TekPower TP9605BT – Auto Ranging Digital True RMS Smart Multimeter Review
Think of how awesome it would be if you could get your hands on the most versatile multimeter. A quick search for the best on the internet will definitely leave you with thousands of multimeters. The tricky part is actually knowing what is as good as it is advertised.
Today, we'll be taking an in-depth look at theTekPower TP9605BT. From an expert’s point of view, I’d say that this is one of the best multimeters you could get in the market.
Bound to give you optimal value for your money, the TekPower TP9605BT is just as durable as it is awesome when it comes to its performance. From allowing you to connect it to your PC or smartphone to delivering utmost accuracy, there’s quite a lot this multimeter packs under the hood.
Without further ado, let’s get started with our review right away, shall we?
TekPower TP9605BT- Complete In-Depth Review
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Upon getting my hands on this multimeter, the first noticeable thing about it is that it’s quite light for a multimeter. As a matter of fact, it was hard for me to believe that it was as good as advertised.
On the front face of the multimeter is a large LCD screen. Right below it are four buttons. The select button which I guess is for switching between the variables that you want to measure, the Hz/DUTY button, the MAX/MIN button and finally the RANGE button.
Right below these buttons are two yellow buttons on the right and the left side of the multimeter and below which is the dial on the multimeter. The markings on the dial are pretty clear. There are two off stations which you can get at upon turning it through 180 degrees. There are also 8 other measuring stations for taking different electrical and electronic measurements.
The ports for the banana input jacks are also located on the front. There’s a single port for the neutral jack and three others for plugging in the positive jack. We’ll have a closer look at how these work
As for the general appearance, there are two holders for your probes on the left side of the multimeter and pretty much nothing special on the right side or the bottom.
The battery panel is at the rear as well as the kickstand.
What you’ll be Getting
Upon receiving your package, you’ll obviously have the TekPower TP9605BTmultimeter. Alongside this, you’ll be getting a K-Type thermo probe, an optical USB cable, a PC software as well as a smartphone apps CD.
You'll also have 2 test leads as well as a user manual which will come in handy in assisting you to find your way around using the multimeter.
The display- a high-resolution 6000-count multimeter.
When it comes to selecting a multimeter, the display is probably one of the most important things to look out for.
For the TekPowerTP9605BT, you’ll be getting a 6000-count display. As far as the display is concerned, this just so happens to be one of the best multimeters in its class.
The high 6000-count resolution allows you to take a wide range of readings with utmost accuracy. Other than just getting a high-resolution display, the display is also backlit which should come in handy when using the meter under dim light.
To switch on the auto power off feature, you’ll have to long press the yellow button on the left side of the multimeter. This keeps the backlight on for about 20 seconds after which it turns off again automatically. On the bright side, turning off after 20 seconds saves on battery power but on the downside, the 20 seconds may not be enough for you to take your readings comfortably.
A multimeter is, indeed not good enough if it does not have the level of accuracy that it takes to give accurate measurements.
The truth is that getting a multimeter than offers perfect accuracy is quite difficult and the less the amount of error it compromises, the more reliable and obviously expensive it will be. Indicated on the user annual of the TekPower TP9605BT are the different accuracy levels of different electrical units.
Regarding how you’ll be using it, you should probably have a look at these.Yet another thing to point out about the accuracy of this multimeter is the fact that it is also a True-RMS multimeter which brings us to the next point.
Boasts the True-RMS feature.
Basically, multimeters are expected to take at least voltage and current readings for DC currents. For this multimeter, however, you'll be getting the True-RMS feature which allows you to handle even the DC currents and voltages with utmost accuracy.
What the true-RMS feature does is that it allows you to be able to measure both the sinusoidal and the non-sinusoidal waveforms. This, in turn, allows you to use the multimeter is most of your household applications as well as handling electronics.
Kickstand- ideal for hands-free usage.
At the back of the TekPower TP9605BT is a kickstand. This allows you to have the multimeter placed in an inclined position whereby you can be able to take your readings without having to hold it up.
In a nutshell, you can use both of your hands when taking a lot of readings to get whatever task you're handling done twice as fast.
Now here’s one more reason for you to purchase the TekPower TP9605BT. Though you’ll be getting this feature in most multimeters nowadays, having it on this multimeter will be quite a huge bargain for your buck considering it also does have the true-RMS.
Rather than having to set the range yourself, you can always use the select button to switch to the variable you want to measure and you’re good to go.
