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Two more things I use to test electrical circuits are a battery powered and an unpowered test light. Battery powered for quick tests on open circuits and unpowered for quick tests in circuits that have B+. Both can be had for under $10 bucks.
I have one of those that's so old it can soon qualify as an antique. I use it a lot just because it's quick and easy.

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Fluke, Klien, yellow Jacket.

Fluke online liferime meter. 1u9 bucks

Klien Home Depot or Greenline at Lowes. Good meter

Yellow Jacket at HVAC supply. Life time meter with temp probes too.

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Years ago I bought a bunch of cheapos, Kelvin 200, for my kiddies at school. I have a few I carry on the road and even use them on the bench once in a while when my Fluke is buried in the tool bin. The K200 has never let me down. The giveaway meter that Harbor Freight hands out works as good as most people will ever need and the price is right.
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I only buy and own Fluke's, but I'm a professional.

In your case, some of the better ones from Harbor Freight should serve your purpose, might even check the pawn shops and Craigslist as you never know what you will find. Tat set from Home Depot isn't a bad deal either.

One piece of advise though make sure it has an impact resistant rubberized case, the heavier the better. A good multimeter is one of the most useful tools you can own, it's also the most often dropped tool on the shelf, so it needs to be rugged.

You might also start looking on Youtube for video's on how to use a multimeter for various tasks. Haven't looked for any myself, but there's video's on how to do just about anything else. Even if your just doing basic voltage and continuity tests it's always good to know a little more about what your doing.
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Years ago I bought a bunch of cheapos, Kelvin 200, for my kiddies at school. I have a few I carry on the road and even use them on the bench once in a while when my Fluke is buried in the tool bin. The K200 has never let me down. The giveaway meter that Harbor Freight hands out works as good as most people will ever need and the price is right.
Yup! It's not like you need the millivolt accuracy that you would working on electronic circuits, when doing automotive work.

The youtube channel EEVblog does a ton of videos on multimeters and that sort of thing.

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McM electronics is now Newark I've bought the Tenma clamp on Meter and the Multi meter over the years. When I was working in a Plastics factory doing Maintenance there not really expense and are accurate and durable . But a Lowes or Home depot or Menard's Multi meter will do what you want . Harbor freight some times has a coupon for a free multi imeter too

Newarks muti meter for a tenma is 21.00 Plus shipping

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Heres Harbor Freights better meter and is 23.99
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Buy a cheapie to start with, then go from there as you get experience using it.
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You don’t need expensive one, but there are a couple of features that are nice.

Try to buy one that has a fuse in it to protect it against high current flow. Most decent ones will have that, but some of the lesser ones may not.

Also, a tone is very, very handy to have when checking for open circuits, etc. otherwise you have to have the face of the meter where you can read it. It’s a lot easier just to hear the tone and move on.

The little bitty pocket ones are nice. They’ll do 90% of what a bigger one will do, and they are small enough to take with you in the road.

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Thanks Everyone . . . Just found, and purchased this one off of eBay.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Klein-MM300...vip=true&rt=nc

The same model was $30 at Home Depot. I already have a circuit tester so I just purchased the meter.


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