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    Posted: 12 July 2017 at 3:43pm
I'm considering replacing my crappy failing multimeter with something a bit better, but as ever don't really have the budget for what the pros use.

I can get an old Fluke 25 on th'Ebay for £30 or thereabouts, or the 27FM for £60 ish. I believe these were very well respected in their day and sold for £200+ new.

Are these old meters still worth having, or would I be better off spending £30 on a new meter from eg RS Pro?

Just want to take a step up from £15 "approximeters" LOL
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It really depends what features you need, as in what you'll be measuring.

One option as a step-up is Amprobe, who share the same parent company as Fluke, although the products aren't necessarily related.
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I just need a solid volt-amp-ohm meter for general use. I don't really need capacitance measurement or a transistor test, but being confident about measured electrical values would be nice. 

Thanks for the tip about Amprobe, I hadn't heard of them :)

The question is really, has technology advanced to the point where a new £30 meter from a reputable brand will be more accurate and reliable than a 30+ year old Fluke 25?
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I'm using some of the new low cost rs branded ones now, really good value.

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If it's for Audio use then make sure you get one that's 'True RMS'. Meters that aren't are usually calibrated to approximate the RMS value at 50/60Hz and will give you really screwy readings for the Voltage and current of Audio circuits
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