Amprobe AM-510 Commercial/Residential Multimeter

  • Measures AC/DC voltage up to 600 V, AC/DC current, resistance, frequency, capacitance, duty cycle and temperature
  • CAT III 600 V safety rated
  • Non-contact voltage detection enhances safety
  • Audible continuity quickly identifies shorts and opens
  • Diode test to verify diode polarity
  • Data hold freezes the reading on the display for further analysis
  • MIN/MAX recording records min/max measurements over time to show voltage fluctuations
  • Relative zero mode displays the difference between the actual reading and a stored reference value and may be used with any function or range
  • Combines user friendly features such as, auto power-off to conserve battery life, low battery warning, a “third hand” test probe holder, built-in test leads storage, a built-in flashlight, and a Velcro strap to hang the meter
  • Auto and manual-ranging delivers maximum flexibility
  • Backlit LCD display makes it easy to view results

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Product Highlights

Compact yet tough, the Amprobe AM-510 autoranging digital multimeter delivers rugged, accurate performance for light commercial and advanced residential applications like rewiring an electrical panel, installing heated floors and light fixtures, troubleshooting and repairing home appliances, electrical sockets, and automotive electrical problems. Its CAT III safety rating and ease of use make it ideal for high voltage multimeter applications. Innovative digital multimeter features expedite go/no-go checks, and the built-in flashlight makes it easy to see wires and fuses in the dark. Plus a rubber tilt stand and a probe holder give you a “third-hand” when you need it.

AM-500 AM-510 AM-520 AM-530 AM-560 AM-570
Multimeter Type Auto-ranging Com / Res HVAC Electrical Adv. HVAC Industrial
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Safety Rating Safety CAT III 600V CAT III 600V CAT III 600V CAT III 600V CAT IV 600V
CAT III 1000
CAT IV 600V
CAT III 1000
Measure voltage in noisy environments True rms
Electrical panels, AC outlets AC Voltage (V) 600 600 600 600 1000 1000
DC systems, auto/marine batteries DC Voltage (V) 600 600 600 600 1000 1000
AC Current – electrical panels, appliances AC Current (A) 10 10 10 10 10 10
DC Current-electronics, DC motors DC Current (A) 10 10 10 10 10 10
Specified resistance and continuity Resistance (MOhms) 20 40 40 40 60 60
Flame sensors Microamps
Diodes in AC to DC converters Diode Test
Fuses, lightbulbs, wire connections Continuity
Household batteries Battery test
Motor startup or run capacitors Capacitance
Frequency verification Frequency
Non-contact voltage test Non-contact voltage
Electrical load-time on vs time off Duty cycle
Temp of air vents, fuses, transformers Temperature inputs 1 1 2 2
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Automatically selects measurement range Autoranging
Manually select measurement range Manual ranging
Voltage on variable frequency drives Low pass filter
Detect stray voltages Low Z
Dimly lit areas Built-in flashlight
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Meter resolution LCD Counts 2,000 4,000 4,000 4,000 6,000 6,000
Dimly lit areas Backlight
Monitoring fast changing signals Bar graph
Two relative measurements on one screen Dual display
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Data memory Data hold
Difference between two measurements Relative reading
Max/min peak measurement Max/min hold
Specialized signal measurements Peak hold (crest)

 

Specifications

FEATURE AM-510 Best Accuracy
AC Voltage 400 mV, 4.000 V, 40.00 V,
400.0 V, 600 V
+/- (1.0 % rdg + 3 LSD)
@ 45 Hz to 400 Hz, 4 V to 400V ranges
DC Voltage 400 mV, 4.000 V, 40.00 V,
400.0 V, 600 V
+/- (0.8% rdg + 1 LSD)
@ 4 V to 400 V ranges
Resistance 400.0 Ω,
4.000 kΩ, 40.00 kΩ, 400.0 kΩ,
4.000 MΩ, 40.00 MΩ
+/- (1.0% rdg + 2 LSD)
@ 4 kΩ to 400 kΩ ranges
AC Current 400.0 μA, 4000 μA,
40.00 mA, 400.0 mA,
4.000 A, 10.00 A
+/- (1.2% rdg + 3 LSD)
@ 400 μA to 400 mA ranges
DC Current 400.0 μA, 4000 μA,
40.00 mA, 400.0 mA,
4.000 A, 10.00 A
+/- (1.2% rdg + 3 LSD)
Frequency 10 Hz to 10 MHz +/- (0.1% rdg + 4 LSD)
Capacitance 40.00 nF, 400.0 nF,
4.000 μF, 40.00 μF, 100.0 μF,
4000 μF
+/- (3.0% rdg + 5 LSD)
@ 400 nF to 40 μF ranges
Temperature -40 °F to 1832 °F

-40 °C to 1000 °C

+/- (1.8% rdg + 6 °F) @
>32 °F to 212 °F
+/- (1.2% rdg + 3 °C) @
>0 °C to 100 °C
Number of temperature inputs Single Thermocouple

 

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What's Included

  • AM-510
  • 9V(6F22) x1 battery installed
  • Test leads

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32 reviews for Amprobe AM-510 Commercial/Residential Multimeter

  1. Homeowner

    Solid meter for the homeowner

    The AM-510 does everything the average DIY homeowner and auto owner needs. The online owner’s manual explains how to use the various functions. The meter is solidly built and easy to use.

    ✔ Yes, I recommend this product.

  2. RichR

    Excellent meter for the homeowner and DIYer.

    I bought this meter to replace an older and inaccurate multimeter. I discovered that I made a good choice. The Amprobe has all the features that I wanted and more.

    ✔ Yes, I recommend this product.

