and self-contained. Only 4.25" x 2" x 1" so it
doesn't take up much room in your tool kit or tail cowl.
Automatic power-off. Not only does this help to
conserve its batteries but, if you're like me, then
occasionally you use a multimeter and forget to turn it off.
And there's nothing more frustrating then having it be dead
the next time you need to use it.
dial type multimeters where you need to select AC or DC and
pick a voltage range, this detects all of that for you. If
you have the DC voltage polarity backwards then it puts a
minus sign in front of the reading so it really doesn't
matter which way you connect it. It also auto-ranges when
Continuity Tester. In continuity mode it beeps
when there is continuity. This is a very handy feature
because you can quickly test for continuity without having
to look at the LCD display.
Leads. From the unit to the tip of each
test lead. For a multimeter this compact, that's pretty
Latch. The latch to keep it closed isn't all the
great. However, this is easily overcome by keeping it closed
with a rubber band.
Batteries. Though common and not that hard to
find, small "coin" LR44 alkaline batteries are not as
convenient as multimeters that run on AA or AAA batteries.
That said, since it uses three of them and has auto power
off, it will last a good long time on a set of them. It also
wouldn't be as compact if it used larger batteries. It has a
low battery indicator on the display too.
Display Not Backlit. This is both
a pro and a con. On the one hand, you need some light on it
to read the display when working in darker places. On the
other hand, it means the batteries last longer.
Quality? Out of curiosity, I
skimmed the reviews of it on the Radio Shack website. There
are several reviews stating that it failed more or less
right out of the box. However, it's important to remember
that people are much more prone to post a review of a
product that broke than a product that worked as expected.
And the two I own have been dropped, bumped around, used,
abused and ridden in my tail cowls for many, many miles and
I've never had an issue with either one of them. As you can
tell from the picture below, the one that was once a nice
clean bright yellow when I got it has since "been around the
block" a few times. I also bought both of them used on
Fleabay so the original purchaser, not me, got to find out
if they had quality issues or not.
And it only has a 90 day warranty
so be sure to break it quickly and send it in for
replacement right away!
I also carry a pair of alligator
clipped wires. (Made from genuine BMW wire!) Dollar bill
included so you can see how compact it is.
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