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bigmal
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PostSubject: CHEAPO electircal test meter: ALDI   Sun Dec 30, 2012 6:58 pm

Got one of these today from ALDI for less than a fiver.

Handles both 12v and mains.

Doesn't give voltage level, but tells you +ve and -ve which is dead handy when wiring in accessories etc.

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captain crash
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PostSubject: Re: CHEAPO electircal test meter: ALDI   Sun Dec 30, 2012 7:38 pm

Me thinks there is going to be a run on ALDI now, good post Mal
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PostSubject: Re: CHEAPO electircal test meter: ALDI   Thu Apr 04, 2013 7:55 am

Be really careful if you are going to try to use that for fault finding. Not knowing the difference between 2V and 12V.
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PostSubject: Re: CHEAPO electircal test meter: ALDI   Thu Apr 04, 2013 1:22 pm

Sorry mate you've lost me there....
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PostSubject: Re: CHEAPO electircal test meter: ALDI   Thu Apr 04, 2013 1:34 pm

Dirty contacts or corrosion can cause a high resistance. With a test LED like that the led will light up whether you have 6V or 12V there. You can spend a lot of time chasing your tail because everything looks OK even though there's a problem there.
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PostSubject: Re: CHEAPO electircal test meter: ALDI   Fri Apr 05, 2013 8:20 am

So that would mean that you could only use it to see if there is a current rather than there is enough current.
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PostSubject: Re: CHEAPO electircal test meter: ALDI   Fri Apr 05, 2013 9:05 am

In basic terms that would be it.
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PostSubject: Re: CHEAPO electircal test meter: ALDI   Fri Apr 05, 2013 10:06 am

bigmal wrote:
Sorry mate you've lost me there....

Lost me too? I thought it was just for testing for live wires and taking the guess work out, not giving voltage readings :what1:
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PostSubject: Re: CHEAPO electircal test meter: ALDI   Fri Apr 05, 2013 4:49 pm

No confusion on your part Sim, that is what it is for!
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PostSubject: Re: CHEAPO electircal test meter: ALDI   Fri Apr 05, 2013 5:12 pm

I only bring up as through years of experience of working on electrical and electronic systems I have seen people waste a huge amount of time and money using things similar to that and deciding that a circuit or wire was OK because the LED came on.
If you have a way of using it that satisfies your need go for it.
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PostSubject: Re: CHEAPO electircal test meter: ALDI   Fri Apr 05, 2013 7:27 pm

I agree with Ian, these little tools have a use but are very limited. Much better to buy a cheapo meter.
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PostSubject: Re: CHEAPO electircal test meter: ALDI   Fri Apr 05, 2013 10:53 pm

You can always get the live and earth, stick them in your mouth at the same time and give them a good suck & if your eyebrows burst in to flames and you piss yourself you know the connections good
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PostSubject: Re: CHEAPO electircal test meter: ALDI   Fri Apr 05, 2013 11:30 pm

captain crash wrote:
You can always get the live and earth, stick them in your mouth at the same time and give them a good suck & if your eyebrows burst in to flames and you piss yourself you know the connections good

But don't try this on your home electrics folks
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PostSubject: Re: CHEAPO electircal test meter: ALDI   Sat Apr 06, 2013 8:00 am

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PostSubject: Re: CHEAPO electircal test meter: ALDI   Sat Apr 06, 2013 12:16 pm

Good find Mick I always wanted a tester but funds have always made me say no but even I can afford that one

Simbo your a good man for putting in the household wiring warning, sucking that stuff will make you shit yourself as well
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PostSubject: Re: CHEAPO electircal test meter: ALDI   Sat Apr 06, 2013 2:14 pm

Crickey, that's a silly price. Got one as a spare, be silly not too.
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