Toolboxpack addresses the concerns involved with purchasing a new multimeter. The multimeter is one of, if not the most, important tools in any troubleshooters toolbox or benchtop.
If you do a lot of electrical or electronic troubleshooting, electronic hobby, or electrical testing, it will be a good investment for you to take the time to research and purchase a high-quality multimeter. A quality multimeter will provide years of trouble-free service and also will prove to be more accurate and reliable than a cheaper meter.
Standard multimeters usually measure voltage, current, and resistance, but today’s multimeters can also perform many other useful functions such as check diodes, continuity, capacitance, frequency, duty cycle, and other functions as well.
Taking the time to research a multimeter review will help you decide which multimeter is right for you by describing the function and uses of each specific model off the multimeter. More importantly, we also have researched the reviews written about each multimeter and summarized those findings and one condensed location. Therefore, instead of reading through multiple reviews in multiple places, you can find out how well the meter of your choice has performed for other users who have already purchased and used the product.
Most of the multimeter reviews on our website are of the higher quality class. There are more functions associated with these types of meters and we want to make sure that if you are going to spend some money on a quality meter, that you get the quality meter that you want and need. After all, if you are just wanting an inexpensive meter to make a voltage measurement one time, you are more likely to purchase a cheaper meter where the quality and functionality are not that important and reading multimeter reviews will be less necessary.
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Following we provide a list of the best multimeters to buy in 2021.
Table Of Contents
- 1 List Of Top 5 Cheapest Multimeters To Buy Now!
- 2 Amprobe PM55A
- 3 Extech EX420
- 4 Extech EX430
- 5 Extech EX330
- 6 Fluke 289
- 7 Data-logging
- 8 Usability
- 9 Fluke 8808A
List Of Top 5 Cheapest Multimeters To Buy Now!
The Amprobe PM55A is an excellent little shirt pocket-sized multimeter that has nine different measurement functions (some of which are typically only seen on larger multimeters). This little multimeter weighs in just under 3 ounces and has a thickness of under 3/8 inches thick.
The PM55A falls in around the medium price ranges typically found to be between $40 and $60 US Dollars. The Amprobe PM55A measures: AC DC voltage and current, resistance, capacitance, frequency, continuity with beeper, diode checker, and is a fully auto-ranging multimeter. The PM55A has an oversized digital display with very large digits. the display also shows the units icons. It is safety rated to CAT II 600 V, CAT III 300 V, Pollution Degree 2, Class 2.
The PM55A is a smart multimeter in the sense that it uses an AutoTect feature that knows what it is measuring. If you are measuring ac, dc volts, or resistance, the PM55A automatically recognizes what it is measuring and adjusts itself to the proper settings without any type of user interface.
For example, if you want to measure 12 volts dc. Simply connect the test leads to the test points and the multimeter automatically selects the correct function/range to measure the 12 volts dc. The AutoTect feature has a low input impedance allowing all the “ghost voltages” to be zeroed out. Now that is pretty cool.
Another cool feature of this pocket-sized multimeter is its ability to detect voltage without making contact with the live circuit. You do not need to use the test leads to make non-contact voltage measurements. Simply place the meter near the live conductors and the voltage detector is able to determine if the voltage is or is not present. This can be a time saver when you really are not concerned so much with the amount of voltage present but rather, whether or not voltage is present. If the voltage is not present, simply continue along the circuit – holding the meter close to the circuit until you find the spot where the voltage is lost.
If you are looking for a shirt pocket-sized multimeter to be used on the go, then that Amprobe PM55A may be the multimeter for you.
The Extech EX420 is a professional auto-ranging general-purpose multimeter that prevents the need to carry around multiple meters. It has 11 functions ranging from basic functions to more advanced functions.
Functions include AC and DC voltage and current, resistance, frequency, temperature (temperature probe included), capacitance, diode, and continuity check.
The Extech EX420 has a 0.3 percent basic accuracy which is suitable for most troubleshooting applications.
The EX420 is very similar to the Extech multimeter EX430 accept the EX420 is an averaging multimeter as opposed to the EX430 which is a True RMS multimeter. The EX420 is also a little cheaper to buy than the 430. It is a great multimeter for someone who is getting starting in electrical troubleshooting but it also a great multimeter for the professional that does not want to spend a ton of money for one of the higher-priced multimeters.
The display on the EX420 is a large digit LCD backlit display making the readout very easy to see. Other than the digits, the display also shows icons to show things such as the battery life and other information related to the type of measurement that is selected to be made.
The EX420 provides input fuse protection and also has a feature where it will warn the user if the positive test lead is inserted into a current jack and a non-current function is selected. Warnings are made via the audible buzzer and also an icon will appear in the display.
Other features of the EX420
- The data hold feature allows the display to “hold” the data values on the display even after the measurement has been made.
- The relative mode feature allows the measurement to be made relative to a stored value such as a reference voltage or current. The displayed reading will be the difference between the reference value and the measured value.
- The unit also has an auto power-off feature to save battery life when it has not been used within 15 minutes of time.
- CAT III to 600 V, CE, and UL listed.
The Extech EX420 comes complete with test leads, the type k temperature probe, a 9-volt battery, the protective holster, an adjustable tilt stand, and a velcro hanging strap.