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Multimeter is the very first device you get introduced when you step into the world of electronics.
It is fun learning and playing with it.
But who knows when this cool device turns into a bitch and causes you harm if you don’t spend a good time researching before buying it.
I don’t blame you, as a beginner you may not know what parameters you should look for in a multimeter? What price should you pay? What are the famous brands for making best multimeters.
This might be a tricky and a little boring experience before getting your hands dirty with the actual multimeter. But this is what it is and there is nothing you can do about that. You want a best beginner multimeter, suck this article.
I hope you will find this post helpful and enjoy reading it.
- 1 The best beginner multimeters
- 2 There are other great options available
- 3 What is a multimeter?
- 4 Parameters to look for in a multimeter
- 5 Conclusion
The best beginner multimeters
Like I said, it is the most fundamental tool. You just cannot go with electronics without learning or having a decent multimeter.
Because, depending on your every electronics project, you will have to measure resistances, voltages, currents, inductances, capacitances and check the continuity.
What power a multimeter gives you?
- A multimeter gives you the power to troubleshoot or measure various components values and ratings for the designing of your electronics projects. It is the combination of Ammeter, Voltmeter, Resistance meter, and sometime Capacitance meter.
- It may also have continuity and transistor gain calculation feature, but these are the features not the sole purposes of a meter. So, don’t be impressed with these extra attractive features, professional meters don’t have them.
Now, coming toward the main topic. But before that I want to give you the famous brands out there for making cool multimeters.
Why I said the brands?
I don’t believe in products coming from nowhere. I don’t care for price range, all I want a brand with proven track record.
O common, people behind the brand have busted their asses to make their product great. How can you not trust them?
Famous brands for making awesome multimeters
A lot of assholes are there in the market, fooling people for easy and quick money. I don’t know why are they doing so, but let just focus on the good people and brands.
The brands for great meters are the following.
Remember we are talking about beginner multimeters not the professional one, so these brands are selected only on this regards. Though they also make professional meters but not our concern right now.
Above data is real time so it may change with time.
The best multimeter that I recommend for beginners is either AstroAI AW33D, or AstroAI WH5000A, or FLuke 117 Electricians True RMS Multimeter.
These are the best because:
- They have a proven track record
- Come from trusted brands with one or more than one year warranty
- Give accurate results
- Safe and reliable
- Decent looking
- Well packed
- Yet they have very low price tags that everyone can afford.
I personally love them all and want you to have a look at them and decide yourself the best for you according to your requirements.
In the rest of the article, I give more information about the said models and also provide some parameters guidelines which you should see in a multimeter before buying it.
1. A multimeter for complete beginners
From electronics newbies, I mean those people who have just started playing around with basic electronics or having the intention for some electronics troubleshooting and maybe they are not very frequent users of a multimeter.
As far as my thinking goes, they don’t need any high budget multimeter as their entire activities are measuring resistances, small DC voltages/currents, maybe limited main AC voltages.
I am saying this because when I was in engineering junior year and before that when I just play with electronics as a hobby, my activities were all around basic electronics. And I just have a very basic multimeter under $30 which was very fine at that time.
Coming toward my recommended multimeter for electronic hobbyists i.e. AsrtoAI AW33D (Amazon link). This cool device is enough for your all basic kinds of stuff. You can use it to troubleshoot your automotive and all home electrical problems.
It can measure everything like resistances, AC/DC voltages, currents, continuity, and yet comes with one year warranty and a price tag of below $10.
Remember, this is a very basic multimeter.
Never play with main AC voltages without double checking the probe connections.
If you mistakenly measure AC current and your probes are in DC current terminals, you will end in blowing your multimeter and maybe harm yourself.
Besides this, it cannot measure capacitances and not an auto range one. Which is very fine, who wants to measure capacitance when it is already written on its body (measuring capacitance with a multimeter is done in most cases for capacitor testing), and auto-ranging feature makes it costly which no manufacturer will willing to design if they are designing it for a complete electronics beginner.
