Fluke 179 Review

  • August 15, 2018

Review of Fluke 179

Editor Rating: 4.7/5

Build Quality
Power
Features
Price

Review Summary

The Fluke 179 is a serious multimeter for serious work. It’s CAT III 1000 V, CAT IV 600 V ratings mean that either you’re a professional or an enthusiast with heavy demand. What’s really attractive about this tool is its pinpoint accuracy. It is, bar none, the most reliably accurate digital multimeter we’ve tested.

A word of caution. You will pay for this accuracy. You will also pay for the Fluke brand name. Neither of these comes cheap. At the end of the day, the most important question is whether your jobs really need you to invest in both.

Fluke 179 – A Quick Look

Pros
  • Accurate
  • Dependable
  • Rugged
  • Touch hold
Cons
  • Very pricey

Specifications

Brand: Fluke

Model: 179

Weight: 2.24 lbs.

Dimensions (in.): 5 x 7.3 x 1.7

Voltage: 1000V

Current: 10A

Resistance: 50 MOhms

Capacitance: 10000 microfarads

Warranty: 3 years

Fluke 179 set

Hold a moment, please

There’s nothing more important for digital testing equipment than having the ability to read the display. That means having a properly-sized LED display. It also means making sure that display doesn’t blink off at the wrong moment. Fluke’s Display Hold and Auto Hold ensure that you can read measurements as long as you need to.

If you work in cramped spaces, this is naturally a game changer. You can work and read your measurements without having to perform a cramped-space ballet with your arms.

Across-the-board precision

Fluke’s lower-tier multimeters are works of specialization. Fluke made a meter for you. The 179 brings all that together. It specializes in across-the-board excellence. It has a built-in thermometer to measure temperature. It has the range to do electric or electronic. It does all of it with precision and with longevity. It does everything great.

What’s in a lifetime

Fluke offers a lifetime limited warranty with the 179, which brings up a great question. Just what is the lifetime of a digital multimeter? Because one of the best features of the 179 is that it goes and goes and goes and goes and never ever stops delivering quick, accurate readings. With a fresh set of batteries, the lifetime of this Fluke might be longer than the lifetime of its operator.

FAQ

What kind of warranty comes with the Fluke 179?

A lifetime warranty.

What’s the power source?

A 9-volt battery.

Is this model good for beginners?

That’s kind of a loaded question. Fluke multimeters are designed for ease of use. So, it’s a multimeter that is suitable for beginners. On the other hand, the Fluke 179 is designed for professional usage in mind. A beginner can use it, but a beginner is also hopefully not doing jobs that will overtax a Fluke 179.

What the Users Say

One person’s word isn’t good enough to establish the greatness that is the Fluke 179. It’s the kind of thing that ought to be sung by a chorus of angels if, by chorus of angels, we mean the collected opinions of online tool users. We went ahead and read most of the reviews available online and have summarized all of it for you.

Unsurprisingly, the Fluke 179 is proven to be a popular digital multimeter among many of the people who bought it. Very popular.

The most popular thing about it was its accuracy. People found it to be on-a-dime precise. Absent the need to swap out batteries, it was as accurate at the end of its service life as it was at the start.

Speaking of longevity, this multimeter has an extremely long life. Users joked that their next of kin might inherit their 179s and maybe, only after several years of use, will they get to see if the lifetime warranty is still good. That means two things: The 179 is pinpoint accurate, and it’s pinpoint accurate years after you spend the money to buy it. That makes it a great value.

Cost was the most common complaint people had about the 179, and not in the sense that it’s a bad value. Users wished the tool featured a cheaper price tag. That’s a bit different than complaining that it’s not worth the money.

None of this is particularly unexpected. Compared with models that come with only moderately reduced performance, this is definitely a pricey selection. A certain amount of sticker shock is to be expected.

But a lot of people who bought this were either working professionals or hobbyists who’ve spent years working around electricity with pretty serious personal job requirements. Their consensus was that this was the multimeter to buy and that while it costs a whole bunch up front, the extended lifespan makes it worth investment.

Conclusion

The Fluke 179 is one of those tools that you use and then immediately set as the standard. In comparison, other tools appear lacking. It is without a doubt a top performer in every single way. It’s accurate. It has great features to make it more versatile, and those are all great. It’s also built to give you a professional’s safe range of voltage. It carries the price of a professional tool, however. This is no remainder bin multimeter. But if you’ve got a little cash to spare and jobs that need this, it will more than return your investment.

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!