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Received 4/5 stars based on 62 customer reviews at Sears.

 

 

  • The Craftsman 8-function Digital Multimeter outperforms many more expensive meters and is built to last.
  • Measures up to 600V AC and 10A AC for electrical installation, home, appliance repairs
  • Measures up to 600V DC and 10A DC for auto, marine and electronic installations/repairs
  • Audible tone sounds below 30ohms to check proper wiring and shorts
  • Resistance: up to 2Mohm for household and auto electrical wiring testing and repair
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TheDigital Multimenter is compact in size, easy to transport, and is housed in a rugged case. The large, clear digital display is easy to read, features an audible tone for testing household and auto wiring, allowing you to safely troubleshoot and repair electrical and electronic installations. Manual-ranging multimeter with large 2000 count LCD display, diode test and continuity beeper. 1.5 and 9V battery test. Fuse is protected with a rubber holster w/tilt stand.

The Craftsman 8-function Digital Multimeter outperforms many more expensive meters and is built to last.
Measures up to 600V AC and 10A AC for electrical installation, home, appliance repairs
Measures up to 600V DC and 10A DC for auto, marine and electronic installations/repairs
Audible tone sounds below 30ohms to check proper wiring and shorts
Resistance: up to 2Mohm for household and auto electrical wiring testing and repair
Diode test for electronic and electrical testing
Package contains meter, holster, 2 spare fuses, test leads, owners manual

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Received 4/5 stars based on 62 customer reviews on the product page.

This was posted awhile ago in the forums and it did extremely well.

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Not a great meter but functional for what it does. Good price compared to its every day price. Safety is questionable at best as I seem to remember that it has a single glass fuse and virtually no other input protection. Also, mA on the same socket as the V/Ohms is a huge safety compromise though not as bad as A on the same socket. With glass fuses, I would NOT trust the listed voltage ratings. Glass fuses are too easy to have flash over at normal Amp/Volt combinations. Not that you SHOULD on ANY meter in this price range but especially not this one. Now is it a slight step up,safety wise, from the usual harbfor freight meter? Yeah but not by much. If you absolutely must get the cheapest meter possible, say for uses where you don't care if it gets lost/stolen. Then this is definitely an option provided you respect the fact that its not a very safe meter. On the other hand, if you are looking for a value/$ then I'd look elsewhere. For around $15-$20 you can easily pick up a meter with better specs, higher resolution, more functions, temp measurement (or capacitance or NCV), some input protection, auto-ranging, etc.
 

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PedroDaGr8 said:   Not a great meter but functional for what it does. Good price compared to its every day price. Safety is questionable at best as I seem to remember that it has a single glass fuse and virtually no other input protection. Also, mA on the same socket as the V/Ohms is a huge safety compromise though not as bad as A on the same socket. With glass fuses, I would NOT trust the listed voltage ratings. Glass fuses are too easy to have flash over at normal Amp/Volt combinations. Not that you SHOULD on ANY meter in this price range but especially not this one. Now is it a slight step up,safety wise, from the usual harbfor freight meter? Yeah but not by much. If you absolutely must get the cheapest meter possible, say for uses where you don't care if it gets lost/stolen. Then this is definitely an option provided you respect the fact that its not a very safe meter. On the other hand, if you are looking for a value/$ then I'd look elsewhere. For around $15-$20 you can easily pick up a meter with better specs, higher resolution, more functions, temp measurement (or capacitance or NCV), some input protection, auto-ranging, etc.
The Craftsman meter is UL listed and has 2 fuses:

From the manual:  

"6.  Always use a fuse of the proper size and value (0.2A/250V fast blow for the 200mA range, 10A/250V fast blow for the 10A range)."

But like almost all meters rated for 500-600 volts maximum, its fuses are rated just 250V.  

Those $3/free Harbor Freight meters have only one fuse.

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larrymoencurly said:   
PedroDaGr8 said:   Not a great meter but functional for what it does. Good price compared to its every day price. Safety is questionable at best as I seem to remember that it has a single glass fuse and virtually no other input protection. Also, mA on the same socket as the V/Ohms is a huge safety compromise though not as bad as A on the same socket. With glass fuses, I would NOT trust the listed voltage ratings. Glass fuses are too easy to have flash over at normal Amp/Volt combinations. Not that you SHOULD on ANY meter in this price range but especially not this one. Now is it a slight step up,safety wise, from the usual harbfor freight meter? Yeah but not by much. If you absolutely must get the cheapest meter possible, say for uses where you don't care if it gets lost/stolen. Then this is definitely an option provided you respect the fact that its not a very safe meter. On the other hand, if you are looking for a value/$ then I'd look elsewhere. For around $15-$20 you can easily pick up a meter with better specs, higher resolution, more functions, temp measurement (or capacitance or NCV), some input protection, auto-ranging, etc.
The Craftsman meter is UL listed and has 2 fuses:

From the manual:  

"6.  Always use a fuse of the proper size and value (0.2A/250V fast blow for the 200mA range, 10A/250V fast blow for the 10A range)."

