Best beginner multimeter UK

What is the best beginner multimeter to by from UK?

The "best" is very subjective and subject to a price constraint. How much can you afford? Have a look in Maplins they have a good selection over a wide price range.

Yes ,I checked their website, I have just started playing with electronics so have limited sense about features they offer.

Don't want to get something only looking at price then could be unusable after few months when I gain more knowledge.

Hard decision !

My priority

  1. usable till intermediate level 2.price

The best for a beginner is probably the cheapest you can find. With a less-than-£5 meter you'll discover not only its limitations but how to use it and how useful it can be and develop your own specification for what you really need. Better to accidentally destroy a super-cheap unit and learn from that experience than doing the same with an expensive model.

As to a beginners specification

You will need it capable of measuring ohms (in the range of 100 to 10meg say) DC volts in the range 0-25 volts (good enough for LV work but most go to at least 250) AC volts in the range 0-400 volts but only if you intend checking mains voltages DC milliamps - for typical arduino measurements 0-200mA should be enough AC amps - not required if you're just learning as that entails working live on potentially deadly systems.

Any suggestion from this list

http://www.maplin.co.uk/productsearch.aspx?navigationCommand=Ntk:si_old|multimeter|3|,Ro:0,Ns:p_price|101|1|&criteria=multimeter&s=p_price+ascending

Moderator edit: link corrected

Found these two in same price range ,

1.http://www.maplin.co.uk/digital-multimeter-with-transistor-test-44679 2.http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B003NEGZLS/ref=s9_simh_gw_p60_d0_i2?pf_rd_m=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=0XV5JD855WJQVTSR1QGK&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=358549767&pf_rd_i=468294

any help to prefer one?

jackrae: The best for a beginner is probably the cheapest you can find. With a less-than-£5 meter you'll discover not only its limitations but how to use it and how useful it can be and develop your own specification for what you really need. Better to accidentally destroy a super-cheap unit and learn from that experience than doing the same with an expensive model.

As to a beginners specification

You will need it capable of measuring ohms (in the range of 100 to 10meg say) DC volts in the range 0-25 volts (good enough for LV work but most go to at least 250) AC volts in the range 0-400 volts but only if you intend checking mains voltages DC milliamps - for typical arduino measurements 0-200mA should be enough AC amps - not required if you're just learning as that entails working live on potentially deadly systems.

seems like following is closely matched this spec but

(in the range of 100 to 10meg say)

, it says only 2

00?, 2k?,20k?, 200k?, 2M?

:~

1.http://www.maplin.co.uk/digital-multimeter-with-transistor-test-44679

, it says only 2

I wouldn't worry 2M is fine.

.http://www.maplin.co.uk/digital-multimeter-with-transistor-test-44679

Can't complain at the price, and the build quality looks good, it's only a 2 and a half digit display. That most significant digit will only show 0 or 1. Most digital meters are like this, with the most significant digit. So if you measured 5V with it there will only be one decimal place of accuracy, which could be fine.

You are not being ripped off with that one. Double the price and you can have an extra digit of precision.

Thank you Grumpy_Mike XD , I will get this one today then

By far the most useful multimeter feature I found as a beginner (and still use frequently) is the continuity tester function. This is where you can set the multimeter to buzz or beep when the contacts are short-circuited.

It’s incredibly useful for troubleshooting connection problems when you’re new to soldering, making your own PCBs and/or cables, etc.

The £9.99 unit from Maplin doesn’t have this feature.

By far the most useful multimeter feature I found as a beginner (and still use frequently) is the continuity tester function. This is where you can set the multimeter to buzz or beep when the contacts are short-circuited.

Have you got any particular suggestion from the market that includes this feature ?

See the "continuity" range, usually the lowest Ohms range, indicated with a symbol like o )))

Is available here: http://www.maplin.co.uk/digital-multimeter-with-voltage-detector-626110

and in your primary selection http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B003NEGZLS/ref=s9_simh_gw_p60_d0_i2?pf_rd_m=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=0XV5JD855WJQVTSR1QGK&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=358549767&pf_rd_i=468294#productDetails

If you got it, you'll love it. Especially if you start soldering. Else you can live without.

If you got it, you'll love it. Especially if you start soldering. Else you can live without.

Make sense, I would take 9.99 mapline and live without rather paying extra 9.99 for nice to have feature. Seems like my second selection has got mixed reviews.