Originally Posted by switchbeat
Not as of yet, but I can pick one up. It'll probably be a useful add to my workbench.
IMHO a decent meter is a must have in ANY modern house-hold. Oh also, make sure you get decent quality probe leads too. The affordable meters really skimp on leads/probes. That drove me crazy for a while... pulling my hair out over a solder joint, when in reality it was faulty meter probes. Just to throw some numbers and further opinions out... If you buy say a $10-25 meter, its WELL worth your investment to splurge on lead probes in the $20-30 range.
my local Frys has meter probes anywhere from $3 on up to ~$50-75. There was one time I was cycling through meter probes, and just scaled up the ladder. Bought the cheap one, ditched that in a heartbeat, bought the $10 one they worked OK but felt really cheap. I spliced that one open and the copper wire inside was starting to corrode and tarnish, and they were brand new!!! Ditched that. I think my current lead set was around the $20-25 mark. Make sure you get leads that are rated for current load higher than the capacity of your meter.
I used a $65 Sears meter for the longest time (like 2 decades). Last year I decided to splurge / spoil myself with a Fluke 179... I can;t say for certain if it technically was worth the $$$. But one things for SURE, The added peace of mind using it around the house and on all my other hobbies is priceless and worth the investment. it removes that seed of doubt from all my measurements.
Edited by kramer5150 - 3/22/13 at 10:02am