A multimeter is a device that every tinkerer should have in their toolkit. I’ve owned a few multimeters over the years, including the Kaiweets KM601. I’ve been happy with that multimeter. Now, I have the chance to review the Kaiweets HT118E multimeter, which is less expensive. Is it the right multimeter for you? Read on to find out.
Editor’s Note: I received this multimeter for free in exchange for a review. This in no way affects my review. I always give my honest opinion.
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Kaiweets HT118E specifications
- HIGHER RESOLUTION & ADVANCED DESIGN – 20000 counts, HT118E multimeter with more resolution bits allows for more accurate measurement results. The flashlight on the back ensures easy use in dimly lit places. Min/Max to record signal fluctuations. Stable kickstand, Pen slot on the back, Low battery prompt, Data retention, Auto power-off.
- MULTIFUNCTION – Accurately measures AC/DC Voltage, AC/DC Current, Resistance, HT118E voltage tester also measures Temperature, Capacitance, Frequency, Duty-cycle, Diodes, Continuity, and NCV, Live with sound and light alarm. Suitable for Household Outlets, Fuses, Batteries (including Vehicles), Automotive Circuit Troubleshooting, Charging Systems, Testing electronics in Cars, etc.
|Dimensions||7.48 x 3.54 x 2.17 inches|
|Batteries||2 AA (included)|
|Material||ABS (Handle is plastic)|
|Performance||True RMS, Auto-ranging multimeter, voltmeter|
|DC Voltage:||600mV/6V/60V/600V±(0.5%+3), 1000V ±(0.5%+3)|
|AC Voltage:||600mV/6V/60V/600V/750V ±(0.8%+5)|
|DC Current:||600μA/6000μA/60mA/600mA/10A ±(1.2%+3)|
|AC Current:||600μA/6000μA/60mA/600mA/10A ±(1.5%+3)|
|Capacitance:||10nf/100nf/1000nf/10uf/100uf/1000uf ±(4.0%+5), 10MF/100MF±(5.0%+5)|
The Kaiweets HT118E comes with:
- Carrying case
- 2 test leads
You can buy this multimeter directly from Kaiweets. If you use the coupon code HTH10, you’ll get a discount.
Kaiweets HT118E usage and performance
The multimeter feels sturdy in your hand and has a bright multicolor LCD that is easy to read. It can measure up to 600V AC/DC, 60 Mohms resistance, and 10A AC/DC. Additionally, it can measure capacitance, frequency, and temperature (using the thermocouple). It can also test diodes and continuity. All standard fare — that’s why these devices are called multimeters.
It is also auto-ranging, which means you simply have to select what you want to measure and it will automatically set the range of measurement. With manual-ranging multimeters, there are preset ranges that you should select before taking a measurement. Not having to do this is very convenient, especially for those new to multimeters.
Other features include:
- Data hold function
- Auto power off (this can be deactivated)
- Low battery indicator
- Backlit display
I tested this multimeter on batteries, circuits, and my car battery. All the values came back as expected, and were matched by my other trusted multimeters.
Other multimeters to consider
The Kaiweets HT118A looks exactly like the HT118E. They are functionally equivalent. However, the HT118A costs a little less because it is 6,000 counts, whereas the HT118E is 20,000 counts. This means the HT118E can display digits from 00000 to 19999 whereas the HT118A can only display digits from 0000 to 5999. Higher counts mean the unit can display measurements to a higher precision.
You can save a little money by getting the HT118A instead if 6,000 counts are enough for you. I also am fond of my KM601 from Kaiweets. Here are some of the most popular models on Amazon:
Kaiweets has put out some fine multimeters and the HT118E is yet another one. If you are looking for an inexpensive yet durable and accurate multimeter for your toolkit, this is one to consider.
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