The trouble is, if you don’t know ANYTHING about multimeters, you might not be able to even understand the books that tell you how to use them.
Believe it or not, it’s really hard to find information on basic use for a complete beginner – even “Electronics For Dummies” assumes some knowledge of the tool.
To help you out, here are some good introductory level resources:
- This clear and helpful forum post is in response to someone looking for “An idiot’s guide to multimeters for dummies” and really breaks down the simplest concepts of multimeters for the uninitiated
- This site has a concise, basic introduction to multimeters with a little more detail
- This video on YouTube THOROUGHLY reviews multimeters that sell for $50.00 or less. The reviewer is such a wonk, it’s funny when he complains about the quality of some of these, and you learn a lot just by watching him describe all the features, what does and doesn’t work with each model: