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Old 03-26-2015, 02:16 AM   #1
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Bad multimeter?

With fresh batteries, my multimeter doesn't seem to start up when it is cold (30-40 degrees). It shows a random number that then slowly fades away.

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Old 03-26-2015, 04:40 AM   #2
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Does it do the same thing inside a warm house? If so, then the liquid crystal display is probably shot. Fortunately these things are relatively inexpensive now.

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Old 03-26-2015, 07:06 AM   #3
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My money is either the display frozen or dead replacement battery. Look for a Fluke maybe even a clamp on then you can check current.
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Old 03-26-2015, 08:11 AM   #4
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Either let the meter warm a bit, or replace it. Not much else you can do.
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Old 03-26-2015, 08:20 AM   #5
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Oddly enough, I had the same meter and it did the same thing. I tossed it out and bought a Fluke. It does just fine, even in temps below zero.

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Old 03-26-2015, 08:35 AM   #6
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I've gone through 5 or 6 batteries in the thing just trying to get it to work. "Funny" that AVid had the same issue.

It's still within its warranty period so I think I will just exchange it at Sears (their is one like 2 miles from my place).

Does anyone have a link to a Fluke one?
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Old 03-26-2015, 08:44 AM   #7
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Try this Doug....

Fluke Digital Multimeters
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Those prices made me pee a little...
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I bought this one off Amazon. Works great. Hard to beat the price.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B000EV...=AC_SY200_QL40



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I bought this one off Amazon. Works great. Hard to beat the price.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B000EV...=AC_SY200_QL40
Just bought that one as well, the meter seems nice but the leads are a bit cheap.
I agree though, great for the price.
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