FLUKE - FLUKE-289/IMSK CAL -
There seems to be a leaking supercapacitor issue with this meter. Otherwise it's a great meter!
December 6, 2013
The All In One Meter
This meter is amazing for the price range. I use this everyday from trending feeders to see capacity for new additions to troubleshooting motor and motor control circuits. This meter with a clamp attachment will almost most any meters(besides speciality meters.) The dual lighted display is so clear in any to no light. The trend graphing is a huge addition for a meter in this price range. The only downside is the boot time but it is not terrible somewhere around 5 secs. I bought this meter to replace my 119 and it has been worth every penny.
September 4, 2013
There can be no other than Fluke in my company
I am a long time Fluke customer, and have had a long line of Fluke products that I still use every day. I am in the generator sales/service industry. I will not allow any of my employees to have less than a Fluke 187. My 189 is a back-up, but I never have to use it unless I need two at a time. Nothing silences a noisy customer better than a nice looking print-out of what his generator will, and won't, do. I enjoy it when discussing problems with a factory and they question my numbers, and I tell them that they are from a Fluke 289, they move on to another subject.
Fluke. There can be no other.
October 8, 2012
Most Useful Tool in My Bag
I'm an A/V system integrator and live audio veteran and am absolutely in love with this meter. Being able to have voltage measurements displayed in dBm and dBV is an absolutely indespensible tool in the field or at a show. The dBm range correlates perfectly to dBu when set to mimic a 600-ohm impedance. If I have a problem with a system input or output, in little more than the time it takes to connect the leads, I have all the info I need to point me in the right direction. With the AC mV function displaying dBm, I can actually directly measure microphone outputs (and make quick use of the readings), which is something I've pined for in a meter for quite a while. It's saved me countless head-scratching sessions.
The Crest Factor function is also great for quickly checking whether an audio test signal is being distorted somewhere up-stream.
I've also had it on the bench verifying performance on countless products. Trend Capture is awesome for predicting how much a setting will drift after an A/V system has been commissioned. It's nice knowing these things before a service call is ever made.
I also use the 50-Ohm range in the field to check speaker systems for proper impedance loading. It's nice having that extra bit of accuracy when you're dealing with systems that have numerous loudspeakers.
Adjustable display contrast on-the-fly makes for easy readings in any environment.
All in all, it's an absolutely wonderful tool for what I do.
I would LOVE to see a real-time graph implemented sometime in the future if it's possible. I don't like having to stop a recording and restart it to check progress.
My only real complaint is that I don't have two of them! Not to say my 87V doesn't get its fair share of attention. ;)
September 12, 2012
In 2004 or so Fluke came out with the 189 and I bought one. I liked the accuracy and came back in 2007/2008 and bought FOUR 289's. I use them constantly. They have paid for themselves in the recording capability which helps troubleshooting to a very high degree. Being able to capture faults in an operating system is kind of like having a storage scope but for far less cost. The accuracy is top notch and the Fluke durability is key if you need to use your meters on a daily basis for your occupation. I suggest putting lithium batteries in them, these meters are power hungry little devils, they eat up alkaline batteries like no tomorrow and the best way to combat that is to use lithium batteries. In all other regards, I recommend this meter without reservation.
July 10, 2012