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UT210E - multimeter for the installer?

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  • UT210E - multimeter for the installer?
    I saw the UT210E multimeter at the BMS and IDS installer. Although it was the first time it was used in the field, some conclusions were drawn. I borrowed a quick test meter and the device has some convenient features:
    - allows you to determine the presence and direction of 10mA currents without disconnecting the circuit (clamps range 2A DC)
    - the shape of the meter makes it easy to fit in a pocket
    - when measuring voltage, the multimeter can be hung on the clamp
    - NCV - detection of live wires
    - backlit display
    - 2xAAA power supply
    - capacity measurement

    It would be ideal if the multimeter could fit an LED flashlight, a pair finder and a LAN tester with a detachable generator, but then it would probably be difficult to keep the current dimensions.

    For small current values, in the order of several milliamperes, the measurement is approximate, but it can be useful in identifying cables.

    UT210E - multimeter for the installer? UT210E - multimeter for the installer?

    Live wire detector:
    [movie: 49d538a073] https://filmy.elektroda.pl/40_1518887474.mp4 [/ movie: 49d538a073]

    Display backlight is average but helpful:
    UT210E - multimeter for the installer?

    The multimeter allows you to measure capacitance, which is rarely useful for installation work, but sometimes it can be useful when examining a capricious bus:
    UT210E - multimeter for the installer?

    Measuring ranges:
    DCV 200.0mV, 2.000V, 20.00V, 200.0V, 600V
    ACV 2.000V, 20.00V, 200.0V, 600V
    DCA 2.000A, 20.00A, 100.0A
    ACA 2.000A, 20.00A, 100.0A
    R 200.0om, 2.000m, 20.00mom, 2.000Mom, 20.00Mom
    C 2.000nF, 20.00nF - 200.0uF, 2.000mF - 20.00mF
    Diode and continuity test

    Do you use tools that work well for installation work? What are the device models?

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  • #2
    SPEAKERS_XP
    Level 24  
    I also own this model and I am very proud of it.
    Interesting equipment at an affordable price.

    For me, a very useful resolution up to 1mA (for DC!) And really decent accuracy.
    In the case of this meter, I only use clamps and I will not comment on the other functions.
  • #3
    bi3dron
    Level 18  
    In the previous company, I used the following finder: Fluke Networks PRO3000
    UT210E - multimeter for the installer?
    (photo from Amazon)

    It has a short-circuit test and can generate either a continuous or a modulated signal to search for a wire.
    Pros:
    - you can find the cable quite accurately in the wall
    - cables terminated with crocodile clips with spikes for hammering into the insulation, although it is better to hook it on a bare wire
    - quite long cables
    - for 2 pieces (one about 4 years older) no spoilage
    - thanks to the analog signal, the loudspeakers can be tested directly :P

    Minuses:
    - the need to work with someone in a hand to hold the black wire or clamp it to a good ground, which will not always be found
    - disturbances when searching for live cables in a bundle
    - at large distances, the possibility of inducing a signal on, for example, a plasterboard rack or other cables (it can be "overcome")

    I know I probably didn't discover America, but I wanted to share.
  • #4
    pitsky
    Level 13  
    bi3dron wrote:
    In the previous company, I used the following finder: Fluke Networks PRO3000
    UT210E - multimeter for the installer?
    (photo from Amazon)

    It has a short-circuit test and can generate either a continuous or a modulated signal to search for a wire.
    Pros:
    - you can find the cable quite accurately in the wall
    - cables terminated with crocodile clips with spikes for hammering into the insulation, although it is better to hook it on a bare wire
    - quite long cables
    - for 2 pieces (one about 4 years older) no spoilage
    - thanks to the analog signal, the loudspeakers can be tested directly :P

    Minuses:
    - the need to work with someone in a hand to hold the black wire or clamp it to a good ground, which will not always be found
    - disturbances when searching for live cables in a bundle
    - at large distances, the possibility of inducing a signal on, for example, a plasterboard rack or other cables (it can be "overcome")

    I know I probably didn't discover America, but I wanted to share.


    It must also be added that it switches itself on in the case and discharges the battery.
  • #5
    parkside
    Level 5  
    Never in the life of UNIT. I bought a UT61E. I connected to the computer and ... and it was already in this mode. It thinks it's connected all the time even though everything is disconnected. What is it causing? Well, the fact that it does not turn off the machine. There is probably no need to explain how much this causes battery replacement per year. Unfortunately, I also bought a UTD2052CEX and what? Both channels show something different ... NOT RECOMMENDED! So the conclusion is obvious. The multimeter for the installer should be 100% reliable. Unfortunately, this Chinese does not guarantee this.
  • #6
    SPEAKERS_XP
    Level 24  
    Specifically, the UT61E model does not natively switch off, which is no secret - the optical (unidirectional) output for recording measurements is active all the time - for me, it may not be ideal in this case, but definitely a better solution, such as a forced switch off after a certain time .
    I have been successfully using Ni-MH batteries in the meters for a long time, which solves the problem of discharged batteries quite effectively.

