HVAC is an important and popular career to get into as it continues to grow from the increased demand. With more and more homes and businesses being built, the HVAC business is expected to hire more technicians to get the job done efficiently.
With the influx of new technicians coming into the business and the current technicians needing new tools, such as HVAC clamp multi-meters, tool sales are expected to increase. As technology gets more advanced, there will be more HVAC clamp multi-meters available on the market.
Today we are going to review a few HVAC clamp multi-meters to help you understand the vast differences between the multi-meters and how they will help you at your job site.
The main difference between a regular multi-meter and HVAC multi-meter is that the HVAC multi-meter usually has a thermometer to measure temperatures besides just electrical current. Whether you are a small business or a large contracting company, we have the right HVAC clamp multi-meters in this blog for you and your colleagues.
Fluke 116/323 KIT HVAC Multimeter and Clamp Meter Combo Review
Designed into the Fluke 116 multi-meter are a few things such as a thermometer and microamps that can test flame sensors.
To prevent false readings, the Fluke 116 has a low input impedance that will help prevent a false reading due to what is called ghost voltage.
With the ability to measure 400 A AC current and 600 VAC and DC voltage, the Fluke True-RMS 116/323 multi-meter is great for a variety of applications.
The True RMS that is included in the Fluke 116/323 meter is great for measuring non-linear signals accurately.
Lightweight and easy to carry at only 6 pounds, you will barely realize that you are carrying this meter with you at the job site.
Strong and durable, the Fluke multi-meter is tested in extreme conditions including numerous drops, shock, humidity and more. You will feel secure purchasing this meter as Fluke pays attention to safety and gives a quality warranty for their products.
Fieldpiece SC260 Clamp Multimeter With True Rms Review
The low battery indicator will alert you when your battery is about to expire before you get too deep into your job and needing to replace it in the middle of work. All it takes is one 9-volt battery.
Like the Fluke, the Fieldpiece SC260 features a True RMS measurement to measure non-linear signals accurately.
The Fieldpiece SC260 can also measure temperature in both Fahrenheit and Celsius.
A 1-year manufacturer’s warranty is included with each Fieldpiece clamp multi-meter.
Even at its cheaper price compared to the Fluke products, many people have been skeptical about buying this meter. A few users have said that this meter is just as good as the Fluke and buyers will not be disappointed buying this meter.
Etekcity Digital Multimeter, MSR-C600 Auto-Ranging Clamp Meter Review
A good feature on this Etekcity meter is that after 15 minutes of not being used, it goes into a sleep mode as to not waste the battery life. A simple push of the power button will allow quick access to operation again.
This clamp multi-meter features an auto-ranging clamp, AC current, AC/DC voltage, diode and continuity tests, and resistance
Etekcity’s clamp measures AC current up to 26mm in size of a conductor without interrupting the circuit.
Some other additional features that Etekcity has included in this clamp include a large LCD data screen, max reading and data hold button. You even receive a carrying pouch which makes transferring to and from the job easy.
Another great feature about this clamp meter is the 1-year warranty and continuous lifetime support if you have any issues.
UEi Test Instruments DL379B Digital HVAC Clamp Meter Review
Other features of the UEI Test Instruments DL379B include a work light for night time and dark areas and magnet for hands-free operations. It also has a detachable head, easy to view display and input jack lock for added safety.
More features that are included with this clamp meter include a Type K temperature probe, carry pouch and test leads.
Parameters that the DL379 is capable of testing include 750 VAC, 1000 VDC, 4000 uF Capacitance, and 2000 uA AC/DC.
The longest warranty we have seen out of all of our reviews is with the UEI, it is a 3-year limited warranty.
UEI has also won a broad range of awards for their testing and measuring tools so you can feel confident purchasing this product as it will last you for years to come. They also have over 50 years in experience building testing tools.
Clamp Multimeter Buying Guide – How to find the best HVAC clamp multimeter for your needs.
Budget: What is your company budget or your personal budget for buying an HVAC Clamp Meter? Some HVAC clamp meters will cost a couple of hundred dollars while others cost less than $50.00
Testing Parameters: It will be important to realize what you are going to use the meter for and what the voltages and other parameters are likely to be before purchasing a meter only to realize it will not be powerful enough to measure the equipment you are working with.
Warranty: What type of warranty is available with your meter? Some may not even offer any warranty and this may deter potential buyers from purchasing a meter.
Durability: When you have a job to do, you want to make sure you have a product with a strong case and can withstand drops and other items falling on it.