CAT# DVM-890
$45.00 each
Velleman # DVM890. An incredible array of features at a great price. 20A DC current, 1000 DC Volts. 20A AC current, 700 AC volts. Resistance to 20 M. Capacitance from 2000pF to 20uF. Frequency measurement to 20kHz. Temperature measurement: -58 degrees F to 1832 degrees F with K-type thermocouple. Low battery indication, overload protection and auto power off function. Protective rubber shell, test leads and thermocouple included.
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A customer from NEW YORK, NY US
Finally 'Threw In The Towel' & gave up on my 20+
year old B&K 2815 Digital Meter.

Pretty much agree with everyone else - just a few things to add.

1) This is a fairly large meter: approx. 8" long by 3 3/4" wide & 2" deep.

2) However, the Black Case of the meter easily separates from the Yellow Rubber Cradle/Stand, making it about 7 1/4" by 3 1/2" by 1".

3) The rotary selector dial has an indentation mark but needs to be painted (with a white marker) to prevent a wrong setting.

4) This meter is not for the novice! There are too many choices that may lead to confusion and everything is closely spaced together.

With this said, the Velleman 890 has to be the most incredible value ever seen in a Digital MultiMeter (including the temperature probe).

I will report back if I have anything else to add.

Short life, questionable accuracy
I've had this meter for about a couple years when it gave up the ghost, reading near zero for DC voltage. Wasn't able to figure out the problem so in the trash it went. When it was working the DC voltage readings seemed pretty close to a Fluke a friend hand. Temperature readings with the thermometer probe were way off, usually low by 5 to 10 degrees at room temperature. Ended up replacing the unit with Craftsman item # 82141 at less than a fourth the price. Sure, it doesn't measure capacitance or temperature, but appears to do all other things as well in a similar package.

A customer from Chicago
Excellent for Continuous Monitoring Use
I bought this meter about 4-5 years ago; it has operated flawlessly since. I currently use it to monitor the float voltage on a bank of backup cells, where it is hard-wired into the float charger's output. The auto-off feature is very handy, allowing me to keep it "on" all the time. I just reset the meter, watch it for as long as a care to, then walk away -- I don't have to remember to turn it off. A typical 9v alk. bat. lasts about a year or so in "continuous" operation.

The capacitance measurement feature is also useful in testing unmarked surface mount capacitors. A nice bonus if you just buy this meter for measuring V/I/R.

A customer from Tucson, AZ
Great all around meter!
I've had this meter for going on two years and it has yet to fail me. It's a meter I take into the field with me, and it's amazingly sturdy.

The capacitance meter comes in handy for indentifying those little unmarked caps floating around. The frequency counter is good for mesuring low frequency logic timing, like for a stepper motor controller. The transistor gain function is useful, but only if you have devices that fit the socket.

One minor gripe I guess would be in the measurement accuracy out to the third decimal place. There was a +/- 2 mV registration error while measuring a precision bandgap voltage reference. For $45 I think I can let that go :-) Also, the K thermocouple is a little fragile in that the wire can easily be pulled from the base.

A customer from Mauritius
About DVM890
I have recently bought the DVM890 and i must say that its very useful.It has a wide screen and many other options such as Temperature,Capacitance,etc... The 2 things missing in it is a hold button and a background light.