[sdiy] Mouldy Meter.

John L Marshall john.l.marshall at gte.net
Sat Jun 22 17:55:33 CEST 2002

My old Fluke 8024B is 0.1% of reading. My Radio Shack is 1% of reading. The
meter you are looking as is between a good meter and a bad meter. Since it
is twice as good as the Radio Shack, I would say that it is not half bad.
Note that any meter without published accuracy ratings is probably bad. The
number of display digits is no indicator of basic accuracy. I need to
convert; AUD$42 bux times 0.573699 equals $24.10 SAWBUX. Sounds okay to me.

You started me on a rant. Getting basic specs for electronic equipment is
nearly impossible. For example, Hewlett Packard seldom publishes the dynamic
range of their scanners. Must be pretty bad. I don't care if the scanner has
42 bits. How many of those bits are useful? That is why I own an Epson. Ever
try to find the dynamic range an LCD display?

Audio cards that use 24 bit A/D/A converters. The specs that are published
are more in line with good 18 bit A/D/A converters. Specsmanship =
Bitsmanship. BS.

Take care,

----- Original Message -----
From: "Batz Goodfortune" <batzman at all-electric.com>
To: <synth-diy at dropmix.xs4all.nl>
Sent: Saturday, June 22, 2002 7:00 AM
Subject: [sdiy] Mouldy Meter.

> Y-ellow All.
>          I saw this for sale for AUD$42 bux. It doesn't look all that
> to me but it's probably better than my old SOAR. Which is getting a bit
> tired and sore these days. Or my other one which is unknown but uses a
> 9volt battery so naturally, it's never got one.
> I'd be interested in comments as to whether to lash out and buy this thing
> or if it's a complete and total toy. I'm not worried if it doesn't compare
> to a fluke. I'd love a fluke but who can afford one? I'm just interested
> comparing it to the average sort of meter everyone's using. If it's usable
> I'll snap at it. If it's total crap I'll try and contain my embarrassment
> in even asking.
> Just that is says "Base accuracy: ±0.5% of reading" Now if that means
> tolerance then that's not real good to my mind. (Bearing in mind that my
> brain it self has a tolerance of about 50% these days) Half LSB I can
> understand but what the hell does "Base accuracy" mean? That would be like
> 5mA per AMP out or so. Having no clue as to what sort of accuracy I'm
> getting now, I don't know how that compares. But it does have a couple of
> features which would make my life a little more comfortable right now. And
> it's cheap enough that I could actually afford it.
> Anyway, here's the blurb. Thanks in advance.
> Be absolutely Icebox.
> _________________________________________
> Auto Ranging Digital Multi-meter . Capacitance . Frequency . Diode Test .
> Data Hold . Relative Measurement Function. Once the electrical value is
> chosen i.e. volts, current etc., the meter selects the most appropriate
> display range (with manual override). Relative measurements can be made
> using the REL function. Other features include data hold, frequency,
> capacitance and diode test.
> Specifications: DC Voltage: 400mV, 4V, 40V, 400V 600V. Base accuracy:
> of reading AC/DC Volt: 400mV, 4V, 40V, 400V, 600V. Base accuracy: ±0.5% of
> reading DC Current: 400µA, 4µA, 40mA, 400mA, 10A Base accuracy: ±0.8% of
> reading AC Current: 400µA, 4µA, 40mA, 200mA, 10A Base accuracy: ±2.0% of
> reading Resistance: 400W, 4KW, 40KW, 400KW, 4MW & 40MW Base accuracy:
> of reading Capacitance: 4nF, 40nF, 400nF, 4µ, 40µF Base accuracy: ±0.5% of
> reading Frequency: up to 10Mhz ±0.05% of reading Duty cycle: 1% to 99%
> ±0.05% of reading Size: 75(W) x 38(H) x 150(L) Input impedance bottom
> voltage ranges: 10MW.
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