Klein MM100 Multimeter Review

Klein MM100 multimeter review

The Klein MM100 screen and dial selection.

For this last multimeter, and only 16 months later, we are going to review the Klein MM100. No, it’s not the most fancy meter that Klein makes, it’s probably one of their more basic models. The Klein MM100 is priced near the lower end of electrical multimeters and is about average for the ones we have reviewed. Perhaps it would have been smarter to start lower and work our way up to the more expensive ones.

At some work sites your employer will buy all of your tools for you. At one place, the hand tools they purchased were made by Klein. Klein was pretty much the industry standard for electrical tools among journeymen electricians back then. Not necessarily their multimeters but for sure their hand tools. With that in the back of my head, I had high hopes for the MM100 meter. Sorry, and no offense to Klein, but I don’t think I’d recommend this meter to you guys.

The Klein MM100 looks rugged enough, it has a very similar style hard case that the Triplett multimeter does. Hopefully you noticed that it reads “looks rugged,” now that I’ve felt it, it’s not that rugged or beefy. It would work at home, in your garage, and perhaps as a carry around meter for a light trade technician. It’s a stretch to say it is heavy duty. It does have the Klein name attached to it though.

It has a 600V rating and can measure current up to 10 amps DC. The Klein MM100 might work well for the homeowner, the person that fixes their own vehicle, or some hobbyists.

Here are some features you may want to consider before choosing any multimeter:

  • Digital.
  • Audible indication.
  • Compact.
  • Universal use – volts, amps, resistance.
  • At least 600V rating.

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Triplett 1101-B Multimeter Review

Triplett 1101-B Multimeter

The Triplett 1101-B measuring the temperature of some high quality H2O.

The next multimeter up for review is the Triplett 1101-B compact multimeter. This is the 4th multimeter to be reviewed which leaves one more unless you guys want to keep going with electrical items. Up to this point we have looked at the Fluke 115, an AM-510 from Amprobe, the Innova 3320, and now a compact meter from Triplett, the 1101-B model. How does it stack up? Does it have any features the others didn’t? What are some of the pros and cons with this Triplett multimeter? Don’t worry, got you covered. Why did the Triplett 1101-B make the cut?

Because it is:

  • On my multimeter comparison chart.
  • Only meter reviewed w/ a temperature probe.
  • The next tool we’re giving away.
  • A best selling meter on Amazon.

Overall, the Triplett 1101-B multimeter is in my opinion, average. If I saw someone using it at work or around their house, would I buy it after seeing it in action? Maybe. A technician could use this meter on heat exchangers or plenums while a homeowner could use it on their car or furnace.

3 Cool Things About the Triplett 1101-B

Real quick, to capture your attention, here are 3 reasons this meter may or may not stand out to you:

  • Comes with a temperature probe.
  • So far has the best test leads.
  • Also has the brightest back light.
Triplett 1101-B Multimeter

How does she look? I like the color contrasts.

Think about what you could do with that feature on a meter. Not sure if your fridge is cooling enough? Slip the probe between the door seal, close it, and watch your meter to see what happens.

Need to make adjustments to your car A/C? Put the probe inside, roll the window up with the unit on, and see how cool the car is getting inside while you work under the hood.

It also has the best set of test leads of the 4 other meters we’ve checked out. They are long, pointed, and come with screw on alligator clips as well. Dang. Convincing myself.

This meter might work for you, it does have a couple nice features but personally the more rugged meters is what I prefer. If you have looked at our multimeter comparison chart, the Triplett 1101-B is one of the higher priced meters on there so for me that was a drawback. You could just as easily get the Amprobe AM-510 for the same price and the overall quality and heftiness feels much better.

Keep reading though and see if this meter is more your style or preference, everyone is different. The Triplett 1101-B has a temperature sensor, a strong and bright back light display, and a 3 year warranty. Those are some pretty good features.

Remember that the Triplett 1101-B multimeter was purchased only to write this review and give away to one of you people in the member drawing next month. You can find out more about becoming a free member and getting free chances to win stuff here.

If you’d like to find out if this multimeter would be enough for all of your electrical needs, click ahead and check it out.

Click Here To Check It Out At Amazon

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Innova 3320 Auto-Ranging Multimeter Review

Innova 3320

There’s an elastic strap on the back of the 3320 so you can wear it.

How does the Innova 3320 Auto-Ranging Multimeter stack up? Why do a review of this meter?

Because the Innova 3320 is:

  • on my multimeter comparison chart.
  • Well priced at under $20.
  • The next tool we’re giving away.
  • The #1 best selling meter on Amazon.

What kind of auto-ranging multimeter can you get for that price? How would the quality be? Would the Innova 3320 be ideal for use at home? Being a guy that uses meters at work, would this also perform there?

