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    meter questions

    Ok i read a few posts about the debate between different brands ... I currently have a uei clamp meter ( not sure what model atm) that has no backlight, but does all the stuff i need including temp and such.

    I was on the fluke site and was overwhelmed by the many different models .

    Soooo my question is what would be the best "service tech" (in training) model to go for in Fluke and UEI.

    The UEI i have is an older model and i just want to get a newer one with backlite and the features i will need.

    Thanks to all for the input in advance
    Work is such a gas

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    my meters

    I use the fluke 116 and 322. They both stay in my bag at all times. The 322 gets the most use. I usually only use my 116 for temp and checking caps.

    I do know that a fieldpiece can do the functions of both these meters but I prefer the display of the fluke.

    The only problem that I notice with the fieldpiece (not really a problem) is that you really neet to pay attention to the display and make sure you see where the decimal place is, or make sure that lil m isn't displayed. You may think your getting voltage (low voltage) but your really not getting anything at all.

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    In job training or in school?
    If school then go cheap. In school I tried to buy an expensive meter and wound up with a very nice meter that doesnt do what I need in my current job.
    After I was hired I ended up having to by a cheap Amprobe which I still keep around as a beater meter. (It's currently on loan while a newbies UEI gets repaired).

    Even if you're in your job I'd probably recommend a cheaper meter to start. It makes the shock of your first 'I shouldn't have done that' moment a little easier when the meter goes crack or poof.

    Save the expensive meter for a tool allowance purchase.

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    Its for in Job. I have been using my used UEI for the poof moments. My concern was that I let a fellow Electrician use it on something simple and he commented that it jumped alot when measuring voltage ... meaning it did not give the exact reading right away..
    Work is such a gas

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    The cheap ones are alright for school but for anything else I always use Fluke meters. I have the 116 and 902 and they've both been going strong for years. My Fieldpiece HS36 on the other hand has had to be sent in for repairs twice. Once voltage was stuck at 1.5mV, second time I just had a little dot on the screen and nothing else. Now amps are reading way higher than the acutal amp draw. (i.e. fan motors usually read 60 or so amps.) I'm done with it. Co-worker uses UEI meters and he ends up sending it in about once a year. I'm sure other's have had better luck than I have, but that's what I've personally delt with as far as meters go. They might be more expensive by they've outlived everything else I've used.

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    Take a look at the sc77 from fieldpiece. I have had an sc 76 for years and it does everything I need. Fieldpiece has really good customer service.
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    I use a UEI389 and have had only 2 problems in 5 years, both over the counter exchange for new meter.
    I have not had a reason to doubt its performance, but have double checked it at times and found minimal, if any difference.

    I have a FP as backup.
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    When looking for clamp on ampmeters, I needed a meter that's a True RMS meter. I really like Fieldpiece for many reasons but customer service is among their strongest of pluses. That said, they make both an auto-ranging and manual ranging clamp meter. I selected the SC-77 autoranging because it does all the functions including volts/amps/capacitance/resistance/temperature. It's nice to have it all on one meter, though I still carry a multi-meter in the bag. If you want manual ranging (eliminates the need to decipher the decimal point position) then you can select the SC-67 and get the same other features.

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    I'll do some comparing with price and features on the one everyone listed and then go from there . Thank you for all the help and info
    Work is such a gas

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    For a meter to keep in my bag at all times, I have a Fluke T5-1000
    To measuring current accurately, I have a Fluke 336
    I have 2 Fluke 116's and a Fluke 77 for my multimeters.
    For my infrared thermometer I use a Fluke 62

    As someone with their electrical and refrigeration tickets, I stick with Fluke. They've never done me wrong with their equipment.
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    You cant go wrong with fluke or fieldpeice they both have top notch equipment. I have 5 different fieldpeice devices and they all make the rest of the techs in my company drool. I prefer Fieldpeice because they are more geared towards HVAC. They also have wonderful little adds like magnetic straps that allow me to get my hands on the leads instead of the meter and the leads. Fluke has several clamps with a lead holder on the clamp but its usually hard for me to read in tight quarters unless I pull the lead off.

    I say Fieldpeice because they also have addons you can attach to the meter for about anything an HVAC tech will need.
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    Fluke 902 and 179

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    I got a UEI g2 phoenix because it had a few nice features, reads/shows current and voltage at the same time, nice backlight and led and can use the fieldpiece heads. Its done me right so far. Mainly bought it because the price was right 89. I'll probably use it as a backup meter once I stock up on the rest of my tools and afford myself the fluke 116.

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