A digital multimeter might be one of the most valuable tools if electronics and flow of electric current are concerned. It combines several measurement units like voltage, current, and resistance into one small box for smooth working. You can use your multimeters to perform laboratory experiments, and they’ll help you fix your projects too. The following article lists 10 best digital multimeters in terms of specifications, working, quality, design, and price. Have a look!
10. Craftsman Digital Multimeter ($21.00)
This digital multimeter measures up to 600 volts and 10 amperes AC in the electrical appliances generally for home repair measures. A fairly audible tone sounds below 30 ohms to check short circuits and wiring flaws. The minimum resistance it can measure is up to 2-ohm, and the user can also perform diode testing. The rubber guards protect the meter from minor knocks. The leads are strong with tips covered when not in use.
9. Extech Digital Multimeter ($17.99)
Extech’s multimeter has a large and easy-to-read display. It features units to measure voltage, current, resistance, diode testing, and temperature. It is convenient in size and has rubber bands for protection and a tilt stand. It also comes with replaceable fuses and can measure up to 200-microampere. This isn’t an auto-ranging multimeter.
“This meter gets a thumbs up. If you are looking for a meter for hobby electronics and don’t want to spend more than $20, I would recommend this multimeter. I would also recommend picking up a pack of fuses (250mA/250V) as well; They only cost a couple of dollars.” – Amazon’s Customer Review.
8. Etekcity MSR-C600 Digital Multimeter ($26.98)
This is an auto-ranging clamp multimeter that can measure AC/DC voltage and perform AC diode continuity tests. The clamp measures AC through a conductor up to 26 mm without interrupting the circuit. It also features data-hold property and has an integrated and easy-to-read LCD. This multimeter automatically enters sleep mode after 15 minutes of inactivity for energy conservation.
“Considering the features and price I would have given a 5-star rating, but it is an averaging meter, not an RMS meter. If you are looking for a TRUE RMS meter, this is not for you. If you are looking for a good all around clamp on AC meter, this is an excellent choice at a great price.” – Amazon’s Customer Review.
7. Etekcity MSR-P600 Digital Multimeter ($17.99)
This digital multimeter measures the AC/DC voltage, current, resistance, capacitance, frequency, duty cycle, diode, and has an integrated short circuit audible buzzer. It has data-hold feature and a large and clear easy-to-read LCD. The auto-ranging makes measurement quite easy and smooth. It automatically enters the sleeping mode after 30 minutes of inactivity for power conservation. Its size (palm-size) and design make it handy to use at all times.
“All in all, a great, well engineered and highly portable four digit, digital multimeter for general use, at an exceptional price.” – Amazon’s Customer Review.
6. Meterteck Digital Multimeter ($10.98)
This is Meterteck’s digital multimeter that is ideal for use by electricians, hobbyists, and professionals. It can also be used for extensive applications like automotive, household, and industrial electrical troubleshooting. The multimeter has a reinforced body for drop protection and comes with a 9V battery (replaceable) and a pair of test leads. The LCD is backlit to make it perfect for use in the dark. The meter can also store readings for future use.
“Compared to my other tools it seemed accurate. The manually listed specs seem to be very, very close to the true accuracy. It has all the standard DMM features(NPN, PNP, Capacitance, Diode, Continuity, Resistance, etc…) [..]Seemed durable enough for use, it’s a bit lighter then the standard ones I am used to using, but this bears little impact on the internal circuitry.” – Amazon’s Customer Review.
5. Fluke-115 Digital Multimeter ($203.63)
The unit is calibrated before shipment with NIST’s calibration data certificate to ensure that your instrument meets the specifications. It gives true RMS (root mean square) readings and is CAT III 600V safety rated. The large backlight assists in working in the dark.
“July 2016 update: this meter is still going strong. I have blown the (big) fuse a couple of times due to (stupidly) turning the dial with the probes connected to voltage. But it sailed on and worked perfectly after eight years. Never had a cheaper meter do that…..” – Amazon’s Customer Review.
4. Mastech Digital Multimeter ($21.96)
Mastech’s is an auto as well as a manual ranging (except frequency) multimeter with re-settable fuses. It features a blue back-lit LED display and has an auto power-off feature (which can be disabled). It also gives LED sound warnings and doesn’t look cheap at all (no rattling of internal parts.) The display is clear and crisp, and continuity test response is quite short without scratch sounds. The manual range might be perfect if you are working with pre-defined variables and require quick readings. The hold feature is manual, and it has a rather thin rubber boot as compared to others.
“For the US$40 price, it is excellent. I would purchase another. [ May 10, 2011]” – Amazon’s Customer Review.
3. Etekcity MSR-R500 Digital Multimeter ($16.88)
Etekcity’s MSR-R500 digital multimeter has been designed for safe and accurate troubleshooting of a variety of automotive and household electrical problems. It accurately measures voltage current and has inbuilt overload protection. It also features data-hold, backlight, and has large digits for visibility in comparatively dimly-lit areas. The protective rubber glove is used as drop protector and has an in-built stand for hands-free usage.
“Easy to use and worth the price.” – Amazon’s Customer Review.
2. Innova Digital Multimeter ($23.98)
This is a UL-designed product for safe and accurate troubleshooting of a variety of household and automotive electrical problems. It is an auto-ranging multimeter that features a large digital display and LEDs (color-coded). The protective rubber corners guard against the drops with probe storage but don’t have fused 10A range.
1. Fluke-117 Digital Multimeter ($177.49)
This is an RMS meter measuring true RMS readings on non-linear loads. It has a highly visible LED screen with a backlight. Compact size provides easy and single-handed operations. This one is ideal for commercial settings and boasts superior quality, accuracy, and durability. You can easily replace batteries.
“Overall: nice product. Recommended.” – Amazon’s Customer Review.
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