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#1 retep130



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Posted 08 March 2011 - 07:37 PM

Can someone recommend a good reasonably priced multimeter and also a good reasonably priced battery charger that can deal with batteries with very low charge( multistage units?)

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Posted 08 March 2011 - 07:43 PM

multimeter for what?? , i bought a $15 unit for stuff at work and it works primo , it ran out of battery power so i left it under a tyre.
or do you want a nice unti with rpm , dwell , anus tempurature and hz

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Posted 08 March 2011 - 07:45 PM

Multimeter type comes down to what you want to do with it
i have on of these for working on cars
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Posted 08 March 2011 - 08:08 PM

Sorry, used for working on cars. I bought a small uni-t from dse but it was a complete price of trash, what's the next step up from that?

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Posted 08 March 2011 - 08:10 PM

talk to yowzer,
i bought a jaycar one when he was on holiday and still got a mean deal,
i have a small charger from appco good for motorbikes to cars but nothing clever
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Posted 08 March 2011 - 08:15 PM

Yeah I have one of those Uni T meters at work, It works good.
I had a smaller version of it at home, it was shit, went out of range and generaly failed.
I also have a $19.95 one from J Car it works good, I like it.
As far as I can tell most battery chargers with an out put of 4-5 amps up seem to work pretty good.
Older style chargers won't/can't charge moderm calcium batteries?
You can get multi purpose ones but they cost quite a bit.

Not the only Uni T fail I see.

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Posted 08 March 2011 - 08:25 PM

I previously had a $80 jaycar multimeter but the continuity stopped working then I left it the sun and the entire unit stopped working so don't really want one of those either...

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Posted 08 March 2011 - 08:33 PM

Ctek battery chargers are the ducks nuts, but even the small 4a one is around $200 retail.
I got a shitty little Projecta multimeter from work, they retail at like $15 :lol: Its not too bad a unit, but the cable doesnt clip into one of the ports
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Posted 08 March 2011 - 10:17 PM

I hear Fluke meters are the business.
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But for 90% of people just go and drop $50 or something at a decent tool store.



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Posted 08 March 2011 - 10:19 PM

Fluke are indeed the biz, but you pay plenty for them.

Uni T meters are fine brother

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Posted 09 March 2011 - 12:41 PM

Flukes are mean but $800+
I bought a AutoRanging Multimeter from JayCar for like $60 and its all good so far (had it about 6 months). Cant see anything wrong with it, fused and works sweet.

CTEK Battery Chargers are mean, but cost lots also.

I have a Projecta Battery charger, I think 1600mA, and it is honeslty the best damn thing i've ever used! Ive had it for the last 6 years or so and it gets used weekly.

My advice (and part of the reason it is so awesome): Lower Amp Chargers will give a better charge and they are better for the battery's life. It will still charge it to the exact same voltage, but it will just take longer. All good for me cause I just leave it overnight, but if you wanted it charged in a couple hours then get a higher current one.
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Posted 09 March 2011 - 12:56 PM

For automotive work I just use the cheapest I can find, because they get a hiding, getting dropped or jammed in stuff. Lets face it, its not exactly high level digital electronics here, it is generally being used as either a test light, a voltage meter or a polarity/continuity checker, so for the majority of the work you'll be doing even the cheapies will more than do the trick. For dwel/tach/duty cycle/etc you'd want something a little more high end, but are you after this?

My $15 one from jaycar took a sweet beating and lasted well - still works however I left it in the sun and the front cover melted off :lol:

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Posted 09 March 2011 - 01:06 PM

jeah, fluke gear in general is mean


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Posted 09 March 2011 - 01:24 PM

Anythiong from Jaycar i can get a discount on if you want. Give me a part number and i'll get you a price. Only order every few weeks though so probably no good if you're in a hurry.

I have a QM1324 which is all good really but doesn't do any automotive shit.
QM1440 Does dwell angle etc and RPM
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Posted 09 March 2011 - 05:35 PM

Basic charger
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Pretty sure they are $20 at K-mart

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Posted 09 March 2011 - 07:16 PM

Fluke are indeed the biz, but you pay plenty for them.

In other words, you get more features for your money if you don't buy Fluke.
I had a boss who was a Fluke fan but also a bit stingy, so he bought the new tech a low-end Fluke with less digits on the display (= less accuracy) than other brand meters of the same price. Dumb idea in our application.
I've had a cheap DSE meter for years, and it has been no less reliable than the Flukes at work. Only problem is the 'on' button sticks out, gets pressed in my toolbox and drains the battery. :roll:

I have a cheap old second hand battery charger. It does the job and I find the analogue amp display useful. I've tried starting the car with it connected and haven't fried it yet! :wink:

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Posted 11 March 2011 - 11:14 PM

ended up getting a UT 107 multimeter which seems pretty sweet, and a ctek xs3600 which is also pretty sweet. $50 for multimeter, $160 for battery charger

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