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Best Fluke Multimeters for 2018 Reviewed

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One of the primary reasons behind the higher cost of Fluke multimeters is the amount of safety they offer. Almost all of their models are rated to CAT III 600V or higher, which means that if they fail, they won’t injure the user. They are also among the most accurate and precise measuring devices on today’s market.

Another factor that puts Fluke devices above the competition is their robust build. These devices can withstand a lot of physical abuse and typically come with dust and water resistance. This turns them into perfect gadgets for handymen who often work in harsh conditions.

Even though they come with lots of modes and options, these products are incredibly easy to operate with. They have intuitive controls and allow even the most inexperienced individuals to easily figure out how they work. In other words, Fluke multimeters can be used by both professionals and electronics hobbyists.

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When it comes to disadvantages of Fluke multimeters, the biggest one is undoubtedly the poor quality of their displays. Don’t get us wrong – the screens on these devices work just as advertised, and will successfully display all the information you need. It’s just that they sometimes come with minor flaws that prevent us from giving a certain Fluke device a perfect score.

Sometimes, the screen will be too small, making it harder to read the numbers. In other instances, the display won’t have backlighting or will have one that doesn’t stay on for long enough. We also bumped into a couple of models whose displays tended to lose contrast under certain angles.

Even though these are just minor nuisances, they can still be quite annoying at times. In our opinion, the engineers at Fluke should work on equipping their future products with the displays of better quality.

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Fluke 179/EDA2 6 Piece Combo Kit – Editor’s Choice


Our Rating: 4.8
When it comes to Fluke’s 170 Series of multimeters, the 179 model is undoubtedly at the top – it comes with extra functions and sports a high level of accuracy. It’s one of the best choices for troubleshooting around the house and in industry, as it is suited for both amateurs and professionals.

Unlike some of the company’s budget-friendly lines (such as the 110 Series) the members of the 170 Series are manufactured in the USA. For that matter, the model sports excellent specs and a superior construction quality. It feels durable and sturdy in hands, looking like something quite capable of withstanding all sorts of wear and tear.

Due to the fact that this is a True RMS unit, one can use it to measure obscure waveforms in the most accurate way possible. The model is well-equipped for drives and motors – its Min/Max mode takes care of the changing values while the smoothing mode records all noisy signals. The auto-ranging, on the other hand, is very fast and provides quick results, although the user can also switch to manual ranging and pick whatever range he wants. All the ranges of this model are very generous – the temperature goes up to 752°F and voltage up to 1000V.

As the name suggests, this model comes in a kit, together with all the probes you might need and an ergonomic case with an integrated protective holster. Just like many other Fluke gadgets, the 179 is also backed by the company’s lifetime warranty.

As far as we’re concerned, this is the best multimeter that Fluke has ever made – it is more than capable to complete every job in all the loud, messy, and high energy places you might work at. For that matter, it certainly deserves to get our Editor’s Choice award.

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Fluke 117/323 KIT Multimeter and Clamp Meter Combo Kit


Our Rating: 4.7
Having the right tools for the job at hand is of essential importance. For that matter, we’ve decided to take a closer look at yet another tool combo from Fluke – the 117/323 kit. As the name suggests, the package consists of two tools – the versatile 117 multimeter and the general-purpose 232 clamp meter.

We’ve already talked a lot about Fluke 117 – it’s one of the best devices of this type that the company has produced so far. As a True RMS device, this gadget effortlessly provides accurate readings and tests – it can display the values with 0.5% accuracy. Its outstanding construction quality shows that it was built to last, while the handy backlight and the auto shut-off functions only add to unit’s impressive number of features.

The 323 clamp meter, on the other hand, is also a True RMS device and a suitable tool for residential and commercial electricians. It is more than capable of assisting the user with most of the general purpose tasks and is ideally suited for the current measurements of up to 400A in enclosed areas. Just like the other tool in this kit, the clamp meter is also very well-built and feels sturdy and durable in hands.

