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Clamp Meter Suggestions or Reccomendations

Discussion in 'Handy Tools & Equipment' started by andrewa, Jul 14, 2015.

  1. andrewa

    andrewa Full Time Elf

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    I am looking at buying a Clamp Meter

    In the past I have just guessed at the amount of power been sucked out of each of my power supplies, (And have been lucky that none have failed)

    Any suggestions or recommendations as to a decent Clamp Meter unit
     
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    AAH I love blinky lights :) Community Project Designer

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    If you are looking at measuring the power out of a power supply or a pixel controller or whatever this will mean a DC clamp which are more expensive. They also usually have a zero feature on them as it's usual that they have DC offset with them.
     
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    fasteddy I have C.L.A.P Global Moderator Generous Elf

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    What is your budget as price can vary a lot for these
     
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    Fing Full Time Elf Generous Elf

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    Personally i like anything with "FLUKE" written on it, but then again I have an employer who buys mineā€¦ ;)


    I would suggest checking out the local electrical wholesalers and/or buying one from Jaycar or such before buying direct from China, that way you can be certain that it is approved and shouldn't blow up in your hand etc


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    Budget around $100.


    Seen one at Jaycar for $129
    Seen One at Masters $139


    Anyone used these? or best going for the $150+ Fluke
     
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    multicast Senior Elf Generous Elf

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    I got a Bundle of a Fluke117 and a Clamp on meter for about $250. You get what you pay for. Check Ebay though, there are often deals to be had.
     

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