Remember “Super Size Me”? Well this is Pocket/Wallet/Card* size me…
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- Pocket Multimeter Continuity Shootout
- EEVblog #1083 – Pocket Multimeter Shootout
- EEVblog #1084 – Pocket Multimeter Shootout Part 2
- Brymen BM22/AMPROBE PM51
- UT10A – best $20
- Aneng 8203 – best cheap $10, lights LED
- Sanwa PM300 – best, lights LED
- Sanwa PM3 – best $40, max 1.5V diode, no diode reading
- Amprobe DM78C – no capacitance, lights LED
- Voltlog #148 – Affordable Pocket Multimeter Shootout
- Aneng 101 – current reading
- Aneng 8203 – no current reading
- Mastech MS8216 – very poor, no current reading
- UT120C – Current reading
- Voltlog #162 – Pocket Multimeter 1KV Testing and CAT Ratings
- Voltlog #152 – Fake Aneng AN101?
- ANENG AN8203 CHEAP-O Pocket Multimeter Review & Teardown!
- Victor VC 921 (AUtool DM) multimeter mini review
- Mailbag 1 and Victor 921 Pocket DMM Review
- ANENG AN101 vs. UT120C vs. VC921. What’s the best pocket meter? – continuity seems ok
- A quick test of the UT120C: Pocket-Multimer or “Pokitmeter”? – continuity seems unusable (too quiet)
UT210C or Sanwa PM-3 or Brymen 27s or something completely cheaper/different?
- Sanwa PM-3 has no ammeter functionality.
- Brymen BM27s has only a 2000 µA ammeter which lets it down
- UT120C seems to be the cheapest and the most fully featured, except for the 1.4 V diode test, meaning no voltage drop is displayed and LEDs are not able to be lit. Also, apparently, the continuity test is pretty poor (not latched, and quiet buzzer).
- DE-19s does not have current capability, however, both the DE-19a (RMS) and DE-19b can measure AC/DC current, with a clamp. There is also the DE-10 (wallet), DE-11 (wallet) and DE-17 (large wallet) (plus the larger DE-14 and DE-15), 19A/B/T/S
- The Victor/Zotek/Outest VC921 is the same as the Aneng 8203, or Autool DM mini. The Aneng 8203 gets good continuity reviews, but is let down by the lack of ammeter (although for the cost £8, it is still very good). The Triplett 2030-C appears to be the same as the Aneng, but with the added ammeter functionality, however, rather strangely given it looks the same, the continuity seems to be not as good as the Aneng 8203. It is also latched.
- KYORITSU Kew 1018 has been discontinued.
- UT10A, PDF: UT10A Eng Manual
- UT120C, user manual, PDF:
- VC921: Manual in DOC format ,
- Kew 1018: link, PDF: 1018_IM_92-1649G_E_L
- Pocket Multimeter Recommendations
- Uni-T UT120C review and tear down
- EEVblog #1083 – Pocket Mutimeter Shootout
- Also Pocket Multimeter Shootout
- Uni-T UT10A review
Hioki 3344-60 Card tester
Digitech QM1544 (Jaycar rebadged whatever)
Wavetek DM78A (lost to hand, but somewhere here…)
I wanted a lot more though, think I had 10 on my list.
Digitech very nice all round, feel solid. Quick & loud continuity.
Hioki has the best case (hard plastic) but minimal features.
Uni-T is cheap and crappy looking, but nice 1pF resolution and feature set. Quick cont.
Sanwa could be a rebadged Uni-T, but feels a lot better quality. Quick cont.
The DM78 has always been my personal go-to pocket meter for a decade now, but basic features.
Out of those, at first glance I’d say the Sanwa.
From the EEVBlog video Pocket Multimeter Continuity Shootout
- Hioki 3344-60 Card
- gold, slow-ish, loud, latched
- Digitech QM1544
- not gold, instant, scratchy, loud
- DER EE DE-19S
- not gold, Fast, latched, very good
- Many buttons
- Pricey though $50-150
- not gold, quick, terribly quiet
- Sanwa PM3
- gold, slow, loud, latched
- not gold, quick/instant, scratchy, loud
- banana insulated probes
- Aneng 8203
- not gold, super loud, latched and quick
- probe holder, easy to remove probes
- fast, not latched, loud enough
- Terrible battery cover,
- probe holder, difficult to remove probes
- KYORITSU Kew 1018
- gold, fast, not scratchy, not super loud, but ok (latched? not clear)
- case broken opening battery
- White ANENG 101
- continuity very quiet
- banana probes
- tilt stand
- louder than UT120C
Latching or not?
Some of the meters are latched, but is this what you need? From Latching Continuity Tester by Tony van Roon
A continuity tester is a must on every service bench for testing cables, pc-boards, switches, motors, plugs, jacks, relays, and many other kinds of components. But there are times when a simple continuity test (or your multi-meter) doesn’t tell the whole story. For example, vibration-induced problems in automobile wiring can be extremely difficult to detect because a short or open is not maintained long enough for a non-latching tester to respond. And an analog meter is too slow to react.