One thing we particularly like about this kit is that it includes a carrying bag. Along with the versatile and ergonomic tools, you’ll also get a black & yellow zipper-lock bag with a carrying strap, which you can use to store and transport both the DMM and the clamp meter.

Overall, we think that this tool combo is worth the money. It’s a great deal as it provides the user with a combination of tools that easily take care of all measuring he will have to perform throughout the day.

Fluke 117/323 KIT Multimeter and Clamp Meter Combo Kit


Our Rating: 4.7
Having the right tools for the job at hand is of essential importance. For that matter, we’ve decided to take a closer look at yet another tool combo from Fluke – the 117/323 kit. As the name suggests, the package consists of two tools – the versatile 117 multimeter and the general-purpose 232 clamp meter.

We’ve already talked a lot about Fluke 117 – it’s one of the best devices of this type that the company has produced so far. As a True RMS device, this gadget effortlessly provides accurate readings and tests – it can display the values with 0.5% accuracy. Its outstanding construction quality shows that it was built to last, while the handy backlight and the auto shut-off functions only add to unit’s impressive number of features.

The 323 clamp meter, on the other hand, is also a True RMS device and a suitable tool for residential and commercial electricians. It is more than capable of assisting the user with most of the general purpose tasks and is ideally suited for the current measurements of up to 400A in enclosed areas. Just like the other tool in this kit, the clamp meter is also very well-built and feels sturdy and durable in hands.

One thing we particularly like about this kit is that it includes a carrying bag. Along with the versatile and ergonomic tools, you’ll also get a black & yellow zipper-lock bag with a carrying strap, which you can use to store and transport both the DMM and the clamp meter.

Overall, we think that this tool combo is worth the money. It’s a great deal as it provides the user with a combination of tools that easily take care of all measuring he will have to perform throughout the day.

Fluke 15b+


Our Rating: 4.5
This model is actually a revamped version of the acclaimed 15B DMM, and one of the least expensive devices of this type from Fluke. Built primarily for China users, the model can now be bought in almost all other parts of the world. Even though it comes with limited features, it still looks and feels just like the other devices made by this company – it has the trademark shape, color, as well as the recognizable dial.

This model sports all the features that its older cousin had, along with a faster response time on auto ranging and continuity measuring, a better range of capacitance, as well as the brighter screen. Although it isn’t really suitable for the high-quality professional level testing, the 15b+ certainly isn’t a knock-off – this is still a genuine Fluke gadget.

The model is over 7” tall and very easy to use with just one hand. The case is sturdy and has a flip-out stand on its rear, whereas its leads are shrouded and relatively lengthy. The display is definitely an improvement, as it sports a larger resolution and has a backlight that can stay turned on for two minutes. Two AA batteries should provide you with around 500 hours of running time, although that depends on how much are you planning to use the backlight.

While it doesn’t sport all the bells and whistles of the flagship models, the 15b+ still has all the necessary test ranges and features. All the amperage ranges are here – micro-amps, milliamps, amps, millivolts, AC and DC voltage, diode check, continuity, and resistance. The model’s current inputs are, like we expected, protected by the fast-blow fuses.

If you’re an electronics hobbyist with a tight budget, make sure to take this model into consideration. You won’t get the flagship features, but you’ll get a brand name and plenty of functions to assist you with measurements around the house.

Fluke 88V


Our Rating: 4.4
Next up is the Fluke 88V, a modern successor of the original 88 Series which is now defunct. Just like we expected, this model is as elaborate and impressive as its ancestors were years ago. It sports a high level of accuracy, remarkable ruggedness, as well as superb functionality.

The excellent build quality of this gadget is apparent right from the start – its sturdy case has been built to withstand any kind of abuse. This toughened construction can take a lot of beating and is one of the device’s main selling points. Fortunately, its interior is equally durable, having an arrangement of components that prevents damage from explosions and water.

