Looking to buy a low-priced quality clampmeter, but confused by all the number of models? This latest blog post will try and make your choice a little bit easier by focusing on just two: the Fluke 325 and the Chauvin Arnoux F201. Both models have all the functions you could ask for and with a buy now price of around £150 - £160 on this website, they certainly won't break the bank.
Lets start by showing the features of both;
Chauvin Arnoux F201
For electricians, clamp multimeters are ideal tools for any work in the field. Simple to use, they offer all the necessary functions in a single, compact solution. The Chauvin F200 Series meets the needs of self-employed electricians and small and medium-sized business and industries in the electrical sector.
Equipped with a fast 12-bit TRMS digital acquisition system, F201 clamps offer particularly accurate measurements. Due to their large bandwidth and high crest factor, these clamps guarantee accurate measurements whatever the type of signal. Automatic AC/DC detection is a standard feature on all the models in this range, as is IP54 protection.
Clamping diameter: 38mm.
Current: 600A AC.
AC and DC voltage up to 1000V.
Resistance and audible continuity.
Min and Max analysis.
True In rush current measurement.
The Fluke 325 Clamp Meter is the top of the 320 Series Clamp Meters. Designed to perform in the toughest environments and provide noise-free, reliable results, you can trust the 325 to help you confidently diagnose all kinds of electrical problems.
It features True RMS measurements, optimized ergonomics, a large backlight display, and a rugged compact design to measure current up to 400 A in tight cable compartments. You can also use it to measure temperature, capacitance, AC/DC current and frequency. Commercial and residential electricians use the 325 to verify the presence of load current, AC voltage, and continuity of circuits, switches, fuses and contacts.
Measures AC and DC current to 400 A.
Measures AC voltage and DC voltage to 600 V.
Provides True RMS AC voltage and current for accurate measurements on non-linear signals.
Measures resistance to 40 kΩ with continuity detection.
Measures frequency to 500 Hz.
Provides Min/Max functionality.
Measures capacitance to 1000 µF.
|Chauvin Arnoux F201||Fluke 325|
|AC current range||0.25 - 600 A||0.05 - 400 A|
|AC current accuracy||1% ±3 digits||2% ±5 digits|
|DC current range||0.25 - 900A||0.05 - 400 A|
|DC current accuracy||1% ±3 digits||2% ±5 digits|
|AC voltage range||0.15 - 1000V||0.05 - 600 V|
|AC voltage accuracy||1% ±3 digits||1.5% ±5 digits|
|DC voltage range||0.15 - 1000V||0.05 - 600 V|
|DC voltage accuracy||1% ±3 digits||1% ±5 digits.|
|Resistance range||0.1Ω - 59.99 kΩ||0.1Ω - 40 kΩ|
|Resistance accuracy||1% ±3 digits||1% ±5 digits|
|Continuity threshold||adjustable 1 - 599 Ω||≤ 30 Ω|
|Frequency||5Hz - 20 kHz||5Hz - 500 Hz|
|AC response||True - RMS||True - RMS|
|Temperature||-60 to 1000⁰C||-10 to 400⁰C|