But like almost all meters rated for 500-600 volts maximum, its fuses are rated just 250V.  

Those $3/free Harbor Freight meters have only one fuse.
 

  
The large fuse is a 600V fuse, not 500V fuse, and is commonly used in older Flukes. Now they use 1kV fuses to comply with the new IEC directives. Also, there is a middle gound between the fuses you show in the image; high rupture current fuses don't only come in large sizes and voltages.  You can also get 250V HRC ceramic fuses. These are used in the better quality budget meters. They aren't nearly as expensive but are significantly safer often having rupture currents up to 10kA instead of a couple hundred amps at best in the glass fuses. For example, the CooperBussman C180 (a common budget HRC fuse) has a breaking current of 6kA at 264V. Compare this to the glass fuses that are rated in the tens of A for rupture current.

About the meter, I said it is a step-up but NOT by a lot. Also where do you see that this meter is UL-listed. I don't see that indicated anywhere. Plus when you can get a dramatically better meter for about $5-10 more, this one just isn't the best deal.

The meter I was alluding to before was the Uni-T UT136A/B/C/D which go for $15-20 on eBay. They are significantly better meters in most ways. Still over rated on the voltages for current but the current jacks are isolated. It has a ceramic HRC fuse. The voltage/resistance/etc socket has a VERY high impedence which means it can actually handle the voltages mentioned.
 

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larrymoencurly said:   
PedroDaGr8 said:   Not a great meter but functional for what it does. Good price compared to its every day price. Safety is questionable at best as I seem to remember that it has a single glass fuse and virtually no other input protection. Also, mA on the same socket as the V/Ohms is a huge safety compromise though not as bad as A on the same socket. With glass fuses, I would NOT trust the listed voltage ratings. Glass fuses are too easy to have flash over at normal Amp/Volt combinations. Not that you SHOULD on ANY meter in this price range but especially not this one. Now is it a slight step up,safety wise, from the usual harbfor freight meter? Yeah but not by much. If you absolutely must get the cheapest meter possible, say for uses where you don't care if it gets lost/stolen. Then this is definitely an option provided you respect the fact that its not a very safe meter. On the other hand, if you are looking for a value/$ then I'd look elsewhere. For around $15-$20 you can easily pick up a meter with better specs, higher resolution, more functions, temp measurement (or capacitance or NCV), some input protection, auto-ranging, etc.
The Craftsman meter is UL listed and has 2 fuses:

From the manual:  

"6.  Always use a fuse of the proper size and value (0.2A/250V fast blow for the 200mA range, 10A/250V fast blow for the 10A range)."

But like almost all meters rated for 500-600 volts maximum, its fuses are rated just 250V.  

Those $3/free Harbor Freight meters have only one fuse.

  
The large fuse is a 600V fuse, not 500V fuse, and is commonly used in older Flukes. Now they use 1kV fuses to comply with the new IEC directives. Also, there is a middle gound between the fuses you show in the image; high rupture current fuses don't only come in large sizes and voltages.  You can also get 250V HRC ceramic fuses. These are used in the better quality budget meters. They aren't nearly as expensive but are significantly safer often having rupture currents up to 10kA instead of a couple hundred amps at best in the glass fuses. For example, the CooperBussman C180 (a common budget HRC fuse) has a breaking current of 6kA at 264V. Compare this to the glass fuses that are rated in the tens of A for rupture current.

About the meter, I said it is a step-up but NOT by a lot. Also where do you see that this meter is UL-listed. I don't see that indicated anywhere. Plus when you can get a dramatically better meter for about $5-10 more, this one just isn't the best deal.

The meter I was alluding to before was the Uni-T UT136A/B/C/D which go for $15-20 on eBay. They are significantly better meters in most ways. Still over rated on the voltages for current but the current jacks are isolated. It has a ceramic HRC fuse. The voltage/resistance/etc socket has a VERY high impedence which means it can actually handle the voltages mentioned.

Good information.

I should have seen the Fluke's fuse's 600V rating because it was printed on both the fuse and the circuit board.  And it is an older Fluke, model 73.

Hmmm...the user manual for that Craftsman meter doesn't actually say the meter is UL listed, only that "The UL mark does not indicate that this product has been evaluated for the accuracy of its readings."

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I have this and like it. I use it for simple stuff like hooking car stereos and running offroad lights. Checking alternator output and battery voltage etc. I really like the fact it has a rubbery outer shell like a cell phone protective case.

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