This latching continuity tester detects intermittent (and steady state) opens and shorts. The tester will detect and latch on an intermittent condition with a duration of less than a millisecond.
There are times when a simple continuity test fails to reveal the problem. For example, vibration-induced problems in automobile wiring can be extremely difficult to detect because a short or open is not maintained long enough for a standard tester to respond.
In these applications a latching continuity tester is used. A more complex device, it detects intermittent opens and shorts as well as steady-state conditions. These devices contain a fast acting electronic switch (generally a Schmitt trigger) forming a gated astable oscillator which detects and locks (latches) the indicator on an intermittent condition with a duration of less than a millisecond.
The latching DMMs are :
- Aneng 8203/VC921
- Hioki 3344-60 Card
- Sanwa PM3
- DER EE DE-19S
- KYORITSU Kew 1018 (maybe)
DMM with current readings
- UT120C 400 mA
- Aneng 101
- Brymen BM27s (2 µA max)
- Triplett 2030-C (Very similar to Aneng 8203 but with mA and µA (400 mA max).
DMM with diode voltage drop
- Sanwa PM3 (?): Diode range uses 1.5V, max. display is 0.999V at 0.1mA (Real voltage is 1.1V), max. current is 0.44mA shorted (source: Review of Sanwa PM3)
- Aneng 8203 3.24 V (source ANENG AN8203 CHEAP-O Pocket Multimeter Review & Teardown! @ 5:43). Can light an LED.
- UT-120C has open circuit voltage of 1.5V (source: user manual)
As a comparison, the UT71D has an open circuit diode check voltage of ~2.8V (source: user manual)
DMM with banana sockets
- Only Aneng 101 has mini banana
DMM display with wiper
There is also a PM300, Sanwa PM300 Pocket Multimeter Review
EEVblog #1007 – Is a $25 Multimeter Any Good? Aneng AN8008, small but with a lot of accessories
Old (15+ years) Pocket DMMs
- Wavetech DM78A
- Tenma 72-4040
- 1PCS Uni-T UT10A Pocket Digital LCD Multimeter Ohm Voltmeter New, US $18.30
Using the UT120C as a reference, 40 MΩ and 100 kHz, and the capacitance range is 4 nF – 100 µF. But the continuity seems t be hit or miss, depending on the luck of your draw (if you get a good unit or not). Seems to be down to the unlatched nature of the continuity, and the quiet buzzer (see A quick test of the UT120C: Pocket-Multimer or “Pokitmeter”? at 7:27).
Cheapest, ZOTEK VC921 4000 Counts LCD Digital Multimeter Pocket Auto range DC AC Voltage Ohm Capacitance Diode Continuity Meter Tester, ￡4.55 ￡6.15 + £2.66
Compared to the UT120, frequency is up to 10 MHz! Capacitance is a massive 10 mF, resistance is the same at 40 MΩ.
- Triplett 2030-C (Very similar to Aneng 8203 with mA and µA (400 mA max). From this post. Only in the US, so import duties apply, although it is available form Element14 (thai THB 1,193.34).
- There are some (just a few) bad reviews on Amazon, although, not all of the reviews are for the 2030.
The Triplett 2030-C Auto-ranging Pocket Sized Digital Multimeter (also known as a multitester) is a digital meter with 37 measurement ranges including AC/DC voltage to 600V, AC/DC current to 400mA, resistance between 400 ohms and 4 megaohms, capacitance between 40 nanofarads and 400 microfarads, and frequency between 10Hz and 10KHz. The meter also has a continuity beeper which provides audible detection of resistance and a diode test. The meter has a 3-3/4 digit, 4000-count resolution LDC and readings can be held on the display by using the hold function. Test leads are attached to the unit and stored in an attached compartment. Both manual- and auto-ranging capabilities are available and in auto-range mode the meter will automatically select the range that will produce the most accurate reading. This multimeter meets International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) standards for Category I and II up to 600V AC/DC and overload protection provides resistance to damage from transient overvoltages. It uses two 1.5V batteries (installed) that have a battery life of approximately 150 hours and includes an auto power-off function to help preserve battery life. The wrist strap (included) can be used to make the lid function as a stand for hands-free viewing. The meter measures 3.2 x 4.8 x 0.8 inches (H x W x D) and weighs approximately 4 oz. (H is height, the vertical distance from the lowest to highest point; W is width, the horizontal distance from left to right; D is depth, the horizontal distance from front to back.)
Maybe not as good as the Aneng 8203… Despite what the title states, the resistance and frequency ranges are one order of magnitude, less than the UT120C (4 MΩ and 10 kHz), and the capacitance range is higher (40 nF – 400 µF vs 4 nF – 100 µF). Also the continuity is not good, see Not bad for what it is, some irritations, and Ok for hobby use.
DER EE DE-19x
It is only possible to find the S version on ebay
Requires TL866 EEPROM programmer. A similar count increase hack is mentioned in Feeling the need to clamp, although that uses an Arduino to reprogram.
- Kerry Wong’s translation of the main IC’s datasheet:http://www.kerrywong.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/DTM0660DataSheet.pdf
- Chinese datasheet, which was shared by user Puomjw in the thread of Russian forum that has been discussed earlier.