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Opinions on the new Klein Multimeters? #200124 03/21/11 01:34 PM
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I have been trying to lock down a decision on a new multimeter and was looking at the Klein cl2000 at the wholesaler last week

http://www.service.kleintools.com/c...28P0020%29:1+KD01YYPRD%28A0150%29:CL2000

Retail is 210 CAD on the CL2000

it has a couple nice features like a magnet on the back for hands free operations, and the back light with the additional light near the clamp is nifty too, but I have gotten some inaccurate measurements from cheaper meters in the past and I am hesitant to stray from a fluke meter.

Low (0-100) amp draws and accurate resistance readings are my main concern with a meter, and I didn't catch an internal meter resistance when shopping or looking through the product info but I imagine it is high

Any opinions ?

Thanks very much


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Re: Opinions on the new Klein Multimeters? [Re: MAH] #200126 03/21/11 02:22 PM
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Meters really need to be recalibrated at least every 2 years, some say once a year.
I think accuracy, for our purposes, should come from just about any name brand meter so the question is how robust the construction is, the features you like and how much you want to pay. Klein is certainly a name brand that has a good reputation. I would call/email them and see what their service policy is. The UEI clamp I have, had a policy that for $40-50 they would repair or replace any pile of parts you sent them that looked like it used to be a meter.
I got this one from my neighbor, it was beat to hell and dead. They sent me a brand new one back for the service flat rate.


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Re: Opinions on the new Klein Multimeters? [Re: MAH] #200132 03/21/11 02:42 PM
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Whatís interesting is that UEI makes that $210.00 CL2000 meter for Klein, but basically the same UEI DL369 meter in the link below sells for only around $65.00. The UEI even has a detachable clamp head. I guess there is a premium associated with carrying the Klein name.

DL369

UEI Clamp Meter

Re: Opinions on the new Klein Multimeters? [Re: MAH] #200136 03/21/11 04:06 PM
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I have no complaints on the DL250 I have.
It was really aimed at HVAC techs with a capacitor checker but it is pretty handy when you are working on any motor.

[Linked Image from gfretwell.com]


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Re: Opinions on the new Klein Multimeters? [Re: MAH] #200162 03/22/11 09:45 PM
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Greg,

is that meter around the ground wire??


Be kind to your neighbor, he knows where you live

Re: Opinions on the new Klein Multimeters? [Re: MAH] #200163 03/22/11 10:23 PM
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Yep that was just a picture that showed the meter well. It was part of my ground wire survey. That was a low one.


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Re: Opinions on the new Klein Multimeters? [Re: MAH] #200174 03/23/11 11:48 AM
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Thanks very much for the replies, I had no Idea the UEI meters were a better bang for my buck.

Re: Opinions on the new Klein Multimeters? [Re: gfretwell] #200260 03/26/11 07:11 PM
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Originally Posted by gfretwell
I have no complaints on the DL250 I have.
It was really aimed at HVAC techs with a capacitor checker but it is pretty handy when you are working on any motor.


We had a couple of their DMMís in the shop I used to work in years ago. I always thought they were decent and they seemed to have a lot of features. I accidentally turned one into a lump of charcoal on the HV cap of a microwave, but that was all on me. Itís true when they say live and learn, as I havenít made that mistake since.

Re: Opinions on the new Klein Multimeters? [Re: MAH] #200265 03/26/11 10:58 PM
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I bet UEI will replace it for the flat rate service charge.


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