In this review, we will compare two similar multimeter models, Fluke 106 and Fluke 107. Although they are very similar, both have key differences which distinguish one from another.
This comparison will hopefully make those differences clearer to the reader and based on this, we will pronounce an objective winner at the end of this article. Although one multimeter might objectively be better than the other one, remember that you should pick out a multimeter based on your preferences and on the type of work for which you intend to get a multimeter.
Fluke 106 is a compact multimeter that can be used by both experienced users and beginners. However, I am more inclined to believe that the Fluke 106 will suit people that want to gather experience better due to its intuitive and simplistic design. Although the design is simplistic, the multimeter itself has all the features you might desire in a product from this price range, but you can find out more about that later in the article.
Ease of use
As I mentioned earlier, Fluke 106 is designed simplistically and intuitively. This means that everyone should be able to know how to use this multimeter, even if they have never used one before. As soon as you see the multimeter itself, you will have a pretty good idea of what am I writing about.
To summarize, this multimeter is very easy to use.
This multimeter has all the standard multimeter features like voltage, continuity, amperage and resistance measuring. This should be enough for every type of work that can be done with a standard multimeter. This multimeter also has a hold function and as far as safety goes, Fluke 106 is CAT III 600V certified.
Fluke 106 is also fused, so you can be sure that you are protected when you work with this multimeter. All results are highly accurate and up to Fluke’s standard.
Quality of build
Fluke 106’s body is made from hard plastic which makes this multimeter resistant to falls and damage. If this was any other multimeter, I wouldn’t be satisfied with the level of fall protection on the multimeter, but since this is Fluke’s product, I know from experience that this multimeter can endure a lot if needed. Other parts of the multimeter are also made from good materials. The outer shell of the Fluke 106 is slightly textured which makes it easier to hold when your hands are sweaty. For me, personally, that is a pretty nice detail that will definitely come in handy after many long hours of work.
Fluke 107 is a relative of Fluke 106. This multimeter is suited for all users that intend to use it for more advanced multimeter work. However, this multimeter is still categorized as a basic model, but as a basic model with more advanced functions. I definitely wouldn’t recommend this multimeter to beginners. Although they are also capable of using Fluke 107, this multimeter will shine the most inexperienced hands due to few additional functions which Fluke 106 doesn’t have.
Ease of use
Fluke 107 is easy to use, although it isn’t as easy to use as Fluke 106. However, if you have ever used a multimeter before, you shouldn’t have any problems with this model and you should be able to know which part serves what purpose and how to set the multimeter on the desired setting.
Fluke 107 can be used to measure voltage, capacitance, continuity, amperage, frequency and to test diodes. This multimeter is also equipped with a backlight, which Fluke 106 doesn’t have. Fluke 107 also has a hold function. Frequency measuring is activated by a separate button located between the ON and OFF switch and a HOLD button. As far as safety goes, this multimeter will protect you if needed, since it is CAT III 600V rated, just as Fluke 106. Fluke 107, just like Fluke 106 doesn’t come shipped with multimeter test leads, so this could prove to be a problem if you haven’t had a multimeter before.
This problem can be easily solved by going to the store, or by ordering a pair of probes when you decide to get a multimeter.
Quality of build
Fluke 107 is built from good, high-quality material, and I believe that it can handle the force in case that you ever accidentally drop it. This multimeter has a blast shield on the inside that goes pair in pair with the location of the fuses, so that’s a nice addition to an already safe device.
The winner of this competition is Fluke 107. All in all, Fluke 107 is an upgraded version of Fluke 106. When we take into account that the Fluke 107 is cheaper and has more functions than Fluke 106, it gets obvious which model you should get. However, you shouldn’t forget about Fluke 106 either. Fluke 107 is excellent for experienced users, while I would definitely recommend that you get Fluke 106 if you are a new user, or if you want to get more experience.