Which Multimeter (1 Viewer)

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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?
 

pappajohn

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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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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?
No

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scotjimland

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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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