Fluke 17B Multimeter Review
My Honest Review
There's no doubt about it, when you hear the name "Fluke", you automatically think of quality multimeters. And there's a good reason for that, fluke have been around for over 50 years and are trusted by thousands and thousands of electricians and tradespeople all over the world to reliably test electric voltages, currents and beyond.
I've recently purchased 2 new multimeters, the first is the 177 which I decided on after reading a Fluke 117 review, and the other is the Fluke 17B which I will be reviewing today. The reason I bought 2 is to keep one in my truck tool box and one in my garage. Some might say this is overkill, but I being an ex-electrician, I do love my multimeters. I paid $150 for the 17B, which is after a discount.
My first thoughts when opening the package was that it seems like a really nice size, and is quite comfortable to hold in my hand, I can see this being very easy to work with. It's not like one of the larger multimeters that can get in the way when working under my truck or crouched down in the eves of my roof. Whilst it is on the smaller size, it does feel very rugged and sturdy - I can see this would take a fair amount of damage before it broke.
The large LCD display is very clear and easy to read - there's absolutely no need to strain your eyes to read it like some other, cheaper multimeters.
Using The Meter:
One thing I've noticed about this meter is that the readings to take a few seconds to show, this is a very minor annoyance and not something that has caused me any issues. Keeping that in mind, although it's not a "cheap" multimeter, it is one of the cheapest Fluke multimeters.
Besides that, the unit has performed flawlessly and I have used it to test out just about every electrical quality that you can think of. From your basics like AC/DC voltages and currents, to continuity testing and frequency (which has been great for electric motors!).
AC Voltage: 0.1 mV to 1000 V
DC Voltage: 0.1 mV to 1000 V
AC Current: 0.1 mA to 10 A
DC Current: 0.1 mA to 10 A
Ohms: 0.1 Ω to 40 MΩ
Capacitance: 0.01 nF to 100 μF
Hertz: 10 Hz to 100 kHz
Temperature: -55 °C to 400 °C
Would I recommend the Fluke 17B Multimeter? Absolutely. It is a great all-rounder for anyone from beginners, to experienced electricians. The price is extremely fair for the amount of features that it has and how durable it is. In the unlikely event that something does happen to your multimeter, it is covered by a one year warranty from Fluke. Go out and get one today, you will not look back and be glad to have such a quality tool in your toolbox!