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Decent multimeter for first time user?

  1. Jun 21, 2011 #1
    I'm a second year Electrical Engineering student and I figured it's about time I purchase my own digital multimeter and build some stuff :)

    So I'm just wondering which type would be best suitable for someone in my position?
    Keep in mind that my budget is somewhere around the $20 mark, plus ebay has some good prices anyway.

    I was particularly looking at these:


    And even though this one obviously has fewer functions than the above two, I do like it's compact size:
    http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=280606673520&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT [Broken]

    I plan to get heavily involved in electronics (we have an electronics project next semester), so I'm guessing I'd need a decent one with a good range of functionality that will last me well into the future? In that case, should I just scrap the last one?

    Thanks in advance.
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  3. Jun 21, 2011 #2


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    I built my first multimeter. Someone gave me a small meter movement and I just put the required multiplier resistors in. It wasn't a super accurate meter but it was good enough for what I was doing.
  5. Jun 21, 2011 #4
    ^^There's a store in my city that has a kit project where you build you own multimeter, might look into it.

    Thanks for the link berkeman.
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