(Topic ID: 65963)

Multimeter Question Fluke 117

By hoby1

6 years ago

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  • Latest reply 5 years ago by CNKay
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    #1 6 years ago

    What do you guys think of the Fluke 117. Its more of an electrical meter. I know it does not have milliamps but how often important is it for most board repair. LMK what you guy think

    #2 6 years ago

    Anyone ?

    #3 6 years ago

    I'm happy to bounce back an answer.
    Professional electrician for 22 years. Fluke instruments are the best in the business. I carry a T5-600 on my belt every day (this tool will be useless for your purposes).

    The meter you've chosen should get you by in most day-to-day repairs - regarding pinball machines.
    You are able to check small amp loads (ac/dc) for circuit analysis, there is a diode check feature - looks like it also checks capacitance (nice function if it's accurate).
    Hard to go wrong with a Fluke instrument.

    Hope this sets your mind at ease.

    I also recommend the electronic lead test kit (TL223 or aftermarket knock-off). It contains spring-loaded alligator clips so you don't have to hold the lead in place while checking something else 6' away. Very handy if you use this meter often. It allows you to clip onto the ground braid and check things at whim (one handed).

    #4 6 years ago

    On sale at amazon for 159. Or for an extra 100 would you upgrade to the 175

    #5 6 years ago

    I've been using the 117 from Fluke for several years now specifically in my pinball repair kit. In all this time, I've never wanted for any missing feature.

    It's a good choice.

    #6 6 years ago

    I would not bother with the upgrade to a Fluke 175.
    The main difference between the two meters is that the Fluke 117 has a 600v rating - way more than you'll ever use on a pinball.
    The Fluke 175 has a 1000v rating - not worth the extra $$$.

    I mentioned carrying a T5-600. This is a 600v meter. For some extra $$$, I could have owned the T5-1000. This is a 1000v rated meter (but I'll never see anything larger than 600v). The extra higher rating is not worth the money because we're likely to never need that feature in our work.

    Final analysis, if I didn't already have a couple of DMM's, I would buy the Fluke 117. Good find.

    4 months later
    #7 5 years ago

    im trying to decide between a fluke 115 and a 117

    for all my pinball repair needs and basic needs around the house which would you guys recommend? some of the reviews ive read about these particular flukes is they are not good for electronics?

    #8 5 years ago

    Well if you need uV and or uA ranges maybe not. Those functions are more for breadboarding/design work. Yes the capacitor function on any fluke i have used has been spot on. I forget limit 10000uf. For some 470uf 220uf and such i have compared to a BK cap meter i have and they have always matched. All have super fast continuity function. Get one with Diode function for sure. And all Flukes are designed to take a beating and safety. Tons of professional reviews online. Here is one for the 117.

    Worth watching it will show you why to stay away from the crap brands. Dave is a pretty straight shooter.

    Remember to "Take it Apart" Watched one were he reviewed about 20 under 100 meters etc. One vid he drops a Fluke out of moving car and off a dam, while canyon climbing. Fun vid.

    May help you pick one out, of course it may prolong you purchase by weeks as well.

    #9 5 years ago

    thanks CNKay ill check out the video. ive never even used a multimeter so im not sure exactly what all i need or what some of it means but i dont think ill be doing any design work just need it for testing and troubleshooting. heard flukes are the best and want to do it right the first time

    #10 5 years ago

    Well the EEVblog is a great way to start to understand.

    You get what you pay for a lot of times and Dave explains that the cheap meters do work, but some are just not as safe. His low end DMM shootout or showdown was fun to watch. His videos are long. But I like his Aussi ness.

    You may even find a different model you like better for price or function.

    Almost any meter will give you continuity but can you place on lead on ground and just swipe across twenty other pads and quickly tell or do you have to move one pin at a time and wait. Those are the things he discusses and shows.

    Fluke are one of the best for sure.

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