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Unread 12-23-2014, 07:15 AM   #1
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Recently got bitten by the cart bug and purchased a new to me 2012 Precedent IQ. Learning as much about battery maintenance as I can. Is there a multimeter at a decent price, with good accuracy, anyone can recommend or are all entry level multimeters about the same? I'm a rookie so I don't want one that will be too complicated to use. Just really want to be able to monitor individual batteries, as well as the whole series together. Thanks in advance.

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Unread 12-23-2014, 07:24 AM   #2
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I got the digital from H/F and it was free works just like my nice one
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Unread 12-23-2014, 11:07 AM   #3
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Like all tools, you can go from cheap harbor freight gear to SnapOn priced tools. It's a pretty simple technology that seems to work well at all price points.

My 200.00 Fluke didn't have some of the settings that a 10.00 Wal-Mart meter had so for my cart I am often using the cheap one.
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Unread 12-23-2014, 11:47 AM   #4
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I have 3 different Fluke DMM. I got them all from eBay for what I thought was a good price. All work very well. I use any 7 function model.
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Unread 12-23-2014, 12:03 PM   #5
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I got mine at harbor freight for about $20. It has worked great. Some things I get there last pretty well and some things don't. You can spend a lot more but I don't think it's necessary.
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Unread 12-23-2014, 01:31 PM   #6
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I got mine at harbor freight for about $20. It has worked great. Some things I get there last pretty well and some things don't. You can spend a lot more but I don't think it's necessary.
I agree, unless your a professional tech a basic cheapo is fine. My fluke meter is from another profession in another life! I would never spend bucks like that to check the voltage on my cart.
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Unread 12-23-2014, 02:14 PM   #7
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I think a novice should probably start out with a cheaper tester. down the road you could always upgrade. I would hate to see you burn out the really expensive tester on Your First Try
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What not to get... Don't get an analog meter. Unless you really know what you are doing.
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Unread 12-23-2014, 02:52 PM   #9
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A free HF covers the needs of cart use and you wont feel so bad having the usual mishaps, dropping it, losing it, driving over it, etc.

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Unread 12-23-2014, 06:32 PM   #10
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Thanks everyone for the feedback. I've found a few in the $20-30 range that seem pretty versatile, get decent ratings and supposedly relatively accurate. Thanks again.

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