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Zenseivideo: Hi Martin, I went out and purchased the Brymen 869 after watching your videos on it. Will you do something on power quality analyzers and their use? It might be too industrial for your audience, but then again, I am requesting and I am in your audience :) I would really like to see an indepth video about either a Fluke or a Chauvin Arnoux power qualizy analyzer. It might be interesting for a host of people and there isn't really much about them or their applications.

Simeon Petkov: Thank you, great video ! What is the difference between the Brymen BM867 and TBM867, and what is the difference between the BM867 and BM869 ?

Dan Frederiksen: wow certainly looks like a very good performer, and I'm a big fan of embarrassing the overpriced pretentious flukes : ) but googling around it's basically non existent. I recently bought a UT61E which is a 22000 count 0.1% meter which is both good looking and robust and costs 65$ including shipping on ebay. there is only one brymen on ebay and that's in sydney so is it possible we are dealing with a very high quality noname product? that brymen is just an aussie rebrand. I'd like to know more.

mjlorton: @eagle2188 Yes, that should be easy enough. I'll try get to that in the next couple of days.

mjlorton: @DanFrederiksen Aaah, interesting feedback as I'm sure other viewers will find that info handy. The 867 at $151 is a great buy. I also don't understand why they don't offer them on ebay...I think it would be a great seller there.

kibi15: The Extech MM560A is a 50,000 / 500,000 count instrument with a DC accuracy of 0.03%. It is about $250US. It seems a very close competitor feature wise to the TBM867.

mjlorton: @whiskeyjack59 Yes, I'm very happy I came across it.

mjlorton: @electrodacus A resettable fuse would be a feature I would want in my ideal multimeter. Do you have a link to that review? Thanks

mjlorton: @eurokid83 Ok...if you do ever find a Brymen advertised in the US please let me know how much they sell for there. Thanks.

retrogameguy1: In Estonia my local provider(oomipood) can order bm869 from tme catalogue to sell it to me for 240 euros with free shipping. Its about half cheaper than the fluke 87 v here. The fluke 87 v costs about 500 euros here.

mjlorton: Can you tell me what specific measurements you are making in the sensor?

slawex24: Hey, I am buying some stuff from TME few times a year and I hadn't any problems with them. For some parts thay have 3x sometimes even 5x lower prices than in farnell. In my opinion there is nothing to worry about.

Chester Wardan: The data sheet for the 867/869 shows the DC accuracy for the 867 is .04% +2 counts in the 50V range, and .03% +2 counts in the 5V range. The Fluke 87V has a DC accuracy of .05% +1 count from 6 to 1000 VDC. The accuracy of the 87V is constant across the entire DCV range, excluding DCmV. For the money the Brymen 867 seems like a decent meter though.

Joaquin Nunez: Seems to be a nice unit, Everything goes OK until I saw a 9 volt battery @ 35:51 (9 volt batteries do not last long) even in equipment that uses low consumption energy resources

mjlorton: @whiskeyjack59 Good, you certainly won't go wrong with the silicone test leads, even on an inexpensive meter they are a joy to use. The 500k display count on the Brymen / Extech is brilliant,I wish you chaps had access to get the Brymen model I have (TBM867) it really is a great meter at a very good price.I spent last night contemplating either a Fluke 28-II or a Gossen,but I need to be a little more conservative on my meter spending at the moment!! Do post an impression on the Cen-Tech. Cheers

mjlorton: @electrodacus Yes, the Taiwanese seemed to have done a good job with this DMM. I had a look at the Victor multimeters and for the price they seem ok but the MASTECH MS8265 seems like it would be a very good low priced candidate. I'll do a little more research on it. Thanks.

mjlorton: @Vlakpage Excellent feedback, that has enlightened me so I appreciate the info.

mjlorton: @jmotazedi Display count refers to how 'fine' you can measure a reading. I have multimeter tutorial which will explain and demonstrate - "Multimeter Review / buyers guide / tutorial "

mjlorton: @electrodacus The UT71A and E were two meters I was looking at before I decided on the Brymen. I saw a review and tear down on YouTube of a UNI-T 7x multimeter and the build quality and some accuracy issues put me off. It's a pity because the features, resolution, and large clear display on the UT71A make it seem like a good buy.

mjlorton: @Vlakpage Ah yes, you are correct and I see another viewer has posted similar info. I just compared the Extech MM560 to the Brymen BM850 and they seem to be one and the same. Very useful feedback, thanks for posting and watching.

