$5 mulitmeters at Bunnings

Submitted: Friday, Jun 02, 2006 at 14:06
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Ok everyone, no excuses for not having a multimeter. Bunnings has them on special for $5.
Yeah yeah, maybe they aren't as accurate as a fluke or similar but they sure are handy to have in the toolbox of the camper.
Cheaper than buying a panel meter, I bought a couple & might try mounting one permanently in my solar setup.

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Reply By: Member - Lance S (VIC) - Friday, Jun 02, 2006 at 14:20

Friday, Jun 02, 2006 at 14:20
Geez, for 5 bucks there worth a try?????????
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Reply By: Member - Boo Boo (NSW) - Friday, Jun 02, 2006 at 14:31

Friday, Jun 02, 2006 at 14:31
marty I bought one a few months ago and still waiting for number one son to come home and show me how to work it. Never paid much attention at school
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Reply By: revhead307 - Friday, Jun 02, 2006 at 14:52

Friday, Jun 02, 2006 at 14:52
Yep, everyone should have one, I couldnt do without mine.

I only use it to its most basic potential, I wouldnt know what all the other functions are.

last weekend I pulled apart a GME TX3200 UHF that i bought broken for $5 (wouldnt power up).

After a while of troubleshooting with the multimeter I found where the break in the cuircuit was, put a drop of solder on it...and she fired up like new.

now i have a $300 UHF for $5. Transmits and receives perfectly

Rev

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Follow Up By: Scoey (QLD) - Friday, Jun 02, 2006 at 14:57

Friday, Jun 02, 2006 at 14:57
Nice work rev! I'm the same with multimeters, measure voltage and resistance! haha!!
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Follow Up By: revhead307 - Friday, Jun 02, 2006 at 15:44

Friday, Jun 02, 2006 at 15:44
Cheers Scoey,

I always liked pulling things apart as a kid (but they usually stayed broken)
My success rate for putting them back together is finally climbing!

Rev
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Reply By: Mike Harding - Friday, Jun 02, 2006 at 15:08

Friday, Jun 02, 2006 at 15:08
Sounds like a bargain.

A couple of words of caution on these very cheap meters: most of them are NOT rated to measure the 240V mains and usually clearly say so (I don't know anything specifically about the Bunnings one) but exercise care in this area.

They tend to go out of calibration easily so from time-to-time check their DC voltage scale on a new AA cell (should read about 1.55V) and your 12V car battery when the engine has been switched off for a few hours (should read, unsurprisingly :) about 12.5V).

On the Ohms range when the leads are connected together it should read less than 2 ohms, ideally less than 1 ohm.

As, at last count, I had nine multimeters (including an Avo 8) I'll give this one a miss :)

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Follow Up By: Gramps (NSW) - Friday, Jun 02, 2006 at 16:09

Friday, Jun 02, 2006 at 16:09
C'mon Mike, retail therapy is good for you :)))))
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Follow Up By: Scoey (QLD) - Friday, Jun 02, 2006 at 16:47

Friday, Jun 02, 2006 at 16:47
No way I'll go anywhere near mains power! :-S
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Follow Up By: Redeye - Friday, Jun 02, 2006 at 17:02

Friday, Jun 02, 2006 at 17:02
Avo 8.

Have not seen one of those for years. Great meter.

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Follow Up By: Mike Harding - Friday, Jun 02, 2006 at 17:13

Friday, Jun 02, 2006 at 17:13
It sure is. And still gets regular use - whenever I mistrust my expensive digital meter or think it's not showing me a trend out comes the Avo and it still does a damn good job.

A year or two back I was up in the High Country using my Amateur Radio set to transmit and was monitoring the 12V battery with a cheap digital when I noticed the battery had fallen to 7 volts "That's stuffed the battery" I thought until I realised that if the battery _really_ was at 7V the radio would have stopped working long ago and, sure enough, the battery was fine but the RF transmission was getting into the digital meter and causing all sorts of problems - the Avo would have told me the truth :)

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Follow Up By: Member - Mike DID - Friday, Jun 02, 2006 at 17:30

Friday, Jun 02, 2006 at 17:30
That's only because RF hadn't been invented when they built the AVO 8.

Mike
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Follow Up By: Mike Harding - Friday, Jun 02, 2006 at 17:49

Friday, Jun 02, 2006 at 17:49
Nice one :)
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Follow Up By: Redeye - Friday, Jun 02, 2006 at 19:03

Friday, Jun 02, 2006 at 19:03
If only I had an analogue instead of digital meter.

Mine was removed from me on redundancy

Garry
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Reply By: Mr Fawlty - Friday, Jun 02, 2006 at 16:47

Friday, Jun 02, 2006 at 16:47
Expecting more in at my Bunnings - some smooth operator bought the lot, presumably to resell on Ebay....
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Follow Up By: revhead307 - Friday, Jun 02, 2006 at 18:05

Friday, Jun 02, 2006 at 18:05
Yeah i saw an air receiver tank on ebay, selling for more than the identical item at K-mart.

Some people are dumb

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Reply By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Friday, Jun 02, 2006 at 17:48

Friday, Jun 02, 2006 at 17:48
FIVE BUCKS!!!!!! After about a week you will have to go and buy a good multimeter to check why the $5 unit doesnt work anymore!!! LOL!
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Reply By: Wok - Friday, Jun 02, 2006 at 18:28

Friday, Jun 02, 2006 at 18:28
While we are on multimeters, can anyone suggest a repairer for LAVI multimeters?
Preferably in Brisbane...have 2 cdead ones, same fault...too good to throw away!

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Follow Up By: lost - Friday, Jun 02, 2006 at 21:46

Friday, Jun 02, 2006 at 21:46
throw them away and go bi 10 bunnings meters, cheeap as chips.:)))
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Follow Up By: Gerhardp1 - Saturday, Jun 03, 2006 at 10:44

Saturday, Jun 03, 2006 at 10:44
If they worked they'd be too good to throw away.

How come you have 2 and both NBG. That statistical failure rate suggests that they are NBG for long anyway, :)

A $5 one will definately be better than both of yours!
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Reply By: Scubaroo - Tuesday, Jun 06, 2006 at 09:26

Tuesday, Jun 06, 2006 at 09:26
Bunnings still have these - the $5 ones don't come with a 9V battery, the $10 ones that are "almost" identical do.
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Follow Up By: MartyB - Tuesday, Jun 06, 2006 at 17:10

Tuesday, Jun 06, 2006 at 17:10
The $5 ones I bought from Bunnings in Hervey Bay came with a battery.
Gee for that price you would expect it to work as soon as you take it out of the packet.
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Follow Up By: Scubaroo - Wednesday, Jun 07, 2006 at 09:39

Wednesday, Jun 07, 2006 at 09:39
Hey, so it does! Opened it this morning and it turned on. The guy at Bunnings gave me bad info (I bought the $5 one because I had some spare 9Vs in a drawer).
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