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Adequate general purpose meter.
I feel as though I'm coming out of the closet by revealing to the good folks who frequent HF that I own a handful of these things, but keep them hidden in convenient locations.<...Read complete review
I feel as though I'm coming out of the closet by revealing to the good folks who frequent HF that I own a handful of these things, but keep them hidden in convenient locations.First of all, while there are certain applications where having a simple VOM would be far more convenient and equally as effective as dragging a scope around my workplace, that I could never allow myself to be seen with one of these at work. A co-worker of mine who was over for a BBQ happened across one of these in my garage and about rolled over laughing.I'm an electronics technician by trade, but that doesn't mean there isn't a whole world of brokenness that needs fixing, nor does it mean I can't fix 90% or better of it without a 20 thousand do11ar oscilloscope!I believe some of my peers look down upon me for changing my own oil, rebuilding my own transmission, tiling my own floor or raplacing the wax ring for my own toilet. While I'm not opposed to stimulating the economy and paying qualified tradesmen to do work for me, I've found it difficult to locate people who are both competent and care enough to perform quality work.I'm not saying that there aren't people out there who maintain high standards in their work. I'm saying that I have certain standards that must be met, and that since I can have no expectation that the person I might employ to perform such work will meet those standards, it's just best that I do things for myself.These meters are functional enough to handle most any home or automotive electrical work.Nobody is going to purchase one of these things expecting to do any electronics testing or calibrations.Sure, they're 7 function "multimeters", but they're really only useful for measuring Volts & Ohms. You're not really going to use this to test transistors, they're not the most effective tool for measuring current... O.K. I have on a few occasions tested diodes with them... In a pinch, yes, you can get a bit more out of these, but that's not the point I'm wanting to make because there are better tools for most of what these meters will do and not all of them will break the bank.The point I want to get across is that if you look at these in terms of their base functions and consider what you paid, it wouldn't hurt to have several of these things lying about for the convenience they offer.Mostly, you'll be using it to check a dead circuit. It's either open, shorted, or a short somewhere has created an open elsewhere, but of course never the reverse :) For basic troubleshooting purposes, these free, or next to free meters will steer you close enough to the problem to call the defective component, or at least direct you to the next tool you'll need.I'm not saying these are the best multimeters out there. I'm saying they don't need to be. Obviously, the most experienced and knowledgable technician with the best precision diagnostic equipment will render the best results. Ask yourself this: Who stands a better chance of diagnosing and resolving the fault, the most knowledgable technician with the most mediocre test equipment, or the most mediocre technician with the best test equipment?If there is a better "basic function" digital multimeter available for what HF is charging for these, I have not seen one. I promise you there is not one available for less than what I paid :)I can't really say too much negative about these, other than, as I've already said, I don't like being seen with them.I own several of these meters and each has worked as well as I've needed it to for whatever the task has required of it!
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never know what you got
bought 3 of these and each has a different reading. I checked my car battery when it would not start 1 showed 11.7 2 showed 8.3 got my professional out and showed 8.5 so marked...Read complete review
bought 3 of these and each has a different reading. I checked my car battery when it would not start 1 showed 11.7 2 showed 8.3 got my professional out and showed 8.5 so marked the 2 as good next day thought id check battery with 2 8.5 used pro 12.2 guessed it was stuck. 1 showed 11.9 close cant trust from day to day
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Great Little Meters
By Robbie the rabbit
from Bangor Maine
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Comments about Cen-Tech 7 Function Digital Multimeter:
Some comment on accuracy. Calibration is inside. Buy a fresh "D" cell; open the back, and with the leads on the battery, with a small screwdriver slowly turn the only pot inside until on the 20-volt scale you read 1.52 volts DC. This calibrates the other ranges at the same time. Enjoy! I wouldn't think of traveling without one of these.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Can't go wrong!
from Phila, PA
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For the price, you can't find a better meter. I catch these free or on sale and get them in bulk. I've lost track of how many I have honestly, but I keep one in every car toolbox, in my desk drawer, on my workbench, in every toolbox and tool kit, and in the house "junk" drawer.If I lose it, break it, forget it I don't stress! Obviously, this isn't for component level diagnostics, but for 90% of what i use a meter for, it's perfect!- battery testing- opens/shorts/ground testing- continuity- etc.
I've used this tool over and over and it works great everytime. You can't go wrong with buying one of these.
(10 of 12 customers found this review helpful)
from Warren, MI
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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
i would buy this product again and again
By mr. overload
from fairton new jersey (usa)
i am a retired electronic technician. i would put this cen-tech multimeter up against meters i have paid $200 or more. it does what i want it to do and more. i now own about 7 of them.
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Excellent for basic uses. I own several.
from Fort Wayne, IN
We use these around the shop all the time when we need a quick reading or to see if something works. In fact, a free cooupon of this meter is what got us introduced to Harbor Freight years ago. We have one at each desk and I personally have several. With the low price, these are great to have in the home, garage, and car toolboxes. HINT: If the readings become off, open it up and put a new battery in it. (It used to have a battery door, but now you have to unscrew and open.)
I would buy this product again and again
It's very good for students that has most base function, worked well, accuracy good, and also very cheap.
amazing cheap meter
Can't believe it's so cheap and it's worked as well as those professional meter.
A very good value
from Baltimroe, MD
This meter along with its other "brothers" is quite a value. It is spot-on accurate despite its low cost. Very highly recommended for trouble shooting automotive electrical problems. Another use is with vintage audio equipment repair. This meter is much more accurate than my vintage VTVM and is quite appropriate for the repair of vacuum tube amplifiers.I have one of these meters in every vehicle and several throughout the home. I buy them and give them as gifts to my friends so that I know there is a meter at their home when I am asked to help them with any type of electrical or electronic repair.
(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Great Item, And a Great Price
By La Zona Imagery
from Portland, OR
This item is very handy and the price is great. I use
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