    The UT210E model, as in the subject, has a very nice automatic switch-off - with an earlier sound signal.
  • #7
    TechEkspert
    Editor
    @SPEAKERS_XP the aforementioned 1mA resolution allows to detect the activation of the PIR detector (relay + LED),
    the 1mA resolution has little to do with 1mA, but in practice it is helpful.
  • #8
    parkside
    Level 5  
    SPEAKERS_XP wrote:
    Specifically, the UT61E model does not natively switch off, which is no secret - the optical (unidirectional) output for recording measurements is active all the time


    You seem right. On closer inspection, it looks like this meter does not have an automatic shutdown. It does not change the fact that in any measuring instrument with battery power it should be at least the basic option. Additional flavor is added by information from an authorized service center that the device should be sent for repair. Well ... Fundamental errors still declassify these instruments ...

    I also found the manual that was shipped with the instrument. Should the instrument require shutdown after each service action, it should be clearly stated in the above manual. Unfortunately, you will not find such information ... So something is wrong with this device. If he has problems with such basics, it should be suspected that there are also problems with other functions.

    Of course, the topic is about a different device, but the "factory" is the same ...
  • #9
    metalMANiu
    Level 18  
    I use this meter sporadically.
    Advantages:
    - functionality at a good price
    - 1 mA resolution
    Disadvantages:
    - current measurement accuracy. Once I wanted to measure the power consumption of the car while stationary. When the car went to "standby" the meter showed 0.1 A. After re-zeroing and putting it on the wire, it already showed the correct value of 0.02 A.
    - the backlight works veeery short. It basically makes no sense.

    I do not regret the purchase.

    best regards
  • #10
    rogos87
    Level 12  
    And you often have to reset this multimeter in DCA mode? I have a Mustool MT866 and after turning on the DC current measurement, it shows several dozen mA for good morning, then it will drop a bit, but it will never go to zero, but you need to reset it. It's normal for clamp meters, is this mine?
  • #11
    metalMANiu
    Level 18  
    rogos87 wrote:
    And you often have to reset this multimeter in DCA mode? I have a Mustool MT866 and after turning on the DC current measurement, it shows several dozen mA for good morning, then it will drop a bit, but it will never go to zero, but you need to reset it. It's normal for clamp meters, is this mine?


    Often :)
    You must also remember to zero it in the same position in which you will make the measurement.
  • #12
    rogos87
    Level 12  
    @metalMANiu thanks for the answer. I was planning to buy this Unit but I think I'll let it go.
  • #13
    paszczakq
    Level 25  
    Some larger Mastech in service for 15 years. Battery and cable replacement basically. Overall, the disadvantage is its size. Some UT20A is enough for me. Inexpensive and sufficient accuracy of measurements. Rubber case-case will be more useful. There is a chance that from a small ladder it may still work.
  • #14
    rogos87
    Level 12  
    And what happens with clamp meters when the ACA / DCA measurement range is significantly exceeded? In common knowledge, it will either blow the fuse if it has one, or the meter will go up in smoke. And in this?
  • #15
    Galareta
    Level 22  
    I've had the UT-61E for at least 8 years (I don't know exactly how many years, but for sure over 8), it doesn't have an auto shutdown, I was looking for one on purpose ... spent a few days at -20 degrees, dropped a few times and still works fine.
  • #16
    Nargo
    Level 20  
    I have a UT-61C, I have an auto switch-off that works great.
  • #18
    TechEkspert
    Editor
    @LightOfWinter it's a curiosity, the question is whether changing the count from 2000 to 6000 makes sense while maintaining the same elements "surrounding" the main multimeter circuit? Maybe someone in practice made UT210E modifications?
  • #19
    LightOfWinter
    Level 31  
    Hello

    I was trying to try it out, but so far no time.
  • #20
    Mikhai³
    Level 16  
    Hello, if this UT210E is not that accurate, what meter would you recommend?
  • #21
    LightOfWinter
    Level 31  
    Mikhai³ wrote:
    Hello, if this UT210E is not that accurate, what meter would you recommend?


    Hello

    I would recommend the UT210E. I use it myself and for me it's a very good piece of equipment for the price.

    You can also look around for e.g. Kyoritsu
    KEWMATE2000
    There was a topic on the electrode about this meter.
  • #22
    CameR

    Moderator of Vehicle Security
    rogos87 wrote:
    exceeding the ACA / DCA measurement range?

    I do not use ACA.
    UT210E in the DCA range could not be damaged.
    For example, when measuring current from a battery in the 2A range and activating the starter at this time.
    Only [0L] appears in the display
  • #23
    Mikhai³
    Level 16  
    Hello, I bought a given meter, you may have a user manual because I only have Chinese and I do not want to damage the meter at the start. Best regards.
  • #25
    Szyszkownik Kilkujadek
    Level 36  
    And how does this measure work from the perspective of six months of use?
  • #26
    TechEkspert
    Editor
    Is that a question for me?
    I had access to it for a limited time and it worked pretty well, more info will be posted soon @CMS .
  • #27
    metalMANiu
    Level 18  
    I've been using it for over a year. Not very often, several times a month. The meter is worth the money. The results are plausible, although the DC current measurement is not that accurate. If we want to measure DC current for e.g. 60 seconds, we will get an incorrect result at the end. And it is inconvenient that the DC current measurement must be reset by holding the meter in the position in which we are to measure it, but this is the specificity of the DC clamp. :) the second downside is that the backlight works for about 10 seconds, then goes off automatically. The NCV function is cool, it comes in handy. I bought mine for PLN 105 and I'm soooo happy.
    best regards
  • #28
    Szyszkownik Kilkujadek
    Level 36  
    TechEkspert wrote:
    more information will be presented soon by @CMS.

    Do you know something? @CMS ? :-)