[Review] ANENG V05B Digital Multimeter /w bluetooth & data logging

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[Review] ANENG V05B Digital Multimeter /w bluetooth & data logging

ANENG V05B Digital 6000 Counts Multimeter True RMS with Bluetooth and data logging function

Hi, I came across a new digital multimeter model on Aliexpress and thought I’d provide a brief review on here. ANENG has NOT provided the device for review, I bought this with my own money and all views are my own.
First of all, this is not going to be a HKJ style professional review, I have a lot of respect for the high quality reviews our members create and I am not able to create such content, yet! My technical equipment wouldn’t allow me to measure the details, but at least I can give you some experiences from using it within the last 48 hours – this multimeter seems great for our various hobbies.

Observations/features about this device:
- affordable (I paid only 13$ after coupons including tracked shipping via DHL however YMMV)
- decent quality craftsmanship, device is rubberized around the edges – won’t scratch easily
- comes with bluetooth functionality
- the free app is perfectly usable and has multiple ways of viewing the measurement
- it has data logging which provides a in-app chart & CSV file
- small/compact design and lightweight

This battery powered, auto-ranging multimeter should be ideal for a variety of hobbies like electronics, flashlight, driver development, raspberry pi, arduino, PCB development, R/C, and more.


Buttons
ON/BT – long press for on/off of the multimeter, short press for enabling/disabling of bluetooth
SEL/NCV – short press for mode selection, keep button pressed for NCV measurement
H/ZERO/light – short press for Hold/zero, long press for display light and flashlight functionality
Please note that the display and flashlight remains illuminated until you switch it off
There is a RED LED which indicates NCV measurement and continuity. Continuity measurements also have a sound.

Multimeter functions, display flow

It even has a flashlight

These are the OEM listed technical specifications:

Display segments

View of the back side

Bluetooth disconnects when weaker AAA batteries are used, but the eneloops I have in them work great.

View of the built-in stand

View of NCV sensor

App flow

Charting feature within the app

(on tested Android devices a standard CVS file is stored locally that can be exported to Excel or Numbers)

I selected the minimal version at checkout which comes with probes and a temperature sensor
Probes are 12cm long and the cables are approximately 64cm long, the temperature sensor works as expected

Bluetooth connectivity, app, and data logging
- Device connects easily with a mobile phone that has the app installed
- App appears crude, but has all the functionality (especially compared to other DMM apps out there)
- Mobile app has multiple views you can select during measurement (double tap)
- Standard .cvs file will be stored with user-defined filename and can be exported
- Remote measurement to other devices if account is registered through app (feature not tested)
- You can finally chart charging/discharging curves, store measurements, and share across forums and social media

Advantages:
- App, bluetooth and data logging works at a very affordable price point.
- Data logging feature provides CSV file for each measurement (tested on Android phones), which can then be imported to Excel or Numbers.
- Compact, modern design of the multimeter.
- App even allows remote management if you sign up for an account (I have not tested this feature).
- Very fast shipping through DHL, only took 9 days to my place.

Other comments
- According to other forums, this multimeter uses mini fuses. These are smaller fuses and not the “normal” size. I haven’t opened the multimeter yet but I have seen mini fuses on ANENGs before.

Disadvantages:
- 2xAAA batteries mean you may run out of battery power.
- Bluetooth feature keeps disconnecting when weak AAA batteries are used, make sure to use eneloops or similar.
- Flashlight is not really useful, but I am sure our members have another light source.
- Logging is only for one measurement at a time, i.e. you can’t log temperature and voltage at the same time.
- Auto-ranging feature can be a bit slow. On one occasion it took several seconds when I checked the voltage on Li-Ion cells and AA cells.

Conclusion
I honestly love this multimeter for what it is. It may not have the feature set of more expensive devices, but if you want a compact digital multimeter that comes with bluetooth, app support, data logging and includes a nice design – this ANENG multimeter is a great choice.

