|Part Number||FLUKE 117|
|Item Weight||1.21 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||6.57 x 3.31 x 1.81 inches|
|Item model number||FLUKE-117|
|Batteries||1 AAA batteries required. (included)|
|Is Discontinued By Manufacturer||No|
|Color||Electrician's True RMS Multimeter|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
|Number Of Pieces||1|
|Included Components||ELECTRICIANS TRUE RMS MULTIMETER|
|Battery Cell Type||Alkaline|
|National Stock Number||6625-01-363-5825|
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- VoltAlert technology for non-contact voltage detection
- AutoVolt automatic AC/DC voltage selection. DC millivolts - Range : 600.0 mV, Resolution : 0.1 mV
- Low input impedance: helps prevent false readings due to ghost voltage
- Large white LED backlight to work in poorly lit areas
- True RMS for accurate measurements on non-linear loads.Operating temperature:-10°C to +50°C.Battery life:400 hours typical, without backlight
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Compact true-rms meter for commercial applications
Fluke. Rugged. Reliable. Accurate.
Fluke Digital Multimeters (DMM’s) are on more tool belts, finding more problems, than any other comparable test tools. Each design is tested to the extreme: drop, shock, humidity, you name it. Every Fluke Digital Multimeter gives you what you need: accurate measurements; consistent, reliable performance; attention to safety.
Fluke 117 Electrician’s Multimeter
The Fluke 117 is the ideal meter for demanding settings like commercial buildings, hospitals and schools. The 117 includes integrated non-contact voltage detection to help get the job done faster.
- VoltAlert technology for non-contact voltage detection
- AutoVolt automatic ac/dc voltage selection
- LoZ: Helps prevent false readings due to ghost voltage
- Large white LED backlight to work in poorly lit areas
- True-rms for accurate measurements on non-linear loads
- Measures 10 A (20 A overload for 30 seconds)
- Resistance, continuity, frequency and capacitance
- Min/Max/Average to record signal fluctuations
- Compatible with optional magnetic hanger (ToolPak) for hands free operation
- CAT III 600 V safety rate
Complete the Tool Belt
The Fluke 117 is the ideal meter for demanding settings like commercial buildings, hospitals and schools.
Hands Free Operation
Compatible with optional magnetic hanger (ToolPak) for hands free operation.
Non-Contact Voltage Detection
The 117 includes integrated non-contact voltage detection to help get the job done faster.
Perfect for Preventative Maintenance
The Fluke 117 is a key piece of a full tool belt of Fluke tools for all preventative maintenance needs.
|Fluke 117||Fluke 115||Fluke 87-V||3000FC|
|Testing||Resistance, continuity, frequency and capacitance||Resistance, continuity, frequency and capacitance||Resistance, continuity and diode test||Resistance, continuity and diode test|
|True RMS||True RMS for accurate measurements on non-linear loads||True RMS AC voltage and current for accurate measurements on non linear signals|
|Min/Max||Min/Max/Average with elapsed time to record signal fluctuations||Min/Max/Average to record signal fluctuations||Min/Max-Average recording with Min/Max Alert to capture variations automatically|
|Safety||CAT III 600 V safety rated||CAT III 600 V safety rated|
|VoltAlert technology for non-contact voltage detection||10A ac/dc current measurement (20 A overload for 30-seconds max)||Built-in thermometer||Fluke Connect for logging, reporting and saving to the Cloud|
|AutoVolt automatic AC/DC voltage selection||Maximum Voltage ac/dc 600V||Measure up to 1000 VAC and DC||AC and DC voltage measurements to 1000V|
|Low input impedance: helps prevent false readings due to ghost voltage||Measure up to 10 A, 20 A for up to 30 seconds||AC and DC current with 0.01 mA resolution|
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With its integrated non-contact voltage detection and the AutoV/LoZ function preventing false readings caused by ghost voltage, the Fluke 117 Electrician's Multimeter is the ideal multimeter for electricians. In fact, users around the world have said their 117 is an investment in accuracy. The Fluke 117 provides Min/Max/Average readings, measuring frequency and capacitance. With its easy-to-use design, the Fluke 117 will save you time, allowing you to move from job to job with ease. Surge protection 6 kV peak per IEC 61010–1 600 VCAT III, Pollution Degree 2
From the Manufacturer
Compact true-rms meter for commercial applications. The Fluke 117 is the ideal meter for demanding settings like commercial buildings, hospitals and schools. The 117 includes integrated non-contact-voltage detection to help get the job done faster.
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I absolutely love it. I have had cheap analogs, bench top digitals, Simpson 260s, cheap digitals, test lights, buzers, bells, and a canary in a cage. This tops them all. This is their bottom end and it isn't made in the US, but the quality and ruggedness is there.
