I purchased this yesterday to replace my super cheap meter that replaced my $400 Fluke that was stolen long ago. The need for a better multimeter has been pressing lately but funds are low. So I decided to try this one out. Whilst considering my review, particularly the negative points, please be sure to explore others as well. Many users seem to have had a considerably better experience than I did. The good...
1. Great features and price point.
2. Device had a good feel and seemed very solid. Considerably better than I expected for this price point. The curved body feels good in my hand and was easy to securely hold. The rubber armor on the corners seems to offer reasonable protection in case it is dropped.
3. Everything seemed fine at first during initial testing. I especially liked the battery check function with the LED indicators. Whilst one can easily read the voltage and decide if a given battery is good, it is nice to be lazy at times and look at the LEDS quickly.
4. Continuity tone is clear and distinct. Continuity testing is quick as well.
5. Range/function selector knob is crisp, easy to turn (able to be turned one handed as well), and has distinct points. I was not able to accidentally stop between points.
6. The test probes were quality and had the ratings printed on them, again, unexpected for this price point.
7. The bench stand was solid and stable. Additionally, the elastic strap is also a nice addition.
8. The inclusion of the places to mount/store the probes on the side is a nice feature. The bad...
1. Battery testing function LEDs worked only twice. (on a 1.5v AA and a 9V). After that the voltage readings appeared correct, but the three LEDs did not indicate the condition at all. The only time the LEDs would light from this point was when turning to the function for the first time. The green LED would flash momentarily.
2. Included "Golden Power" batteries were weak. I replaced them with my own and tested them. One had 1.1V and the other 0.9V.
3. 10A input is unfused. However, this is not really unexpected or truly bad for a multimeter of this price point.
4. DC voltage readings seem to be unsteady and slow to lock. AC was faster and more stable. Overall I would recommend this meter of the occasional user or hobbyist. It is very likely that I simply received a bad meter and that overall most of them properly function and are reliable. However, I returned it and exchanged it for a different brand, which I shall review separately. I would have exchanged for an identical Equus 3320, however, there were no others in stock. Incidentally, that meter was not functional at all, so I returned it and exchanged it for an identical model.
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