Since it’s one of the best models in the range, the Fluke 88V showcases a myriad of different functions. It’s a fast performer – the unit is incredibly responsive when it comes to continuity checking and auto-ranging. Accuracy and speed are assured, and we also have to mention an excellent battery life (over 400 hours with regular use).

Despite all the functionality, the 88V is still a relatively simple model. Its dial selector is not cluttered and allows even the most inexperienced electronics hobbyists to figure everything out easily. The display, on the other hand, features a two-stage backlight and shows the manufacturer’s well-known analog-style bar graph.

When it comes to safety rating, we have only words of praise – the unit accommodates 600V at CAT-IV and 1000V at CAT-III. The PCB has outstanding input protection, while its HRC (high rupture capacity) fuses guard the amperage circuits.

When it comes to general purpose electrics, this device is quite hard to beat. Even though 88V isn’t a True RMS multimeter, it is still fast and accurate enough to assist you with a plethora of tasks. Its rugged construction, on the other hand, assures a long lifespan no matter how harsh the working environment is.

Fluke 88V


Our Rating: 4.4
Next up is the Fluke 88V, a modern successor of the original 88 Series which is now defunct. Just like we expected, this model is as elaborate and impressive as its ancestors were years ago. It sports a high level of accuracy, remarkable ruggedness, as well as superb functionality.

The excellent build quality of this gadget is apparent right from the start – its sturdy case has been built to withstand any kind of abuse. This toughened construction can take a lot of beating and is one of the device’s main selling points. Fortunately, its interior is equally durable, having an arrangement of components that prevents damage from explosions and water.

Since it’s one of the best models in the range, the Fluke 88V showcases a myriad of different functions. It’s a fast performer – the unit is incredibly responsive when it comes to continuity checking and auto-ranging. Accuracy and speed are assured, and we also have to mention an excellent battery life (over 400 hours with regular use).

Despite all the functionality, the 88V is still a relatively simple model. Its dial selector is not cluttered and allows even the most inexperienced electronics hobbyists to figure everything out easily. The display, on the other hand, features a two-stage backlight and shows the manufacturer’s well-known analog-style bar graph.

When it comes to safety rating, we have only words of praise – the unit accommodates 600V at CAT-IV and 1000V at CAT-III. The PCB has outstanding input protection, while its HRC (high rupture capacity) fuses guard the amperage circuits.

When it comes to general purpose electrics, this device is quite hard to beat. Even though 88V isn’t a True RMS multimeter, it is still fast and accurate enough to assist you with a plethora of tasks. Its rugged construction, on the other hand, assures a long lifespan no matter how harsh the working environment is.

Fluke 113


Our Rating: 4.3
Although it is not as elaborate as the pricier models are, the Fluke 113 certainly serves a purpose. Due to the fact that it has just a couple of simple ranges across small range positions, it’s one of the most user-friendly multimeters that Fluke has ever made. However, it is still accurate enough to be a reliable tool when it comes to measuring things like capacitance, continuity, resistance, and AC/DC voltage.

The user-friendliness of this model did not have an adverse effect on its build quality. The 113 is as sturdy and durable as any device made by Fluke, and that’s always a big plus in our book. It has a separate battery compartment, an integral holster, and a raised dial selector switch that you can operate just with your thumb.

The display of this unit, however, isn’t that impressive. It’s a 6000-count, 3 5/6 digits screen whose backlight stays on for just 40 seconds. The shown info isn’t very sharp and the display itself is pretty small, although that’s precisely what we expected at this price tag.

The Fluke 113 is as quick as the top-rated devices of this type, though – it quickly updates the required info. The battery life, on the other hand, is pretty decent, as the unit provides the user with around 300 hours of regular use. Of course, frequent use of backlight can significantly reduce this number.

One of the best things about Fluke measuring devices is that even the Chinese-made models come with a superb amount of input protection. The Fluke 113 has a CAT-III (600V) rating and can easily handle over-voltage up to 6000 V.

