A very solid pick from Mastech, perfect for the DIY’er or maker. It is a very low investment for a multimeter that has a lot of features. The dial and buttons are easy to use, and with premium features like backlit LCD display, auto-turnoff and wrong lead warning, it is hard to walk past. It is best for the non-professional though – since protections is not top tier (CAT II 1000V and CAT III 600V). No worries, but it’s best for low wattage circuits.
What’s in the box?
– Mastech MS8268
– Test leads
– No batteries, so be sure to pick those up – three pieces of AAA.
Complete review of the Mastech MS8268
The backlit LCD display will come in handy in numerous situations. Even when it is set up on your workshop bench, it will serve you well in low light conditions, or when looking for it from an angle. Some projects get quite extensive and fill out all the table space, so it is a clear advantage with an easily readable display.
The Mastech MS8268 is very sturdy built and will handle some abuse. It is suitable for the workbench but also on the move. It will soon become part of your essential kit, and with the great casing it will serve you a long time. Even though it is solidly built, the dimensions are not more than the average multimeter, at 7.7″ (195mm) x 2.2″ (55mm) x 3.6″ (92mm).
You get the choice of manual or auto ranging, and it will come in handy in some situations where you will want a more precise reading. All in all it is a very accurate multimeter for the price. Some reports that it has trouble on continuity and capacitance measuring, but it is to be confirmed. The buzzer comes in handy on continuity measures, and will serve you well with fault finding and locating the correct wires in a wiring harness. Another great feature that isn’t a given on cheaper multimeters is the ability to measure frequency [Hz].
Check out some of the features described above, in this comprehensive video borrowed from youtube.
This multimeter is a solid pick for the average maker, however it has it’s cons. Some reports that it is a bit slow on the updates. So if you are measuring on small contact points it can be a bit tough when the probes get worn. If you are the patient type, then don’t worry 🙂
The smart auto-turnoff feature becomes less smart after 15 minutes. It will turn off no matter what when the counter runs out. The worst hassle is to turn it off and on again.
If you can live with these small cons it is a great multimeter for the price. It will surely be useable in most maker projects.
A great multimeter for the price, with premium features, and some flaws as to be expected given the price. It will be a good first multimeter, or the workhorse multimeter for the maker who has a premium multimeter he/she wants to take a little more care of.