Amprobe AM-510 Multimeter Review
Glad you found your way to my Amprobe AM-510 Multimeter Review. The AM-510 multimeter is going to be the first tool given away in the tool drawing to a lucky winner. The drawing of course will be after the AM-510 review.
I have to say, based on the low price alone, I was skeptical of the quality. After getting it delivered and finally seeing it and holding it, my opinion has changed. The AM-510 meter seems rugged and accurate, enough for a homeowner as well as for someone in the engineering or construction fields.
So, keep on reading this Amprobe AM-510 multimeter review so you can decide for yourself if it would both meet your needs and stay in your price range.
What You’ll Find Below
The AM-510 multimeter might be the best value meter for the homeowner and for sure will be enough to handle almost all of your projects. It does do a lot of stuff for the technician as well. But if you’re a serious tech, like a high voltage electrician, you would want a fancier meter.
Here is what I wanted as a Homeowner:
- Safe to use – fused short check.
- Auto-sensing voltage detection.
As a Technician:
- Universal use – volts, amps, resistance.
- At least 600V rating.
Amprobe AM-510 Multimeter Review
The AM-510 Commercial/Residential Multimeter is designed for light commercial and advanced residential uses. It is an automatic or manual ranging meter that measures a wide variety of values in commercial, home repair, automotive and electrical testing applications. Values such as voltage, current, resistance, and pretty much anything else you can think of. Not temperature though.
The AM-510 multimeter has:
- non-contact voltage detection.
- a built-in flash light with a push button on/off.
- a very bright back light display.
- and an auto power-off feature.
Amprobe AM-510 – First Impressions
Thought maybe you’d like to imagine you were looking at the packaging. Like, would you as a homeowner, looking at this meter, pick it based on what you could tell from the outside? Well, here is what I thought as I held the package after it was delivered from Amazon.
I immediately saw that:
- It was in fact auto-sensing. Sweet.
- It looks like a real meter – not cheap/flimsy. Looks professional.
- It has a battery life indicator display for the meter. Even sweeter.
- What’s this? A built in light – NOT THE SAME AS THE BACK LIGHT!
So with the battery life indicator your meter will never just stop working. My current meter just stops working, regardless of what I’m doing.
The meter has a flash light! The flash light is a feature I personally have not seen on a multimeter yet. have you? It actually is a push button flashlight that is either on or off. This is a bonus because let’s say you lose power in your house, and have no lighting… With this meter, you can troubleshoot a fuse panel. It’s a bright LED style single light on the end of the meter. It is pretty awesome.
Pros of the AM-510
Here are some of what I would consider definite positive features of this meter:
Non-Contact Voltage Detection (NCV)
- This is one asset for a meter that I also had not seen before (in addition to the flashlight.) The NVC section of the meter is cool. I wondered how well it could work, being on the end. I tested it out. It actually worked well on both devices I tested – a freezer and a air compressor. There was current flow. All you do is put the selector switch in NVC and wave it around the cord or wiring. It makes an audible beep. This feature by itself adds some value to the AM-510.
Push Button On/Off Flashlight
- This is either the first or second best feature of this meter. Maybe the Amprobe series I guess. The flashlight actually rocks. It is bright, it stays on or off so it never times out at the wrong time, and it is right at the end of the meter near the non-contact voltage detector.
Low Battery Warning
- Another cool little feature I’m not used to. The battery life indicator there in the lower right corner flashes as the battery nears its demise.
Bright Back Light Display
- The screen of the meter lights up nice and bright, and remember it’s separate from the built in flashlight. It makes it a bunch easier to read and you can override the button so that the back light remains on.
Quick Acting Fuse
- This helps protect the meter and you as far as safety goes. The fuse inside the meter will blow before any damage occurs inside the meter or prior to you getting injured.
- Not much to say here. For what this meter does, it is a fairly good deal priced under $40.
Cons of the AM-510
There aren’t too many cons with it, but it would be a fair review without pointing them out. Here is what I had slight issues with:
- I do not like the leads that came with the AM-510. Don’t get me wrong, they are great for certain types of testing, I just prefer the style with the longer tips or probes on the end. These are more insulated as you should be able to tell from the picture.