With excellent input protection, easy-to-use controls, reasonable price, and outstanding construction quality, this model is undoubtedly worthy of your attention. Consider buying one if you need a simple model that accurately measures the basics.

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Fluke 101


Our Rating: 4.1
This particular model is an excellent option when it comes to everyday basic electrical tests. It’s great for regular measurements, such as continuity, resistance, and voltage. The model is also capable of measuring frequency and capacitance, although it doesn’t have milliamps or amps ranges. Residential and commercial technicians will surely know how to put this gadget to good use.

Even though the company has decided to have 101 manufactured in Chinese factories (and keep down the costs), the model still has safety levels and electronic circuitry of sufficient quality. Having multimeters made in China isn’t that big of a deal – that’s where most of today’s smartphones are assembled anyway.

The dial selector of this unit sports a solid action and can be easily operated with just one hand. Unlike the other pocket DMMs, this one comes with standard banana jack plug leads. Unfortunately, there’s no kickstand here, although you can easily buy a soft magnetic stand separately. We liked that the battery compartment is separate, as it makes the process of swapping batteries much easier.

When it comes to the screen, the Fluke 101 has a reasonably quick and sharp display with a 6000-count resolution. However, the display also introduces the biggest downside of this DMM – it doesn’t have a backlight at all. The screen displays all the required data, but you won’t be able to see any of it when you’re working in total darkness (unless you decide to use a flashlight, of course).

Other things worth mentioning are the 600V CAT-III ground rating, the battery life of 200 hours (with typical use), as well as the convenient hold and auto power-off functions.

Suitable for amateurs and tradesmen, the Fluke 101 is capable of making accurate measurements when used for general purpose electronics. For the price that it comes at, it’s a great deal.

Fluke 101


Our Rating: 4.1
This particular model is an excellent option when it comes to everyday basic electrical tests. It’s great for regular measurements, such as continuity, resistance, and voltage. The model is also capable of measuring frequency and capacitance, although it doesn’t have milliamps or amps ranges. Residential and commercial technicians will surely know how to put this gadget to good use.

Even though the company has decided to have 101 manufactured in Chinese factories (and keep down the costs), the model still has safety levels and electronic circuitry of sufficient quality. Having multimeters made in China isn’t that big of a deal – that’s where most of today’s smartphones are assembled anyway.

The dial selector of this unit sports a solid action and can be easily operated with just one hand. Unlike the other pocket DMMs, this one comes with standard banana jack plug leads. Unfortunately, there’s no kickstand here, although you can easily buy a soft magnetic stand separately. We liked that the battery compartment is separate, as it makes the process of swapping batteries much easier.

When it comes to the screen, the Fluke 101 has a reasonably quick and sharp display with a 6000-count resolution. However, the display also introduces the biggest downside of this DMM – it doesn’t have a backlight at all. The screen displays all the required data, but you won’t be able to see any of it when you’re working in total darkness (unless you decide to use a flashlight, of course).

Other things worth mentioning are the 600V CAT-III ground rating, the battery life of 200 hours (with typical use), as well as the convenient hold and auto power-off functions.

Suitable for amateurs and tradesmen, the Fluke 101 is capable of making accurate measurements when used for general purpose electronics. For the price that it comes at, it’s a great deal.

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Fluke 115


Our Rating: 4.1
When it comes to affordable measuring devices, the Fluke 115 is definitely a good contender for the top place. It’s on the lower end of the company’s digital multimeters, but it’s still highly accurate, user-friendly, and can easily fit in the palm of your hand. Its accuracy and build quality are the precisely the factors that gave it the status of a best-seller.

One of the most remarkable attributes of this unit is its rugged construction and compact size. The model’s build quality is quite impressive when we consider its price. It sports an ergonomic design, with a sturdy case that protects the circuit board from daily wear and tear.

Just like we expected, the Fluke 115 has a rotary input selector dial, right below the display. The dial is relatively small and therefore allows easy operation with the thumb. The low weight and the compact construction make it easy to carry this unit in the pocket or on the belt.

