Fluke 87-V Multimeter Review

 Fluke 87-V Multimeter

Fluke 87-V
Flukes High-performance Multimeter

Our Rating: 4.9 out of 5

Reviewed by: Elriegh Bunton

Published on: September 24, 2017 

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    Funtionality  9.5/10
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    Price 8/10

Fluke 87-V Overview

The next and final offering on our list from Fluke is the mighty 87-V. Taking things to the next level is a multimeter that truly excels in its field, ideal for professional electricians dealing with HVAC units.

A range of features exists here, such as true RMS, auto shut off and a selectable filter for accurate voltage. There is also a temperature within the unit, which means you can read the room temperature without the need for a probe. By far our favorite component, however, is the auto and manual ranging. This capability caters to both the novice and the expert and is not a common feature for multimeters, instantly setting this product apart.

Once again with our review, we will begin with an overview, detailing what the item is before exploring the key features. Following this will be pros and cons. We'll also take a look at what other users found when buying the product before giving our final verdict.

As before, we will begin with an overview, detailing what the item is. This will be followed by the key features, before moving on to our pros and cons. We'll also take a look at what other users found when buying the product before giving our final verdict.

Fluke 87-V HVAC Multimeter

Fluke have raised the bar with this unit. A huge range of features exist and the multimeter can measure voltage, frequency, capacitance, current and temperature.

The display ranks highly as well and comes with a dual resolution screen. 6,000 and 20,000 counts is the range, which means that even the tiniest fluctuation of voltage can be detected immediately.

One of the most impressive aspects of this unit is that almost anyone can use it. This multitude of features present does, however, offer a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it's great for those who are professionals working in the HVAC and electrician field, but by contrast, a beginner could be overwhelmed by all of the auxiliary facets presented.

 It is easy to carry on gushing about the product, but for now, let's leave it there and instead get into the specifics.

Specifications

As you've probably noticed already, there is a whole host of new devices and components to discover with this model. Fluke has gone all out to present a unit that can cover most occurrences and this is reflected in a long list of designations;

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Specifications

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    Built-in thermometer conveniently allows you to take temperature readings without having to carry a separate instrument
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    Optional magnetic hanger for easy set-up and viewing while freeing your hands for other tasks
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    Large digit display with bright, two-level backlight
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    True RMS AC voltage and current for accurate measurements on non-linear signals
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    Selectable filter for accurate voltage and frequency measurements on motor drives
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    0.05% DC accuracy
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    6000 counts, 3-3/4 digits
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    4-1/2 digit mode for precise measurements (20,000 counts)
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    Measure up to 1000 VAC and DC
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    Measure up to 10 A, 20 A for up to 30 seconds
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    Built-in thermometer lets, you carry one less tool (TC probe included)
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    Frequency to 200 kHz and % duty cycle
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    Resistance, continuity and diode test
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    10,000 µF capacitance range for components and motor caps
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    Min/Max-Average recording with Min/Max Alert to capture variations automatically
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    Peak capture to record transients as fast as 250 µs
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    Lifetime warranty
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    Auto and manual ranging
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    Auto shut off

To expand further, here are some quick-fire details to be analyzed;



1. ​Auto and Manual Ranging

Touched upon previously, this double feature is great for allowing you to have complete control on how to conduct your tests.

The manual mode means you can truly narrow down the range and get it completely to your configuration. However, if this is too time-consuming, or you're not confident enough, simply engage automatic ranging and go right ahead.


2. True RMS

Always a positive for any of the best multimeters, precision, and accuracy should never be compromised and this ensures they're not. For a professional who relies on data that can't be compromised by false readings, true RMS is mandatory.


3. Auto Shut-Off

As the name implies, this functionality comes in handy if you've left the unit on by mistake and gone off for a break or even packed away for the day.

After fifteen minutes of inactivity, the unit will shut itself down. This saves on battery life overall and prevents an embarrassing situation whereby you attempt to turn on the multimeter only to find it is completely drained from being left on all night.

Pros & Cons

There are so many features to examine and admire that it seems like a pretty easy list of positives and negatives.

However, one glaring negative is the price. This will come down to your personal preference, but the price is higher than many other units available on the market. Potentially justified by the number of auxiliary features we still think it could be available for cheaper.

On that subject, the sheer amount of additions could be seen as a positive or a negative. We happen to think it's a great thing and ensures this is a true multimeter answering the call of multiple uses.

A final point to praise is the design of the product. Once again, Fluke has ensured that this is one of the most shock-resistant products available and with a lifetime warranty attached, that makes a big difference.

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    Auto and manual ranging
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    True RMS
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    Lifetime Warranty
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    Audible Warnings
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    Multiple features such as auto hold and auto shut off
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Cons:
  • Price is Steep
  • Overwhelming for new/inexperienced users

User Reviews: 

By now, with Fluke products you can expect to have the majority of buyers lavishing praise on the product, but with a few negative comments scattered around.

The praise this time, however, is a higher calibration, with comments such as "Probably the gold standard in portable multimeters. I've never had an issue with it, and have high confidence in measurements" and "This is a high-quality multimeter. It comes with a thermocouple and reads temperature as a bonus. Accurate and designed with safety in mind."

One of the features of this product is the built-in thermometer. Now, while the quality of this product is high, the thermometer is a point of debate, with users refuting its accuracy.

 One buyer suggested, "The thermometer does not work when it gets too cold. I'm a refrigeration tech so I've used this inside freezers checking suction line temps and I found out this didn't work when I saw frost on the line, and the temp was reading 70 degrees f."

Conclusion

While the product is not perfect and has a few points to examine, such as the thermometer not being up to par for specific jobs and the price being slightly high, overall we have to say this is a fantastic multimeter.

Its robust design will ensure it stays with you for many years and even if things do break down, the lifetime warranty serves as a great peace of mind and bonus for you. The sheer volume of features and different ways you can use this item makes it stand out and the staggeringly good display is a wonderful note.

The moment you pick this product up and feel it in your hands, it feels worth every penny. Without hesitation, we can extrapolate that this is an unmatchable and unbeatable product that answers every call possible.

If the cost for this wonderful product is a little too dear for your taste or you merely wish to continue browsing our reviews, check out our other top multimeters, or the best budget multimeters! 

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