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Need a cheap Multimeter? Answered

Anyone in need of a cheap multimeter should click this link, print it out and get thee to harbor freight, where they honor the online price. It's their $40 multimeter on sale for $20, Has 30 function inc. freq. to 20kHz and temp to 1000 celsius. I've several of their $3 ones so i couldn't resist this one at this price.

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Goodhart (author)2007-11-15

Aww, I just bought an analog from them for $10......I coulda had a digital (instead of a V8.....*sigh*).

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gmoon (author)Goodhart2007-11-16

IMO, having both digital and analog is best. The analog meters are great for more transient signals, and the digital ones are higher impedance, so less electrical 'footprint.'

And $10 is a good price for an analog meter. I've seen cheapo digital for $4 (probably similar to TUA's $3 jobs), in fact I have one and it's pretty usable.

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Goodhart (author)gmoon2007-11-16

I remember 20 years ago, Sears sent me an "analog meter, and it came in this huge case. For my $8, I ended up with 10 of them LOL.

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gmoon (author)Goodhart2007-11-16

You got 10 meters for $8?

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Goodhart (author)gmoon2007-11-16

Yeah, they were really cheap jobs too. So I sold 5-6 of them to friends for $5 a piece and that is how retail it done LOL

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Goodhart (author)gmoon2007-11-16

Yeah, I know. I just needed a new digital and now am not sure I will be able to get it...

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guyfrom7up (author)2007-11-15

I read somewhere that at one point they had 2 dollar multi meters, it was so cheap because the secreen was connected to the circuit board by pressure, not wire, and the "switch" was just a dial making different contacts of circles on the circuit board, those 2 things cut out a lot of cost.

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westfw (author)guyfrom7up2007-11-15

What you describe as "cheap" is pretty much standard practice for LCD displays and for multimeters swithes. What you tend to get from HF is cheap products at a cheap price, which to my mind is a lot better than cheap products at an not-so-cheap price (same construction practices, probably the same far-east manufacturer, at 3 to 10 times the HF price.) You can get quality products at significantly expensive prices too, of course, but it takes some research or a lot of money. I've got three cheap ($3?) HF meters, and I like them a lot. Better for a beginner to buy two cheap meters and be able to measure current and voltage simultaneously than spend a lot on a single meter that they're afraid to use...

(whatever happened to that instructable on how to use a multimeter that someone was going to write? Lady Ada has one here with lots of practical info, although I disagree with some of what she says...

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Tool Using Animal (author)westfw2007-11-16

I could not agree more! I have two of the $3 ones, one for more than five years, and despite severe abuse, including a soaking in Dexron ATF while working on the wife's car, they both keep on working.

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LinuxH4x0r (author)2007-11-15

Harbor freight is great! If you onlt need a simple one they usually have one for $3-5. Everything is cheaper at harbor. They also have a 11 piece wood carving set for 1.99

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