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I’m looking to get a Multimeter for work. As I’ve been told that I would need to get one. Any recommendations please?
 
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I’m looking to get a Multimeter for work. As I’ve been told that I would need to get one. Any recommendations please?
a better option would be an approved voltage/contunuity tester.
 

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I like the fluke kit.
Lasts for years
 

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a better option would be an approved voltage/contunuity tester.
I’ve got a Voltage Indicator and Proving Unit.
 

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Just got a Fluke 28ii - absolutely awesome😍 depends what your main work is,got a Megger 410 and twenty others....
 

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Just got a Fluke 28ii - absolutely awesome😍 depends what your main work is,got a Megger 410 and twenty others....
Currently I deal with Fire Alarms, CCTV using Cat5e/6 and Alarms and Access Control But I am also still doing electrical work. I’ve seen the Megger 410 which looks good. Just a little out of budget. But I suppose it’s you get what you pay for.
 
Just don't go too cheap , or your ohms / continuity tester will pop its clogs !
..Volt indicator + continuity = less things to keep undamaged ,dry !
 

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Add the cost of round of drinks in mcr...and get the 410.
It's been double handy,stood the test abuse wise,and given no problems.
Capacitance and micro amps,has also been useful 🙂
 

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I’m looking to get a Multimeter for work. As I’ve been told that I would need to get one. Any recommendations please?
Ask whoever told you that you need to get one which functions are required.
We can all suggest makes and models which we prefer, or whuch suit our needs, but they may not be what you need.

Personally I have an avo410 but for the vast majority of the use it gets the avo210 would be fine.

If all you are going to use it for is continuity testing and ELV voltage checks then something cheap and cheerful will do the job.
 

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One of the lads in work uses this: ULTRICSÂ Digital LCD Multimeter Voltmeter Ammeter OHM AC DC Circuit Checker Tester Buzzer 1000V 10A Probes ULTRICSÂ Digital LCD Multimeter Voltmeter Ammeter OHM AC DC Circuit Checker Tester Buzzer 1000V 10A Probes: Amazon.co.uk: DIY & Tools - https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00TM0W8ZY/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_5YRVDbVFTG4VD
 

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But what do they use it for?
If its just a continuity buzzer and rough resistance and ELV voltage then that's probably fine.

I think you'd be mad to put the proves of that anywhere near mains voltage though!
 

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But what do they use it for?
If its just a continuity buzzer and rough resistance and ELV voltage then that's probably fine.

I think you'd be mad to put the proves of that anywhere near mains voltage though!
They mainly use it for checking voltage on cables. Checking the amp fuses in alarm panels, they are smaller than the ones in a FCU. I’ve seen them use it on mains. But I would rather buy something worthwhile as I want to use it for continuity etc when doing my testing.
 

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It is always going to be a compromise,in one direction,or the other......what phone do you have,and what was it's cost?🤔

You can get a phone,or a meter for a tenner...

But...if i was to spend a grand on one...it wouldn't have a ring-tone 😍
 

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They mainly use it for checking voltage on cables. Checking the amp fuses in alarm panels, they are smaller than the ones in a FCU. I’ve seen them use it on mains. But I would rather buy something worthwhile as I want to use it for continuity etc when doing my testing.
for "serious" testing, you need a MFT with the ability to null out the leads. buy a cheap multimeter for what you need now, and save pennies for a MFT as and when you need one.
 

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Yep,and to be fair,the above,is good advice,too.
Or.....get both,and drop some other expenditure🙂 i cannot think of one,extravagant device,i regret buying.....lots of other things,but not kit.

Christmas is coming....don't rule out buying and wrapping it,and giving it to yourself.

Many years ago,i did this with a Snap-on Road Chest i ordered from the USA...it come in November,and i wrapped it in paper,on it's pallet....even carrying it in to me parents lounge,all ready for xmas day🙂

I've never been more excited....and i bought it😍
 
City and Guilds say not to use Multimeters because A) If you have it on the Wrong setting its dangerous. B) It can't produce the 4-24V needed for continuity testing.

On YouTube you see various video mainly US using cheap multimeters and they say yep this continuity reading is about right.

I had some cheap multimeters around but Continuity Testing Ohms they are well out compared to a Proper Megger Low Resistance Ohmmeter anyone got any comments on this?
 

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I have a Testo 760-1 which seems to always agree with my Fluke 1663 so I am happy with it. The only downside is the purpose made case is not big enough for the instruction manual?
 
I have a Testo 760-1 which seems to always agree with my Fluke 1663 so I am happy with it. The only downside is the purpose made case is not big enough for the instruction manual?
I saw a video by JW and his "British Telecom" multimeter gave quite a close reading to his Low Resistance Ohm meter, so maybe some of the more expensive meters give better readings.
 

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If you are doing electrician work then #1 priority is a voltage tester - something simple and reliable to do that one job that can save you skin.

If buying a multimeter then get one that is at least 300V CAT-III safety rated, otherwise you have a serious risk of it exploding in your face if you have an accident involving an energised system and a mistake in the use of ohms/amps instead of volts. You can get that for £80 or less. GS38 also reccomendes fused test probes, handy if you make the even-worse mistake of it being plugged in to a non-fused 10A range...

If you want to spend more then it is worth saving for a good MFT that can do high voltage insulation testing and medium current continuity testing. I have a 'simple' Megger that will do those bought for electronics work where I needed the HV resistance side, but for a little cost more just get a MFT in the first place! It will add the two other essential tests you will need as a sparky:
  • Prospective Fault Current
  • RCD Trip time/current
I got a DiLOG DL9118 and it seems OK, might have been better to have saved a bit more for the equivalent Megger, but for the small amount of use I make of it, it is fine. I also have a Fluke 179 multimeter which is a great and accurate bit of kit and invaluable for electronics, but not nearly as useful for electrician duties!

TL;DR don't buy a £10 multimeter.
 
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That's who I bought it from, but as I said in my original post the purpose made case is not capable of taking the instruction manual, although it's smart enough that you don't really need it.
 

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As far as I can see the main change from 1 to 2 is true RMS and better accuracy & range, and from 2 to 3 it is really the safety rating voltage going up 600V to 1kV and a small increase in some measurement ranges. However there are discrepancies between the web page, comparison sheet, and the instruction manual!

Probably the '2' is the best overall deal if affordable to you.
 

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