Digital Multimeter LCD Screen With Test Leads £2.99 Delivered @ Amazon Marketplace (Electro Market) - HotUKDeals
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Was looking for a multimeter and came across an old deal on hukd. This model was originally on offer for £3.69 delivered, but is now available from another marketplace supplier (93% positive feedback) for just £2.99 delivered.

Mixed reviews, some love it, some less so. For the price, unbeatable. Probably.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B004HSSJXG/
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#1
Got one, Works a treat, £2.99 ffs, Bargain obviously not for an hardcore electrician but for most an excellent companion in their toolbox.
1 Like #2
Do I really want to electrocute myself with this? I'd spend a bit more and get something better rather than risking it. Good price if you know what you are getting. :p


Edited By: LordLardy on Feb 22, 2012 15:49
banned 4 Likes #3
LordLardy
Do I really want to electrocute myself with this? I'd spend a bit more and get something better rather than risking it. Good price if you know what you are getting. :p


do you think it will be 'volty'
5 Likes #4
Pay a little extra and get one with audible continuity testing. You won't regret it.
#5
Used on my motorbike solved a few problems worth the few £
2 Likes #6
arduino
Pay a little extra and get one with audible continuity testing. You won't regret it.

Ive had mine without continuity for a few weeks now and yes now I want one with continuity!, so yea you buy twice. :(
#7
LordLardy
Do I really want to electrocute myself with this? I'd spend a bit more and get something better rather than risking it. Good price if you know what you are getting. :p


Got a similar one and still here to tell the tale.
Used it on PC PSU,CD, & Sat pcbs without any hint of electrocution!
#8
I have a simliar one, got it from maplins ages ago, but paid more than this so heat from me.
1 Like #9
Sigh, Im getting tired of voting cold on these death traps. If you have any sense (and a will to live) then avoid like the plague. Unless of course, you're never going to expose these units to mains electricity and stick to low voltage tests like 12v car batteries..
#10
118luke
Sigh, Im getting tired of voting cold on these death traps. If you have any sense (and a will to live) then avoid like the plague. Unless of course, you're never going to expose these units to mains electricity and stick to low voltage tests like 12v car batteries..

I wouldn't use mine on live mains, so far ive used it on testing batterys, fuses and a 5v mains adapter I modded for use on a fibre optic lamp, just small things.
5 Likes #11
Alinshearah
LordLardy
Do I really want to electrocute myself with this? I'd spend a bit more and get something better rather than risking it. Good price if you know what you are getting. :p


do you think it will be 'volty'

What a terrible joke. I'm going 'ohm'
4 Likes #12
Absolute bargain! Have 1 in each of my cars. For the morons who want a continuity checker...
do you really understand the impedance margins necessary to trigger the continuity buzzer and how they affect your measurements?

These are perfectly safe on 240v. For the morons who would only use these on no more than their 12v car batteries...
have you ever droppped a spanner across your car battery terminals? It would become a blob of molten metal. Try it.
#13
knobbly
Absolute bargain! Have 1 in each of my cars. For the morons who want a continuity checker...
do you really understand the impedance margins necessary to trigger the continuity buzzer and how they affect your measurements?

These are perfectly safe on 240v. For the morons who would only use these on no more than their 12v car batteries...
have you ever droppped a spanner across your car battery terminals? It would become a blob of molten metal. Try it.

Good luck trying to use this onsite does not conform to gs38
1 Like #14
darksideby182
Good luck trying to use this onsite does not conform to gs38


My God. You would seriously contemplate using a £2.99 instrument on a site !
3 Likes #15
GS 38 is a British HSE guidance document; it is advisory, not mandatory. The standard for safety of test equipment is BSEN 61010.
FWIW I have had very good customer service from Electro Market...
3 Likes #16
HOT!
To all those who think you'll kill yourself; If you do, you're not doing it right.
These are CE marked and are suitable for the job that they are designed for and will not pass mains AC through their casings. The probes are probably insulated to 1000V or so so they will also be fine. These things are great bread and butter meters and are better suited to basic electronics than domestic or industrial electrics; but will suffice within it's rated range.
I have a few of these, they have lasted years! And are great for connecting a few to a circuit at once to see how things vary throughout. Usually they are quite accurate too, within one lsd.
Although for very accurate readings I have a more expensive one with a PC interface so doubles up as a data-logger.

The continuity checker would be nice but for the price you can't complain, get a battery and a buzzer too and you can build your own. :D
3 Likes #17
i connected a 10p light bulb to my mains electricity once, true story.

And I lived to tell the tale.
1 Like #18
Jangoninja
Listing states 'Uses 1 x AA battery (provided).'