The 6,000-count screen of this device shows clear icons, a responsive graph, and easy to read digits. However, it’s not of the best quality – it can be hard to read the info at certain angles, and the backlight doesn’t stay long enough. But it still serves the purpose and shows all the relevant data you’ll need for making measurements.

The dial that we mentioned has nine positions, some of which are resistance, millivolts, and diode check. The model has three input jacks, the operational temperature window of 14 to 140°F, as well as the necessary overload protection.

Portable, rugged, and accurate, the Fluke 115 is a fantastic general purpose gadget. It is more than suitable for use in the home, on the terrain, and in the light industry, and is an excellent choice for both the beginner electricians and experienced technicians (as a secondary meter). We recommend it!

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Fluke 77-IV


Our Rating: 4.0
When it comes to Fluke’s 70 Series, the 77-IV model is undoubtedly one of the better-priced units. With its easy on the eye looks, rugged construction, and solid functionality, this DMM works quite well for most of everyday measuring tasks. It’s an ideal choice for auto engineers and electricians.

Like most devices of this type manufactured by Fluke, the 77-IV also has an outstanding build quality both inside and out. It has an ergonomic over-molded body that provides the user with an excellent grip. The unit’s case also sports integrated probe lead holders on the back, as well as the tilting bail for the bench measuring. Design wise; we have only words of praise – it’s one of the company’s best-looking devices so far.

Another thing we liked about 77-IV is how easy it is to operate it. There are just a couple of range positions and buttons here, so it’s quite hard to make a mistake while using it. Just like we expected, the model’s dial is clearly labeled, and the same can be said for the input jacks. The unit’s display shows large digits and updates them four times per second.

With 77-IV, you will be able to measure voltage up to 1000V, and the current up to 20A temporarily (10A continuously). Auto-ranging feature and continuity checks are very responsive, and there’s also the handy AutoHOLD feature that automatically locks the data.

When it comes to protection, the model is rated to category III – 1000V and to category IV – 600V. It has well-engineered HRC fuses that will prevent catastrophic failures from occurring – they are far safer than the glass ones.

The Fluke 77-IV is, in our opinion, a very versatile device. It is basic enough to deal with simple household wiring faults, but also elaborate enough to help with troubleshooting in industrial environments. What more could one want?

Fluke 77-IV


Our Rating: 4.0
When it comes to Fluke’s 70 Series, the 77-IV model is undoubtedly one of the better-priced units. With its easy on the eye looks, rugged construction, and solid functionality, this DMM works quite well for most of everyday measuring tasks. It’s an ideal choice for auto engineers and electricians.

Like most devices of this type manufactured by Fluke, the 77-IV also has an outstanding build quality both inside and out. It has an ergonomic over-molded body that provides the user with an excellent grip. The unit’s case also sports integrated probe lead holders on the back, as well as the tilting bail for the bench measuring. Design wise; we have only words of praise – it’s one of the company’s best-looking devices so far.

Another thing we liked about 77-IV is how easy it is to operate it. There are just a couple of range positions and buttons here, so it’s quite hard to make a mistake while using it. Just like we expected, the model’s dial is clearly labeled, and the same can be said for the input jacks. The unit’s display shows large digits and updates them four times per second.

With 77-IV, you will be able to measure voltage up to 1000V, and the current up to 20A temporarily (10A continuously). Auto-ranging feature and continuity checks are very responsive, and there’s also the handy AutoHOLD feature that automatically locks the data.

When it comes to protection, the model is rated to category III – 1000V and to category IV – 600V. It has well-engineered HRC fuses that will prevent catastrophic failures from occurring – they are far safer than the glass ones.

The Fluke 77-IV is, in our opinion, a very versatile device. It is basic enough to deal with simple household wiring faults, but also elaborate enough to help with troubleshooting in industrial environments. What more could one want?

