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:
- $29 FIX7665 and,
$39 FIX7677 (professional)
http://www.oreillyauto.com/site/c/detai ... ppt=C0103#
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.
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.
- good for use on on pcb's
- 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.
- 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.
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.