Mastech MS8268 Review – AC/DC Auto/Manual Range Digital Multimeter
mastech ms8268 Review : When it comes to getting the best digital multimeter, it’s all about whether or not you’ll be getting what you need from it. Considering that the number of multimeters you could get on the internet is innumerable, it’s somehow difficult to get one that’ll suit you best.
Despite the odds when it comes to having the best digital multimeter, we still stand out of the crowd as we are obliged to present to you the Mastech MS8268. This, as you’ll find out shortly, is one of the few multimeters that’ll give you a whole new experience and more so, can be used for both industrial use and basic home maintenance.
Without further ado, let’s get straight to the main agenda, shall we?
Definitely the finest that 2018 has to offer mastech ms8268
We’ve narrowed down our research and come to a conclusion that this would definitely be a multimeter spending your cash on for the greater good.
Here’s what you’ll be getting from it…
What the package includes.
Upon receiving the package from Amazon, you’ll be getting a single multimeter- the Mastech MS8268 that weighs only 14.1 ounces and measures 7.7 x 1.7 x 3.6 inches hence it will be quite easy to handle it.
Though you'll be needing 3 AAA batteries to power it up, the multimeter, unfortunately, does not come with these hence it's better if you have the batteries before you receive the package.
To make things easy for you especially if you are a first-time user, the meter comes with a user manual. other than this, it also does come with the test probes
mastech ms8268 Review
The package does not have anything unusual or any bonuses besides the essentials you’d expect to get from a multimeter. As much as the first impression may not be that interesting, there’s more to the meter than meets the eye.
Here’s what it packs under the hood
Starting with the power management and handling, the Mastech MS8268 outshines most of the digital multimeters in its class.
First off, it comes with the auto power off feature. This is one of the adopted mechanisms by manufacturers that is meant to save on energy. Considering that you’ll be using 3 AAA batteries to power it up, it’s important that you get to use these to their optimal potential as possible.
The most interesting part of the auto power off feature is that you can disable it if you don't want your multimeter shutting off after being idle for 5 minutes. The auto power off also as a notification beep added to it which lets you know when it is triggered just in case you are far away from your meter.
Both manual ranging and auto ranging capabilities.
There’s nothing as good as having an autoranging multimeter, right? Well, as much as this is true, what’s even better is having a multimeter that’s both autoranging and manual ranging.
Whether you are already an electronics expert or are just getting to know what electronics are all about, having an autoranging multimeter is a plus in either case. First off, it will save you the hassle of having to manually set the range which can be quite annoying as well. Also, you get to take your measurements twice as fast.
All you’ve got to do is set the electrical unit you want to measure and you’re good to go, the meter will automatically detect the range for you. All you have to know when testing the component is whether it is a capacitor, a resistor or a voltage source and that’s it.
Despite the accuracy of the auto range, it takes about 4-5 seconds to settle down which may take some time getting used to.
Most of us prefer to do most of the work ourselves, right, with this in mind, the manufacturers of the Mastech MS8268 deemed it necessary to include the manual ranging feature on the multimeter as well. You can switch from the auto range to the manual range quite easily.
Though you’ll be making more selections than you would have when using the autoranging feature, this is something worth trying out if you want to master most of your electrical components and how they work best.
Something to take note of…
Despite both the autoranging and the manual ranging features working quite well, they have a relative measurement on all ranges with the exception of frequency.
One of a kind display.
Besides deciding whether to use the manual range or the automatic range setting on the multimeter, something else that you’ll be enjoying is the display type that comes with it.
Having a large LCD display makes things quite easy to read. Even better, if you’ll be using it in dim light conditions, you can enjoy the blue backlit screen which means that you won’t be straining whatsoever. As far as accuracy is concerned, it is also quite accurate and highly responsive.
Despite the display being ideal, one thing that you need to bear in mind is that if the readings you are taking are low, it may take some time before it settles down to a steady reading.
One problem that most people have to deal with when it comes to using multimeters is how comfortable they use them and how much trouble they have to go through before they can finally take their measurements.
For the Mastech MS8268, you’ll be getting a kickstand at the back which you can simply pop open and have the multimeter at an inclined position as you take your readings. Rather than having to hold it up close, this is far much comfortable.
Quite easy to use…
The multimeter is has got both the manual range setting on it as well as the autoranging functionality and you can switch to either just by the click of a button. Irrespective of whichever mode you choose, it will be easy to find your way around using it even if it’s for the first time.
The backlit LCD gives you the advantage of using it in dim light. Other than just having the manual and autoranging features and the backlit LCD, the user manual will also come in handy just in case you get stuck.
How to use the multimeter should not be a problem at all. Considering the safety precautions included on it, it comes with the CAT III rating which is definitely what you should go for if you want to measure high voltage levels. Other than just this, there is an LED sound warning when incorrect banana jacks are used relative to the function switch settings.
Other than jus the CAT III rating and the LED sound warning, this digital multimeter also has a rubber case all around it that is tough. As far as drop protection is concerned, you won’t have to worry about damaging this one just in case it accidentally slips from your workbench. Other than just offering drop protection, the rubber casing also serves to give you a better grip.
Something else that’s worth pointing out about this digital multimeter is that the probes do come with protective covers. You can always have them on when not in use to prevent any potential damages to the probes.
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Frequently asked questions (FAQs)
Q: What is the maximum voltage that can be applied to the meter?
A: as per the manual, the maximum input DC voltage is 1000 volts and 750 for AC
Q: does this multimeter measure capacitance?
A: yes, from the manual, the capacitance measurement range is from 4nF to 20uF
Q: what kind of fuse does this multimeter use?
A: it’s got a 10A 250V fuse. It is 1.25 inches long and is all white.
Coming to the end of our review, one thing that we can definitely agree upon is that the Mastech MS8268 is worth spending your money on. When it comes to the display, the backlit LCD ensures that you use the meter round the clock; the kickstand gives you utmost comfort while using it hands-free. The rugged protective casing ensures that the grip is firm and the meter has ultimate drop protection.
As far as using it is concerned, the multimeter is quite safe to use since it's got the CAT III rating and at the same time easy to use both as an autoranging and a manual ranging meter. Power handling is also quite ideal for the meter only needs 3 AAA batteries and has an auto power off feature to save on energy.
In a nutshell, if you want an upgrade or an outstanding first multimeter, this is definitely something spending your money on.