Just in case I forgot to mention something, these are the marketing images from ANENG:











Clicks on pictures will lead you to the ANENG store product

Edited by: cyberpunk on 06/03/2021 - 10:16
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Stunning. Although it’s marked good to 600V but has a 250V fuse?

“$13”

“it has data logging which provides a in-app chart & CSV file”.

Edit: Can you share the coupon you used? Looks like it’s at least a $20 bill here in the US no matter which way you go.

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I have not opened the device yet, but I wouldn’t use it for anything in that voltage area. Checked my power outlet and it works!
The test probes are rated up to 1000V and 10Amps, again, not saying anyone should use this device for that purpose.

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I can search for the coupon I used, I believe it was a brand shopping week a few days ago and the price was indeed lower. The store should give you 1.00 dollar, the brands discount was 2.00$, and there were some form of select coupons. I also used a code which I need to find. Tracked shipping via DHL was free.

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Thanks for the good review. This seems like a really nice DMM for automotive use, when you measure certain modules but are sitting elsewhere. your cellphone could show the measurement inside the app.

Can’t believe how cheap this is despite Bluetooth and that app with logging. Will order one tonight.

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Excellent for automotive applications, yes. But also generally a good meter for all kinds of other uses due to the remote monitoring feature. Downloaded the app, it looks bad, but the pictures above show the real functions.
thanks for the pictures.

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Thanks for the details, ordered two of those.
I actually have no real multi-meter and this one fits the bill.

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very nice dmm, thanks fot the review. ordered and will report back once it is here.

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hey – good review! could you tell us a little bit about the logging procedure, what the steps are, how it works, ..?
would like to get this if simple enough to log with it.

thanks.

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I have one of these on the way. from what I understand you can just save the measurements with one tap on the app, it saves everything in one file. That’s it!
very easy to use and high quality device.
Aneng is a budget brand but the quality and usability is there. this specific meter is ideal for flashlights. only the clamp meter part is missing, but can’t expect a clamp meter and everything else for this low price.
good device!

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good find and good review, thank you for sharing.
will probably order it, because of BT feature and free app.
edit: ordered.

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I’ve had real trouble sourcing a fuse for mine. The tiny tictac size mini fuses are not easily accessible, does anyone know where you can buy them?

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If you can measure the length and diameter, and read off the fuse current value and voltage rating, then it should be possible to find a source for the fuse. Without this bare minimum information then the task would be hopeless.

Now i used to think that i was cool,
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1)
These should work
https://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/_AectQV

2)
Or these
https://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/_AXk5vF

these type are used in a variety of multimeters, just check that the current rating is correct. But 10A is normally the right one for a DMM.

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RPI wrote:
hey – good review! could you tell us a little bit about the logging procedure, what the steps are, how it works, ..?
would like to get this if simple enough to log with it.

thanks.


start measuring, then simply click on the save icon when finished, name the file, all measurements will be there. It is 1 click to get a .CSV. very convenient.
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Thanks I’ll dig out the fuse and put the calibres on it, but from memory it was only a few millimetres like 3.8mm. They go ‘bang’ when you blow one…quite an experience!lol

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Vaping wrote:
https://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/_AectQV

These are the most common fuses for China multimeters, I think. they fit most of the models I own, aboutg 3.6mm.

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cayman wrote:
Vaping wrote:
https://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/_AectQV

These are the most common fuses for China multimeters, I think. they fit most of the models I own, aboutg 3.6mm.


Thanks a bunch, I’ll check these out. I just opened my DMM up and put calibres on the little fuse. I blew the 10A/250v it also has the 600mA/250v. Anyway the measurements were roughly 3.6mm diameter and 10.6mm length. But given they have a little solder blob on each end the actual fuse housing is likely 10mm or 1cm. I’m going to check those you listed, they ‘look’ the same, fingers crossed!! That’s a really big help to me I gave up trying to find them, ordered some that were too big. I was mainly looking on eBay which I think was the problem.

