MultimFluke 179 True RMS Multimeter with Backlight and Tempeters can measure a number of different parameters such as frequency, voltage, conductance, current, inductance, capacitance, resistance and even temperature. And some models can measure AC voltages with frequencies as low as 20Hz. Most models can protect themselves from being damaged if the user chooses the wrong range or connects the wires to the terminals in the wrong order.

Fluke multimeters are some of the most expensive on the market today, but they are also some of the best. If you are looking to buy, you can find one on the internet for $10 (such as Sinometer DT830B 20-Range DMM & Battery Tester with Load by Ziotek) to $150 (such as Tekpower True RMS Auto/Manual Digital Multimeter with RS232 Optical Interface, DT9602R) that seem to have the same features as a Fluke multimeters. But Tekpower and Ziotek are generally all amateur pieces of equipment, and Fluke is pro stuff. Fluke multimeters have the features needed to find most ventilation, electrical, heating and electro-mechanical problems. These pieces of measurement equipment are easy and straightforward to use.

Fluke has many different multimeter models in their line of electronic testing and measurement equipment such as Fluke 189 Digital/Analog Logging Multimeter and 196B/S 196 B/S 100MHZ Portable Oscilloscope Scopemeter MultiMeter Meter Tester Test Equipment. We are going to look specifically at the Fluke 179 ESFP True RMS Multimeter with Backlight and Temp.

Fluke 170 Series are the new benchmarks for general purpose meters. They have major improvements over Fluke's original 70 Series such as more measurement functions, larger LCD display, True-RMS, and conformance to the latest safety standards.

Fluke 179 ESFP True RMS Multimeter with Backlight and Temp is a typical multimeter. It offers the basic functionality needed to do 90 percent of most required testing. This particular meter is of the manual and automatic ranging type, i.e. the Fluke 179 has both manual range and automatic range modes. This means the user used to set the appropriate range, i.e. the range with the best resolution (manual ranging) or the user simply selects the measurement type and the on-board micro-computer automatically selects the appropriate range, i.e. the user overrides automatic range and selects the range himself (auto ranging). Selecting the appropriate range is very important for the sake of accuracy. So, the Fluke 179 is able to operate in auto ranging mode or manual mode. When you turn the Fluke 170 on, it defaults to auto-range. To enter the manual mode, press the 'range' button.

Other relevant features include temperature readings, selectable sleep mode (preserves battery life), smoothing mode (allows filtering of rapidly changing inputs), unsafe voltage alert (warns for voltages above 30 volts), low battery indication, ergonomic case with integrated holster, and easy battery and fuse exchange (without opening the complete case).

The Fluke 179 multimeter is always correct in its readings. To measure voltage the user needs to place the multimeter on the appropriate setting. Two things must be know to do this. One – what kind of voltage; is it DC or is it AC. And the next – approximately what is the voltage to be measured. For example, a 9 Volt battery; the approximate voltage to be measured is 9 volts and batteries are DC power source. By knowing these two things the user can set the Fluke 179 on the appropriate setting. To measure the voltage of the battery the user will need test leads.

We have our positive test lead and we have our negative test. At the end of the probe leads we have banana jacks. These banana jacks will be attached to the Fluke 179 through connectors. As to which connectors are used will depend on the type of measurement that is to be taken.

It also features two areas of the LCD display, which show readings. The bar graph will show the user fast readings while the display takes less than one second to give the user a numerical reading. This feature is very useful if the user needs to see a quick voltage spike or voltage transition that most multimeters can't show. The user can measure ohms and check for continuity (beep) even with high voltage. Just remember that it is never a good idea to use the unit on a live circuit but sometimes it is necessary.

The Fluke 179 comes with test leads with 4 mm lantern tips and protective cap, installed 9 volt battery, and 80BK temperature probe.

Overall, with all of the advantages this product offers it truly is the ultimate multimeter. If you need all of the features this model has its well worth the price of $249.95.