FLUKE 8500A Multimeter

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italianuser

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I bought this lovely FLUKE 8500A :love: device made in 1980. It's a high precision 6.5 digit modular multimeter, very very advanced for it's period.
Precision for DC voltage measurements has a 0.001%+1 accuracy.

I'll share some photos of the device and a comparison reading against RM303 DMM (which has a 0.05%+3 accuracy for DC V readings) measuring a 18650 cell.

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Hope you like it! :giggle:
 

Tarsun

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wow.

i never knew old electronics were sought after...
i work at a hospital in the biomed department. We go through lithium ion battery packs like crazy. (we replace batteries at timed intervals, weather theyre bad or good). we also continuously upgrade equipment.

you might want to reach out to a few of the local hospitals and talk to the biomed departments. You might be able to set something up.
 

italianuser

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@Tarsun good to know, I never thought about hospitals as a source of batteries, I'll check that out(y)

Old devices can be a good bargain, especially if they're well kept. Before buying it I searched in the 200-300$ price range (both new and second hand) and found quite a few appliances online:

- UT801 / UT803
- VC8145
- UNI-T 8802E
- Peaktech 3440 (handheld) / 4090
- Philips PM2525 (year 1985)
- Philips PM2919 (year 1985)
- Fluke 8010A
- Keithley 179 (year 1980)

This Fluke was my choice for it's incredible accuracy, it's a no-contest against all these above. It was calibrated against a 7 1/2 digit Solartron and owner was a professional technician. It's such a lovely piece of electronics, it deserves being used, and it's a real case of ... second life!:giggle:
 

Wolf

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Indeed I love my Fluke meters. That's why I have 3 of them 8810A, 8808A and 8842A. Not 6½ but close enough at 5½.
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Tarsun

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right new were about to toss a timemeter RT-200
not something anyone here would really use but its just an example.
was sent out to the manufacturer every year over its life span, but has since been replaced by a Fluke VT-305.

i know our sister campus is a little behind the times and has a lot of older equipment that just sits around.
biomed department of a hospital might be a useful source for older equipment.
 

italianuser

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Oh my... I'll show my Zilog System 8000 and Motorola S8000:sneaky: I always think it's a shame not to recycle because there's surely someone ready to use any kind of device, working or broken. Don't you have a group/organization in you city that collects "museum stuff"?:unsure:

These are beside my desk... LOL a Motorola S8000 (costed the equivalent of 120.000€, if I remember right in 1989) and a lovely Zilog System 8000, they would have gone detroyed if I didn't take them; there was also a VAX11/780 which I didn't manage to save... my dad and his friends took it to bits because they wanted the capacitors inside it (really huge capacitors!).

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(with an 18650 in front of it!)

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:love::D
 
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