Fluke 87-V Multimeter Review

Fluke 87-V
  • Accurate frequency measurements on adjustable speed drives (ASD) due to Fluke-designed low-pass filter
  • Built-in thermometer allows temperature measurements without a separate thermometer
  • Peak Min/Max allows capture of intermittents as fast 250 µS
  • Dual display resolution - 6000 or 20,000 counts - lets you see small changes in displayed readings.CAT III 1000V, CAT IV 600V safety rated
  • Measure up to 1000 VAC and DC; Operating Altitude: 2000 m

Whether you are a seasoned electrician or a budding DIY enthusiast, there is always room in your equipment locker for a reliable and feature-rich multimeter. In this review, we have thoroughly tested the Fluke 87-V multimeter, and we want to share our findings with you so that you can make an informed decision when it comes to choosing the best multimeter for your electrical testing and measurement needs.

This unit is a perfect fit for electricians who rely on accurate and in-depth measurements during their day to day duties and provides the user with readings that cover everything relevant to personal health and safety. The Fluke 87-V is ideal for electricians who regularly deal with HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) units due to the unit’s ability to measure lower and higher resolutions and the Fluke 87-V also offers greater range than that of standard multimeters. One of the best features of this multimeter is its ability to measure voltage, frequency, current, capacitance and even water temperature.


This feature coupled with the amazing dual resolution display screen means that this unit is easy to read on-screen and can detect even the smallest variance in voltage instantly. These are just a few of the fantastic features that the Fluke 87-V multimeter has to offer and let’s have a look at what else this unit has to offer:

Durability of design – The robust shell of this unit has been out through the paces and stands alone as one of the most durable multimeters available on the market. This unit has been thoroughly tested for drops from height, water damage, and shocks. If that wasn’t enough, the Fluke87-V boasts a lifetime guarantee, so you are covered in any situation.

Range finding modes – This unit offers both manual and automatic ranging which is good news for beginners and experts alike. Most standard units either offer one or the other but with the Fluke 87-V, you get the best of both worlds. Having the ability to narrow your test with the manual feature works for experts and beginners can just use the automatic feature without issue.

Automatic power down – This is a great feature when it comes to preserving battery life and keeping the unit in proper working order. Sometimes you are too busy to shut off the multimeter when you are finished with it so don’t worry because the unit will power down after 15 minutes of not being used.

Audible warnings – Health and safety is of the utmost importance when it comes to working with electricity, and the Fluke 87-V will let you know if you have done something wrong by way of an audible warning. This “beep” keeps you safe and out of harm’s way.

Auto-hold feature – Sometimes you don’t have a pen and paper to hand when you need to record your readings, and you risk forgetting your readings. By just pressing the “Hold” button on the multimeter, your readings will be held on screen for future reference.

Who can use this multimeter?

This unit is designed for everyone based on design, but we don’t recommend this unit to green electrician’s due to some of the advanced functionality being lost and potentially difficult to understand.

What didn’t we like?

Given the features included in this unit, there is not a function to detect non-voltage which we thought to be a strange design oversight. The other point that was hard to swallow was the overall cost of the unit. This is a premium product but is priced out of the market for some individuals.

Overall, the Fluke 87-V is a reliable and robust multimeter that comes packed with intelligent features to keep even the most experienced electrician happy, and we strongly recommend this product.

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