Clamp Meter < $100?

Peteronline

Geniet van de Zon
I have the BM819

BM819 true value digital clamp meter
1. automatic range measurement

DCV:400m/4/40/400/600V,
ACV:4/40/400/600V
ACA:4/40/400/600A,
Resistance: 400 /4k/40k/400k/4M/40M Omega.
Capacitance: 10n/100n/1u/10u/100u/1000u/1mF
Frequency: 100/1k/10k/100k/1M/10M/40MHz
2. true value of AC value measurement
2. can accurately measure the AC current of AC20mA to 600A
3. the capacitance value below 10mF can be accurately measured and the measuring speed is fast.
4. has the functions of temperature, frequency and duty cycle measurement.
5. use NCV induction head to judge phase line to accurately measure current.
6. has the function of diode and short circuit beep alarm
The 7. diode can measure the LED operating voltage below 3V.
The 8. backlight is easy to read in weak light environment.
9. has a readable retention function.
10. there is a manual range function
11. automatic shutdown function can be set up or not.

 

SolarRat

Photon Sorcerer
I have the BM819

BM819 true value digital clamp meter
1. automatic range measurement
DCV:400m/4/40/400/600V,
ACV:4/40/400/600V
ACA:4/40/400/600A,
Resistance: 400 /4k/40k/400k/4M/40M Omega.
Capacitance: 10n/100n/1u/10u/100u/1000u/1mF
Frequency: 100/1k/10k/100k/1M/10M/40MHz
2. true value of AC value measurement
2. can accurately measure the AC current of AC20mA to 600A
3. the capacitance value below 10mF can be accurately measured and the measuring speed is fast.
4. has the functions of temperature, frequency and duty cycle measurement.
5. use NCV induction head to judge phase line to accurately measure current.
6. has the function of diode and short circuit beep alarm
The 7. diode can measure the LED operating voltage below 3V.
The 8. backlight is easy to read in weak light environment.
9. has a readable retention function.
10. there is a manual range function
11. automatic shutdown function can be set up or not.

That can't read DC amps with the clamp. That's the problem with 99% of the cheapies.
 

Kcp

Solar Enthusiast
Hi there. Loved Wills videos love the forum love this question. So in 2016 I needed a DC amp clamp meter under $200. This is the only one I found on Amazon, seriously this was it and it took hours to find it: https://www.amazon.com/Auto-ranging...?keywords=elenco+meter&qid=1572745518&sr=8-22

I'm still using this meter today. The plastic label around the display peeled off, my reviews are on the site, I love this meter but it's too big so now there are DC clamps that are much smaller at $25ish looking at those but this one is up to 1000a AC or DC so keeping it.
 

orangeminnie

Solar Enthusiast
I got this ac/dc clamp meter from Amazon about 2 years ago, don’t have a link but Readings are pretty accurate when compared to my neighbors high dollar fluke meter. It reads ac/dc current. Some only read ac current so read the descriptions carefully. Been pretty dependable working on automotive and solar jobs. Same batteries for 2 years. These were around $45 Search ac/dc meters on Amazon
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Worked for me. Agrees with my Fluke almost perfectly.
 

45North

Let it shine!
I got this one because of the Bluetooth but I have a few reservations:
 

RickP

Solar Power Padawan
I bought this one as well. It’s solidly built, accurate, and tests everything I need. I have an older Wavetek clone of the Fluke that’s a good meter, but needed a good AC/DC amp meter, so this is a good all-in-one. The price was just a hair over the $100 limit of this post, but certainly worth the little but extra to me. Of course I added the mag mount and inline 120V amp plug to bust the budget totally.
 

Samsonite801

Solar Enthusiast

I also like the Klein ones. I have the CL380 which is a bit cheaper than the CL800 (at $85 bucks), but the only difference is it doesn’t have the CAT III or CAT IV safety rating, but I am not a commercial electrician, as I only use this for myself so it's fine for me without that.



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Klein CL380

Pros​

  • TRMS measurements.
  • Automatic ranging for quick, easy analysis.
  • Can measure DC microamps.
  • Non-contact voltage tester for additional safety.
  • Type K thermocouple for temperature measurements.

Cons​

  • Not rated for CAT III/CAT IV measurements.
  • LCD is hard to read in direct sunlight.

Top Features​

This second device from Klein tools is a budget option; more affordable but lacking a few of the safety features of the CL800.

The CL380 doesn’t have a CAT III or CAT IV safety rating, which means that you should only use this particular multimeter inside the house and around your car.

We aren’t kicking it out of bed just yet, though. It’s still a solid clamp meter with automatic ranging. You can measure currents up to 400 amps with this multimeter, AC or DC. In addition, the TRMS measurements give you the additional accuracy that you want, better than the root mean squared alternative measurements.

Of note is that if you need to measure small electronic circuits, the probes can measure DC currents as little as microamps.

By now, you know that a clamp meter is for safe, non-contact measurements of current. The CL380 clamp meter has an additional feature: non-contact detection of voltage. The same clamp can be used — without exposing wires or making contact — to discover if a wire is “hot,” i.e. if it has a potentially dangerous voltage potential. This is a valuable, perhaps even life-saving, feature.

Some outdoor users reported that the reverse contrast LCD is hard to read in direct sunlight, so watch out for that and use those sunnies if needed!

All in all, this is one of the best multimeters for electricians working indoors or in a garage. Despite being a step down from the CL800 in terms of quality and safety, the Klein CL380 is a great economical option for electricians working on their own home and mechanics who like to work on their cars.

Specifications​

  • Analysis Method: True Root Mean Squared (TRMS).
  • Current Measurement: Clamp (AC/DC, automatic ranging).
  • Non-contact voltage detection: Yes.
  • Low Z Voltage Setting: No.
  • Test Leads: AC/DC voltage (automatic ranging), DC microamp current, resistance, continuity, frequency, duty cycle, capacitance and diodes.
  • Temperature Thermocouple: Yes.
  • Safety: No CAT IV/CAT III specifications.
 
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ArthurEld

Solar Addict
I bought this one per ghostwriter and it seems good -

KAIWEETS Digital Clamp Meter T-RMS 6000 Counts, Multimeter Voltage Tester Auto-ranging, Measures Current Voltage Temperature Capacitance Resistance Diodes Continuity Duty-Cycle (AC/DC CURRENT)

I've been using it a lot.
 
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