no it does not and i believe it comes with two cheap china batteries...
i bought one, dont care for it much.. also had one from sears for about
$12.95, did not like that one also.. because it was digital.. seemed
that it was not too accurate.. i went back to a analog multimeter from
radio shack that i bought about 30 yrs. ago for about $29.00.....
not that this one is any more accurate either, just like the feel of it.
Actually, it uses a standard 9V, **BUT**, it is truly a piece of junk. I
bought one about 18 months ago from HF. At the time is cost $10. It didn't
work at all so I called them and they sent me a new one which seemed to work
fine. I then noted that the original had a blown fuse, so I replaced the
fuse and it worked as well. Two days ago I went to test an outlet. One
meter showed 167 V, the other was out of range (over 750V). My old trusty
analog showed 121 V. So I suggest saving your $3 plus shipping and handling
(over $10 if this is all you get).
"Bob" < email@example.com> wrote in message
You're right it takes a standard 9V. But it isn't a piece
of junk. Maybe you just got a bad run. Mine is accurate
and is only on it's second battery in 2-3 years because I
sometimes forget to turn it off. And it the original battery
was down to an incredible 3.5V when it quit working. Didn't
think anything that took a 9V battery would work at 3.5V but
this one still ran the display but the readings were
flackey. So if you get weird voltages maybe the batteries
is down. BTW, this same meter is sold in other stores under
different names for up to $20. I bought mine on sale for
My meter is highly consistent reading house voltage and
compares closely with other voltmeters. But mine does have
one quirk. The display is photovoltaic so in strong light a
12V battery measurement will read as much as 0.4V higher
than if the display is shaded. Doesn't bother me know that
I know that it does it.
I don't care who makes or sells stuff, only if it works.
Just bought an indoor/outdoor electronic thermometer (with
hi/low memory) for $10 from HF and it also works perfectly.
I set it on top of my house electronic thermostat to check
and both the indoor and outdoor (on a wire) read identical
to the 1/10 degree and the same as the thermostat. The
indoor and the outdoor often differ with the outdoor probe
near the indoor scale but that is because the outdoor probe
is sensitive and can change very fast. The indoor probe is
inside the case and is apparently shield so it changes much
more slowly. With the high/lo feature, you can clear the
memory, and set the whole thing in a refrigerator or
freezer, then come back and look at it and check the low
reading and high reading to find out what the temperature
changes are. Course a remote outdoor unit would be better
but this certainly serves my purposes.
Marilyn and Bob wrote:
<< Throw one in each tool box -- don't leave home without it, three
I bought 3 of them about 4 years ago (gave 2 to my son's). I'll agree that
they " ain't " Simpson's but they do save ware and tare on my Simpson's
and they work very well, especially considering the price, no tears shed if
you drop or (lordhelpus) fry one. RM~
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