Simon DiMaio: See also the Protek range of DMMs. The 6500. Available in the US for ~$200.

seraj6192011: Which meter is good for checking abs sensor can you write the model number and the price and can you tell us where to get it form and I live I'm the uk

Dan Frederiksen: I contacted brymen taiwan and they told me elma.dk sell them in my country Denmark but under the name Elma: elma. dk/_da-DK/v:1385;130070?visma5.prodno=5706445410378 they only sell the 869 at 370$us plus sales tax (and it's green) I found another site in europe selling the 867 with an indicated price of 119 euro which is only 151$us. a decent price for such a meter. it does seem that the brand name is brymen but they are willing to rebrand their product.. they should be on ebay

birrbert: A great review. In my country (Romania) at the moment it costs 128 EUR or 167 USD. I think this multimeter would be my best choice. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us.

electrodacus: There is also the UNI-T they have good quality devices in my opinion you can take a look at the UT71A and UT71E they are more expensive than the firs two I mentioned about 80$ to 120$

eagle2188: @mjlorton Thank you very much for the video reply.

jon123423: Hi, Great reviews. But check these multimeters out it will surprise you (price per performance): Digitek DT-2868 DigiteK DT-2862 Cheers

mjlorton: @electrodacus Thanks, a good resource.

Thijs Sillen: i just bought 2 =)

ernesto sharp: today i made a purchase on bm 869 on tme it is out of stock and they say takes 3 weeks to get it but any way i couldn't stop myself of buying it and paying for it in advance ... let see how it goes

mjlorton: Thanks for the feedback and information. Cheers, Martin.

mjlorton: My pleasure...thanks for the feedback.

Mircea Badea: Hi Mjlorton! With what frequency meter testing capacitors Brymen BM 867?

luke m: What about SANWA PC5000a ? The spec look very good.

Jan Tichavský: @mjlorton I think in the US your option would to buy the similar Extech MM560 which is actually made by Brymen (Extech employee mentioned it in EEVblog forums), but you will pay extra and that is probably the reason why you can't get Brymen there. Ad accuracy: I like that Fluke usually perform way better than the specs and stay there even after several years. We have 3 year old Fluke 117s at work and when checking against Fluke 287, it's often +-1 digit, even 0.1% resistors are like that too.

lanuser101: Where can i purchase Brymen TBM867 ? I do not see any places who has it for sale :(

mjlorton: @eurokid83 Thanks for picking up and the correction of the specs. Yes, for the money the Brymen is great....but I still want the 87V at some stage. Thanks for watching.

mjlorton: @kibi15 Yes, I've just had a look at the MM560A and it also looks like a very good candidate. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

eagle2188: Is there a possibility to see the PCB and internal components quality as you have done for "IP67 Major Tech MT1887" review? Kind regards

joshstube: w w w. tme.eu/en/katalog/?art=BM869 The only place I can find on the net to purchase this meter. Seems a bit scary. .

birrbert: I sure did. And checked the 13 min HD review too. :-)

Steve Jobs: best review about dmms i saw! Thank you!!

mjlorton: Hi Josh, there are quite a few other folk that are frustrated that they can't get hold of this meter easily. There is a supplier in South Africa (hellermanntyton) but I'm not sure if they ship internationally. I do know some folks have found suppliers in Europe but I don't have those details.

electrodacus: It looks like a nice multimeter and Taiwan products are good quality. Not sure about the price on the Brymen 867 but the MASTECH MS8265 is a 20k count at about 40$ same as the Victor VC9807A and VC88D same price.

mjlorton: @whiskeyjack59 No Problem, I've had a look at it on the web and had a scan through the manual. I like the fact that it uses AAA batteries and it has warings for incorrect input selection. It's not that accurate but then you don't really need that for a 4000 count meter. I would certainly buy it at that price and give it a try. Cheers, Martin.

mjlorton: My pleasure, glad I could help. It really has one of the highest resolutions of any handheld multimeter and is great for monitoring small solar projects. I'm not sure if you had a look at the video "When resolution really does count", but that shows how handy the resolution is on a small solar project.

John Motazedi: @mjlorton what is a count?

mjlorton: @MrYaesu70 Thanks for your comments. The Brymen brand does not seem to be available in the USA. You can get a Brymen that is rebranded as an Extech that has similar specs to the TBM867. Have a look at the Extech MM560A and MM570A. I'm sure you'll find these sold in the USA.

mjlorton: Excellent....Fluke or Brymen?

mjlorton: Go the the Brymen website and ask them for a list of retailers. Cheers, Martin.
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Multimeter review / buyers guide / comparison: Brymen TBM867 vs Fluke 87-V 4.7 out of 5

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