Because I do work in a trade industry, sort of, it is difficult for me to remove I don’t know, the “ruggedness” or whatever I usually look for when buying a multimeter. Do you know what I mean? Brands like Fluke, Klein – the stuff you see actual journeymen electrician use, that’s what I’m used to seeing.

So when I see that this Innova meter is in fact chosen the most, over all others on probably the largest online shopping platform, it puzzles me. I bought the Innova 3320 Multimeter solely to write this review and it will be the next tool given away in the member drawing. You can find out more about becoming a free member and getting free chances to win stuff here.

Anyways, if you’d like to find out if this meter would be enough for your home/auto/work electrical needs, click ahead and check it out. My verdict? Maybe.

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Amprobe AM-510 Multimeter Review

amprobe am-510 multimeter review

Amprobe AM-510 – clean looking display and switch.

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. Read more

Fluke T5-1000 Electrical Tester Review

Fluke T5-1000 electrical tester review

My Fluke T5-1000.

The Fluke T5-1000 electrical tester is almost a multimeter but a little bit different. Electrical testers can be used for maintenance and troubleshooting in a quicker manner than an equivalent multimeter. Electrical testers are more “streamlined” than a conventional meter and sometimes can make use even easier.

If you are only used to seeing and using multimeters, switching to a tester like the Fluke T5-1000 is almost like breaking a habit. Once you do though, you will most likely wish you had switched over to a tester earlier.

Breaking the habit still presents a challenge for me though ha ha. I am so used to using a conventional meter that I guess “relying” on an electrical tester just doesn’t quite feel right. I promise though, after putting this post up, I will use my Fluke T5-1000 more than the other meters and testers I have.

The Fluke T5-1000 is easier to use overall, provides a wider/faster snapshot of various electrical issues, and can capture enough information for you as a user that you may not need a separate meter at all.

If you follow the site at all, maybe you noticed that recently a couple multimeter reviews have gone up. We will add this review of the Fluke T5-1000 electrical tester to that list. I am also going to try and follow the same format – why I like it, description, pros & cons. So, if you think you could benefit at home or work using the Fluke T5-1000 tester, keep on reading the review below. Read more

Ideal Wire Stripper Review

ideal wire stripper

My Ideal wire stripper from my pouch.

A perfect set of wire strippers to me only needs a few requirements:

  • Ergonomic for my hand.
  • Work efficient.
  • Ease of use.
  • Insulated

This exact Ideal wire stripper meets those needs plus it simplifies your task and hey, it kind of sounds cool ha ha. More on that below.

Sure there are plenty of different kinds of wire strippers – the coaxial kind, the type for Romex, and then even the conventional straight pull type, which is in one of these guldang pictures around here. as well. My favorite kind, and yours should be too is this Ideal wire stripper.

Everyone at work that I’ve converted to this type has loved it and wondered why they waited. It becomes almost like a machine in your hand when you get good with it. You start stripping so many wires that you can look at the wire size and just know where to put it into the Ideal wire stripper.

Then you just line it up, squeeze, and she’s done. Simple as that. Some little insulation bit gets stripped off and usually flung onto the floor. No more pulling, twisting, straining even to strip a wire. And with the Ideal wire stripper, you can strip a wire with less room because you don’t need to actually hold the wire when you do it. The tool crimps down for you ahead of where it will strip, pre-measured.

Anyways, keep on reading if you’d like to check out my Ideal wire stripper review. Actually I don’t know how much of a review it is as much as it is a story about why I like them.

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fluke 115 true rms digital multimeter

Fluke 115 Meter Review

fluke 115 meter review

A Fluke doing some work.

I decided to write a Fluke 115 meter review.  The Fluke 115 is probably the industry standard for workhorse meters.  I have a ton of different model Flukes but for all around use, durability and reliability, this is the meter.  Some in my own words, you’ll be able to tell, others are snippets from Amazon.

People love the Fluke 115 from homeowners to construction workers.  Find out why.

The company that probably sets the standard for tools in the building engineering industry is Fluke.  They make the pocket voltage detectors, huge electrical monitoring devices that you can hook up to switchgear, and they also make these multimeters, commonly called voltmeters.

The handheld Fluke true RMS digital multimeter is a required tool for any serious building engineer OR anyone at home that wants to do some electrical projects.  Actually a meter of this capability may even be overkill for home use unless you plan on doing dome serious stuff.  I use mine at home but I test and troubleshoot things (checking why a trailer taillight isn’t coming on.)

Read more of the Fluke 115 Meter Review below.

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Fluke Volt Alert

fluke voltage detector

The fluke pocket voltage sensor in action. Hot cord!

This $20 pocket device can save your life!

This voltage sensor from Fluke is a critical tool for anyone that works out in the field or does any sort of repair around their home.  Electricians, maintenance, service, safety personnel, and homeowners can quickly test for energized circuits in the workplace or at home.

Voltage sensors allow you to quickly check to see if a circuit you are about to work on is hot or dead (has electricity present or not.) Read more