2. The beginner multimeter for students
My preferred features in the multimeter for this category and as well as for below awesome people are, it must be auto-range (To save you time and give you extra accuracy), must be capable of measuring micro, milli range currents, must have CAT II, III safety (To know more these standards click here), high quality internal fuse, temperature measurement (useful for to check for components overheating), and non contact voltage testing.
For group of students or electronics hobbyists, the best multimeter, in my opinion, is either the AstroAI WH5000A (Amazon link) or Extech EX330 (Amazon link). I will go for the later one, as it has a decent resistance range of 0.1 to 40 MOhms.
You know, as hobbyists or student you cannot really predict the requirements of any electronics project. One project will need you a multimeter to just measure some resistor values and voltage drops, the other may require other measurements, and the list goes on.
So, you need a complete package and the mentioned models have got everything for you. They have all the features I mentioned above.
3. The beginner multimeter for lifetime
When playing around with AC voltages or any high voltage levels, safety is always the first priority. They are very dangerous and a multimeter designed for such measurements must have safety features. And I think, as an electrician, you will encounter with high currents and voltages to learn and grow your knowledge of repairing and troubleshooting.
Sorry to say but you have to buy a decent one. I don’t think there is a beginner or expert level multimeter for people like you. So grab yourself a Fluke 117 Electricians True RMS Multimeter (Amazon link). It is safe and it would be your first and last one. I am so confident about the fluke brand that it would also compensate for your early silly mistakes.
I don’t know but the word electrician makes in my mind, the imagination of a person doing something with high voltages and he has the intention for some industry work.
If you an electrician beginner, for you I don’t care for anything in multimeter except the safety, and the fluke brand provides this their knowledge best. Don’t waste your money on a cheap one as it may seem cheap but it can harm you if you don’t play safe.
There are other great options available
Of course, there is a lot of other options one can search for. But please don’t buy an analog meter unless and until you have a very solid reason for it.
Personally, I think it is always a good idea to adapt oneself with the current technology. There was time for analog devices but now we are living in modern digital word and we should learn to appreciate it.
What is a multimeter?
I am supposing you all already know what a multimeter is, but for some unknown reasons, I feel I should discuss it a little bit here.
Basically, a multimeter is a device which is used by the electrician, electronics engineers or other awesome people to measure resistances, voltages (if you want to know how a multimeter measure voltage check my this cool article), currents (Amps), capacitances (Farads), continuity and sometimes inductances.
It can also be used for diode testing, transistor testing and for its three terminals identifications. A lot of people use it to troubleshot their design circuits or other printed circuit boards.
So, you can also mention it as circuit troubleshooting device.
Parameters to look for in a multimeter
For complete beginners following parameters really don’t matter that much. I bought my first multimeter just keeping in mind, it should be stylish, can measure voltages and resistances.
That’s all I wanted in my multimeter. This is with time I learned which parameter plays a key role in certain measurement.
Following are the two parameters you should at least go through if you are planning for a serious multimeter. And you are not like me to upgrade your meter as you progress.
1. Input Impedance
By input impedance, I actually mean the input total resistance the multimeter provide to the measuring component or circuit. The higher the input impedance the better is the multimeter.
These are very important and almost no one pay attention to it. When buying a multimeter people look for what can it measure but they miss the important thing from what range to what range it can exactly measure that parameter very accurately.
See the following video if you really want to know about the parameter in much greater detail.
Let me tell something, my personal approach to buying anything is to first look for the brand with a proven track record.
You can take me as a brand follower person.
When I am done with brand research I then look for people reviews and try to figure what problems they were facing and how the product helped them.
I just followed the same mindset with these multimeters, and I am confident they are best for beginners, to the best of my knowledge.
Above all meters are the best multimeters for beginners. But if you have a long-term planning for electronics and have a decent budget. I would suggest buy a fluke multimeter that will be on your side for your entire life. I said for entire life based on my trust and confidence in the fluke brand.
Hopefully, I have helped you somehow and you have enjoyed making up to this far end.
Thank you so much for reading and have a good life.
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