Multimeter choices for Pinball repair ?

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whiteshadow
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Multimeter choices for Pinball repair ?

Postby whiteshadow » Sat Jun 06, 2015 4:57 pm

You don't really need a super expensive meter for pinball, but...

It is very helpful that the "continuity tests" audibly beeps. The cheep meters that don't beep are less useful.
If you plan to use a multimeter very often, don't go cheap.
For working on solid state pinball machines, consider the Fluke brand.
Consider a model with the diode check and tone option features. All the others will have,VAC,VDC,OHM,AMPS, etc...
A high-end Klein meter is more expensive because it can measure temperature. Not needed for pinball.

Here's a list of some multimeters, pricing, etc...

O'reilly Auto Part store has Bosch brand meter's about:

Klein Tools MM100 Manual Ranging Multimeter.
    Non auto-ranging meters feature is good. When measuring AC and the meter has auto-ranged to DC it reads close to 0.
    $22.00

Mastech MS8261 series-MS8268 Digital AC/DC Auto/Manual Range Digital Multimeter Meter
    $24.00 USD

Fluke 115, 116, and 117
    can all test diodes.

Fluke115
    good for use on on pcb's

Fluke t5-600
    good for under playfields and in other awkward places

Fluke 117 Electricians True RMS Multimeter.
    Has: auto range; analog styled display bar to show transient spikes quickly; large backlit screen. Continuity has 2 tones - solid for low ohms and dashed for slightly more than low ohms. Optional kit that makes it easy to hang on anything that you can hook, or sink a magnet onto. Far handier than a decent bench meter. Fluke 117 (not 177) is a good product but made in China and has a shorter warranty.

Fluke 177.
    Gets lots of recommendations.
    No regrets. Worth the price. Buy one and keep it forever.
    Seems to be the most popular, but a big pricey.
    177 is USA made and slightly more accurate on DC.
    $168.00 USD

B&K Precision 2709B
    Can help track down a chip with a lead shorted to ground on the bus. Not expensive as a Fluke.

Tenma makes inexpensive meters.
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Re: Multimeter choices for Pinball repair ?

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