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Amprobe AM-510 Commercial/Residential Multimeter with Non-Contact Voltage Detection
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- Measures voltage up to 600V AC/DC, AC/DC current and resistance, frequency, capacitance, duty cycle, battery test
- Full-featured with non-contact voltage detection, audible continuity and diode test
- Large backlit LCD display with data hold and relative zero mode
- Durable, rubber overmolded enclosure
- Safety Rated: CAT III 600V
|Display Type||Liquid Crystal Display (LCD)|
|Included Components||Set Test Leads , 9V (6F22) Battery , User Manual|
|Number of Items||1|
|Style||AM-510: Residential DMM|
|Temperature Range||- 10/55|
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Designed for light commercial and advanced residential applications
Quality and safety, you can trust.
All Amprobe tools, including the Amprobe AM-500 series Digital Multimeters are rigorously tested for safety, accuracy, reliability, and ruggedness in our state-of-the-art test lab. In addition, Amprobe products that measure electricity are listed by a 3rd party safety lab, either UL or CSA. This system assures that Amprobe products meet or exceed safety regulations and will perform in a tough, professional environment for many years to come.
Amprobe AM-510 Digital Multimeter
Perfect for Electricians and Home Use
Compact yet tough, the Amprobe AM-510 autoranging digital multimeter delivers rugged, accurate performance for light commercial and advanced residential applications like rewiring an electrical panel, installing heated floors and light fixtures, troubleshooting and repairing home appliances, electrical sockets, and automotive electrical problems. Its CAT III safety rating and ease of use make it ideal for high voltage multimeter applications. Innovative digital multimeter features expedite go/no-go checks, and the built-in flashlight makes it easy to see wires and fuses in the dark. Plus a rubber tilt stand and a probe holder give you a “third-hand when you need it.
It is an auto- or manual-ranging meter for measuring current, voltage, resistance, capacitance, frequency, microamps, and duty cycles in commercial, home repair, automotive and electrical testing applications.
Packed with Features
The AM-510 measures alternating current (AC) and direct current (DC) to 10 amps, AC voltage and DC voltage to 600 volts (V), resistance to 40 megaohms, capacitance to 100 microfarads, frequency to 10 megahertz (MHz), microcurrent to 4,000 microamps, and duty cycles to 99%.
A Wide-Range of Applications
The AM-510 enables the user to install and troubleshoot light fixtures, home appliances, electrical sockets and electrical panels. This meter is also great for automotive applications such as checking battery voltage and alternator output.
Non-contact voltage detection enhances safety
The AM-510 features a built-in flashlight to see wires and fuses in the dark, a rubber tilt stand and probe holder to give you the 'third-hand' you need while taking measurements.
What’s In the Box?
AM-510 Commercial/Residential Multimeter.
9V(6F22) x1 battery installed.
Amprobe builds rugged, reliable test and measurement tools
Our products have been trusted by professional electricians and HVAC technicians for over 65 years and range from an extensive line of clamp meters and digital multimeters to industry-specific tools for residential/commercial electricians, HVAC/R technicians, utilities and industrial maintenance professionals. Rugged built electrical test tools with verified quality and safety, Amprobe offers practical, reliable tools at a fair price. Over the last six decades Amprobe has become a leading manufacturer of safe, reliable electrical test tools for industrial, commercial and residential applications with over 500 products worldwide. Amprobe not only invented the first clamp meter and the first wire tracer, but has also been consistently first to market with innovative solutions to better meet the needs of our professional customers. All Amprobe tools undergo rigorous testing to ensure quality and full compliance with the latest IEC and CE safety regulations in our state of the art environmental and safety testing labs and are further listed with third party certification labs.
Our commitment to high-quality products and customer service is demonstrated by our industry exclusive 'No Hassle' warranty. In the unlikely event that an Amprobe Test Tool requires warranty service, any of our local dealers are authorized to replace it, on the spot.
|AM-510 Residential Multimeter||AM-520 HVAC Multimeter||AM-530 Electrician Multimeter||AM-560 Adv. HVAC Multimeter||AM-570 Industrial Multimeter|
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Amprobe products range from an extensive line of clamp meters and digital multimeters to industry-specific tools for residential/commercial electricians, HVAC/R technicians, utilities and industrial maintenance professionals. All Amprobe tools undergo rigorous testing to ensure full compliance with the latest IEC and CE safety regulations in Fluke Safety labs for quality and safety you can trust.
Style: AM-510: Residential DMM
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Overall, I'm generally impressed with the general quality of the meter. The rubber overmolding is good quality. The feel of the knob is good. Taking the meter apart, I was impressed with the quality of the design on the PCBA. (I read that some meters were pretty poor in design and soldering quality). Overall, I really like this meter.
However, there were two REALLY HUGE ISSUES that stuck out immediately. The input terminals and the NCV feature.
