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im putting the final touches on all the equipment i need to start subzero benching and one of the last things im needing is a decent k-type thermometer/digital multimeter. what are everyones' suggestions? brands? new/used on ebay maybe? thanks all.
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Best ones would be Fluke. Something like a Fluke 52 II would be a very nice unit with two read outs. They're just very pricy, even used. I had a UEI DT302, which I liked a lot and is also a nice unit. Only issue with them is if it's telling you the battery is low, you better replace it. The calibration went out on mine and had to rma. They sent me a DT222 instead, saying that the DT302 was discontinued. I also have an Amprobe which works ok, but probes that come with it only read down to -169.

Other than that, there is always the cheap stuff from Hong Kong, which a lot of people use and say they work well.

The Fluke and UEI models, the last number is the amount of read outs it has. ie...

Fluke 52 II = 2 readouts
Fluke 51 II = 1 readout

The II at the end is the newer model, old ones would be only Fluke 51

Uei is same way

DT302 = 2
DT304 = 4
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I'm using a DT302 and it's awesome... can't recommend it enough. I got it refurb on ebay for $70.
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Everything that Mike and Bass suggested is excellent, but if you're looking for a cheaper alternative than this model works quite well: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Digital-K-J-Type-Thermocouple-Thermometer-4-Probes-/251066943874?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3a74c18982#ht_4372wt_952

 

Myself and a few other guys have that one and it seems to work well enough,

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post #5 of 12
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Originally Posted by HobieCat View Post

Everything that Mike and Bass suggested is excellent, but if you're looking for a cheaper alternative than this model works quite well: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Digital-K-J-Type-Thermocouple-Thermometer-4-Probes-/251066943874?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3a74c18982#ht_4372wt_952

Myself and a few other guys have that one and it seems to work well enough,

I have this as well, low cost & it does the job. It isn't as accurate as the better thermos & probes, but it is consistent so it will let you know where the coldbugs & boot bugs are with your cpus.
I keep thinking I should upgrade to a better model for accurate temps, but as long as they work, more money to spend on hardware....
    
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Fluke 52II here and shimaden!!!Only the best!!! biggrin.gif
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3x Fluke 52 here. IMO, if it can only display one temperature at a time, having dual inputs is pretty pointless. When you're on the edge of stability and the edge of coldbug, the LAST thing you wanna do is switch between sensor 1 and sensor 2 every few seconds.

I was using a cheaper thermometer before I got the Flukes and I hated it. The polling speed was way too high and the temperatures were all over the place. Might have been a DT-630 or something like that. Can't see any on Ebay to link you to.
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Thanks everyone again for all the help and suggestions! All the regulars and experienced benches have been helpful getting me set up the right way!

Much appreciated fellas
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3x Fluke 52 here. IMO, if it can only display one temperature at a time, having dual inputs is pretty pointless. When you're on the edge of stability and the edge of coldbug, the LAST thing you wanna do is switch between sensor 1 and sensor 2 every few seconds.
I was using a cheaper thermometer before I got the Flukes and I hated it. The polling speed was way too high and the temperatures were all over the place. Might have been a DT-630 or something like that. Can't see any on Ebay to link you to.

strange... my Fluke 52 II's display both temps on the same screen at the same time... temp 1 is just larger font is all..
Fluke 52 II all the way...
    
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post #10 of 12
I use the older ones coz they were mega cheap biggrin.gif They can only display one temp at a time and have a button to change between probes.
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