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Multimeters are devices that measure electrical values including voltage (volts), current (amps), and resistance (ohms) in electrical components and circuits. Multimeters are essential equipment for any technician in the electrical or electronic industries that need to take measurements quickly and easily. Handheld digital multimeters (DMM) are also popular for use within the home. Bench multimeters are more suitable for the workshop and laboratory-based engineers and technicians who need a reliable instrument for maintenance, test, or repair tasks.

Our comprehensive range of multimeters have been chosen for their high-quality components and accuracy, sourced from leading brands in the industry. Browse our range today and find your ideal multimeter solution. For more information, check out our digital multimeters guide.

What is a multimeter?

The multimeters purpose is to check the electrical resistance within a circuit. They are available in two different types; analogue or digital. Within the device there are many testing applications that can be performed, no two multi-meters are the same and the functions can vary with the price so it's important to have a good quality multimeter with multiple functions if you are an electronic engineer and electrician. A diigital multimeter is a great tool for testing, diagnosing and troubleshooting electrical circuits, components and devices.

Types of multimeters

  • Analogue multimeters - analogue models use a needle scale to show their readings. As the needle can move over time due to fluctuations caused by the flow of the electricity, the needle will move over time. However, this may be useful for measuring the fluctuations over a period of time.

  • Digital multimeters - as technology has advanced, digital multimeters have become more popular as they have the ability to measure with greater accuracy. Instead of readings having to be taken from a fluctuating needle, an LCD display provides an accurate reading in clear numbers.

Typical checks performed

  • AC or DC voltages

  • Resistance

  • Continuity of electrical components

  • Current in circuits

  • Some advance models may measure frequency and have True RMS voltage and current readings

Typical applications

Multimeters are used across a range of industries, environments and applications, including electronics testing, domestic, commercial, and industrial electrical wiring installation, and automotive servicing.

Why choose RS Components for multimeters?

We support technicians and engineers with the latest high-quality multimeters and multimeter accessories. Our product range is easy to browse and supported with technical information to ensure you choose the right solution for your needs.

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