THE INPUT TERMINALS! The probe was EXTREMELY hard to push into the V+ input terminal, almost like there was something obstructing it. It has gotten a little better after ~20 insertions. So I'm thinking this terminal will eventually be fine. The COM input terminal felt more like what it should feel like (like the Fluke 87V). However, the biggest gripe is the A and mA input terminals. The leads slide into them fine, but their holding force is extremely light. They aren't necessary loose, there is just minimal force to hold them in. It seems, while sliding the lead in, that from the initial contact to the final seating is only about 1.7mm. If you insert the probe lead into either the A or mA input terminal, tip the meter face towards the ground, let the lead dangle, and shake the meter even mildly, the lead will come out in 2-3 seconds. On taking apart the meter, it is apparent that the V+ and COM terminals are built differently than the A and mA inputs. The A and mA inputs hold onto the lead by only two side bent out contacts each. Looking at the lead insertion of these terminals with the case taken off, sure enough, the probe pushes past these bent out contacts by about 1.7mm before stopping. I'm not sure why Amprobe made these terminals so loose, perhaps as a result of the design to implement the "wrong input terminals warning" feature. If you are the Amprobe sales person, reading this review, PLEASE FIX THIS PROBLEM, as its a huge black mark on an otherwise WONDERFUL meter. The only reason why I'm not sending it back for this reason is because I took the unit apart and saw that there was at least some good electrical connection between the input terminals and the probes. Also, on performing current measurements, there didn't seem to be any intermittency in the readings while jiggling the lead connection, as long as I didn't pull the lead out by that 1.7mm.
I've never used a NCV feature on any meter, so I'm not sure if there is any correct method to use them. But I'm pretty sure the NCV FEATURE SUCKS on this meter. Placing the top facing part of the meter (where the light is located), it would register voltage on a 115VAC outlet maybe 1 out of 8 times, and then only intermittently. It didn't have much better success with a 220VAC outlet either. I tried touching the meter (where the Velcro strap loop is) right onto the outlet, rotating the meter and also moving this top face around, trying to see if maybe the sensor was in a certain spot. But nothing seemed to help. The only time it worked well was while running it along a power cord that was plugged in. Then it would work 100% of the time, with a response time of ~0.25s. So if the NCV feature is only meant for new installs, in which the dry wall is off, and the electrical wiring is exposed, this feature works great. But, if you're using it on outlets, it functions poorly. For me, this was not a deal breaker, as I wasn't going to use it much anyways. I can always use the probes.
After purchasing this AM-570, I took it to work and performed a bunch of comparison measurements with it versus the Fluke 87V. Doing these tests with these two meters side by side, I was very impressed with the AM-570's accuracy, response time, and functionality. Granted the Fluke 87V has ± tolerances of its own, and is not really meant to be used as a measurement reference. But, overall it does have tighter tolerances than the AM-570. I also used an Agilent 33210A function generator for the frequency and duty cycle tests. So, for what its worth, the Vdc, Vac, Idc, resistance, diode/continuity, capacitance, frequency, and duty cycle measurements seemed to meet the AM-570 published specifications. There were a few measurements that seemed to be slightly out of spec, but they might have been because the Fluke 87V was measuring on one end of the tolerance, and the AM-570 was measuring on the other. I was not able to compare the temperature readings.
Some specs that I measured, that I was looking forward to finding out, but which were not in the specification sheet were the following:
Frequency measurement sensitivity (measured with sinusoidal waveform input):
60 Hz>150mVp-p. 600 Hz>150mVp-p. 6kHz>150mVp-p. 60kHz>170mVp-p.
600kHz>200 to 400mVp-p. 6.0MHz>400 to 500mVp-p. 10MHz>600mVp-p.
Unfortunately function generator only went up to 10 MHz.
Duty Cycle Sensitivity (for ±2% error):
4 Hz to 3kHz > 400mVp-p
3kHz to 10kHz > 400mV to 1.5Vp-p
10kHz to 60kHz > 1.5 to 2.2Vp-p
60kHz to 600kHz > 2.2 to 3.9Vp-p
600kHz to 1MHz > 3.9 to 5.0Vp-p
Error started to be >2% above 1MHz
Unfortunately the function generator's duty cycle range was from 20% to 80%.
So I didn't get to test the full range of the AM-570.
- Vdc: Auto: ~0.5 sec. Manual: ~0.25 sec.
- Vac: Auto: ~1.0 sec (1.5 sec to stabilize). Manual: About the same.
- Idc (10A): ~0.25 sec.
- Idc (mA): Auto: ~0.5 sec. Manual: ~0.25 sec.
- Iac (10A): Not tested.
- Iac (mA): Auto and Manual: 1 sec (2 sec to stabilize).
- Resistance (until reading stable): Auto and Manual: 1 to 3 sec (depending on value).
- Analog scale is very fast (20/s) and is useful in catching faster transit signals.
