View Full Version : OT: Good ANALOG volt-ohm-meter?

08-19-2005, 05:03 PM
Does anyone still make a good analog VOM and, if so, who?


08-19-2005, 05:12 PM
Triplett has a full line. Not cheap.


08-19-2005, 05:17 PM
"Not cheap."

Geez, no kidding!

Thanks Evan!

Jack Burns
08-19-2005, 05:21 PM


08-19-2005, 05:30 PM
Thanks Jack.

Not quite as expensive but still 'not cheap'!

Both brands look good.

Lac du Flambeau? I've been in the Lac du Flambeau area of Wisconsin which, I think, was named after them.

It's interesting how they got their name. Lake of the Flame. They put torches on the end of their canoes while night fishing, IIRC. The flames reflected off the lake.

Anyway, that's the story I heard while I was there.

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08-19-2005, 05:30 PM
The Simpson has been the standard analog VOM for years. http://www.simpsonelectric.com/

I was interested to learn (back when I was looking for voltmeters) that Simpson is an enterprise run by an American Indian tribe. (The Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians.)

Dave Burnett
08-19-2005, 08:29 PM
Simpson is the best.

J Tiers
08-19-2005, 09:04 PM
<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by Dave Burnett:
Simpson is the best.</font>

Even if it is not, between Simpson and Triplett, they are the standard.

If you want to fix your 10EE, odds are that the readings in teh manual were made with a Simpson. With most any older electronics, unless it says measured with a VTVM, you are safe to use a Simpson.

That said, I have a 35 year old Radio Shack (Micronta, I think) that works as well as a Simpson. But note what I used as a comparison.... the standard.

08-19-2005, 09:13 PM
I got my Simpson 260 at a flea market for $10. I'll bet you could find one pretty cheap on ebay. It may be worth a check.

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08-19-2005, 09:16 PM
I learned with a simpson 268 about thirty-some odd years ago.

You trust your life and wallet to a meter.

I have had the same Fluke 77 since the early 80s.. something about using them across 14,600 volts makes them blow up so they are outlawed on lots of job sites. That's all politics. My meter keeps on going.

08-19-2005, 09:24 PM
Simpsons we have three at work,two have clipped in fuses one has the fuse soldered in.Boss says that one came that way,anybody else seen that?