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Mastech MS8261 30-Range Full Featured Digital Multimeter with Capacitance Measurement, MS8260 Series

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MS8261
  • 3 1/2 digital back-lit LCD display with a maximum reading 1,999
  • Data Hold
  • Auto Power Off
  • Over range/Polarity/Low Battery indication
  • Conforms with international safety standards IEC1010-1 CAT II 1000V & CAT III 600V
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Product Information

Color: MS8261
Technical Details
BrandMastech
Item Weight12 ounces
Product Dimensions7.7 x 2.2 x 3.6 inches
Item model numberMS8261
Manufacturer Part NumberMS8261
  
Additional Information
ASINB000FLZDPG
Best Sellers Rank #6,642 in Industrial & Scientific (See top 100)
Shipping Weight1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Date First AvailableDecember 5, 2006
  
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Color: MS8261

This Mastech MS8261 is a manual 30-range fully featured digital multimeter. It is capable of all standard functions including AC/DC Voltage and Current, Resistance, Capacitance,and more. It's also packed with many nice features, such as back light, data hold, resettable fuse. No matter you are a professional or just a DIY hobbyist, this is a great and affordable tool for your daily use. Accessories include test leads with shrouded plugs and capped tips ,multi-functional socket, user manual and 9V battery (installed)
Specifications:
DCV: 200m/2V/20V/200V/1000V± 0.5%
ACV: 200m/2V/20V/200V/750V± 0.8%
DCA:2mA± 0.8%20mA/200mA± 1.0%10A± 2.0%
ACA:2mA/200mA± 1.0%10A± 3.0%
Resistance:200/2K/20K/200K/2MΩ /20MΩ± 0.8% 200MΩ± 5.0%
Capacitance:2n/20n/200n/2u/20uF± 4.0% 20n/200n/2u/200uF
Back light ,Diode test
HFE test
Continuity checking with buzzer
Power:9V(6F22)

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Customer Reviews

Very pleased with meter, works as advertised.
Amazon Customer
The multimeter was inoperable and was constantly stuck at 1.333 in every state of the dial index.
Peter Gnanapragasam
Everything you want in a general purpose test bench device.
Rick

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

129 of 131 people found the following review helpful By Adam Thull on June 19, 2011
Color Name: MS8268 Verified Purchase
I bought this for ham radio and automotive trouleshooting. This is a great multimeter, the auto-ranging feature is very convenient, as is the back light. I checked the sensitivity and accuracy of the meter on a friends oscilloscope, comparable to some of his much more expensive yellow multimeters(you know what brand I'm referring to) Of course the batteries supplied are cheap and don't last long, but it is nice that they include some to get it working right out of the mailbox. It may not be what you are looking for if you plan on using it 6 hours a day every day, but for general amateur use it is more than adequate, and an EXCELLENT value!!
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110 of 112 people found the following review helpful By WinCrazy on March 14, 2012
Color Name: MS8268 Verified Purchase
"Dead nuts" accuracy (< 1% error) on all the functions that matter most to me. The case is oversized, but this is just not important. Its stand works well. My only disappointment is that the excellent probes don't come with the ability to screw on any type of alligator clips. This setup is what I use most and I haven't found any alligator clips made for probes that have no threaded collar for screwing on the clips. I have to substitute inferior probes just to get integrated alligators. I would gladly have paid more money (say, 5 bucks) just to get this one little feature.

Auto-ranging works very well for a meter this cheap. I know better than to compare this meter to any that cost 5 to 10 times as much ! This model has truly superb "bang for the buck". It accurately measures resistors in the 1.0 and 0.10 ohm range, and it zeroes out to 0.00 ohms when its probes are shorted together.

The cap/diode/transistor plug-in test adapter is very handy. However, the transistor hFE test function seems nearly useless due to it biasing the transistor with an incredibly tiny current. Most discrete transistors are simply not biased this way in circuits which makes the meter's reading all but useless for most practical purposes.

All-in-all, I love this meter. Comparison of other meter models' user reviews against this meter's reviews led me to get this particular model. It is far, far better than the cheapie $10 to $20 meters. It's worth much more than the thirty-two clams (shipping included) I paid for it compared to all its competitors in its 25 to 50 buck price range.

A general observation: Mastech bench top power supplies also seem to be top notch for their cost. No other manufacturer seems to come close to matching Mastech's value and quality for their product's cost.
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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful By D. Kemp on November 2, 2012
Color Name: MS8268 Verified Purchase
In the middle of a power outage from Hurricane Sandy, the rusty governor spring on my generator finally broke leaving the engine running at idle. Fashioning a replacement spring and adjusting the generator output to 120 volts got us through the outage, but after it was over I wanted to set the governor more precisely to get exactly 60 Hz. I was planning to buy a dedicated panel-mount frequency meter but discovered that many multimeters now include a frequency function, and since the Mastech was under $30, I ordered it. It arrived two days later, a day faster than promised.

My first impressions on opening the box were: 1) it's big, and 2) it's decent quality. The rotary dial and the pushbuttons click into place with authority, the case feels solid and doesn't flex, and the probes are heavy gauge wire. I ran through some AC and DC voltage and resistance checks; the results agree with my other meter though I don't have a NIST-traceable reference to test its absolute accuracy. House power frequency reads 59.96 Hz, as expected. The manual briefly describes the Cat II and Cat III safety standards the meter claims to meet - I have no way to verify compliance but it feels like it could take a beating in a lineman's toolbelt with no problem. A few minor observations that haven't been covered in other reviews:

1) It takes some effort to insert the probes the first time. I pushed until they felt fully seated, but there was still 1/4 inch of plastic sleeve exposed and the LED indicators didn't go out. The sockets are a standard size and the probes from my other meter went in smoothly all the way and extinguished the LEDs, so I forced the new probes all the way in. After that they are still stiffer than my old probes but no longer require excessive force.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Jorge on August 6, 2012
Color Name: MS8268 Verified Purchase
The Good
Backlight- Stays on for only 5 seconds then shuts off to save battery, only way to keep light on longer is to keep the light button pressed. Also has auto-shutoff after 15 min.
Quality- Nice design and construction. Has brass or metal screw retainers so they don't strip out like the soft plastic ones, when taken apart to change batteries. Nice kickstand.
Safety- Quality test leads, mine came with a cat 4 rating which I did not expect. Fused with a resettable and a ceramic 10A fuse. Warning sound and light if probes are in the wrong socket when trying to measure something, which makes it hard to blow out a fuse by accident.
I found it to be pretty accurate on DCV, ACV, DCA, DCmA, Resistance, Continuity sound is nice and loud, Capacitor- I saw another review that said it did not read over 10uF, it may be because it takes longer to read higher caps, for example when I tested a 120uF cap it took about 25-30 seconds to display a reading, but only took about two seconds to display a 10uF. The diode function was flaky at first using the same infrared LED, but now works every time. Uses regular AAA batteries.

The only con I have found is that it sometimes does not turn-on at first attempt, but always works when tried for a second time. Though in the last few days it has been very good at turning on at first attempt. I'm not sure if it's a common issue or just mine.

This is the cheapest in price Auto-range meter that I have seen, has functions that other similar or even more expensive meters don't have. If you are new to DMM's this one I believe is the best one to choose, before moving on to the more accurate and expensive ones.
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