Fluke 115 Digital Multimeter Review

  • August 15, 2018

Review of Fluke 115

Editor Rating: 4.7/5

Build Quality
Power
Features
Price

Review Summary

Portable, takes a beating, and delivers accurate readings for a really long time. That, in a nutshell, sums up the Fluke 115. It’s a great all-around multimeter for basic use at home or in the workshop, and the price is right. It’s small enough that professionals will find it a great supplement to their existing inventory. But it’s missing the kind of features that would make it an attractive first-line multimeter for pros. For example, it lacks dedicated micro-amp readings, which is common for meters of this price range and which limits the 115’s precision. If you don’t keep your finger on the hold button, you lose your reading.

One of its best selling points is the Fluke name. Professionals in every trade recognize Fluke as a brand that delivers durability and quality. The 115 carries forward the Fluke name excellently.

Fluke 115 – A Quick Look

Pros
  • Portable
  • Rugged
  • Accurate
  • True-RMS
Cons
  • Lacks micro-amp range
  • Not completely hands-free

Specifications

Brand: Fluke

Model: 115

Weight: 1.2 lbs.

Dimensions (in.): 8.7 x 5.5 x 2.6

Voltage: 600V

Current: 10A

Resistance: 40 MOhms

Capacitance: 1000 microfarads

Warranty: 3 years

Fluke 115 in use

Built Fluke tough

Part of the Fluke mystique is that their multimeters can take whatever punishment you dish out and they’ll just keep running. That’s a great feature for test equipment, which sometimes swaps accuracy for durability. That also makes it attractive as a portable alternative to really expensive handheld equipment that you want to leave at home for fear of it getting damaged on a job site. The 115 will work in everything but the coldest temperatures, going right up to the hottest places on the planet’s surface. It’s also rated Category III 600-volt safe.

Great in the field

The Fluke 115 is compact and lightweight and delivers fast, accurate readings on a well-lit display. That makes it ideal for either field technicians who need to work quickly or for professionals who want to leave their pricier, more delicate test equipment in the shop. The Fluke 115 can take the punishment without taking up a lot of space on your belt.

True-RMS

The Fluke 115 is a True-RMS multimeter, so its AC voltage readings are as accurate as you’re going to get. This is an especially attractive quality if you’re repairing HVAC systems or you’re in other environments that expose the shortcomings of average-responding digital multimeters. This means more accurate readings, which means that you’ll finish your job faster.

Fluke 115 set

FAQ

Is the 115 a True-RMS multimeter?

Yes. Most Fluke multimeters are True-RMS meters as opposed to an average-responding digital multimeter.

How durable is the Fluke 115?

Fluke multimeters are designed to take a beating. The 115 is tested to operate from 14 degrees Fahrenheit up to 122 degrees Fahrenheit, and it comes with a hard plastic case that can sustain practically anything except being driven over by a bulldozer. It’s also rated to handle 600 volts.

Is this model good for beginners?

In general, Flukes are top-shelf multimeters. Beginners can cut their teeth on something much more affordable and then when they’ve figured out how to properly use multimeters, they can invest in a Fluke. For beginners who want to start with real quality, however, this is a great beginner model because it’s affordable and, minus the few features that professionals depend on, does everything an average user will ever want from it.

Fluke 115 in site

What the Users Say

So, you’re new to multimeters and want a range of opinions.  But you don’t really want to filter through online reviews, some of which take generous liberties with English language usage and some of which are clearly just customers with axes to grind and too much free time. We surfed those reviews for you, and indeed there were plenty of howlers. After setting those aside, this is what we found.

Being a Fluke, of course the 115 was very popular. Fluke has a rock solid name in digital multimeters for a reason. People loved the durable construction and handiness. They also liked how the display lights up so that they can see it in low-light conditions. With the 115’s other features, this made work faster, more accurate, and ultimately safer.

Professionals also like the 115 as a portable backup. It’s easy to take to job sites and can take a lot of punishment and still work. It’s easy to use and fast to give results.

The display was the primary thing that gave other users fits. It was difficult to read; in one case it flickered and in another case it could only be read from an angle. And reading the display is kind of important, you know, for digital multimeters.

But the consensus is that the Fluke 115 is a great, durable, functional digital multimeter. It’s designed as an electrician’s tool and is an asset to have in the field.

Conclusion

Small, handy, portable and accurate, the Fluke 115 is a great all-around multimeter for homeowners whose needs might tax cheaper alternatives. It’s also a great supplemental multimeter for professionals who might want something to go mobile with so they don’t have to put their more expensive equipment at risk. It lacks a dedicated micro-amps reading, however, which limits it to electrical rather than electronic work. Additionally, if you don’t press down the hold button you’ll lose your reading. If you have electronics work to do or are working where you’re going to wish you were born with three hands, these drawbacks will seem more pronounced. But, all in all, it’s not a bad little multimeter.  Nor is it a bad introduction to the impressive Fluke brand.

About the Author Adam Harris

Hi there! My name is Adam and I write for HealthyHandyman. I have a great passion for writing about everything related to tools, home improvement, and DIY. In my spare time, I'm either fishing, playing the guitar, or spending quality time with my beloved wife. You'll also often find me in my workshop working on some new project!