- It is nice to have a case, both to transport it as well as protect it. Again, the product description over at Amazon says a carrying case is included. Another reviewer said they didn’t get one either.
You may want another set to go along with the test leads that come along. You can either look in the related products section over at Amazon or you can click here and they will open in a separate window for you to check out first. They are compatible with the AM-510.
Amprobe AM-510 – Features
And lastly for the Amprobe AM-510 multimeter review, the basic, sort of standard features that you may or may not see on every meter, ones that are designed for home or commercial use. Here those are:
Standard 4 Ports
- You know what I’m talking about. The common, and then volts, amps, micro amps.
- Meters nowadays have kickstands. back in my day, they did not. You had to prop it up, crane your neck, or have someone hold it. This one does as you can see.
- Standard audible warning. Like testing, continuity.
- Turns off after a set period of time of inactivity, saving battery life.
- Can be used for you to hold data. Like if you are taking readings or measurements but are unable to write at the time, the AM-510 can perform the data hold function.
Standard Test Lead Storage
- By standard I mean the test leads like clip or snap into the back pretty much like all other multimeters. It also has the standard 3rd hand probe holder, where you can clip one lead into the meter and use it to test things.
- It has rubbery case with molded hand grips on the sides. I was mildly surprised at how well it fit and stuck in my hand if you know what I mean. It feels durable because of the protective case as well.
No Magnetic Strap
- It does not come with a magnetic strap like SOME other meters do. I didn’t list this as a con because it isn’t standard issue yet.
If you are looking for the strap for the Amprobe AM-510 multimeter, you can get that strap here.
Amprobe AM-510 vs. a Fluke 116
I wanted to test the accuracy of the meter for this Amprobe AM-510 multimeter review. I figured accuracy was likely a concern for potential users and customers. In order to do the basic test, I took 3 individual readings with each meter on the same voltage source. The results are below.
As you can see, the AM-510 meter was pretty darned close to the way, way more expensive Fluke. Not only that but the Fluke is a true RMS meter compared to the AM-510 which uses the average to display its readings.
As far as overall size goes, the AM-510 is barely bigger than the Fluke I used in the voltage test. But, the AM-510 is lighter. Dimensions of the AM-510 are 7″ x 3.5″ x 1.5″. The Fluke was 6.5″ x 3.25″ x 1.25″
So again, it is lighter than a similar Fluke but has a slightly larger footprint.
What Was Inside the Package
In case you’re curious, nothing really cool.
I did spot one difference though between my AM-510 meter review and the actual product description on Amazon… Bam!
I spotted on Amazon that it reads as having a carrying case. I read another review that said their meter did not have a case. Mine did not as well. I do not see how it could even fit into the pre-molded plastic case so I doubt it truly is included.
What is inside the package is as follows, besides the actual meter of course:
- CD User’s Manual
- Warranty Information
- 40″ Stubby Test Leads
- 9V Battery, installed
The test leads are rated for 2000V and 18 ohms. With the included battery already installed, you can go straight from delivery to using it which is kind of cool. You don’t have to fiddle with a tiny screw right away and hope you’re doing it right.
You can use any of the links or you can click here to check out the Amprobe AM-510 multimeter at Amazon.
Amprobe AM-510 Multimeter Review Conclusion
Well that about wraps up the Amprobe AM-510 multimeter review. You should pretty much know everything about the meter now, enough to make a smart decision for yourself. Decide if the Amprobe AM-510 multimeter meets, exceeds, or doesn’t match up with your needs.
The AM-510 has several positive features that come along with the low price but it does have the one drawback, the test leads.
I didn’t think based on the price alone that it would feel and look like a legitimate meter. I was wrong. For the price and value, the AM-510 seems like a good buy, especially for someone doing projects around the house. This low priced meter will do more than enough for you.
So yeah, check it out, make sure you check what the meter can do and what you want it to do. Super simple. If you have any questions, don’t be afraid to send an email or leave a comment. I’ll do my best to get an answer.