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07-24-2007 11:59 PM
groundhog I got one for free as a giveaway recently at work (im in the business).

But I have been seeing the same ones around town lately for about $5-6. Little yellow ones that are about 3x5 inches.

They are fine and if you loose it, so what.

If I need to measure heavy current (starter/battery?), I will likely have one of those really small resistors in line and just measure the voltage across the resistor. The resistor just looks like a bar of metal. Think Ive seen them in west marine.

07-24-2007 11:35 PM
camaraderie 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...
07-24-2007 09:40 PM
Maine Sail
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:
07-24-2007 09:34 PM
Rickm505 Radio Shack ... 20 bucks and you're fine
07-24-2007 08:45 PM
sailingdog 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.
07-24-2007 01:24 PM
Valiente 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.
07-24-2007 12:26 PM
SoOkay I have always found handy something more like this one
07-24-2007 12:17 PM
rewell6 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:
07-24-2007 11:29 AM
danjarch 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
07-24-2007 11:25 AM
jonlgauthier Whether you go with a name-brand like a Fluke, or some cheap one from Home Depot or Radio Shack (they still sell multimeters?), 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.
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