Just buy one. Hell, buy two; you'll always know where at least one of them is.
What sets the 117 apart...
The 117 has a 6000 count display with 4 updates per second, plus a 33 segment bar graph with 32 updates per second. The bar graph I find extremely responsive and reliable. This is a True-RMS meter as you would expect from Fluke (and any meter in this price range.) That's not such a big deal if you're taking measurements from a clean / pure sine wave source, but if it's a distorted waveform or not a sine wave (such as a measurement on a modified sine wave AC inverter), your measurement can be off quite a bit on non-RMS meter. The 117 has a CATIII rating. It has a maximum working voltage of 600V in both AC and DC ranges. The CAT ratings can a bit ambiguous but I'll attempt to summarize CATIII. Basically, you can work on most panel boards / switch gear and anything down stream of them (i.e. - feeders, outlets, hard wired equipment, and anything plugged into them.) CATIV is the only rating higher and it adds service drops to the list as well as underground installations. So basically CATIII is the MINIMUM rating you want on your meter and you can't probe the main drop from the power company. But “generally” once you're on the switched side of your main breaker, you're in CATIII territory. DO NOT exceed the CAT rating of ANY meter because doing so, in a Murphey's Law scenario can open you to the possibility of a potentially fatal shock or catastrophic failure of your meter. The voltage that accompanies the CAT rating isn't all that complicated. It's simply the maximum "working voltage " or "max line voltage" of the meter, maximum surge and destructive voltage can be a little harder to find if not posted in the literature. I believe the 117 has a peak surge rating of 6kV. I love the sturdiness of this meter, it a Fluke, so it's the brick crap house of DMMs. I'm serious, this can really take a beating. It does have a protruding dial on the face which in a face down drop could be venerable, but I still believe the 117 to be one of the sturdiest meters on the market. The rubber holster offers excellent 5 side protection and it feels good in the hand. Also there are some terrific tear down videos on the web if you're interested in the guts of the device. I love the battery access compartment! It's very innovative...no thin wires to worry about yanking out of the PCB. It features direct PCB soldiered tabs and a “one-way” 9V battery door that helps in properly installing the battery. The mode dial is great aside from what I mentioned above. It has an off center design that can be rolled from the side with your thumb. It's large and easy to grip with gloves on. The over current protection is another win. Most people fail to realize just how much force 10A can carry; this meter uses a single high quality ceramic HRC fuse and all of the standard additional suppression devices to give the user maximum protection. The case is designed with a deep lip / blast shield as well to protect against debris being blown out the sides in the event of truly catastrophic failure. I love the LoZ Volts voltage measurement. This is a low impedance voltage test that operates on something close to a 3,ooo Ohm resistance. Quite often if you have parallel runs of wiring where one line is de-energized and another is not. The "dead" line can show a voltage reading on a traditional DMM. Very simply this happens due to induction, but the voltage present is at an almost non-existent current level that cannot “push through” a typical high resistance resister used in DMMs to measure voltages. I've personally seen 70V on supposedly “switched off” 120V circuits. Flipping to the low impedance mode allows this ghost voltage to “dissipate” and read what's really on the line (which should be less than half a volt on a circuit that’s de-energized.) One note however, if you use this meter on electronics DO NOT use this mode. The resistance on a PCB in electronics circuit can often be much higher than 3,000 Ohms...you could short out that segment of your board by allowing current to flow through the meter as apposed in parallel to it. This is why traditional meters use mega ohm class resistors to test voltage, and most of the time that's fine. So always start out in "normal" volts AC or DC then if ghost voltages are suspect, then switch to the LoZ range.
What else is there to like...
