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    Widely accepted "best" multimeter?

    I'm a maintenance tech and started out with a Fluke 902. I have loved this meter for about a year and a half but now it is very sketchy with the capacitance readings(have to slowly change the angle of the meter till the display will start bouncing around and finally settle on a reading). Voltage readings still work fine which leads me to believe it's not the leads. I need to get a new meter as I check capacitors constantly. What is a widely accepted "best" multimeter without getting too carried away on the budget. I am partial to fluke and will spend money for having the best(or close) tools. Thanks for any suggestions you can give me.

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    I have the Fluke 116 and its very good, more accurate than my old meter.


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    I side with Fluke in this "Ford versus Chevy" type argument.

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    Fluke works in all climates. FP good in warm climates.

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    I'm already leaning towards fluke. That's what I've used and am comfortable with. I was looking more for model suggestions...

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    Quote Originally Posted by WeebMan View Post
    I'm a maintenance tech and started out with a Fluke 902. I have loved this meter for about a year and a half but now it is very sketchy with the capacitance readings(have to slowly change the angle of the meter till the display will start bouncing around and finally settle on a reading). Voltage readings still work fine which leads me to believe it's not the leads. I need to get a new meter as I check capacitors constantly. What is a widely accepted "best" multimeter without getting too carried away on the budget. I am partial to fluke and will spend money for having the best(or close) tools. Thanks for any suggestions you can give me.
    Have you tried new batteries yet?
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    Quote Originally Posted by itsiceman View Post
    Have you tried new batteries yet?
    I have not tried new batteries. The low battery indicator has not popped up yet so I didn't even think that could be the cause. The last time I changed the battery I went with a duracell rather than the cheap ones my employer supplies. So I really don't think that is the issue. The leads concern me most as I've already had one pair crap out on me. But it works fine for voltages so that kind of messes up that theory. Maybe I'll go ahead and get some new leads and change the battery. I like the meter so if it could go back to working properly I'd just assume keep it. The only thing I don't like is the cost of the fluke temp clamp. It's around 150???? When it went out on me I went with another brand of clamp (field piece maybe?) but I don't like it nearly as much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dandyme View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by WeebMan View Post
    I have not tried new batteries. The low battery indicator has not popped up yet so I didn't even think that could be the cause. The last time I changed the battery I went with a duracell rather than the cheap ones my employer supplies. So I really don't think that is the issue. The leads concern me most as I've already had one pair crap out on me. But it works fine for voltages so that kind of messes up that theory. Maybe I'll go ahead and get some new leads and change the battery. I like the meter so if it could go back to working properly I'd just assume keep it. The only thing I don't like is the cost of the fluke temp clamp. It's around 150???? When it went out on me I went with another brand of clamp (field piece maybe?) but I don't like it nearly as much.
    If you ask around here there are plenty of meters that act up but still turn on with out a low indication

    I believe resistance and capacitance requires the most juice to run properly vs voltage but maybe somebody has a better answer.
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    As far as the temp these are new from Cooper (54011-K) and if they are anything like the Thermistor type 4011 it will be good thermocouple alternative for taking pipe temps.
    I got the 4011 thermistor probe for fifty bucks so I would guess the same or less for the thermocouple version.

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    I think itsiceman is right... A meter requires more "juice" for measuring resistance and capacitance then other functions as the meter is providing the power (for lack of another word) rather than just measuring the voltage or amperage provided in the circuit.

    I'd work from least expensive to most... battery first, then leads, then think about a new meter. And if it is the meter in the end, you still got a fresh battery and a spare set of leads.

    As far as a new meter goes, you can pick up the Fluke HVAC combo 116/322 for about $250 and it's a great meter... and a Fluke!

    As much as the price of that pipe clamp 80PK does suck, it's again worth the money... I truly believe you get what you pay for. I love mine, and if it broke tomorrow, I'd buy another.

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    I've looked at that meter combo but after comparing prices, it seems like a downgrade from what Im using(902). Either that or its a REALLY good combo deal. As for the temp clamp.. this 60 one I have got malfunctioned the second day. Now I have have to bend the wire to get it to read. And its not very snug on liquid lines.... guess Ill get the fluke clamp again... :'(

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