- The Fluke T5-600
- Technical Details
- Comparable Multimeters
- Other Reviews
- Download section
- Where to buy?
1. The Fluke T5-600
The Fluke T5-600 is a multimeter with just very basic features. Fluke calls it an electrical tester in distinction to multimeters with more advanced features. The main advantage of this model is it’s low price. The list price is just $100. That’s about the amount for multimeters where you can start to expect adequate safety features, automatic range detection and a accuracy and measuring range suitable for most amateur and home appliances all in one device. And in fact the Fluke T5-600 meets all this criteria. With 300g it’s very lightweight, it’s not very large either.
With this electrical tester you can measure voltage up to 600V, current, resistance up to 1000 Ω and test for continuity. It meets CAT III 600 V safety requirements. If you think about purchasing your first multimeter, don’t need it often or just don’t have the money to afford a more sophisticated device the Fluke T5-600 is a good start.
2. Technical Details
|Jaw opening||12.9 mm (0.5 in)|
|Max wire size||1/0 THHN Cable|
|Current range ac rms||0 to 100.0 A|
|Accuracy ac current (50/60 Hz)||3 % ± 3 counts|
|Voltage range ac||0 to 600 V|
|Accuracy ac voltage||1.5 % ± 2 counts|
|Voltage range dc||0 to 600 V|
|Accuracy dc voltage||1 % ± 1 count|
|Resistance range||0 to 1000 Ω|
|Continuity beeper threshold||On at <25 Ω, off at >400 Ω|
|Volts indicator LED threshold||Guaranteed on by 30 V ac|
|Operating Temperature||-10 °C to 50 °C|
|Storage Temperature||-30 °C to 60 °C|
|Humidity (Without Condensation)||0 % to 95 % (5 °C to 30 °C); 0 % to 75 % (30 °C to 40 °C);
0 % to 45 % (40 °C to 50 °C)
|Dust / water resistance||yes|
|Operating altitude||2000 meters max|
|Temperature Coefficient||0.1 x (specified accuracy)/°C (<18 °C or >28 °C)|
|Overvoltage category||CAT III 600 V ac/dc (EN61010-1)|
|Agency Approvals||UL, CSA, and VDE|
|Mechanical & General Specifications|
|Size||30.5 mm x 51 mm x 203 mm|
|Battery Life||200 hour zinc chloride, 400 hour alkaline|
|Battery type||2 x AA|
|Low battery indicator||yes|
|Current sensor opening||12.9 mm|
|Calibration cycle||1 year|
With this electrical tester it’s easier to talk about the features it doesn’t have than the few basic features it does actually have. The features include measuring voltage, current, resistance and continuity. The tough building quality could count as another feature, you won’t find many meters you can drop from ceiling height to the floor and are still functioning without problems. However it’s a very basic device, despite the automatic range detection you won’t find in very cheap meters, you won’t find there as much safety build in as in the T5-600 either. It’s missing many features you would like to have in some situations. For example if you want to measure current on small circuits there is no selection for milliamp or microamps. As an hobby electrician measuring on breadboards you will probably want this.
4. Comparable Multimeters
If you measure AC frequently you will want to have a multimeter with true RMS converter. If you want to have this feature and don’t want to spend a lot more money the Fluke 115 or 117 could be right for you. But the Fluke 11x series is also limited for measuring low currents. So if you want to measure on you arduino board it’s probably not the right one for you. If you can afford it and want a meter that you can use for the rest of your life you should give the Fluke 87V a try. If you would like a remote display the Fluke 233 is your only choice.
5. Other Reviews
On Amazon there are 50 reviews with an average of 4.8 of 5 Stars. This is a really good rating and suggest that most people are very happy with their purchase and the value for money.
6. Download section
Unfortunately no Data Sheets or other additional information is available for this model.