The continuity check is great! It's a latched system which means you get a positive tone every time a circuit is completed. The response time is excellent as well. The "Volt Alert" is a non-contact voltage detector that functions the same as those pen style testers that have been on the market for years. It's nice to test walls for live electrical lines prior to drilling or nailing into them. Also it's handy if you need to trace the path of a run of wire behind a wall. It features high and low sensitivity modes for different wall thicknesses. Still I caution you not to trust your life to it. The Amperage range is decent. It's reads .001A to 6.000A in .001A increments and 6.01A to 10.00A in .01A increments in both AC and DC amps ranges. There is no mA nor uA range on this meter as it is geared primarily to electricians. However in my opinion the amperage range is quite useful for a general purpose meter and perfectly geared for electricians or homeowners. The resistance tester has a good range; going from .01 ohms to 40.00 mega-ohms. The capacitance tester is decent enough. Accuracy isn't too bad for it and its measurement range goes down to 1 nF. Honestly, this is more than enough for a general purpose meter. Any lower and you really should be looking for something more specialized like and LCR meter. The manual that comes with the 117 is great. It's written in 9 languages but it's still simple and easy to understand while at the same time giving the user all the information and data that they could possibly need about this meter. And of course you should read this start to finish before using your meter for the first time! This meter has good numeric resolution on the screen being a 6000 count meter. In brief terms I will attempt to explain accuracy vs. counts. This meter will display three digits after the MOST significant digit up to the significant digit being a 6, after that the meter drops to two digits after the most significant digit. In other words, it will display 5.999V but once the reading crosses the 6V threshold it will display 6.01V on the screen. This is true at any range. So it drops a digit every factor of 10 up to 600.0 (i.e - 6.000, 60.00, 600.0) Now having said all of that, the accuracy isn't reflected in the screen's numeric resolution. Still though, that's pretty standard in handheld meters. This meter has a basic DC volts accuracy of +/- 0.5% +2. "What the heck does that mean?!" Basically, you look at the reading on the display (we'll imagine measuring against a precision voltage reference of 1.000V) The first step is to add AND subtract half of a percent to get a range (in our example 0.995V & 1.005V) then you add and subtract 2 counts. A count is the least significant digit displayed on screen. So again if our meter is measuring against 1.000V source, the farthest out our meter “should” be displaying is 0.993V and 1.007V. Honestly for precision testing that could be quite a bit, which is why high accuracy bench top meters costs hundreds or even thousands of dollars, however for general purpose measurments, this is actually is really good accuracy. That said, this accuracy falls on a bell curve. In most cases you aren't going to be that far out and in fact will be close to spot on. There are videos on youtube that show meters being tested against precision voltage references and with most I've seen on Fluke hardware, their always right at the voltage or a count or two high or low. As for the rest of the accuracy, AC volts is +/- 1.0% + 3 cts, ohms to 6 mega ohms is 0.9% + 1ct (6-40 mega ohms is 5% + 2), and amperage is 1.5% + 3 (AC) and 1.0% + 3 on DC. Lastly on the accuracy point, it does float a bit as the meter ages. So a meter that’s new from the factory will have a much better chance of near pinpoint accuracy than a meter that’s been in the field for years.
Areas that have room for improvement...
The diode check is average (limited to 2V) but it works. Frankly I never check diodes so it’s of little consequence to me. The frequency measurement could stand to be a little better. It's limited to 50kHz which might me low for some users. The test leads that come with this meter are Fluke TL75's. They are of decent quality being rated to CATIII 1000V/CATIV 600V if the tips are shrouded. That said I still have pet peeve. The jackets on these are not as flexible as other Fluke leads and even some of their competition. The TL71’s sell right here on Amazon for roughly $10-20... The TL175's which are much nicer in both feel and usage are roughly $25... Seriously, tack on the $10 to the MSRP and give us the better leads. Still, they do work and work well. (Note: Some lower end meters from other manufacturers are shipped with leads that are not rated to the same CAT standard as the meter they’re paired with and in some cases, not rated at all. This is something watch out for when purchasing a DMM.) Another place I see room for improvement is the backlight. I might be being a little overly critical here but I did a backlight comparison with my 87-V. I have to say the 117's backlight isn't nearly as bright. It's bright enough, but in a side by side comparison it just felt like it was lacking.
This section is dedicated to things I don't like about the 117...
First is the hold feature. Fluke traditionally offers an "auto hold" AKA “touch hold” feature. I have to say, I'm disappointed they didn't include that feature on this model. With a push button hold, you have to find a way to push a hold button with both of your hands tied up holding probes. Now let's say for instance I used an alligator clip to attach one probe to a bus bar and used the other to probe around. This would leave my other hand free to hold the meter and push the button. But if I could hold the meter, I could just get it in front of my face and LOOK at the digits on the display...completely eliminating the need for a hold feature. The second complaint is with the Fluke company's lack of accessories. This is a common problem with all of their meters and products. No case! I want something to store my meter in! And I don't want to spend 10 or 20 dollars on it either. Just mark the price up another 2 bucks and give us a pouch for our meters here Fluke! A set of alligator clips would've been nice, but alas nope... Sold separately. I have several meters and thus have them laying around, but I'm speaking from the value standpoint. Honestly, I have a few Fluke products and a disappointing lack of accessories is actually a common problem. If you find a Fluke Kit for the meter you're interested in at a reasonable price...GET IT! You'll spend more buying cases and lead accessories piece by piece then getting the kit up front. That said, being part Fluke's economy line...I don't know of any kits offered for this meter. Go figure...
