one I got for half the price

 

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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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Re: Travel Spudgers?
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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