Which Multimeter

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  1. Dogsense

    Dogsense Funster

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    Experts advice please.
    Looking to buy Multimeter. There are those with 3 sockets where mA is with the V socket about £5.00 or those with 4 sockets where A & mA have their own sockets about £16.00.
    What are the differences and is it worth the £11.00 extra?
     
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    Milliamps are pretty much useless except for measuring parasitic loads etc.

    A basic digital meter with an amps function is much more use and should also measure milliamps if needed.

    The higher the range the better but 20amp should do most things.
     
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    No
     
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    short answer.. No

    mA on a cheap multimeter is a bit of a gimmick.. it's bit like trying to measure thousands of an inch with a school ruler..

    mA are primary used in 4 -20 ma instrument control loops .. where measuring accuracy is paramount ..
    I have a Fluke DMM that cost well over £100 to measure mA and requires annual calibration

    so mA measuring is of little use around a motorhome
     
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