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Fluke 117


Our Rating: 4.6
This particular model is one of Fluke’s most reliable models yet. Easy to use, compact, sturdy, as well as highly accurate, the 117 is aimed at light industrial and domestic electricians. Furthermore, it’s also an excellent choice for the hobbyists, who will find the unit’s impressive but easy to figure out functions very helpful on a daily basis.

As far as we’re concerned, the design of this device is outstanding – it has been built from quality materials that make it very sturdy, but also light at the same time. To make one hand operation possible, the manufacturer equipped this model with a raised input dial and a contoured case. Another thing we liked is the innovative battery compartment – one doesn’t have to remove the holster to get to the batteries, but only unscrew a single screw.

When it comes to the display, we’re both impressed and disappointed. Although large and bright, the screen tends to lose contrast when looked upon at certain angles. It does have a backlight, however, and it’s capable of updating the info four times per second. In addition to that, the screen also displays a multi-segment bar graph, which is very responsive and has an update rate of 32 times per second.

The basic measurements of Fluke 117 include frequency, capacitance, continuity, resistance, as well as AC/DC amperage and voltage. The fact that it comes with a CAT III (600V) rating will allow you to use the device for analyzing control panel boards, appliances, outlets, and many other things. Although the package doesn’t include a case, it does ship with leads, a manual, and a holster.

Even though Fluke 117 indeed isn’t a heavy-duty model and it’s not elaborate enough for lab work, it is still precise enough for daily electrical work performed by domestic, light industry, and DIY electricians.

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Fluke 87-V


Our Rating: 4.2
Idolized by many and being called names such as the “industry standard,” the Fluke 87-V is one of the most popular and most loved devices of this type on the market. With this model, the robustness, accuracy, and reliability are guaranteed, and it is an ideal device for troubleshooting all kinds of electrical systems.

The build quality of this multimeter is excellent. It’s an USA-made product, approved by a myriad of agencies and having a construction quality that easily handles industrial settings. This unit can withstand a lot of physical abuse, and that’s something that deserves special praise.

One of the first things to notice about 87-V is its display. Although not large, it’s certainly an improvement over the previous versions of this gadget. It’s very fast and responsive, shows sharper digits, and registers every millivolt change in an accurate way. There’s also the signature analog-like bar graph, which is capable of updating info 40 times per second.

Since this is an auto-ranging model, it has a range button that also allows switching to manual ranging. Response times are impressively quick, especially when it comes to continuity measurements. One thing we particularly liked is the presence of a warning beep that warns the user if he accidentally plugs into the wrong input.

To operate this model, one has to use seven standard buttons and the eight-position dial selector. You will be able to select most of the ranges with the dial, while the micro-amp and milliamp ranges utilize the “select” button. Other things that make use of this method are the low impedance AC voltage mode and the 3-volt diode tester.

It’s pretty evident that this gadget is overkill for the amateurs – it is best suited for electronic technicians and HVAC engineers. We can easily see why so many people consider the 87-V to be the best device of this type on the market, since its reliability is hard to beat.

Fluke 87-V


Our Rating: 4.2
Idolized by many and being called names such as the “industry standard,” the Fluke 87-V is one of the most popular and most loved devices of this type on the market. With this model, the robustness, accuracy, and reliability are guaranteed, and it is an ideal device for troubleshooting all kinds of electrical systems.

The build quality of this multimeter is excellent. It’s an USA-made product, approved by a myriad of agencies and having a construction quality that easily handles industrial settings. This unit can withstand a lot of physical abuse, and that’s something that deserves special praise.

One of the first things to notice about 87-V is its display. Although not large, it’s certainly an improvement over the previous versions of this gadget. It’s very fast and responsive, shows sharper digits, and registers every millivolt change in an accurate way. There’s also the signature analog-like bar graph, which is capable of updating info 40 times per second.

Since this is an auto-ranging model, it has a range button that also allows switching to manual ranging. Response times are impressively quick, especially when it comes to continuity measurements. One thing we particularly liked is the presence of a warning beep that warns the user if he accidentally plugs into the wrong input.