Overall, I really like this meter. It's a great meter for the more serious hobbyist as well as for probably most professional test bench uses (as long as you don't mind slightly longer response times and as long as you don't mind the current meter probes coming out). It would probably be fine for use in the field too, as long as you're not using it for current measurements (with those leads coming out). I could see how it would be very useful for the HVAC guys.
Here are the pros and cons I found:
- Quality designed and built. Nice overmolding work. Good sturdy feeling case and knob.
Buttons have good tactile feedback. Waterproofing is good. Feels good in hands.
- Really like the side grip texturing. Makes it really easy to hold with minimal chance
of slipping out of your hands.
- Response time is adequate for most uses. There were some reviews stating that the response
was slow. But I think its useful for most applications. Putting it into manual range will
give you faster response times if needed. Also, once measurements are started, the display
updates 3 times/sec with any further measurement changes.
- When in Vac and Iac mode, frequency is shown in upper corner as well.
- Analog scale is fast and also gradiations on it are fairly accurate.
- Has Min/Max features.
- Flash light will definitely come in handy for electrician type work. Light is single white
high brightness LED. Not super bright, but bright enough to help see what you're doing
in the dark. Stays on for entire 15 minutes.
- Auto shutoff is 15 min. My last meter annoyed me to no end with the auto shutoff around 2 minutes.
- Backlight stays on indefinitely, until meter powers off after 15 mins.
- Dual temperature probes. Can see how this would be really handy for HVAC.
- Back stand is wide, so meter doesn't fall over as easy as other meters. Stands at a
- Probe holders on the back of the case positively hold the probes tight.
- Battery is easy to replace. Battery door is separate from taking rest of case apart. Battery
door screw is metal machine thread.
- Decent Cordura bag that fits all items that come with meter.
- Probes come with safety tips (with smaller exposed metal areas).
- Fuses are readily accessible upon taking case apart, and are clearly labelled, so finding
replacements should be fairly easy.
- Manual, comes on mini-CD. Is fairly helpful, especially with specifications.
- Fit of leads is WAY TOO LOOSE in A/mA input terminals.
- The NCV feature is poor.
- Response for resistance could be just a little faster. But not a big deal for me.
- Response time of continuity function could be a tad faster.
- Min/Max feature forces meter into manual range, resulting with stated minimum and maximum
values being only in that range. So if there is a transient minimum or maximum value
outside of that range, it will only be shown as 'OL'.
- Doesn't display frequency and duty cycle at same time in these modes.
Overall, I would give this DMM 3.5 out of 5 starts.
I previously had only an Innova multimeter that I got here on Amazon for around $20 - and it has been a great meter for the price. (This one: https://www.amazon.com/INNOVA-3320-Auto-Ranging-Digital-Multimeter/dp/B000EVYGZA/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1524085919&sr=8-3&keywords=innova+voltmeter). For most infrequent homowner users who only want to measure voltage and occasional resistance - this $20 Innova would be all the meter you ever need.
Recently I had the need to upgrade my multimeter as I also needed to measure capacitance. After briefly shopping around for a good "bang for the buck" meter, I settled on this Amprobe AM-510 Multimeter. In the end, I am glad I did - this is an outstanding meter for the price, and just as good or better than meters that are twice the price. Read the reviews - there are so many positive ones for good reason, this is a very good, durable multimeter for an outstanding price. This meter bridges the gap between the infrequent user who just needs a voltmeter, and the professional who needs everything. Look at this meter as something a more discerning hobbyist or homeowner would buy if they want a "do it all" multimeter, and plans on using it frequently.
I could go on about what this meter does, but for that just read the description, or better yet the product's webpage or manual. Or you could read the length reviews here on Amazon that describe every feature and pick apart the meter as if it were a much more expensive, professional model.
For the price and the value you get with this Amprobe AN-510, this is highly recommended.
Thanks for reading.
Pics attached: First pic shows the $20 Innova meter I mention above, alongside the Amprobe AM-510 in this ad. Notice the size difference - the AM-510 is not compact or small, it is quite heft. The second pic shows a close up of the Innova, and the third pic a closeup of the AM-510. If you are on a budget, and don't need a myriad of features - the Innova is a great meter for $20.
The bad.. god forbid you make a mistake and blow a fuse. Cannot find replacement fuses for this meter anywhere. I called Amprobe and sat on hold for over a half hour inquiring on how I can get a replacement 660v fuse. I finally gave up and just hung up. I mean how can the consumer be expected to locate the fuse if the manufacturer can't. Should I be able to resolve this I will update the review.
No contact detection does not work on receptacles.
EDIT- I emailed the company a week ago (now 12 days) about the fuses and still no email response. HORRIBLE customer service. Second email has been sent.
OK finally have the fuse replacement part numbers.. FP 500 (.5 amp) and FP 540 (10 amp). The guy that helped me today in customer service was very nice. It did take them a good hour to track down the fuse numbers, but he got back to me promptly.