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RadioShack® 29-Range Digital Multimeter

Model:

22-813

 | Catalog #: 22-813
Price:
$39.99
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Product Summary

Testing as easy as 1-2-3.

A precise and reliable multimeter. This 29-range digital multimeter is a compact, auto-ranging, digital multimeter ideal for testing in the field, lab, shop or home. It measures AC and DC voltage up to 600V, AC and DC current up to 10A, resistance up to 40M ohm, and tests 1.5V C, D, AA, AAA and 9V batteries.

  • Continuity buzzer lets you quick-check cords, fuses, connectors and more
  • Diode-check tests semiconductors for opens and shorts
  • Battery tester
  • Data hold
  • Low-battery and overload indicators
  • Automatic power-off helps conserve batteries

You'll also need

  • AAA batteries (3)
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What's in the box

  • Detachable Test Lead (2)
  • Fuse 0.5A/250V (1)
  • Owner's manual
 

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Manufacturer Warranty

  • Parts: 90 days
  • Labor: 90 days
Tech Specs
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Date added Document
April 10, 2013 RadioShack 29-Range Digital Multimeter (Guía Del Usuario)
April 10, 2013 RadioShack 29-Range Digital Multimeter (User's guide)

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Customer Reviews

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RadioShack® 29-Range Digital Multimeter
 
2.7

(based on 114 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (24)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (26)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (46)

48%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Reliable (40)
  • Versatile (36)
  • Rugged (26)
  • Good length (21)
  • Easy to use (10)

Cons

  • Inconsistent signal (28)
  • Wears easily (11)
  • Unreliable (3)

Best Uses

  • High-end equipment (11)
  • Dorm room (8)
  • Travel (6)
  • Home (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Enthusiast (32), Casual user (27), Power user (26), Professional (7), Tech savvy (5)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (85), Business (14)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (49)

Reviewed by 114 customers

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(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Internal short while stored

By disappointed Jake

from Golden, CO

About Me Casual User

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Versatile

Cons

  • Poor Quality
  • Poor warranty

Best Uses

  • Home

Comments about RadioShack® 29-Range Digital Multimeter:

I've owned this mulitmeter for years and rarely use it. When I did need it yesterday, pulled it out and it didn't work. Shows "Shrt" on Open/Short setting with nothing connected and it doesn't measure anything else. Piece of junk. I opened the case and everything looks new. New batteries made no difference (not that I expected them to). 90-day warranty is a joke but didn't care when I bought it because I figured if it worked out of the box, what could go wrong with a digital multimeter? I'm never buying RS again.

  • Primary use:
  • Personal
  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Permanent short while sitting in cabinet

By disappointed Jake

from Golden, CO

About Me Casual User

Pros

  • Versatile

Cons

  • Poor Quality
  • Poor warranty

Best Uses

  • Home

Comments about RadioShack® 29-Range Digital Multimeter:

I've had this multimeter for years and rarely use it. Pulled it out yesterday and it's internally shorted (shows short with nothing connected on the short/open setting). Piece of junk. I opened the case and everything looks new. 90-day warranty is a joke. I didn't care when I purchased because I figured if it works out of the box, what can go wrong with a digital multimeter? Never buying RS again.

  • Primary use:
  • Personal
  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Old ones=good New ones=Cheap+unreliable

By Bill the Amp Guy

from Cape Cod, MA

About Me Power User

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Rugged

Cons

  • Wears Easily

Best Uses

    Comments about RadioShack® 29-Range Digital Multimeter:

    I'll call this a tale of 2 multimeters; I had the old version of the 22-813 multimeter for many years, what did it in eventually was that the jacks for the test leads started to come apart. So thus I bought a replacement. The replacement (#2200813) worked just as well as the old one until a transformer flyback test (using a 9V battery as the voltage source!)killed the ohm testing function in this new meter after about a year. So today, since I can't live without a multimeter; I transplanted the socket jacks from the new meter into the old meter (which electronically still functioned). What prompted me to write this review is what I found when I removed the PCB from the newer meter after I took out it's jack board; what I saw was extremely cheap, surface mounted componants, which on the average have about a 1/8 watt tolerance (some even less) when it comes to the resistors. My old meter's PCB has numerous through hole 1/2 and 1 watt resistors in the same places that new one uses tiny chicklet componants. What is going on here is not simply a method of reducing production costs; but rather a deliberate means towards planned obsolescence, ie manufacturing a product that is designed to fail after a specific number hours of usage. The primary means of planned obsolescence in electronics manufacturing is to meticulously use under-rated componants in specific places in order to obtain a specific limited working lifespan. This practice is rife in pretty much every manufacturing industry in the world today, so I don't blame Radio Shack/Tandy Corp specifically for this issue. But the last thing they should be doing in their recent tough econonomic times is to sanction cheaply made products that are designed to fail. See pics attached for comparison.

    • Primary use:
    • Business
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Good meter, but you should read manual.

