Today, people have started taking to Do-It-Yourself Electronics rather than purchasing ready-made ones. DIY electronics have their own properties that ready made ones do not have. The primary advantage being that they are custom made for your needs and requirements only. In fact, as readymade ones can be used by everybody, DIY might only be suitable to your needs and not others. An important gadget that is required in order to make these electronics is the multi-meter. These gadgets help in determining the current flowing through a particular object at a particular time. Thus, in short, a fluke multimeter is used to measure current.
There are certain essential facts that you need to keep in mind before you purchase one of these for making your DIY electronics. Some of these essential points are elaborated below.
Since while making electronics, you might be considered to be literally playing with electricity, it is best to keep in mind the safety feature at first. Since you will be measuring electricity with multi-meters, you need to be careful of the safety features inserted in the design of the device. Is it blast protected? Is it shock resistant? Are the wire ends shrouded? These are some of the questions that you should ask yourself before purchasing the right device for your needs.
Digital Reading or Analog Reading:
The next important feature that you might want to pay attention to is how your measurement is read out. If it’s a digital reader then the direct value is displayed on the screen. If it is an analog reader then you can see the needle changing and then showing you the correct measurement. Thus, in an analog meter you can see the trend for yourself but in a digital one you cannot assess the trend, rather you just get the measurement – direct and accurate.
Apart from just reading out the measurement of electricity, certain multi-meters are designed to measure various other electrical parameters. This is why it is called a multi-meter in the first place. Thus, you need to gauge what functions and what measurements do you want your multimeter to read out before purchasing one for yourself. Most other functions apart from measuring voltage include diode testing, reading out the temperature and even counting frequency when you are making DIY gadgets.
Last, but not the least, you need to see whether all of the above said essential features are incorporated in a multi-meter of your choice and within your budget. You can get an inexpensive one with just one or two features; or you can get a really expensive one with all the above mentioned features which can serve a long term purpose for your needs.
Hence, these are certain things to keep in mind before you purchase your multimeters. These parameters would help you to choose the right kind of device for your needs and requirements. There are many multimeteres available including branded ones. However, it is best to choose the one with the qualities that you desire and one which come in your budget.