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    Beginners Multi-Meter - What do you recommend?

    I'm hopefull that my on-the-desk-in-pieces-and-incomplete-PC will soon become a full fledged in-car-PC. When I make this transition, I want to be able to test voltage levels, current draw, etc....whatever I need to double check to make sure my installation is safe, properly protected, properly wired, etc.

    What test device do you recommend for this? Something not too elaborate, and hopefully not too expensive.
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    A multimeter and a good eye is about all you need.

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    I've got the $10 specail from bgmicro that fufils the basic dmm needs, but the Cen-tech Model #35017 auto-ranging multimeter is supposed to be a good (robust) dmm for only $40.

    http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=35017
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    ive always liked my lil rat shack special

    http://www.radioshack.com/product.as...%5Fid=22%2D802

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    i actually just use this small radio shack one.
    volts, amp, ohms, and something else.

    Dont spend more then $20
    Mine needs to be updated.

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    you my friend are a half second slow and you don't even have a link

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    Originally posted by DustinR
    ive always liked my lil rat shack special

    http://www.radioshack.com/product.as...%5Fid=22%2D802

    -Dustin
    That meter does not measure current. I have it too. Your going to spend a little more for a meter that can measure the amount of current you want to. Id say get one that does upwards of 10 amps to be safe, but thats just a guess.

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    i found this one at Fry's- model 114A - does current. Not sure what the price is,as the price they post is for the other model on the page.

    Not LCD though.

    spending under $20 would be great! I think $40 is my max.

    Thanks for the info. Prior to this, I was thinking I would need to buy a Fluke for $130.00!
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    Flukes are like Weller Sodering Stations, if you're serious about it, and have the money, they cant be beat, but just for a bit of basic work, you can definately get away with something cheaper.
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    As has been said, most beginners need only a cheap meter. The good thing is that when you blow it, you don't take a huge financial hit. That said, I recommend a digital meter over analog. That way, the readings are much clearer for the beginner, who can often confuse analog readings.
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