Sounds wrong.


it only has to power an LCD display
5 Likes #19
I put red on one nipple and black on the other, Turns out I produce electric.
#20
knobbly
Absolute bargain! Have 1 in each of my cars. For the morons who want a continuity checker...
do you really understand the impedance margins necessary to trigger the continuity buzzer and how they affect your measurements?


I like the way you have invented the term "impedance margins".
#21
cybergibbons
knobbly
Absolute bargain! Have 1 in each of my cars. For the morons who want a continuity checker...
do you really understand the impedance margins necessary to trigger the continuity buzzer and how they affect your measurements?


I like the way you have invented the term "impedance margins".


Loads if references to it on the web - if you learn to use Google.

Try this one... http://cdsweb.cern.ch/record/479698/files/p388.pdf
Might be a bit difficult for you. It uses some long words,
#22
Got one of these last time they were £2.99. A good video for those who are not sure how to use a multimeter is here.

Heat added :)
#23
I bought one and it lasted about five minutes. The battery was nearly flat so I tried to change it but the battery connector fell apart when I disconnected it. They sent a replacement but I would not recommend this.
#24
knobbly
cybergibbons

I like the way you have invented the term "impedance margins".


Loads if references to it on the web - if you learn to use Google.

Try this one... http://cdsweb.cern.ch/record/479698/files/p388.pdf
Might be a bit difficult for you. It uses some long words,


Show one reference relevant to a multimeter, or even a clear definition. The paper you linked to has no relevance.
#25
shauneco
I put red on one nipple and black on the other, Turns out I produce electric.

Off to try that...
4 Likes #26
Ellis456
shauneco
I put red on one nipple and black on the other, Turns out I produce electric.

Off to try that...

HAHA works!. 0.05!
2 Likes #27
I used one of these on mains electricity and was killed instantly. The funeral is next thursday.
#28
Sorry to appear dim, but this will measure resistance, so can't you use the resistance read to test continuity.
#29
nighttoad123
Sorry to appear dim, but this will measure resistance, so can't you use the resistance read to test continuity.

Yes, it will be fine for that. The point being made above is that it is easier to use a continuity tester which produces an audible beep. You do not need to keep looking at the display. Handy when you are working in cramped conditions.

I have two of these and they are handy to have around the house. Biggest problem is that the leads don't last long.

Edited By: scotty2 on Feb 22, 2012 22:48
#30
knobbly
cybergibbons
knobbly
Absolute bargain! Have 1 in each of my cars. For the morons who want a continuity checker...
do you really understand the impedance margins necessary to trigger the continuity buzzer and how they affect your measurements?


I like the way you have invented the term "impedance margins".


Loads if references to it on the web - if you learn to use Google.

Try this one... http://cdsweb.cern.ch/record/479698/files/p388.pdf
Might be a bit difficult for you. It uses some long words,


I have never heard that term before either, but anyway why would you care about accurate measurements when all you want is continuity? you just want to know if connectivity exists or not. Besides, what you are saying makes no sense. I have not actually checked the circuit diagram of a multimeter but I am pretty confident in saying that the buzzer circuit would be totally separate and just be triggered by a resistance value of less than some resistance value. This has nothing to do with accurate measurements and how is someone a moron for wanting a continuity tester.

ps. I have a BSc in electronics
#31
ordered.
#32
£18.95 postage???
Is this because I live in Belfast?
#33
Ordered one, thanks.
#34
bonzobanana
I used one of these on mains electricity and was killed instantly. The funeral is next thursday.


Genuinely laughed heartily at this so cheers
#35
darrenanderson1984
bonzobanana
I used one of these on mains electricity and was killed instantly. The funeral is next thursday.

Genuinely laughed heartily at this so cheers

How heartless, how can you laugh at such a tragic story.(_;)
#36
Funny Thread. I like!

Problem with these I find is hard plastc covered flex (Not rubberised) which often ends up with solder breaks on the probes. Then a bit of a messy job (Melted plastic Etc) when repaired so probably worth getting some better leads.

Also - drop it or knock it and it'll probably die but fine for bench use IMO.

Personally prefer something a little tougher with a more watertight body (and one that wont distort when it gets hot i.e.Workshop in the summer)
#37
Back in my short time as an Apprentice this was my third hand. Testing all kinds of generator levels from 500KvA engines. Not anymore.
#38
I've had and used one of those for about 12 years now. Works fine on mains. If you think it's a death trap then you are not using it correctly.
2 Likes #39
be carefull those of you who have bought this...the probes come away from the leads very easily as they are moulded on, perhaps slightly crimped. I use proffesional 'flukes' at work and you cannot compare. Saying that i would not want any of you to check for mains volgae and assume a circuit was isolated as a result of a dodgy probe lead. Both my probes came away from their leads after minimal use..beware..take care.
#40
ath007
I use proffesional 'flukes' at work and you cannot compare.


Yes I can, this is £2.99.

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