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7tiger7 07-24-2007 10:54 AM

Recomendation for multitester?
Anyone recommend a multitester? Just need something reliable, will measure the basic stuff I would need to on a 27 foot sailboat with diesel, for maybe $100 or less (would even buy used).
Any suggestions?

jonlgauthier 07-24-2007 11:25 AM

Whether you go with a name-brand like a Fluke, or some cheap one from Home Depot or Radio Shack (they still sell multimeters?:confused:), make sure it displays 4 digits. With respect to 12V charge levels, there's a heck of a lot of difference between 12.5 volts and 12.54 volts when you're measuring charge state of your battery bank.

danjarch 07-24-2007 11:29 AM

I picked up a decent one made by Ideal at home depot recently. Make sure you get one with the max hold feature. It comes in real handy when checking engine parts or reaching into hard to reach places where you can test but not watch the scene at the same time. It was about $68 if memory serves

rewell6 07-24-2007 12:17 PM

Get a good one, but not too good. It might jump ship. Don't get a used one. Home Depot is a good place to look.

Get a digital one and get one that can read up to 10 amps

Such as this one:

SoOkay 07-24-2007 12:26 PM

I have always found handy something more like this one

Valiente 07-24-2007 01:24 PM

Get a decent "indoor" one that never goes on deck, and a crappy one for up top, testing for continuity, ends of mast wires, etc. They tend to commit suicide from bosun chairs.

sailingdog 07-24-2007 08:45 PM

I'd agree with Valiente... that you need to have two. A good one for in-cabin use, and a lighter, cheaper one for use on-deck, in the bosun's chair, etc.

The good one I have I got from Sears. The cheap one is a $12 Walmart special...and very small and light, so as not to kill anyone when I drop it on their head from the top of the mast. :D

Rickm505 07-24-2007 09:34 PM

Radio Shack ... 20 bucks and you're fine

Maine Sail 07-24-2007 09:40 PM

I use a Fluke at home..
I use a Fluke at home but I purchased the UEI knock off from a local electrical distributor for around $60.00. UEI meters are bomb proof and very reasonably priced..

Here's the one I use on the boat:

camaraderie 07-24-2007 11:35 PM

Something with a clamp on meter like Sookay listed is particularly handy if you have solar or wind power.

The Celestial Navigation crowd prefers these....if you really need electricity on board...

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