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Harbor Freight Voltmeter Issue #4595266
12/05/17 05:21 PM
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maverickfhs Offline OP
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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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Re: Harbor Freight Voltmeter Issue [Re: maverickfhs] #4595273
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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

Re: Harbor Freight Voltmeter Issue [Re: maverickfhs] #4595278
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Its porobably a solder joint or connector that is loose. Open it up and wiggle the wires and see if t coes back.

Re: Harbor Freight Voltmeter Issue [Re: maverickfhs] #4595279
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Fluke eliminates the issues hands down. Safety alone makes them worth the price.


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Re: Harbor Freight Voltmeter Issue [Re: maverickfhs] #4595286
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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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Re: Harbor Freight Voltmeter Issue [Re: Traction] #4595294
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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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Re: Harbor Freight Voltmeter Issue [Re: maverickfhs] #4595310
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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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Re: Harbor Freight Voltmeter Issue [Re: eyeofthetiger] #4595314
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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.

Re: Harbor Freight Voltmeter Issue [Re: maverickfhs] #4595324
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I have tested capacitors for my well pump and the 60 Hz of my generator. Those features come in handy.


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Re: Harbor Freight Voltmeter Issue [Re: Kira] #4595328
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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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Re: Harbor Freight Voltmeter Issue [Re: Donald] #4595341
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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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Re: Harbor Freight Voltmeter Issue [Re: maverickfhs] #4595414
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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.

Re: Harbor Freight Voltmeter Issue [Re: ZeeOSix] #4595417
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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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Re: Harbor Freight Voltmeter Issue [Re: maverickfhs] #4595426
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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

Re: Harbor Freight Voltmeter Issue [Re: maverickfhs] #4595469
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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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