So assuming you've made it this far I hear your question. This all sounds great but this meter is ~$140-$170 and I can get most or all of this in a meter in ~$100-$120 range right? Why should I spend 50 more of my hard earned dollars to get this? Well it can be summed up in three words, "build quality" & "safety". Most manufactures build their equipment to a price that was set the day they started planning to build that instrument (or even prior to designing it.) Sure Fluke has a "market" and therefore a "price" in mind, but they build their units to a "standard" first. The final price reflects what it took to get there. Back up in the first section I spoke of safety ratings, this meter is a genuine CATIII meter that is ready for commercial and light industrial use. To ensure that, Fluke sends every one of their products to several of the major safety & standards testing groups for testing and proofing. That is why Fluke is the industry standard in nearly all commercial and industrial environments and why nearly all electricians have at least one their products in their tool box. At the end of the day, they know that these units have been tested rigorously and "proven" so that when they need quality and survivability, as well as maximum personal protection these meters will perform. Personally, I wouldn't use anything BUT a Fluke on CATIII installations. Just about the time the high voltage transient comes down the electric utility and causes a flash arc inside the meter's casing is not the time to be wishing you had something built and tested to protect YOU against it. Expensive meters are still cheaper than the cheapest hospital stay.
The reviews here and in most other places really are not kidding about this meter having great build quality, There's a very close attention to detail and this is a very well made and very durable meter.
Mine had a small defect, the backlight is not really very even. I'm not sure if it's this batch but I have seen other reviews bring that up. I have seen one of these without this issue. There's also an issue with the display contrast, It looks good at a straight on angle, and it looks great at an angle looking slightly up at the display. The problem is, looking down on the meter. There's very little contrast so it's more faded and it even becomes more difficult to read then it should be. That is the reason for one star off. I would say that it was the battery being bad or slightly dead but I tested it and it was at 9.4V and I put a brand new battery in and found the same issue.
More good things, theres a lot.
The meter has a pretty intelligent design for the battery. It's literally impossible to install backwards WHILE not having a little 9v battery clip on a wire that can get damaged. The terminals are literally metal strips poking off the motherboard through the back casing into the battery compartment and the battery "door" itself is what actually houses the battery and the battery terminal end is shaped in such a way that you cannot put the battery in backwards. Overall that is a very clever and good design feature. Quite a few people also mentioned the dial being in a bad location and they do not like how it sticks out but, I mean, how many of these reviews state that they dropped the meter and the dial actually came off or otherwise broke. The dial seems in a bad location but it's also very well made. On top of that in the durability topic, I got sand/dust/dirt all over the meter, to the point where the dial was grinding.
I was like, Hey, this is a Fluke and it has a water resistance rating (IP54), So I simply washed it off under a sink from all angles (Yes, even the banana plug sockets). A day later the dial was perfectly fine and not grinding as well as the meter was completely functional and showed absolutely no care about having been washed a bunch.
Yes that was a bad idea, I knew it, I knew if I had been damaged then I would not have been able to send it back I would have been either stuck trying to fix it or out a meter/200$, No need to leave negative comments, I understood. But there is also absolutely no mention of anyone else on the internet treating their meter in such a way, So I did and I am here to say that it seems like it's not too shabby even in something it isn't officially advertised as being able to take. I do have to say though that if you do this and damage your meter I am in no way responsible or encouraging you, I am just sharing my experience with my own meter.
Myself and my teammates have issues with performing continuity checks because the readings are very unstable. Sometimes it takes fifteen seconds or so before the readings settle before we get a good reading. It is very frustrating; so much so that we sometimes have to turn it off and reset it. It doesn't always work, but it will eventually give us a good reading. I don't know if it is the meter or the leads, but I have tried different leads on my own meter and it didn't matter. This for me means it is the meter.
I still choose the Fluke over others, but in the future I may be forced to try another pro meter because this can be very frustrating. Good luck.
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Fast, excellent bar-graph, good construction, this is a quality meter. BUT.
That makes me wonder why on earth Fluke went on cutting silly corners with a crappy LCD display. The display is contrasted and crisp if viewed from about 30° down. this is where the peak contrast occurs. So that works fine if the meter is laying flat on a workbench.
On the other hand, if you look at the display straight, like you would if the meter is on it's stand or attached to a magnetic hanger at your eyes level, the contrast is so low that the numbers are borderline unreadable. From any angle upwards, the display is basically blank and useless. It's an issue that my previous $15 multimeter did not suffer from.
Such a basic LCD display is so cheap that I almost resent Fluke for going this route.
I am seriously considering returning the unit. At this price tag, it's just unacceptable. Searching about this issue online confirms this is a pretty well known "feature" of the 11x series and going on for YEARS. One would imagine they would have fixed this by now, but they haven't.
The meter display is a bit annoying like a previous review mentioned as you do seem to need to look at it head on otherwise you can't see it. Easy to select what you need. Shuts off on its own if you leave it on. Can take some abuse. All in all an excellent meter! If you need a meter you can't go wrong.
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