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[Canadian Tire] Multimeter, wire strippers, pliers, carrying case - $12.49

In this week's flyer:
http://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/maste ... 0064p.html

reg price is $49.99, on sale for $12.49 until June 8

Set includes 5 function, 9 range digital multimeter, wire strippers and needlenose pliers
DC voltage - 200mV, 2000mV, 20V, 200V, 1000V
AC voltage - 200V, 750V
DC current - 200µA, 2000µA, 20A, 200mA, 10A
Resistance - 200, 2k, 20k, 200k, 2000k
Diode test
Digital display size is 12.83mm
Includes carrying case

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Those strippers might be worth something.
The multimeter is garbage, banana plugs have short lifespans.
This kit is good for figurting out the voltage of your home sockets and your car battery. That's about it.
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Picked one up earlier, unless you are an electrician, this is perfect for DIY.
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So it appears that photo and description on CT's website is out of date. I just opened mine up and there is no pouch, just a carry case, and actual meter looks like this:

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what makes a "good" multimeter vs a "bad" one? Any recommendations for a good one? Also what battery does this one take?
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I RFD wrote: what makes a "good" multimeter vs a "bad" one? Any recommendations for a good one? Also what battery does this one take?
Typically the things that tend to differentiate multimeters are:

1. sturdiness/physical quality (somewhat subjective)
2. true RMS measurement (results in more accurate readings when measuring digital devices/loads)

To be clear, this $12.49 multimeter doesn't have either of the above. No professional would use this, but it's certainly good enough for the occasional measurement around the house/car
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I RFD wrote: what makes a "good" multimeter vs a "bad" one? Any recommendations for a good one? Also what battery does this one take?
A good meter will hopefully not blow your fingers and eyeballs off once you poke into something you should not have.
Again, this is ok for checking your car battery and outlet voltage.
I would not even poke around in a residential panel with this.
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I've found that these cheap CT meters start giving inaccurate readings once the battery (typically 9v) gets low. Decent price for home use but not professional grade.
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It wasn't too long ago that these meters were regularly on "sale" for $9.99. Cousin who is a mechanical engineer used one on a light socket almost electrocuted himself.
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Can't believe CT still does not have a mobile website with the money that they have.

Does anyone know the gauge of the stripper?
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dotsandpixels wrote: It wasn't too long ago that these meters were regularly on "sale" for $9.99. Cousin who is a mechanical engineer used one on a light socket almost electrocuted himself.
Mechanical engineers should not be allowed to handle pool noodles, nevermind pokey bits that go into electron buckets. Yolo.
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CT makes their money from franchise fees, they had an e-commerce site but shut it down for some reason. Yeah they are definitely behind the times in sticking with brick and mortar stores only. I see a US Walmart buying them out soon.
sf1 wrote: Can't believe CT still does not have a mobile website with the money that they have.

Does anyone know the gauge of the stripper?
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I RFD wrote: what makes a "good" multimeter vs a "bad" one? Any recommendations for a good one? Also what battery does this one take?
The majority of the multimeters i have seen used in the professional world have been Fluke brand.
Just like any other professional tool, they are more accurate, reliable, and feature rich than a consumer grade multimeter bought at CT.

They are also significantly more expensive than any CT brand meter.

Many of the ones i have used are sophisticated enough that you can easily rely on the automatic sensing of the unit to properly select and configure the appropriate settings, thus preventing you from damaging the equipment.
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Nov 19, 2015
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SomeGuyNamedBob wrote: Typically the things that tend to differentiate multimeters are:

1. sturdiness/physical quality (somewhat subjective)
2. true RMS measurement (results in more accurate readings when measuring digital devices/loads)

To be clear, this $12.49 multimeter doesn't have either of the above. No professional would use this, but it's certainly good enough for the occasional measurement around the house/car
Thanks!
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If you want a cheap multimeter, you're probably better off getting one from eBay for cheaper if you're not on a hurry. Probably the same level of quality (i.e. poop).
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Oct 2, 2013
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same as mine, I picked it up like 4 years ago, use it about 10 times of less :p
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Good for car service, and not suitable to test home AC circuit!!!
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cowbunpants wrote: Mechanical engineers should not be allowed to handle pool noodles, nevermind pokey bits that go into electron buckets. Yolo.
Tell me about it. Never asked him to come over for a couple of beers after that.
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evilkleg wrote: I've found that these cheap CT meters start giving inaccurate readings once the battery (typically 9v) gets low. Decent price for home use but not professional grade.
Yes, that's true on the one I have.

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