To operate this model, one has to use seven standard buttons and the eight-position dial selector. You will be able to select most of the ranges with the dial, while the micro-amp and milliamp ranges utilize the “select” button. Other things that make use of this method are the low impedance AC voltage mode and the 3-volt diode tester.

It’s pretty evident that this gadget is overkill for the amateurs – it is best suited for electronic technicians and HVAC engineers. We can easily see why so many people consider the 87-V to be the best device of this type on the market, since its reliability is hard to beat.

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Fluke 116


Our Rating: 4.5
The last Fluke multimeter we’re going to take a look at is the 116 model, a member of the budget-friendly 110 Series of compact units. Although quite basic, this device is aimed at HVAC electricians as it possesses all the necessary tools for the successful troubleshooting of cooling and heating faults.

All devices of this type made by Fluke have been built to last, and 116 is no exception to that rule. Although China-made to keep the price down, the unit still sports a sturdy construction that allows it to easily withstand wear and tear. It uses is a single 9V battery that gives it a running time of around 300 to 400 hours.

It comes with a relatively large screen (6000-count) with a neat bar graph, which, unfortunately, does not operate on temperature and capacitance ranges. Even though it has a backlight that stays on for 40 seconds, the screen somewhat lacks the clarity we’ve seen on the other models in the same price category. Furthermore, it tends to fade when you take a look at it from certain angles.

The rest of the meter’s facade is quite simple, and most positions featured on easy-to-operate dial have their own ranges. There’s a row of additional buttons that provide the user with some extra functionality, as well two inputs on the bottom part of the facade.

Auto-ranging is the default setting on this device, which means that it will select the best possible resolution for the current signal. Of course, the user can switch to manual ranging mode whenever he wants and pick the appropriate range on his own.

HVAC technicians will make the most out of Fluke 116, but the unit can also be of great help to general purpose electricians. It’s a compact and competent model that definitely deserves more attention.

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Quick Product Comparison


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Our Verdict: Why we recommend 179/EDA2 Kit


As far as we’re concerned, the Fluke’s 179/EDA2 kit is the ultimate champion of all measurement devices made by this company. It combines one of the manufacturer’s best multimeters with a couple of extra accessories that turn the whole process of current measuring into a breeze.

The 179 model itself is, of course, a True RMS gadget, capable of measuring even the most obscure waveforms in the most accurate way possible. This is not something you can do with cheaper units – they will surely give you a discrepancy of 10% or more when using them for such measurements.

If we’ve ever seen a real handheld model, this is the one. The Fluke 179 has a slight necking in its middle and a narrower bottom part, which makes holding it very comfortable. It has the signature black and yellow combination of all Fluke DMM’s and is protected by tough material that makes it easily withstand drops and other kinds of wear and tear. Unlike some Fluke devices that are manufactured in China, this one was built in the USA, and it shows.

With this model, you will be able to measure millivolts, milliamps, frequency, capacitance, voltage (up to 1000V), current (up to 10A), as well as temperature (both in °F and °C). The device offers both automatic and manual ranging, as well as easy calibration and the signature TouchHold feature. As you can see, the Fluke 179 contains all functions demanded by experienced technicians that they need for troubleshooting system failures and technical breakdowns.

And, since this is a kit, you’re also getting all the necessary probes and test leads, as well as the pre-installed battery and the user manual. This model is an excellent example of why are the Fluke multimeters still considered as top-class instruments – the higher price of this kit is undoubtedly justified by the sheer amount of useful features and the unmatched construction quality.

Fluke Multimeters – Buyer’s Guide


Those who don’t know a lot about multimeters manufactured by this company will probably be overwhelmed by the sheer number of different models and their specifications. When judged visually, all of Fluke’s measuring devices look quite similar, making the ultimate decision even harder.

