Saturday, 23 January 2016

Fluke 17B+ multimeter review

This is just a quick and honest review of my Fluke 17B+ multimeter.

Pros:

  • Excellent build quality and decent/safe input protection.
  • Nice large screen with good backlight.
  • Continuity tester seems fairly fast and the latching works well.
  • Has a diode tester, frequency, thermistor input and can measure in the microamp range.

Cons:

  • Hold function is not Fluke's auto hold (as you would get on the 87V), it simply freezes the current display.
  • Only 4000 count with 0.5% +3 accuracy (DC volts).
  • Not a true RMS meter.

The included TL75 test leads seem sufficient and seem to be of a reasonable quality.



As a hobbyist, this multimeter should serve me well. If you need more precision or you do AC measurements you might want to consider something like the Brymen BM257S.

I had assumed the 17B+ would have featured auto hold, so I was a bit disappointed about that (in fact it probably would have swayed me toward the BM257S) but I'm certainly not disappointed in the overall product.


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