Groupbuy for UNI-T UT210e clamp meter for tailcap current readings

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Pretty much, yeah. Might go off a hundredth but if it doesn’t go back a simple press of the zero button solves it. With my Mastech, a second press of the zero puts it back where it started, usually some .34 off or so. Then you have to press it once again to zero out. So this Uni-T is simpler in that respect.

The jaws are pretty small, not really a big deal running a 12 ga wire loop through but I’m used the much larger and wider opening Mastech. Not a biggie, and the switch rotates opposite of the Mastech, again just insignificant differences that take a bit of getting used to.

Neat little zippered bag has a “lid” that zips open, leads with probes are stored in a pocket inside that lid, works pretty nice, cleverly done and useful.

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Thanks Dale.

I've got the bigger UT208 and it wonders slightly hence the question.

 

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DB Custom wrote:
The jaws are pretty small, not really a big deal running a 12 ga wire loop through but I’m used the much larger and wider opening Mastech.
Does the smaller size seem any better for shoving it into tight confines?

I’m on the fence, seems like I need a couple of these. I’ve wanted an AC/DC clamp meter for some time.

Still fine, still on a break. One day I’ll catch up with you folks! previous wight catchup Wink
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Conventionally The smallest jaws are direct expression of the current capacity of a clamp. This is more a precision clamp so the maximum current measurable is “low” compared to others (200A) but on the other side it’s resolution goes as low as 1mA….hence why.

More current take fatter cables so bigger jaws… Even if obviously you won’t ever clamp a cable as big the jaw

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Wight, I’d say go for it. These cost half as much as my Mastech and are just as capable, even more so in some ways. Dinner for 2 at a nice place, not an exorbitant place. Or a sweet AC/DC clamp meter for a few years or more. Wink

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Can I get the code if this is still active?

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I was wondering if anyone could post a few pics (or a video) on how they measure tailcap current with this. I’m having trouble envisioning what a wire loop through is, and the types of wires one needs to use. I’m interested in this meter, but I want to be sure I understand how it’s done.

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Ordered 1/14/2016.

Shipped 1/20/2016.

Delivered 2/1/2016.

Thanks, Freeme and BangGood, for a great deal!

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Ordered 1/14/2016.

Shipped 1/20/2016.

Delivered 2/2/2016.

Thanks, Freeme and BangGood, for working out a great deal! And thanks to 1dash1 for lending me the template Wink .

First results, compared wit my very old DMM (well, it’s digital). I replaced the tailcap with 8 inch of (single core copper) installation-wire, 1,7 mm (0,067 inch) diameter, that I bent in a U-shape and clamped the meter around one end.

Convoy S2+ with Intl.Outdoor UV-led and 3*7135 – DMM: 0.95A – UNI-T: 0.99A
Convoy S2 with XM-L2 4C dedomed and 8*7135 – DMM: 2.74A – UNI-T: 2.75A
BLF 6A SE with XP-L 1A dedomed FET + 1*7135 – DMM: 4.5-ish – UNI-T: 5.09A

EDIT: the next morning I ran the BLF 6A SE again with a fresh charged 30Q: 5.77A

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I know it really hasn’t been that long since I ordered (by China shipping standards) but I’m going crazy waiting for mine.

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Got mine. Works fine!
Are the batteries missing for anyone else? I wouldn’t even notice, but the manual explicitly states “please check that accessories are not missing or damaged: 1.5V AAA battery – 2 pcs”.

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My Chinese is a bit rusty, so I did not notice Wink .

The box I received had following contents. A clamp meter with two AAA-batteries in it, a carrying bag, two testleads, a warranty-card and a manual (both in Chinese). Will contact BG about the latter.

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Henk4U2 wrote:
My Chinese is a bit rusty, so I did not notice Wink .

The box I received had following contents. A clamp meter with two AAA-batteries in it, a carrying bag, two testleads, a warranty-card and a manual (both in Chinese). Will contact BG about the latter.


My manual was in English too. No batteries though.
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Primary batteries not installed in equipment are, in general, no longer permitted in International Postal shipments. So either the shipper removes them, or often, the Postal Authorities do it for them!

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Please add me to the list.

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Should I order this now or wait until the Chinese new year is over?

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I did suggest vendor to dump those cheap AAA batteries in exchange for faster delivery. I thought the idea was dropped due to extra manpower that had to be put in to get the job done.

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Would you guys recommend me this as my first DMM?
I’m shopping for a reasonably priced multimeter and this seems great since I can also use it for flashlight current measurements.
I don’t need anything fancy, just a hobby DMM for various electronics projects I’d like to get into and around house stuff.

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vulpes wrote:
Would you guys recommend me this as my first DMM? I’m shopping for a reasonably priced multimeter and this seems great since I can also use it for flashlight current measurements. I don’t need anything fancy, just a hobby DMM for various electronics projects I’d like to get into and around house stuff.

While I don’t have mine yet (patience is not one of my virtues) from what I can tell this is a great starter meter. I’m adding it to a circa 1987 Radio-Shack Micronta and a Fluke model 116/322 set This one gets me clamp on DC current measurements and a much higher DC current range than my HVAC specialty Fluke has. For the price, it is hard to go wrong. with this meter.

I just went to the product description page (after checking the tracking AGAIN) can anyone who has this model confirm if it has a frequency or temperature mode? The UT210D has accuracies listed for Frequency and temperature, where the UT210E does not. But the ‘standard accessories’ lists a “point contact temperature probe” in addition to the test leads. For the record – I will be happy either way, just trying to clarify.

