Fieldpiece HS36 Multimeter Review

Fieldpiece HS36
  • The HS36 works with all Fieldpiece accessory heads enabling the user to test a wider variety of parameters from a single meter.
  • Auto Ranging: The HS36 is an auto ranging meter and is very accurate.
  • Non-Contact Voltage Indication: The NCV function is sensitive enough to detect 24VAC on thermostats.
  • High Voltage and Continuity Indicators: The Hi-V LED/Beeper for circuits over 30V. The continuity LED and beeper tells you if a circuit is open or closed.
  • Microamps for measuring the flame diode current in a heater control -- Capacitance for motor-start and motor-run capacitors.

The Basics

The Fieldpiece HS36 is as user-friendly as it gets. You will find this Fieldpiece very crucial if you are dealing with HVAC/R appliances, due to its high accuracy. 

It is a premium multimeter with impressive features such as automatic ranging and voltage detection. These type of features are not found on cheaper competitors.

Fieldpiece HS36 comes with a well-detailed user manual hence you do not have to worry if you are a first time user. If you have used a multimeter before, ensure you also read this user manual because every unit has different specifications.

The Features

True RMS

True RMS reading is an excellent everyday-use feature. This feature allows you to measure the continuous power accurately, for example, the input power going into your speaker from your amplifier. This is an excellent feature especially for those of you who are audiophiles.

Auto Ranging

This unit comes with an auto-ranging function, which makes it ideal for use by both professionals and non-professionals. This means that it will do all the work for you. You don’t have to set the sensitivity range on your AC or DC voltage input, for example, the Fieldpiece HS36 will automatically adjust according to the voltage you are measuring.

Non-Contact Voltage Indication

The NCV function is sensitive enough to detect 24VAC on thermostats. If any voltage is present, the unit will alert you with an audible warning.

High Voltage and Continuity Indicator

This unit has Hi-V LED/Beeper for circuits over 30V. The LED and Beeper will tell you if a circuit is open or closed.

Microamps

This feature enables you to measure the flame diode current in a heater control capacitance for motor-start and motor run capacitors.

Built-in Magnetic Hanger

This magnetic hanger with detachable silicone test leads and alligator clip probe tips allows you to secure your probes and test without needing to use your hands.

Bar Graph

The auto-ranging stick meter on this field piece comes with a bar graph on the LCD. This feature makes it an excellent product for anyone who wants the analog feel when using multimeters.

Backlight

The backlit display is a huge plus for anyone who works in dark places. This feature means that you can still read the measurements on the machine because they are lit with a bright blue vision friendly backlight.
Fieldpiece HS36 Multimeter Review

Who Can Use This Product?

This product can be used by amateurs and professionals. However, amateurs may find some of the features useless to them hence they can find something with fewer features. This model is ideal for any electrician who offers HVAC/R services.

Pros

  • Accurate
  • Affordable
  • Easy to use
  • Ideal for dark places

Cons

  • Bar graph feature that you may never use

 

Things We Didn’t Like

The only feature that we did not like about this fieldpiece is the bar graph. Since there is the meter, most users did not find the analog graph necessary. Other than that, it is a great unit.

What do the users say?

Most users found this unit very handy as it has all the necessary feature. The backlight was a great plus. The design and ease of use were what most users found impressive. Professionals found high accuracy the best feature in this unit.

Conclusion

Fieldpiece HS36 is an all-round unit. With its backlight and one-hand use, it is ideal for even the tightest of spots. With only one shortcoming, it is an excellent fieldpiece.

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