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Multimeter Question Fluke 117


By hoby1

6 years ago



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    #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).

    #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.

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