Hardware Laboratory – Part 3: Measurement

Hardware Laboratory – Part 3: Measurement: Amprobe AM-530

Many of young hobbyists equipping their own Hardware laboratories. Day by day they collect all possible kind of technical tools and gadgets.

  FLUKE-87V-1-no-frame-Hardware-ProThis is not a single time activity and will cost some time. If you have a plan, the time loosed by searching will be minimized and the money will be precisely fitted into each budget.

  Let continue collecting our-yours virtual Hardware laboratory – to become a reality.

  The full plan can see in Part 1 of the “Hardware Laboratory” Topic [link].

  Let remember. At the end of the previous Part 2, we just pointing:

  Top 10 Best Multimeters of 2016: Part 1

  Top 10 Best Multimeters of 2016: Part 2

  We suggest you get two different multimeters – one for precise measuring – some type of reference metering tool, and the simple one for all day activities.

  The simple – we not mean a cheap or with poor quality, on the contrary, we mean the device has a simple user interface and easy switching modes, with long battery life.

  The precise and reference Multimeter can be each FLUKE product.  

  The Simple one we suggest this member of our ten-list:




AM-530-1- Hardware-Pro

PIC. 1    AM-530 TRMS Multimeter

with Non-Contact Voltage Detector and Temperature

AM-530-2- Hardware-Pro

PIC. 2  AM-530 flashlight function 

AM-530-3- Hardware-Pro

 PIC. 3  AM-530 – Carry Bag, Velcro Sticky Band, Wire Probes, and Temperature Sensing Element 


VIDEO 1.  Amprobe AM-530 Multimeter Detailed Review


   In the multimeter’s hardware have some “thin” moments. 

   Almost each of M-meters has fused High Current input and each one Have Fused Low Current Input.

   The Fluke Members Used expensive, Large, Fast working Fuses. There is no margin for errors. Each error costs money or time. 

   You might wonder: Why we choose the Member with “4-banana input type”, not the “3-banana input type” Multimeter?   

   The answer is quite simple: In your daily measuring activities, depending you are tired or inattentive, you can rotate

   In your daily measuring activities, depending you are tired or inattentive, more than 50% of the time, you will Measuring the voltages.

   In the “3-banana input type” Multi-meter, there is common Input (neutral), High Current Input (Fused or Unfused in cheap models), and Commonly for Voltage and Current Measurement Input – which is BAD.  

   Imagine the situation:  You are measuring the voltage of 12 V car Accumulator for example, and you inattentive rotate range selecting knob – running through the [µA] and [mA] current measuring modes. The protective fuse wire will disappear immediately.

   After that, you can not measure LOW currents, until you replace the damaged fuse. You need to unscrew 1 to 4 screws from the back multi-meter panel. The bad news is that in some models, the low current fuse can be with leads and is soldered on PCB.

   The good news is, that our choice for your everyday faithful friend: AM-530 has a “4-banana input type”. AM-530 Has separate inputs for Voltages, Low current, and High current measurements.  

   On PIC. 4 can see under back cover two replaceable fuses – the bigger one is for High-Current protection, and the smaller one is for  [µA] and [mA] current measuring modes.


AM-530-4- Hardware-Pro

PIC. 4  AM-530 Inside the device – Fusses View

Low And High Current Protecting Fusses are easily replaceable.



Don’t Stop to Invent and Create Things, Dear Explorers!



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