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They are EXACTLY what I needed, you have no idea how thankful I am. Dang forums are good. The AliExpress link was in French but I bought them in any case I got 10×10A & 10×600mA for like $5 delivered so I can continue to stick the MM probes into PowerPoints and smoke things up till my heart’s content! Now my MM will be back to being AC/DC instead of just DC. I’m so happy!

CR888

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My Aliexpress always comes up in Hebrew or Russian. No clue how a huge company like this can’t store cookies like anyone else with language settings…

Glad the links helped you out. I also just bought another pack, who knows whether these will be available in the future. You can never have too many multimeter fuses!

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Thanks for the detailed review, this is the perfect dmm for me. was looking for something like this and a mobile R/C tool box or the glove box in my truck. this one is small and lightweight. thanks.

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I think a lot of these DMM’s have similar guts and come from the same factory despite looking physically very different with UI configurations. Mine is a NK-tech brand but I know it’s a rebadged UNI-T. They make great price range meter, I got a uni-T clamp Meyer, sound meter, thermocouple digital thermometer. I even bought an new exact same DMM as a spare as I could’nt find them fuses. I spent more on better leads/probes and alligator clips than the DMM itself which was like $14!

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Just received the meter. It is much better than expected, all functions as described.

The only thing I couldn’t figure out is remote management. you can share the measurement live with someone in another location or even geography if both are signed up on the app. You need an account and I haven’t properly tested that yet.
other than that this is a great DMM.

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Remote management works with the account, you can sign up on the app.
A really good multi-meter and app!

I was about to build a logging tool with Arduino, but the cost and effort would have been way higher compared to this DMM. The quality is not comparable to a Fluke, but very high for this price point.

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acab wrote:
I have one of these on the way. from what I understand you can just save the measurements with one tap on the app, it saves everything in one file. That’s it!
very easy to use and high quality device.
Aneng is a budget brand but the quality and usability is there. this specific meter is ideal for flashlights. only the clamp meter part is missing, but can’t expect a clamp meter and everything else for this low price.
good device!

thanks, it really is that easy. first I tapped multiple times, but once is enough at the end. the CSV file can be imported into Excel without problems for me.
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CR888 wrote:
They are EXACTLY what I needed, you have no idea how thankful I am. Dang forums are good. The AliExpress link was in French but I bought them in any case I got 10×10A & 10×600mA for like $5 delivered so I can continue to stick the MM probes into PowerPoints and smoke things up till my heart’s content! Now my MM will be back to being AC/DC instead of just DC. I’m so happy!

You are welcome. I thought I’d share what I use and I know how hard finding the right part can be. All of my DMMs use the same fuse type, I think all budget meters are from similar sources. Like someone said above.

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Detailed review, have ordered one to test the log stuff. have a few li ion cells I can now chart.

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How long do the batteries last when you guys to longer measurements?
like discharging curves or similar? Any type of brand or battery model I should use?

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Finally received it – batteries last a long time for me. I use IKEA Ladda AAA cells.
The stand is also a working design, unlike the other cheap DMMs where the stand folds back or breaks off.
So far I think this is a good device, can only recommend it.
It is a small multi-meter, so if a large one is required, then this one wouldn’t be it.

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CR888 wrote:
They are EXACTLY what I needed, you have no idea how thankful I am. Dang forums are good. The AliExpress link was in French but I bought them in any case I got 10×10A & 10×600mA for like $5 delivered so I can continue to stick the MM probes into PowerPoints and smoke things up till my heart’s content! Now my MM will be back to being AC/DC instead of just DC. I’m so happy!

Same. I was looking for these fuses for a very long time. my AE search didn’t turn out the links above. thanks. these fit all the cheap dmms I have running atm and even other stuff going forward.

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Good model, thanks for the review. Good for flashlights.

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Also ordered the fuses, you never know when you will need them in an emergency.
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duramax wrote:
I was about to build a logging tool with Arduino, but the cost and effort would have been way higher compared to this DMM. The quality is not comparable to a Fluke, but very high for this price point.

I designed a Arduino logger and it wasn’t very accurate. This dmm should work as I wanted the Arduino to.

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