The autoranging feature is quite beneficial in the sense that even if you are just using it for the first time, you’ll have a lot less to worry about as compared to using the manual ranging feature.
Upon pressing the RANGE button, you can be able to select the measurement range you want regarding what you have set using the dial. Press the RANGE button up to the range of measurement you want then take your readings.
If you’re in manual range, long press the range button for more than 2 seconds to go to the auto range and vice versa.
Despite the auto-ranging feature being quite beneficial, it won’t work on frequency, capacitance, duty cycle, diode and continuity test as well as temperature measurement.
Auto power off.
Whereas the backlit saves on battery power by staying on for only about 20 seconds, the auto power off feature does a lot more than this.
It won’t come as a surprise that most of us may leave our multimeters on after we're done working. Not to worry, however, the TekPowerTP9605BT by automatically switching off the multimeter if there is no activity from the user at all.
Though it goes automatically to the OFF mode, you can press any function button to wake it up again. The auto power off feature is quite beneficial but even so, sometimes you may need it to be off especially if you’ve got a lot to do. In order to disable it, you just need to press and hold the select button to turn on the meter and you’re good to go.
Smartphone and PC connectivity.
You’ll definitely not get a lot of multimeters that allow for a PC connection let alone giving you the convenience of pairing it up with your mobile phone.
For the TekPower TP9605BT, you’ll be lucky enough to get both of these. Let’s see how you’ll be using each of them, shall we?
For the USB connection, you’ll need to press down the REL/RS232 button for more than 2 seconds. Before you do this, you should, first of all, connect the USB cable to the meter which should be shown in the manual. to exit the USB connection, all you have to do is push down the button again for more than 2 seconds.
Along with the multimeter is a CD-ROM which comes with the instruction to guide you in setting up Bluetooth connection.
This shouldn’t be difficult to set up and once you have everything set, you can display the results you get from your measurements then go ahead and share them with anyone on Twitter or Facebook. Even better you can be able to send the data via email as well.
The fact this multimeter is quite flexible when it comes to data logging pretty much makes it the best in its class.
Data hold function
The data hold button is shared with the backlit button which as stated earlier on is on the extreme left right above the diode.
By pressing this button less than 2 seconds, you’ll enter the hold mode in which case the ‘HOLD’ symbol will appear on the screen. The value present will remain displayed on the screen until you press the hold button again to exit the hold mode
One of the four prominent buttons on the front face of the multimeter is the MAX/MIN button. Once you press down this button, you’ll enter the MAX/MIN mode on the multimeter which you’ll see displayed on the LCD.
You’ll be able to see the MAX/MIN value. To exit this mode, you’ll have to press the button for more than 2 seconds whereby the max/min symbol disappears.
Something to take note of…
Though convenient, this button does not work on diode test, continuity test, capacitance measurement as well as frequency measurement
The relative function
The relative function simply allows you to be able to compare the difference between a measuring value and a reference value.
Once you have the desired reference reading, press the REL/RS323 button once to enter the relative measuring mode. The relative value is produced similarly to the momentary reading value when you press this button. To exit the relative measurement mode, press the button once more.
For the relative function, you won't be able to work with frequency measurement, diode test as well as the continuity function
With the same button, you’ll be able to enter Bluetooth communications mode. Once you exit the relative measurement mode, press the button again to enter communications mode. Press it for more than 2 seconds to start communications and again for more than 2 seconds to exit the communication mode.
TekPower TP9605BT safety features
Above all else, the safety rating should be given the #1 priority; no one definitely wants to worry about replacing or repairing their multimeter just a few days after getting it.
For safety, the TekPower TP9605BT conforms with the IEC1010 pollution degree 2 and the overvoltage category III. This makes it okay for you to use it when measuring mains voltage. The CAT III rating is the lowest when it comes to voltage and it’s really important that you don’t exceed this
From what we've seen from the above review, this multimeter is pretty much ideal for first-time users as well as professionals. Regardless of its simple construction, it's got all it takes to handle almost anything.
Yes, there are simple issues such as the backlit feature which does not stay on for long but this shouldn’t be a problem as far as accuracy is concerned.
The fact that it has smartphone connectivity via Bluetooth makes it even more interesting to have. You can also use it with your PC via USB connection. No multimeter in the market will allow you to share your readings as easily and conveniently as this one does.
All in all, it’s definitely worth every penny and I’d highly recommend it.