Top Tools 2012: Ryobi Tek4 Digital Multimeter

A professional-grade tool at a budget-friendly price, Ryobi's multimeter is a handy digital device with a host of important uses.

Ryobi Tek4 Digital Multimeter Review

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Why You’ll Love It: The Ryobi Tek4 Mulitmeter is a versatile diagnostic tool that can measure voltage, current, resistance, continuity and more. Its capabilities and feature set make this a professional-grade tool that is available at a fraction of the cost. And if you own other Ryobi Tek4 products, incorporating the digital multimeter is a no-brainer.

The Full Scoop: A multimeter is a big step up from a voltmeter and is useful for many electrical applications, such as checking outlets for power, testing speaker wire connections, and investigating fuses. With the Ryobi Tek4 Multimeter, you get all the functionality of a $100+ multimeter for about $80.

The Tek4 Multimeter is built on the Tek4 4v lithium-ion battery line, which provides 100 continuous hours per charge. Protected by a waterproof, dust-proof rugged housing, the Ryobi includes a 2-year limited warranty. The large screen is easy to read, and the blue LED backlight means you can use this multimeter in the dark. Probes are conveniently stored on the backside, where you will also find a hook and kickstand for “hands-free” operation. Like competitors’ models, this multimeter features an auto-off timer to conserve battery life.

 

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