|Item Weight||14.1 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||7.7 x 1.7 x 3.6 inches|
|Item model number||MS8268|
|Batteries||3 AAA batteries required.|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
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Mastech MS8268 Series Digital AC/DC Auto/Manual Range Digital Multimeter
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- 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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|Color||MS8268L||Dark gray/ Orange||—||—||Red,Black||—|
|Item Dimensions||1.73 x 7.68 x 3.62 in||2.76 x 8.27 x 5.51 in||1.82 x 6.57 x 3.31 in||—||—||1.2 x 7.5 x 5.6 in|
The newly released Sino meter Ms8268 is an auto/manual ranging digital mustimeter. 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.
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I opted to buy this multi-meter due to its low price.
Firstly, the meter did not come with any batteries, which by the other reviewers' comments are of poor quaiity, so I quickly installed 3 AAA rechargeable 750 mAh Eneloop (2,100 rechargable cycle) batteries and they have lasted a very long time since I do not frequently use the backlight option.
Panasonic BK-4MCCA4BA eneloop AAA New 2100 Cycle Ni-MH Pre-Charged Rechargeable Batteries, 4 Pack
Alternatively, you could opt to use AAA alkaline batteries or higher capacity (950 mAh) Eneloop batteries (Panasonic Eneloop Pro) if you use this meter for extended periods with the backlight:
Panasonic BK-4HCCA4BA eneloop Pro AAA New High Capacity Ni-MH Pre-Charged Rechargeable Batteries, 4 Pack
Secondly, the test leads were quite useless since their metal `test poles' were too short. I have noticed this finding in many other peoples' reviews. Thus, just discard the test leads that are supplied with the meter.
Apart from these two initial problems, I have been delighted with the performance once I replaced the test leads with the surprisingly inexpensive set ($ 21.48) from Fluke (TL71) which have much longer metal `test poles', are very `elegant', and have very soft and flexible cables! What a joy to use them!
Fluke TL71 Premium Test Lead Set, Right Angle
As such, I had to pay alot more money to finally get a functional meter.
The meter is very big and `chunky', the thick green outer casing is flexible and will prevent damage caused by knocks and drops, and the meter has a lifting rod to more easily display the screen in some circumstances, if and when you wish to use it.
The readings are displayed in large LCD black digits, and there is a backlight when performing tests in dark places but which only stays on for a approximately 5 seconds after activation to save battery life.
The appropriate COM and TEST sockets are very helpfully illuminated in red (around the socket) when you switch the test dial to measure different electrical parameters, and of the leads are inserted in the incorrect sockets then the red lights of the correct sockets flask in red lights thereby ensuring that the users do not make an error in inserting the test leads in the incorrect sockets, and there is a 250V 10A fuse contained within the battery box at the back.
Apart from the initial requirements to get a functional multi-meter, this meter has been robust and performs every task I require of it (but N.B. I am not a qualified electrician) so I rate it as a 4 star product.
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Though, the readings take way too long to settle, especially continuity. The continuity beep is fairly quiet (at least with the provided batteries). I wish it used a 9V instead of the 3x AAAs. The light function turns off too quickly. When it beeps to warn you that it will turn off soon, if even if you do a reading it seems to shut off as it was going to. And the testing leads are make from plastic, which I hear is no good for higher CAT levels.
Not thrilled it's made in China but I expected it.
This unit does not seem to have a very long battery life, especially when using inherently lower-voltage rechargeables (a must for saving on battery costs) at 1.2V each instead of 1.5V each, and access is not easy in having to remove screws and almost the entire backside for battery access. Also, make sure the probes are fully inserted into their banana jacks or else the LED lighting can remain on which will significantly detract from battery life.
But it does perform as advertised, and is a handy meter for the price.
- Most annoying issue: Auto-shutdown is 15 minutes, no matter what. During long hours of debugging I need to constantly re-start it.
- Doesn't zero-out by itself - fluctuates around 50-150mV. Once a low impedance voltage source is connected at the input it measures it correctly, but it's still confusing and annoying.
- Display update is slow. If you have poor connections where you want a quick read because things are shaky, you'll never get that readout - it will just go up and down, waiting for a solid connection for at least 1-2 seconds before getting a reliable readout.
- Need to confirm this (only changed batteries once) - looks like it eats batteries relatively fast.
Does the job, but I don't like it.
Less demanding users might never notice the issues I enumerated - depends on how it's used.