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    Multimeters are devices that measure multiple electrical values, including voltage (volts), current (amps), and resistance (ohms). They are considered an essential tool for diagnosing issues, testing circuits, and ensuring electrical safety in electrical components and circuits. Multimeters are available in various types tailored to specific needs, and which to buy depends on your needs. Basic models work well for beginners, while advanced, precision multimeters are ideal for professionals who require a broader range of measurement capabilities.

    Our comprehensive range of multimeters for sale has been chosen for their high-quality components and accuracy, sourced from leading brands in the industry. Browse our range online today, which includes Fluke Multimeters, Keysight Multimeters and our own RS PRO Multimeters, to find your ideal multimeter solution. For more information to guide your purchase, check out our digital multimeters guide.

    What is a multimeter?

    The multimeter's purpose is to check the electrical resistance within a circuit. They are available in two different types, analogue and digital, and the device can perform many tests. No two multimeters are the same, and the functions can vary with the price, so it's important to have a good-quality multimeter with multiple functions if you are an electronic engineer or electrician.

    Handheld multimeter

    A handheld multimeter is a digital multimeter capable of measuring a range of electrical parameters. This makes it a practical alternative to carrying several tools and a space-saving, cost-effective solution. Its relatively precise and reliable readings also enhance the effectiveness and ease of electrical diagnostics and maintenance.

    What are the main types of multimeters?

    • Analogue Multimeters: Relatively simple to use but have limited features and functions
    • Digital Multimeters (DMMs): These come in various forms, including handheld, benchtop, and clamp metre versions, each catering to specific measurement requirements.
    • Bench Multimeters: More suitable for workshop and laboratory-based engineers and technicians who need a reliable instrument for maintenance, test, or repair tasks.

    What is the difference between an analogue and a digital multimeter?

    Analogue multimeters use a needle scale to show their readings, whereas digital multimeters have a numeric display. As the needle can move over time due to fluctuations caused by the flow of the electricity, the needle will move over time. As technology has advanced, digital multimeters (DMM) have become more popular as they have the ability to measure with greater accuracy, and the LCD display is easy to read.

    Checks performed by multimeters include

    The types of checks multimeters support include:

    • AC or DC voltages;
    • Resistance;
    • Continuity of electrical components;
    • Current in circuits;
    • Diode testing;
    • Some advanced models may measure frequency, temperature, and capacitance and have True RMS voltage and current readings;
    • Auto-ranging capabilities, which automatically select the measurement range.

    Multimeters typical applications

    Multimeters are also used across a range of industries, environments and applications, including electronics testing, domestic, commercial, and industrial electrical wiring installation, and automotive servicing.

    Why choose RS for multimeters?

    RS Malaysia supports technicians and engineers with the latest high-quality multimeters, multimeter accessories and complementary devices, such as megohmmeters. Our product range is easy to browse and supported by technical information to ensure you choose the right solution for your needs.

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