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Thanks!
And my understanding is it handles non-curent measurements just as fine at the same resolution as other “normal” UNI-T DMMs?

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Thanks! And my understanding is it handles non-curent measurements just as fine at the same resolution as other “normal” UNI-T DMMs?

According to the product description, it should. AC and DC Voltage, Resistance / Continuity, Capacitance, Diode forward voltage are all there.

Also listed are NCV, which I think is a Non Contact Voltage sensor, meaning that you can wave it near a wire and it beeps or displays something if voltage is present and “V.F.C.” which I have no idea what it is.

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vulpes wrote:
Thanks! And my understanding is it handles non-curent measurements just as fine at the same resolution as other “normal” UNI-T DMMs?

According to the product description, it should. AC and DC Voltage, Resistance / Continuity, Capacitance, Diode forward voltage are all there.

Also listed are NCV, which I think is a Non Contact Voltage sensor, meaning that you can wave it near a wire and it beeps or displays something if voltage is present and “V.F.C.” which I have no idea what it is.

correct.
From uni.-t site V.F.C function is for measuring signal at variable frequency

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I copy-pasted the specs of the UT210E plus the specs for an other decent UNI-T meter costing $27.43 (Fasttech)
 
It looks like it does the other functions well enough to use it as a general multimeter.
 
 

General

Brand: UNI-T
Model: UT210E
Certification: CE

Technology Parameters

Max. Display: 1999
DC Voltage: 200mV / 2V / 20V / 200V / 600V
AC Current: 2A / 20A / 100A
Input Impedance: More than 10MOhm
Resistance : 200Ohm / 2KOhm/ 20KOhm / 200KOhm / 2MOhm / 20MOhm
Capacitance: 2nF / 20nF / 200nF / 2μF / 20μF / 200μF / 2mF / 20mF

Special function

Data Hold: Yes
Backlit Display: Yes
Auto power off: Yes
Diode Test: Yes
Continuity Buzzer: Yes
Operation Method: Auto Range
Powered by: 2 x AAA Battery
 
 
 
UNI-T UT39C Handheld Digital Multimeter:
  • Measures AC/DC voltage, AC/DC current, resistance, capacitance,temperature, transistor, frequency, diodes and Continuity
  • DC Voltage: 200mV/2V/20V/200V/1000V (0.5%+1)
  • AC Voltage: 2V/20V/200V/750V (0.8%+3)
  • DC Current: 2mA/200mA/20A (0.8%+1)
  • AC Current: 2mA/200mA/20A (1%+3)
  • Resistance: 200Ω/2kΩ/20kΩ/2MΩ/20MΩ (0.8%+10)
  • Capacitance: 2nF/200nF/20µF (4%+3)
  • Temperature (°C): -40°C ~ 1000°C (2%+8)
  • Frequency: 2kHz/20kHz (1.5%+5)
  • Accuracy: 0.001
  • Maximum Display reading: 1999
  • Data hold & sleep mode functions

  
  
  
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Thanks djozz, you are obviously smarter than I am (check the manufacturers website, not the supplier – why didn’t I think of that! Party (< dunce cap, not party cap.))

I have now pulled the user manual and found that this meter does not appear to measure frequency or temperature. I’m ok with this, as I have another meter that does this for me, but if it is important to you for what you need it to do, this is the wrong meter.

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Just seeing this now.
Is this buy still active?

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Lazy-R-us wrote:
Thanks djozz, you are obviously smarter than I am (check the _manufacturers_ website, not the supplier - why didn't I think of that! Party (< dunce cap, not party cap.)) I have now pulled the "user manual ":http://www.uni-trend.com/uploads/soft/wanyongbiao/UT210C.D.E-English%20M... and found that this meter does not appear to measure frequency or temperature. I'm ok with this, as I have another meter that does this for me, but if it is important to you for what you need it to do, this is the wrong meter.

Eehhm, I must admit that I did not copy the manufacturer's website, but I took one description from Gearbest, the other from Fasttech Innocent

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Rereading your post, I don’t know where I got the idea that you pulled it from the Manufacturer site. But your post DID make me go there, so I STILL think you are smarter than me! (Not to mention all the OTHER stuff you have posted.)

ANYway, BangGood’s current description of this meter is copy pasted below:

Quote:

UNI-T UT210E Digital Auto Range 2000 Counts True RMS Clamp Multimeter Clamp Meter Ammeter Voltmeter Resistance Frequency Capacitance Temperature Tester

*Emphasis mine

The description does claim Frequency and Temp, probably because the specs in the table below have entries for the UT210D which DOES have Freq. and Temp. but has a different current range (2A/20A/100A for the 210E and 20A/200A for the 210D).

Once I get mine, I will try to do a mini review and post it to BangGood and bring this to their attention, I think this is a case of human error and NOT anything nefarious. It could be confusing to someone was confusing to me until I looked HARD at the table and pulled the manual.

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Lazy-R-us wrote:
Thanks djozz, you are obviously smarter than I am (check the manufacturers website, not the supplier – why didn’t I think of that! Party (< dunce cap, not party cap.))

I have now pulled the user manual and found that this meter does not appear to measure frequency or temperature. I’m ok with this, as I have another meter that does this for me, but if it is important to you for what you need it to do, this is the wrong meter.

Thank you for pointing me to an English manual. BG has not responded (yet) to my question about the Chinese manual I got.

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I just ordered one. I wonder if it will get out of China before the holiday.

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