Multimeter Basics for True Beginners

Digital Multimeter Basics for BeginnersA multimeter is an essential tool in appliance repair,  so you’re going to have to learn to use one.

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:

5 Replies to “Multimeter Basics for True Beginners”

  1. I’m starting my own appliance repair business and found the information on this site very very useful.
    Thank you so much.

    1. Hi Paul – Thanks for the kind words – always great to hear what I’ve been through is of some help to someone starting out – I wish you the very best of luck in your new business!

    1. Hi Chuck – Thanks for letting me know you liked the site, hope you got what you were looking for!

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