To help you out with this, we’ve decided to write a quick breakdown of all factors you need to consider before buying your very first Fluke multimeter. We’ll take a closer look at considerations such as range, accuracy, safety, resolution, and others, with the ultimate goal of helping you find the device that suits your needs.

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Range


This particular specification is something that defines the maximum and minimum of the quantities the model can measure without making major errors. It’s one of the most important things to think of when shopping for a measuring device.

Those having a 600V Fluke DMM won’t be able to accurately measure electrical lines up to 1000V. Those working on low-power circuits, on the other hand, need to purchase a model that can read the current in microamperes. In addition, don’t forget to check the range of other functions, such as the temperature, capacitance, resistance, and frequency.

Resolution


This would be the smallest reading that a particular model can display on its screen. A 4.5-digit model, for example, shows four full digits (0-9) and the maximum value of the first digit. In this particular case, this would mean that a 4.5-digit unit is capable of showing values from 00000 to 19999.

Accuracy


The accuracies of all measurement features are typically shown in the datasheet. One of the first things you’ll have to check is the DC volts accuracy. It is given in percentage, such as 0.5 percent. For the standard electronics tasks, you won’t need a highly-accurate Fluke DMM, such as the 0.05 percent models – a 0.5 percent unit will be more than sufficient.

The accuracy of other functions is as equally important and should be as close to possible to the DC volts accuracy.

True RMS


Fluke manufactures two types of multimeters – True RMS and the average-responding ones. A True RMS model is a lot more accurate and precise and doesn’t give substantial errors for some particular waveform shapes.

Input impedance


We advise getting a model with input impedance which is as high as ten mega-ohms. When measuring the voltage across a particular component, the user is putting the input resistance of his measuring device in parallel to the component’s resistance. The small input impedance can easily change the values you’re trying to obtain.

Battery Life


As you already know, a good battery life is one of the most important things to consider when buying battery-operated electronic devices. Some of Fluke’s models are quite power-hungry, but that’s because they come with advanced features. We recommend getting a model that can provide you with at least 300 hours of battery life.

Data logging


Data logging is one of the most convenient features for the field jobs. With it, one is able to log his measurements and have a look at them whenever he wants. However, purchasing a model with the data logging feature is advisable only if one really needs it, as it can make a big price difference.

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Safety


Like all manufacturers of handheld measuring devices, Fluke is also required to mention the CAT rating on its products. This rating is the easiest way for the customers to find out the maximum transient voltage that a particular model can handle without failing. Fluke models usually have this marking right below their input terminals.

Most models are CAT III rated, and they will allow you to safely troubleshoot circuit installations that are fully inside the building. This rating also applies to the majority of the building’s fixed equipment.

Construction Quality


If you’re planning to use your Fluke DMM for commercial use, try to get a model with a rugged build. This is especially important if you’re planning to use the unit at high places – a model made out of tough plastic with rubber covers won’t break apart if you accidentally drop it down.

With these factors in mind, you should be able to get yourself a Fluke gadget that will serve you for the years to come. Good luck!

The Conclusion


Multimeters are indeed among the most practical devices of today – they are used by licensed technicians, electronics hobbyists, as well as DIY enthusiasts. They have improved to the point where one doesn’t even need a serious amount of technical knowledge to operate one, and they’re also much cheaper than they once were.

Out of the hundreds of manufacturers of these useful gadgets, one easily stands out – Fluke. The measuring devices produced by this company easily beat the competition with their premium build quality, high accuracy, high amount of safety, and excellent battery life. Their models are at the top of the line, and for a good reason.

For that matter, we have decided to round up all of their most popular models and check out their value for the money. We went over the advantages and disadvantages of each model, with the goal of finding out which ones offer enough versatility to be worthy of being considered for purchase.

The brand is one of the most critical factors for a lot of people when they’re buying a new tool, as they have usually had good or bad experiences with particular brands in the past. Fluke is a brand that rarely disappoints – purchasing one of their DMM’s can’t really turn out as a mistake.

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