ac dc clamp meter

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hi all i remember some while back reading about some cheap ac dc clamp meters. can some one point me in the right direction ? has any one bought one and what are they like ? ie acuracy . thanks
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Reply By: Member - Kiwi Kia - Thursday, Jan 29, 2009 at 22:40

Thursday, Jan 29, 2009 at 22:40
Accuracy ? What is it that you want to measure ?

Jaycar From $100

Dick Smith $150

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Reply By: stephen looking - Thursday, Jan 29, 2009 at 23:06

Thursday, Jan 29, 2009 at 23:06
Mate i wouldn't bother with the cheap ones, i've had them and taken them back, accuracy not bad but the build quality chit house. Look at brands like fluke or kyoritsu.
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Reply By: Member - Ed. C. (QLD) - Thursday, Jan 29, 2009 at 23:42

Thursday, Jan 29, 2009 at 23:42
zacc,
Have a look at ebay item# 270333901745 for an example of the unit in question, or search for "Uni-T clamp meter"..
there are (or were) a few different sellers selling the same model at very similar prices..
As I recall, Mike Harding tested one and gave it very high marks, particularly on the basis of value-for-money...

I purchased the same make, but a different model (UT 204)..
I have no means to test the accuracy (or otherwise) of the thing, but it does what I want it to do, and I'm satisfied with my purchase (YMMV)...

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Reply By: Ozhumvee - Friday, Jan 30, 2009 at 06:07

Friday, Jan 30, 2009 at 06:07
I bought one probably two years ago purely for the clamp meter function, the ability to read DC current and to carry in the 4wd.
It works well and while the actual readout values do sometimes range before giving a steady value it works well.
The leads are crap with one probe coming out but fitted with a decent set of leads it works ok for stuff on the 4wd.
If I want to do something very accurate I get out the old Fluke but of course no DC current capability.
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Reply By: Robin Miller - Friday, Jan 30, 2009 at 10:25

Friday, Jan 30, 2009 at 10:25
Hi zacc

Many don't go to 600amp DC for measuring starter/winch current.

I use Altronics Q0966 which does and is also true RMS type about $120

Reasonable piece of gear for the price.
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Reply By: Dion - Friday, Jan 30, 2009 at 11:41

Friday, Jan 30, 2009 at 11:41
I brought a CRAFTSMAN last year from Sears when I was in Hawaii, the Aussie $ was close to parity witht he greenback at the time. USD $160. It measures up to 800A, both AC and DC.
I have found it very useful to measure the current from my anchor winch on the boat, and know that I am within safe limits.
I also use it to measure the starting current on the diesel electric locomotives at Pichi Richi Railway in Quorn.
It is a brilliant piece of kit.
There was also a Fluke 800A, AC/DC for a few dollars more. Having brought Craftsman tools before from Sears on previous trips to Hawaii and Guam, I have not been able to damage any of the tools, it is decent gear, so I was happy to buy the Craftsman over the Fluke.

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