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Fluke 87 V Multimeter Review

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Fluke 87 V Multimeter Review

The Fluke 87 V is multimeter designed for electronic and electrical testing. It has an available thermocouple probe for temperature measurement which is what we’re testing here. To be honest, this tool isn’t really designed for cooking, unless you want to measure voltage, current, capacitance, frequency, duty cycle AND temperature. Fully equiped, it will run you nearly $500, but it’s an interesting piece of gear to throw into the mix.

I won’t discuss the details of the other quantities that this instrument can measure, only the temperature function. It uses a K-type thermocouple that is not suitable for insertion into food, but it can be used to measure cooker temperatures. It has a naked thermocouple at the end, and is sheathed in Teflon for its 3 foot length. Because there is no probe tube, it is virtually instantaneous reading. There is also an adapter that will allow any K-thermocouple with the standard connector to be used for measurement.

Fluke is a manufacturer of very high-end electrical test equipment. It is built like a brick house with a rubberized wrapper, so you could probably drop it from the roof, but why take a chance? I’ll give it a Bronze medal for good performance at a high price, but really, for the money, why buy something like this unless you’re also an electrician or an electrical engineer? If you are, then you’ve got a good temp probe to play with.

  • Thermometer Function:
    Leave in Cooker
  • Item Price:
    $ 450.00
  • Where to buy (buying from this supplier supports this website):
  • Probe:
    This multimeter comes with various probes for voltage, current and temperature when bought as a kit.
  • Battery Type:
    9 Volt
  • Battery Life:
    400 hours typical
  • Safe Operating Range:
    -4 to 131ºF (-20 to 55ºC)
  • Min & Max Temp:
    –40 to 500°F (-40 to 260ºC) - probe dependent
  • Display Precision:
    0.1º for temperature
  • Actual Temp at 32 Degrees:
    31.3
  • Actual Temp at 130 Degrees:
    134.7
  • Actual Temp at 225 Degrees:
    228.8
  • Actual Temp at 325 Degrees:
    327.9
  • Speed from 32 to 212 Degrees:
    <3
  • Speed from 32 to 212 Degrees:
    <3
  • Numbers Display Size:
    0.625" (16mm)
  • Water Resistance Rating:
    Not specified
  • Weight:
    0.78 lb. (355 g)
  • C/F Switch:
    Built in CF switch
  • Backlight:
    Built in Backlight
  • Auto shutoff:
    1
  • Color Options:
    Yellow/gray
  • Thermometer Sensor:
    Thermistor
  • App:
    None
  • Logging:
    No
  • Included:
    Depends on probe kit package
  • Available Accessories:
    Too numerous to list - see fluke.com
  • Alarms:
    Audible

Published On: 7/6/2014 Last Modified: 1/25/2021

  • Bill McGrath - Bill McGrath is AmazingRibs.com's Thermometer Maven. He has sophisticated equipment, an electrical engineering degree from Cornell University, and an MBA (almost) from UC Berkeley. Despite being mostly retired, he is still the person responsible for developing and updating all of ExxonMobil's training modules.

 

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