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.
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This multimeter comes with various probes for voltage, current and temperature when bought as a kit.
400 hours typical
Safe Operating Range:
-4 to 131ºF (-20 to 55ºC)
Min & Max Temp:
–40 to 500°F (-40 to 260ºC) - probe dependent
0.1º for temperature
Actual Temp at 32 Degrees:
Actual Temp at 130 Degrees:
Actual Temp at 225 Degrees:
Actual Temp at 325 Degrees:
Speed from 32 to 212 Degrees:
Speed from 32 to 212 Degrees:
Numbers Display Size:
Water Resistance Rating:
0.78 lb. (355 g)
Built in CF switch
Built in Backlight
Depends on probe kit package
Too numerous to list - see fluke.com
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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