When in the market for a multimeter, it is easy to be overwhelmed by the sheer amount of meters to choose from. There are thousands of options out there, all offering a different set of features and making a different series of promises. Some multimeters can live up to these promises, and others cannot. For this reason, it’s pretty important to do a little bit of research on the best multimeters available before choosing the one for you. An essential part of such research is investigating the top brands, which we’re going to be helping you out with. In this article, we are going to look at the Fluke brand and some of its most impressive products. Let’s get started.
Anybody who knows anything about multimeters knows that Fluke is one of the absolute best brands available. It has produced so many high-quality products over the years that it is considered by many to be the King of the Multimeters; not a title which members of the company’s design team take lightly.
Since its inception in 1948, the company has manufactured some of the finest multimeters ever seen for use by both professionals and hobbyists. The company has been of the forefront of technological advances and has made it possible for electricians, engineers, and mechanics to carry out their job in a timely manner.
The major downside of the brand is, of course, the price. Because the brand is so well known in the industry and beyond, its products generally go for several hundred dollars a pop. That’s pretty expensive and, for some, is way over budget. Thankfully, there are other brands which manufacture high-quality products and sell them for a fraction of the cost of a Fluke meter, but you might feel as if you are settling for second best if you go for anything but a Fluke. If you are absolutely adamant about owning product of the company, we suggest you choose one of the following four.
Best Fluke Multimeters
1. Fluke 87-V
The 87-V is a digital model, which may turn some people off. You see, the general consensus is that an analog multimeter is a better tool for getting trustworthy measurements as it can more accurately read rapidly fluctuating currents. While that is true, the 87-V is not like any other digital multimeter.
For a start, this is an industrial strength meter which can mean used in some of the most intense situations imaginable. It is designed to handle complex signals and can identify problems in no time at all, so you don’t need to worry about losing money in the event of an electrical fault.
Among its many useful features, the 87-V boasts a built-in thermometer, so you can measure temperature without switching devices.
As well as being extraordinarily accurate, the 87-V is an extremely durable product. It is built like a brick (or a Nokia phone) and can make it through knocks and falls without a scratch.
2. Fluke 117
The Fluke 117 is another product designed to be used by professionals and is the perfect tool for any electrician. It comes equipped VoltAlert, a handy little feature which allows for non-contact voltage detection. It also features low input impedance as well as a large LED backlight for work in poorly lit areas.
One of the great things about this meter is that it is a true-RMS model, meaning it can measure both sinusoidal and non-sinusoidal, a convenience many other products do not afford the user.
The 117 features Min/Max/Average with time elapsed to record fluctuations in the signal, putting it on par with any analog multimeter. It boasts a CAT III 600 V safety rating and is suitable for work in government buildings.
3. Fluke 116
If we were pedantic and dedicated to doing things in alphabetical order, this would have come prior to the previous entry, but now it’s time to take a look at the Fluke 116 (with apologies to our obsessive compulsive readers).
The 116 model is a HVAC multimeter, meaning it was designed to be used by those who deal with issues relating to heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. Problems with such things can be pretty difficult to identify, but the 116 makes the process run smoother than ever before.
This product is equipped with a built-in thermometer to measure temperature and can also be used to test flame sensors through microamps. It features a low input impedance to reduce the risk of ghost voltage causing problems and throwing off your reading.
This is another true-RMS model and is easy to use despite its wide array of functions. A single nob makes navigating through the various settings and features a breeze even for the most technologically challenged user (though if you deal with electricity for a living you probably shouldn’t be technologically challenged).
4. Fluke 115
The majority of multimeter enthusiasts see the Fluke 115 as the first in a series of major successes for the brand. After this product, the company embarked on a home run streak. While this multimeter doesn’t have quite the same amount of features as those that came after it, it is the precursor to greatness and is a fantastic product for anybody who wants to own a product of the company but doesn’t want to spend too much money (though it is still pretty expensive).
The 115 is a true-RMS product with a CAT III 600 V safety rating, allowing it to perform to the highest possible standard when the room for error is at its slimmest. It features a powerful backlight to illuminate dim areas should you find yourself working in a basement or in the evening.
Despite the fact, it is lightweight and compact (two extremely convenient features, by the way), the 115 is one of the most durable models available. In the unlikely event that some harm should come to it, the company offers a three-year warranty with every purchase.
It is not just the 115 model which can survive knocks and drops. Pretty much every product of the brand can withstand force and battery; in fact, it is not inconceivable that a nuclear holocaust would leave behind Fluke products to be used by the surviving cockroaches. If you have the money for a Fluke multimeter but are unsure if it is a wise purchase, I say go for it. View it as an investment. With a Fluke, you won’t have to purchase another multimeter for years to come, whereas going with a cheaper option could leave you a victim of false economy.