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Mastech MS8268 Digital AC/DC Auto/Manual Range Digital Multimeter Meter

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  • Auto and Manual Ranging with Relative measurement (all ranges except frequency)
  • Auto power off (could be disabled) & Blue LED Back-lit LCD display
  • AC/DC 1000V/10A 200KHz 200uF 40Mohm Relative Measurement hFE Diode Check Continuity
  • LED / Sound Warning when incorrect banana jacks are used relative to function switch setting
  • All range fused (resettable) with 1 Year Warranty
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Item Weight1 pounds
Product Dimensions9.7 x 6.8 x 2.5 inches
Item Package Quantity1
  
Additional Information
ASINB0050LVFS0
Best Sellers Rank #641 in Home Improvement (See top 100)
Shipping Weight1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Date First AvailableMay 13, 2011
  
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Product Description

The newly released Mastech MS8268 is an auto/manual ranging digital multimeter. It is packed with many nice features such as sound and light warning for the jacks and back-lit LCD Screen. This meter powers on three AAA batteries. Accessories include test leads & user Manual

Technical Details

AC/DC 1000V/10A 200KHz 200uF 40Mohm Relative Measurement hFE Diode Check Continuity

LED / Sound Warning when incorrect banana jacks are used relative to function switch setting

Auto and Manual Ranging with Relative measurement (all ranges except frequency)

All range fused (resettable) with 1 Year Warranty

Auto power off (could be disabled) & Blue LED Back-lit LCD display


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Customer Reviews

The display is easy to read and even has a backlight.
W. Miner
I know the pros all seem to buy Fluke model meters but some of those can cost easily ten times what this Mastech cost.
David H.
The quality is good, everything looks solid, and I'm very pleased so far with the functionality.
G. Linn

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

85 of 87 people found the following review helpful By Adam Thull on June 19, 2011
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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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69 of 70 people found the following review helpful By WinCrazy on March 14, 2012
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"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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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful By M. Gowan on December 15, 2011
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Received a Sinometer instead of a mastech. looks the same. Functions the same . Part number the same. Could it be same manufacturer but just different brand name?
Mastech MS8264 has a temp sensor and sound meter. This one does not. Chose the wrong one. wanted the MS8264.
Still very happy with price and quality of unit. Found it uses high quality ceramic 10 amp fuse for amp circuit.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Jorge on August 6, 2012
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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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67 of 82 people found the following review helpful By Jay on August 13, 2012
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First off I'm no electronics guru that needs an ultra accurate DMM. I'm just a hobbyist that wanted one with a few bells and whistles like this one advertised. I knew before hand that this was not going to to be like a Fluke or any other high end model. I did expect it to perform better than my $19 Radio Shack model though. When I got it I tested it out on a freshly charged battery, it should have read 4.20V as it was a one cell LiPo. It was reading 147V (yes, one hundred forty seven). I turned it off and tried again, this time 350V. The strange thing is that when the leads aren't touching anything the display is constantly jumping all around from -140 to -350, it never settles down.

I then turned to the continuity check to see if it could at least read continuity. I set the switch and touched the two ends together and nothing happened. I turned the dial to the tone setting on the continuity and did the same thing, still no tone.

I thought that maybe the batteries are dead, because it comes with those very low mAh AAA cells and I though if they have been sitting around for a while they may have gone dead, so I replaced them with new batts and still no joy.

One of the causes of the above issues is that the negative plug does not seat well in the hole. It wiggles around a lot. I tried expanding the male end of the lead in hopes this would give it a firmer grip but it still wiggles around.

So I would suggest you save yourself some money and aggravation and buy something else.

Edit******

I decided to give this DMM another try and ordered another one. I thought that maybe I just got a bumb unit especially after reading all of the good reviews. I just got the new one today and I was not pleasantly surprised.
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