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Seven function multimeter


A multimeter is an instrument used to measure electrical resistance, voltage, and current. Each students is required to have a digital multimeter for this class. We recommend purchasing a modestly low-cost meter in the range $15 to $35 for this class. A $15 multimeter is perfectly adequate.

Free advice: DO NOT buy a $5 multimeter. Students have had difficulty with those inexpensive meters in the past.


Students will be taught how to use a multimeter to troubleshoot electrical circuits, and to verify important fundamental principles of DC circuits.

Approximate Cost

A $15, multifunction multimeter is fine. Don't buy the cheap $5 multimeters.


  • Sparkfun sells a decent, low cost digital multimeter for $15 plus shipping. The multimeter has all the functions necessary for class, but it is not auto-ranging.
  • Amazon sells a digital multimeter for $24 plus shipping. Another less expensive multimeter is available for $18. Either multimeter will work for the class.
  • The local Fry's store has a low-cost, digital multimeter for $12. Better multimeters are autoranging, which makes measurement easier. But, the multimeter shown will work well for this course.


seven_function_multimeter.txt · Last modified: 2019/09/30 00:19 by gerry