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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful.
Mini size, powerful functions.
By Amazon Customer
I like this small form multimeter. The controls are simple, the display is nice £¬the size makes it very easy to carry and handle. The selection switch is very straight forward with just a few options. I am sure I will use this in my garage to measure other things. It does just about everything you can think of for around the house use or use on your vehicles and comes with a small plastic case to protect it.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful.
Small enough for your pocket, cheap enough for your glove box, rugged enough for your tank bag
By Phil Stracchino (Technical Thug)
First up, the claim in the product description that this is the size of a business card is exaggerated. All-Sun should drop that claim, it's doing them no favors.
However, that said, this digital multimeter *is* tiny. It's most likely smaller than your phone — but if so, it's probably thicker too, so that balances out. The important thing is, it's small enough, and *rugged* enough, and *inexpensive* enough, that you can buy one for every vehicle you own, and just tuck it in the glove box (or, on your motorcycle, in the tank bag or under the seat) and forget about it until you need it, and the day you need it, it'll be there. Test leads are tucked away inside the clamshell case, which also serves as a stand.
The EM3081 has ACV, DCV, current and resistance modes, plus a diode continuity test mode, and ranges up to 600V AC/DC and 2 megaohms. Current measuring mode is fused at 200mA. The rotary mode switch is easy to use (make sure you remember to turn it off after use so you don't drain the two silver-oxide cells it runs on), and the LCD display is large, sharp and easy to read. (It's not backlit, though. If you're troubleshooting at the side of the road at night, you'll need a flashlight. But then, you won't be doing much troubleshooting at night without a good flashlight anyway.)
Long and short: If you know what to do with a digital multimeter, you could do a lot worse than just keep one of these in every vehicle you own. Sixteen bucks could save you from being stranded or having to call for a tow.
Two Technical Thug thumbs up for the EM3081. It's no Fluke, but it's all the multimeter you need for roadside troubleshooting.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful. See all 22 customer reviews...
Settings stenciling is a bit small, but the size makes it a very convenient electrical tool to carry around anywhere
By The Illusion of certainty
Contrary to some reviewers complaints, this meter does come with batteries, but one must put forth the effort to remove the 2 bottom screws and pull out the clear plastic tab that prevents one of the LR-44 cells from making electrical contact with it's battery contacts.
Once that is done, don't forget to use the 4 position slide switch to place the meter in the desired voltage/resistance/current position, remember the max current is only 200mA on DC only, so it's best to use a higher current meter if you want to read transient inline current readings.
Another thing to consider, 200mA may not seem like a lot of current, but it only takes 30mA of current at pretty much low voltage levels to interrupt the heart's rhythm and potential kill a person, so be safe.
I really like the meter test probe cord securing set-up, it prevents too many kinks and if one is careful to remember some of the earliest lessons about test probes in electronics class, avoid changing the natural bend of test probes because over time if you insist on changing the bend points, the wires inside will bend and kink until they're no longer capable of accurately measuring the designed meter's under test electrical levels.