    By Bill the repair guy

    from Florence, KY

    About Me Enthusiast

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Consistent Performance
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Fuse Can Blow Easily

    Best Uses

    • Hobby

    Comments about RadioShack® 29-Range Digital Multimeter:

    I am writing this review for one reason - to alert potential users of this multimeter to the fact that it is pretty easy to blow the fuse. Many of the negative reviews of this meter are due to either the user not following the instructions in the manual OR a blown fuse. There is a spare fuse inside the case and I'll bet the reason they put one there is that they knew users would be blowing the fuse.

    Even though I knew to be careful with this meter, I did something to cause the fuse to blow. I was about the use the battery testing function and was going to test a 9V battery. I accidently put the function switch on the position for the AAA battery. I got no reading at all and when I saw that the switch was in the wrong position and moved it to the 9V position, I still got no reading. In fact, none of the 3 battery test positions would give a reading. The meter would still correctly measure DC voltage, so you could check a battery that way, but gave nothing in any of the 3 battery test positions.

    I took the case apart, replaced the fuse with the spare, and all was good again. I'm online right now to see about getting one or more spare fuses because I really like the meter and enjoy using it.

    • Primary use:
    • Personal
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    This is a very good multimeter!

    By Bill the repair guy

    from Florence, KY

    About Me Casual User

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Consistent Performance
    • Rugged
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about RadioShack® 29-Range Digital Multimeter:

        I read about 50 of the reviews of this product before buying it. Virtually ALL of the negative reviews appeared to be the result of either not reading the manual or simply not understanding how the meter works. There were a couple of really helpful reviews that explained the most likely cause of a blown fuse; a result of using the meter after an auto-off and moving the switch one notch, thinking you are moving it to a volt reading when, in fact, it was in the volt position when it went off. Doing this would move it to a current reading and would likely blow the fuse.

        I read one review by an apparently knowledgeable user who said that the meter was off by a factor of three when measuring milliamps. I just now check this myself by putting a 1K resistor in a circuit with a 9 volt battery. I had measured the actual voltage of the battery at 7.93 volts and the resistance of the resistor at 975 ohms. Ohms law indicates that the current in this circuit would be 8.133 mA. The meter showed a current of 8.07. I think this is as close as any reasonable person could expect it to be.

        I haven't tested every function of the meter, but the several I did check indicate that the meter is working just fine. I really don't think you will go wrong buying it.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        vg meter-fuse eater for wheel sleepers

        By steve

        from scottsmoor, fl

        About Me Enthusiast

        Pros

        • Consistent Performance
        • Rugged
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • High-End Equipment
          • Home Theater

          Comments about RadioShack® 29-Range Digital Multimeter:

          I check batteries, voltage status of devices i,m working on. great meter. I know why some people
          have had problems, including me.If your asleep at the wheel & forget to turn unit off, no problem,
          unit will for you, but next time unit is used, most likely for voltage it will be off in the V
          position. User then turns switch to right to use for volt. and will be in the ma current position.
          bye-bye fuse when my extra fuses were used up I finally realized what was happening.auto off saves batts, but eats fuses, buy extra fuses in advance most people will have this happen to them
          not all.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Gotta read the manual

          By joe

          from chicago

          About Me Power User

          Pros

          • Consistent Performance
          • Good Length
          • Rugged
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about RadioShack® 29-Range Digital Multimeter:

              At first I thought the multimeter was nonfunctional, as it was unable to measure line voltage. It worked fine with batteries and measured proper voltages, but I was unable to get a reading with a known good wall outlet. However

              1)after reading the manual and

              2)setting the select button to AC

              3)setting the range to 000 volts (the high range)

              4)it finally read 125.4 volts.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No
               
              4.0

              Good meter.

              By Ex. Jim the Runner

              from Ex. San Jose, CA

              About Me Enthusiast

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about RadioShack® 29-Range Digital Multimeter:

                    Owned this meter for 2-3 yrs now. Good unit. Never had a problem that I didn't cause through carelessness.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

                    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    1.0

                    Choose Another

                    By Al in Austin

                    from Austin, TX

                    About Me Enthusiast

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about RadioShack® 29-Range Digital Multimeter:

                          Unit went from blowing fuses to stopped working completely. While some users seem to have units that work well, that was certainly not my experience, nor the experience of many others.

                          • Primary use:
                          • Personal
                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

                          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          A good value, does the job

                          By MNDOC

                          from Minnesota

                          About Me Enthusiast

                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent Performance
                          • Versatile

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about RadioShack® 29-Range Digital Multimeter:

                              I think the negative reviews must be due to "pilot error". I find myself frequently reaching for this in my ham radio projects. Checking current and voltages on boards, resistance (checking resistors). Batteries (this is really handy if you're like me and have a bunch just lying around). It's pretty simple and seems accurate, near as I can tell. Nice meter for the money. Oh, if your's "quits" check the fuse, which is easily replaced: in fact mine came with a bad fuse so I got several to have on hand and it's worked great since

                              • Primary use:
                              • Personal
                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • No

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