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Replacing a failing Fluke 77

dabone

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I've had the same Fluke 77 meter that I got for my 17th birthday... I turn 52 next month, and the switch has finally failed enough for me to let it go.

It's a basic auto ranging meter, with Voltage, Ohms, diode and amps.

My question is what is a good replacement currently? I have a 17B+ at work, and can grab one of those, but being a modern replacement, I'm not sure it's worth the money.

I doubt I'm going to get another meter with a 35 year life span.

What would you recommend for $120 usd or under?

Keep in mind, I have a LCR meter and a 100mhz scope, so getting those kind of feature don't matter.

Having a meter I can use for general repair and the occasional car and house mains usage is.
 

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Isn't the 17B+ a Chinese market/version Fluke? I didn't think they were that much money. I will say that having been used to a Fluke for so long, you will probably want another! I do think the Chinese market ones are nice and there are a few different models and various price points.
 

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I'm a fan of Fluke meters, I have a Fluke 189 and a Robin automotive meter from when Fluke owned Robin, I was told to steer clear of Fluke meters available from China / Asia as there was no warranty outside of China / Asia and were often built with inferior components, They might be cheaper but not worth the hassle if they go wrong, Sending back to China etc.
 

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I've had the same Fluke 77 meter that I got for my 17th birthday... I turn 52 next month, and the switch has finally failed enough for me to let it go.

It's a basic auto ranging meter, with Voltage, Ohms, diode and amps.

My question is what is a good replacement currently? I have a 17B+ at work, and can grab one of those, but being a modern replacement, I'm not sure it's worth the money.

I doubt I'm going to get another meter with a 35 year life span.

What would you recommend for $120 usd or under?

Keep in mind, I have a LCR meter and a 100mhz scope, so getting those kind of feature don't matter.

Having a meter I can use for general repair and the occasional car and house mains usage is.
Depending on your needs you can get the Fluke 101 for under $50.
 

dabone

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The 17B+ is a Chinese market version, but I've had it a couple of years at the office, and apparently all the 100 series are also made in China. I was eyeing the 117.
As for warranty, 3 years for double or more the price... That's the gamble. And the 101 is way too small.

I was wondering is anyone had suggestions on amprobe, brymen, etc.
 

alank2

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Just out of curiosity, what happened to the 77?

I bought a 29 back in 1993 and it still works!

Malc has a good point about the warranty, you have to look at the cost delta and decide if it is a worthwhile risk.
 

Plasma

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My Fluke 87-V is great but the prices are nuts now. It's almost double what I paid 10 years ago.

I also have some Fluke 107s that I use for travel, they work fine but the probes are meh. The rest of the build quality is nice, but I still think $100+ is too much. You are paying for the brand name.

Make sure whatever you get has a backlight, you will want it when you are laying under the dashboard or crouched behind the furnace...
 

Chuck(G)

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Truth be told, my daily DMM is a very old one that I picked up years ago from Circuit Specialists for about $50. Not a super-duper one, but very dependable with largish backlit LCD. I really wish that the continuity test was much louder and lower in pitch, however. I'm not as young as I used to be. It's been bounced off the floor many times, but keeps on going...
 

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In the day, I bought a Fluke 77 for serious hobby use, in part because that is what my employer provided at work. I loved it, and used it a lot. But over many years, the screen faded. I did what I could to restore it (which included new zebra strips) but no go. Five or so years ago, I decided to replace it. The replacement I ended up choosing was the Fluke 115C (C = Chinese version, but mine doesn't have Chinese on the front). A great replacement for my 77.

(The 77 is in the boot of my car. For the times when I visiting someone, and they surprise me with something like, "My remote control is not working. Can you take a look at it?")
 

alank2

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Sometimes modem7 you can use an erase on the pcb contacts for the display, and maybe some deoxit too.
 
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