dealsmini digital multimeter in a special random color…

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Interesting, English 101 is a prerequisite for using this multimeter? Deal be good, make happy was me.

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My experience with cheap multimeters is that you get what you pay for. If you just need a continuity meter, this might do the trick. But if you're going to be metering stuff on a regular basis, I doubt this will hold up.

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These are the same UNSAFE meters you get for $1.99 at Harbor Freight.

I wouldnt use them on anything bigger than a 9v battery.

Proof: Put on OHMS, stick the leads in the end of an extension cord, and plug the other end into 120v (to give you some distance from it). KA-BOOM!

I'm an electrical tech and an electrician. Trust me.

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@aoviss: Thank you for the warning. Was considering this before I read the comments.

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@aoviss: Well I ain't no highfalutin electrical tech, but ain't 'ca 'sposed to put it on VAC before ya stick it into the outlet?

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I think these are the same ones harbor freight is always giving away for free. They have coupons in the newspaper. But like aoviss and others said, these are crappy.

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@msmetz: I believe aoviss is describing a situation where someone might accitendally have the meter in the wrong setting when the leads are connected. A good or even decent meter will have internal protection against these types of failures

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Well, I are NOT an electronic technician or electrician. I do, however, have enough sense not to plug an ohmmeter into a live 120v wall socket. With this cheap multimeter or any multimeter I would certainly make sure I was properly set up to measure AC voltage when an AC voltage needs to be measured. That cuts way down on the shrapnel and the replacement costs. Every ham shack needs a cheapo meter like this; I have two or three.

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I've had good luck with little Harbor Freight multi-meters for working on the 12-volt systems of motorcycles, or Velleman DIY electronics kits.

Anyway, this deal isn't any better than what you can get from Harbor Freight every day. And if you want high quality, you need to go somewhere else entirely.

So, thumbs down on this "deal". Same 'fing for $4: http://www.harborfreight.com/7-function-multimeter-98025.html

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If these multi-meters are anything like the cheapos at Harbor Freight, it is not worth it. Spend a little more, it will save you time and frustration in the future.

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@msmetz: Yes, but even I forget at times, or you bump to the wrong setting, or you dont feel like taking off the leads when going from V to Ohms. You can do that in a Fluke without hurting it in most cases. I blow my 0.3A fuse all the time doing that lol

Customers: If you will ONLY use this for batteries (and not a car battery), sure. No problem. Buy six!

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@pi3832: except... their cheapest shipping is 6.99... bringing the total there up to a little over 10....