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post #1 of 20 Old 02-17-2012, 10:33 AM Thread Starter
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Would You Buy This Or Not?

I've got a project to do that requires checking some wires coming from the battery to make sure which plug connector is positive.

I've also been wanting to pick up a multimeter or test light to check continuity in wires, finding shorts, etc.

Do you guys think this one would be a waste of money?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Digital-LCD-...item1e68cdd758

I figure they either work or they don't and this cheap one might quit working or not last as long as a pricier one, but as long as it's functioning, it will do the same thing as one that costs $50.

Right or wrong? Aside from the project I need it for, probably about the only time I'll use this thing is if I have an electrical problem: it's not like I'll subject it to heavy use.

Any particular features I should look for in one of these things or are they all pretty much the same?




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post #2 of 20 Old 02-17-2012, 02:00 PM
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Multimeters have really came down in price over the years. This one is probably perfectly OK for checking out connectivity for small jobs. The only issue I would have with it is that the components, specifically the test leads, will be of low quality. They won't take much abuse before giving false readings, however you can quickly self test them just by shorting out the leads every time you go to use it for connectivity.

For real electrical and component level troubleshooting I use a FLUKE, almost anything manufactured by them has lasted me years.

The MAIN issue I would have with the EBay item is that someone in the future may be tempted to use the meter to verify that an electric circuit is dead before working on it. I would never use a $10 piece of junk to protect my life.
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You'd likely be just fine using that meter for DC circuits. Meters and test lights are handy to have but if you choose to only have one, pick a meter. The meter does much more than just letting you know there is voltage present. Like Gatecrasher, I've been using Fluke meters for years, but my job required something accurate so I could justify the price. In by spares bag for the bike I have a cheap (actually, free with coupon) Harbor Freight meter that will do fine if needed on the road or trail. The key is learning how to use it!

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+1 to both posts

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+1 from me, too... And while you're at Harbor Freight, spend the extra $.75 for a simple test light..

Between the test light and the cheap multimeter, you'll get out of 99% of the wiring issues on your bike..

Remember, eliminate possibilities, and then check the next thing..
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The key is learning how to use it!
Indeed. I'll probably be searching online to see if there are any videos/tutorials about using one for certain things.

Back when I worked on helicopters in the Army, about the only exposure I had to one was holding it so the avionics or electrical guy could see it while he was fiddling around with whatever. I do recall they were yellow Flukes.



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So, just curious, what's an actual Harbor Freight store like? I see there's one in Racine where my wife's from and where we visit. Might have to drop by and check it out the next time I'm there. I didn't realize they had actual stores.



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HF stores are VERY FANCY!! When you walk in, they'll put sanitary boots on your feet and give you a dust mask and white gloves..

Kidding!!! They're pretty much what you expect.. Very busy and they have a lot of bins full of smaller parts, and the walls are full and tall, packed with everything you see online or in the flyers.

Remember that the coupons from the flyers and also online coupons are good in the stores, and to bring them along.. There's also in-store sales..

It's not fancy, but the stuff is there, on the shelf, and most of the stuff is of decent quality for the home or light industrial user.
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Thumbs up Harbor Freight Stores

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So, just curious, what's an actual Harbor Freight store like? I see there's one in Racine where my wife's from and where we visit. Might have to drop by and check it out the next time I'm there. I didn't realize they had actual stores.
I have received several multi-meters for free from Harbor Freight. Every weekly or bi-weekly or monthly ad offers a free gift just for coming into their store. Over the years I have received a lot of "free gifts". Multi-meters, flash lights, gloves, scissors, screw drivers sets, etc. I have also bought a lot of items from them.
You can also buy online from Harbor Freight. I think that they usual and customary selling price for a useful multi-meter is $3.99.
Better go online and check out this store.
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Better go online and check out this store.
I buy other stuff from them. Never thought of looking for a multimeter there.

I've got a cool guy that frequents this forum sending me one of the Harbor Freight ones.



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