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Pros: This is certainly one of the best meters on the market, it's fast, accurate, stable and reliable. There many people that use this model or one of its predecessors for decades. Fluke meters are regarded as the best meters available, and this is one of their flagship products.
Cons: There are only two points one can find against this meter. It's relatively heavy and large, if you're not an professional you could go with a smaller, lighter model. The second one is the price. It's not cheap, but you get what you pay for and this meter is worth every penny.

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Fluke 87V

  1. The Fluke 87V
  2. Technical Details
  3. Features
  4. Comparable Multimeters
  5. Other Reviews
  6. Download section

1. The Fluke 87V

As an electrician or technical professional you can’t go wrong with a Fluke 87V. This meter will last. It comes with a lifetime warranty and unlike other DMMs on the market it will keep it’s high accuracy over decades. It’s the de-facto industry standard for a professional digital multimeter.  It’s a flagship model from Fluke which most people consider the industry leader for multimeters and clamp meters. It’s made in the US, as oppsed to most meters now on the market which come from China. I personally used the predecessor of this model  for many years and was always satisfied with its stable performance, high accuracy and durability. Included in the package are TL75 test leads, AC175 Alligator Clips, a holster, a 9V battery already installed  and a 80BK temperature probe. The battery will last for years even when using it frequently.  With Fluke you are also sure that you have great support. This is one of the very best digital multimeters you can find today!

 

2. Technical Details

Specifications
Voltage DC Maximum Voltage: 1000V
Accuracy: ±(0.05%+1)
Maximum Resolution: 10 µV
Voltage AC Maximum Voltage: 1000V
Accuracy: ±(0.7%+2) True RMS
AC Bandwith: 20 kHz
Maximum Resolution: 0.1 mV
Current DC Maximum Amps: 10A (20 A for 30 seconds maximum)
Amps Accuracy: ±(0.2%+2)
Maximum Resolution: 0.01 µA
Current AC Maximum Amps: 10A (20 A for 30 seconds maximum)
Amps Accuracy: ±(1.0%+2) True RMS
Maximum Resolution: 0.1 µA
Resistance Maximum Resistance: 50 MΩ
Accuracy: ±(0.2%+1)
Maximum Resolution: 0.1Ω
Capacitance Maximum Capacitance: 9,999 µF
Accuracy: ±(1%+2)
Maximum Resolution: 0.01 nF
Frequency Maximum Frequency: 200 kHz
Accuracy: ±(0.005%+1)
Maximum Resolution: 0.01 Hz
Duty Cycle Maximum Duty Cycle: 99.9%
Accuracy: ±(0.2% per khz +0.1%)
Maximum Resolution: 0.1%
Temperature Measurement -200.0°C – 1090°C
-328.0°F – 1994.0°F
excluding probe
80 BK Temperature Probe -40.0°C – 260°C
-40.0°F – 500°F, 2.2°C or 2% whichever is greater
Conductance Maximum Conductance 60.00 nS
Accuracy: ±(1.0%+10)
Maximum Resolution: 0.01 nS
Diode Range:  3 V
Resolution: 1 mV
Accuracy:  ± (2 % + 1)
Duty Cycle Range Accuracy: Within ± (0.2% per kHz + 0.1 %)
Environmental Specifications
Operating Temperature -20°C to +55°C
Storage Temperature -40°C to +60°C
Humidity (Without Condensation) 0% – 90% (0°C – 35°C)
0% – 70% (35°C – 55°C)
Operating Altitude 2000 m
Safety Specifications
Overvoltage category EN 61010-1 to 1000 V CAT III, 600V CAT IV
Agency Approvals UL, CSA, TÜV, VDE listed
Mechanical & General Specifications
Size 201 x 98 x 52 mm (with holster)
Weight 355g
Display Digital 19,999 counts updates 4/sec.
Analog 32 segments, updates 40/sec.
Frequency 19,999 counts, updates 3/sec at > 10 Hz.
Warranty Lifetime
Battery Life Alkaline ~400 hours typical, without backlight
Shock 1 Meter drop per IEC 61010-1:2001
Vibration Per MIL-PRF-28800 for a Class 2 instrument

3. Features

It could come with a bit larger measuring range, but technically speaking the Fluke 87V has all the feature you will need for most applications. The DC Accuracy is very high with 0.05%. Average cheap meters have usually as much as 3% discrepancy. A variance of maximum 0.05% is close to meters that are used in laboratory environments and will do it easily for every job you could come across as an electrician or technician. For measuring AC it’s important that it is an True RMS meter, multimeters without this feature will often have more than 10% inaccuracy for nonlinear power sources, in fact this is very important as alternating current signals are everywhere.

Another nice feature is the temperature measurement. If you need it more often you will be pleased not to need an additional thermometer. This meter is very robust and durable, so it’s great for use on construction site. The accuracy of DMMs will normally decrease over time (and sometimes very fast if you use low-quality meters). From my experience with many meters, I can assure that with on exception. DMMs from Fluke keep their accuracy for very long time, even decades. But anyway I would still recommend to check calibration from time to time, especially if you use it daily. With Fluke a recalibration after every couple of years will be sufficient, I’ve seen many Fluke meters holding calibration like the first day for more than 10 years. Another point is the battery life. 400 hours is a lot and can last for years.

4. Comparable Multimeters

As an amateur you will not need the 87V in most cases. I would recommend to go with a more compact and lightweighter model like one of the Fluke 110 Series. There is also the semi-professional Fluke 170 series between the 110 series and the 80 series like the Fluke 83 and Fluke 87. If you use it just for measuring DC you could aswell go with the Fluke 83, which has no True RMS feature.

If you are an professional and use multimeters everyday you could think of upgrading to the Fluke 289. There you will get time recording with graphing, even greater accuracy and more features, but on the other hand it’s also heavier and larger and the batteries will deplete much quicker because of the larger screen.

5. Other Reviews

On Amazon there are 61 reviews with an average of 4.7 of 5 Stars. On the homepage of the maufacturer 19 reviews are available. All of them gave the Fluke 87V the full rating of 5 Stars.

There is also a video review on Youtube available:

 

6. Download section

pdf Data Sheet

pdf Detailed Specifications

pdf Users Manual

pdf Calibration Manual

Summary
Reviewer
George Stewart
Review Date
Reviewed Item
Fluke 87V
Author Rating
5