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#4595266 - 12/05/17 05:21 PM Harbor Freight Voltmeter Issue
maverickfhs Offline


Registered: 12/28/16
Posts: 1984
Loc: VA
So my cheap/free HF voltmeter was working fine until last night. Today, I turned it on and display is all wonky and very dim, thought it's a battery.

Tried 2 different new batteries, but no luck. Has anyone experienced anything similar?

Yes, I can get a new one for free and do have a spare one too. But I rather not trash it if it'll work after a battery or some other minor fix.

Thanks for the advice and help.
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#4595273 - 12/05/17 05:30 PM Re: Harbor Freight Voltmeter Issue [Re: maverickfhs]
koffy Offline


Registered: 01/24/15
Posts: 127
Loc: Around the corner
I got a couple of those, They break even if you donít use them,,,. Iíve been happy with a $3x.xx craftsman I bought about 4 years ago

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#4595278 - 12/05/17 05:36 PM Re: Harbor Freight Voltmeter Issue [Re: maverickfhs]
danez_yoda Offline


Registered: 07/18/09
Posts: 464
Loc: texas
Its porobably a solder joint or connector that is loose. Open it up and wiggle the wires and see if t coes back.

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#4595279 - 12/05/17 05:36 PM Re: Harbor Freight Voltmeter Issue [Re: maverickfhs]
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Fluke eliminates the issues hands down. Safety alone makes them worth the price.
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#4595286 - 12/05/17 05:40 PM Re: Harbor Freight Voltmeter Issue [Re: maverickfhs]
maverickfhs Offline


Registered: 12/28/16
Posts: 1984
Loc: VA
Just figured it out, one of the small screw for PCB was loose, tightened it up and Viola! thumbsup

Thanks all for the help.
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#4595294 - 12/05/17 05:51 PM Re: Harbor Freight Voltmeter Issue [Re: Traction]
eyeofthetiger Offline


Registered: 11/18/17
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Fluke or Megger are pretty good. The free Harbor Freight meter is one step above running a wire between a lightbulb and a rusty screwdriver. It's actually pretty good for what it is, but I wouldn't trust it.
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#4595310 - 12/05/17 06:05 PM Re: Harbor Freight Voltmeter Issue [Re: maverickfhs]
Donald Offline


Registered: 03/21/04
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Get one of their better ones. I got one of theirs that can measure Hz and capacitor and temp in addition to voltage/ohms.

You depend on these things to work. Who wants a piece of [censored] that may or may not work at any given point in time.
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#4595314 - 12/05/17 06:08 PM Re: Harbor Freight Voltmeter Issue [Re: eyeofthetiger]
Kira Offline


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Small hijack here....Anybody ever use the transistor socket? I assume you need leads to connect the contacts to the correct socket.

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#4595324 - 12/05/17 06:22 PM Re: Harbor Freight Voltmeter Issue [Re: maverickfhs]
Donald Offline


Registered: 03/21/04
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Loc: Upstate NY
I have tested capacitors for my well pump and the 60 Hz of my generator. Those features come in handy.
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#4595328 - 12/05/17 06:25 PM Re: Harbor Freight Voltmeter Issue [Re: Kira]
Donald Offline


Registered: 03/21/04
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Originally Posted By: Kira
Small hijack here....Anybody ever use the transistor socket? I assume you need leads to connect the contacts to the correct socket.



You can use ohms to test a transistor. Like testing two diodes. It's basic test however.
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#4595341 - 12/05/17 06:40 PM Re: Harbor Freight Voltmeter Issue [Re: Donald]
maverickfhs Offline


Registered: 12/28/16
Posts: 1984
Loc: VA
Originally Posted By: Donald
I have tested capacitors for my well pump and the 60 Hz of my generator. Those features come in handy.


Thank you, can you please share a link for it or a model number?
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#4595414 - 12/05/17 08:19 PM Re: Harbor Freight Voltmeter Issue [Re: maverickfhs]
ZeeOSix Offline


Registered: 07/22/10
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I think I have 1/2 dozen of those free HF multi-meters. All still working except one that I smoked the Ohms function on by putting 115 VAC across it. LOL Still works on all the other functions though.

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#4595417 - 12/05/17 08:20 PM Re: Harbor Freight Voltmeter Issue [Re: ZeeOSix]
maverickfhs Offline


Registered: 12/28/16
Posts: 1984
Loc: VA
Originally Posted By: ZeeOSix
I think I have 1/2 dozen of those free HF multi-meters. All still working except one that I smoked the Ohms function on by putting 115 VAC across it. LOL Still works on all the other functions though.


That's hilarious! Lol
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#4595426 - 12/05/17 08:29 PM Re: Harbor Freight Voltmeter Issue [Re: maverickfhs]
ZeeOSix Offline


Registered: 07/22/10
Posts: 17772
Loc: PNW
Originally Posted By: maverickfhs
Originally Posted By: ZeeOSix
I think I have 1/2 dozen of those free HF multi-meters. All still working except one that I smoked the Ohms function on by putting 115 VAC across it. LOL Still works on all the other functions though.

That's hilarious! Lol

Whenever I pick one of those up I blacken in the little "dot" on the switch handle with a Sharpie pen so it's easier to see what function it's set too. Might save the Ohms function down the line. smile

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#4595469 - 12/05/17 09:10 PM Re: Harbor Freight Voltmeter Issue [Re: maverickfhs]
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Registered: 12/14/02
Posts: 41779
Loc: New Jersey
Ive got a few of the free ones. They do go funny after a while - D.C. Readings are all over the place, very noisy, inaccurate.

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