Finding The Best Multimeter For Hobby Electronics - Success!

I spent a good deal of time looking for a multimeter to suit my needs;  troubleshooting the automated systems for my reptile and fish enclosures.

It’s been something of a hobby of mine, but as time has gone on and things have gotten more complex I began to run into problems.

After a bit of research, I found the ELIKE T-92 Self-Recovery Digital Multimeter. Although it's not considered by the pro's to be the best multimeter;, I'm still glad I made the purchase.

First Thoughts On The ELIKE T-92 Multimeter

It felt high-quality right out of the box, the unit itself is pretty solid and I was quite impressed with the larger LCD screen which made it easy to read. I honestly wasn’t expecting much as far as the actual build quality goes, expecting instead that I was primarily paying for all of the additional features.

One thing I did notice was that the arrow on the dial could have used a bit of color or been sank a little bit farther but that’s not much of an issue. I colored it in with a fine-tip Sharpie a couple of nights after I got it and haven’t worried about it since. It also didn’t come with a battery, which necessitated a trip to the store.

I’d also have to say the dial can be a bit confusing if you don’t know your way around electricity, but happily that wasn’t an issue for myself. I’m not quite sure if it will hold up to the 240V it’s rated for, but it didn’t blow up when I used it to check a 110V socket so it’s safe for home troubleshooting at least.

Using The ELIKE T-92

I immediately got to work with it after getting the battery. It’s not “fast” in its readings but the LCD changes a couple of times a second so I was able to get a reasonably accurate picture of the voltage going through. The fact that it makes a noise when a circuit can conduct electricity is great, and I was quickly able to solve one problem in my master controls for the big fish tank by figuring out that one of the cables I’d repurposed from elsewhere wasn’t conducting despite it looking fine.

I also measured amperage in a couple of places, having had some trouble with fuses in my home-made control box blowing and was able to rewire the problem areas.

I should also note that it seems to have the ability to detect if an IR signal is working or not, but I haven’t had an opportunity to test that out just yet. I’m sure it’ll come in handy at some point though.

I’ve only used it a few times in the couple of months I’ve had it, and it’s worked flawlessly for me thus far, but I can’t speak for the actual durability of the tool over a long duration of usage.

Overall Conclusion

If you’re looking for the top multimeter for electronics, whether that be as a hobby or professionally, then you’ll be quite happy with this meter. It’s absolutely perfect for being able to troubleshoot small electrical systems, and you can’t really argue with the price. I’d highly recommend it for anyone who works with low-voltage systems frequently, especially if those systems tend to be complex.