  3. nycwill

    Best value for your money

    The design and construction of this multimeter is very thoughtful. The display numbers are not overly large, but are very easy to read. The backlight is the right amount of brightness and very evenly lit. The dial is easily turned, but holds in each place with a solid click. The rubberized skin is attached to the body securely and feels very solid in the hand. The included probes seem solid. Even the hinge that props the multimeter up holds itself in place well.

    The main features of this multimeter are:
    – 4000 count display
    – Great LCD display
    – Even, white backlight
    – 1.5v and 9v battery tester
    – White LED flashlight
    – Non-Contact Voltage (NCV) tester

    The last 4 items are worth talking about in more detail. Firstly, the white backlight is just the right amount of bright. The really nice thing about this backlight is that you turn it on… And it stays on! Most other multimeters that I’ve seen have a backlight that automatically turns off anywhere between 5 and 25 seconds. Not very helpful when you’re working in a dimly lit situation and you don’t have good lighting, like, oh, in a power outage or perhaps if your generator has shutdown and you’re trying to diagnose something.

    And speaking of no light, this multimeter has it’s own white LED flashlight built-in! It’s nothing special, but in a situation where you have no flashlight and you’re down on your hands and knees working on something, it’s certainly nice to have that flashlight button at the ready.

    The battery tester leaves a little to be desired, I think. There’s nothing wrong with it, per se. It works just fine. Just dial in 9v or 1.5v depending on whether you’re testing 9v or AA/AAA batteries and test away.

    The NCV feature on this unit might be the best extra that a multimeter can have. While it has only an indicator tone (no light), in the tests conducted, it was the best at not raising false positives and yet when within 2 inches of a live power outlet, it would reliably emit an audible tone.

    ✔ Yes, I recommend this product.

  4. Lerolling

    Great Product outstanding value

    Best Meter for the price it has all the features i need and doesn’t break the bank

    ✔ Yes, I recommend this product.

  5. Nonmouse

    Bang for the buck

    Reasonably-priced meter with plenty of features–the no-contact voltage detection is handy. Seems quite durable–it’s been dropped more than once, and still works fine. The only con I have is with the probes–they can be difficult to insert and don’t always make good contact without a little wiggling.

    ✔ Yes, I recommend this product.

  6. SteadySteve

    Best on the market

    I’ve used this for year’s and it has never let me down. I’ve wired my whole garage and my motorcycle and I have to admit it is always spot on. Keep up the good work

    ✔ Yes, I recommend this product.

  7. Flyboy88

    Fantastic piece of equipment

    Great features, easy to use. Upgraded from a cheap Sears toy, got as a gift couldnt be happier. Would recomend this to anyone who has wiring. You will need one someday, get it now while yu still have time.

    ✔ Yes, I recommend this product.

  8. Zsteurer

    Great product. High quality. Wide array of functions.

    The AM-510 is everything I need for my home needs. It has helped me troubleshoot quite a few problems that have come up. For the value especially, this is the perfect multimeter for the home user.

    ✔ Yes, I recommend this product.

  9. Reno97

    Great meter for training

    This is a great meter for any technician. As an instructor I have very few issues teaching the students how to properly use this meter. I highly recommended this meter to any one.

    ✔ Yes, I recommend this product.

  10. Oscar

    Wonderful product

    Useful for electrical testing at work. Very helpful.

    ✔ Yes, I recommend this product.

  11. trucksparky

    works well for automotive

    use for troubleshooting automotive wiring. I actually prefer to use my Klein.

    ✔ Yes, I recommend this product.

  12. BillKa

    Nice meter

    Well built meter with most functions that you will need for everyday testing. Easy to read display.

    ✔ Yes, I recommend this product.

  13. Janith

    Excellent

    excellent product..
    best accuracy multimeter..
    very quickly measuring the value

    ✔ Yes, I recommend this product.

  14. Clyde56

    Very usefull in my daily tasks

    Very easy to use this meter, it is not overly complcated as someother meters.

    ✔ Yes, I recommend this product.

  15. Henry1984

    Great product

    This is a great tool very dependable nd has always been accurate

    ✔ Yes, I recommend this product.

  16. Rrenbro

    This meter will do everything you need for resi and most commercial apps

    Everything for resi and most if not all commercial applications

    ✔ Yes, I recommend this product.

  17. SilverGems

    Easy to use and you can believe in the results

    Excellent Tool for the typical Home owner. Excellent quality and performance. I would recommend that you familiarize yourself with all of the instruments capabilities.

    ✔ Yes, I recommend this product.

  18. KDtech

    Best Value

    I feel the Amprobe AM Series represents one of the best values in multimeters. The features, quality of construction, and accuracy rival much more costly meters. The AM-510 brings professional quality to any user, novice or pro, at a great price point.

    ✔ Yes, I recommend this product.

  19. alexWV

    Great, until it breaks

    It was a nice, accurate, and easy to read meter until the LCD stopped working one day. On one second, then… blank.

    The non-contact voltage feature is a bit finnicky, but useful and seems pretty accurate.

    Voltage, amperage, and resistance readings are close enough to another meter I compared it with. Nothing I do requires accuracy to three decimal places so it’s good enough.

    Easy enough to get a replacement, I assume. I keep forgetting to actually ship the broken one.

    ✘ No, I do not recommend this product

  20. ngwpower

    Not a very simple device,

    need to have electrical knowledge of all the dodads on the screen. Instructiuons appear to be translated from chinese, not very explicitate

    ✔ Yes, I recommend this product.

  21. Beto15

    Good all around multimeter

    The Amprobe AM-510 is user friendly and covers all my residential needs. I especially like the battery check function.

    ✔ Yes, I recommend this product.

  22. VanLee

    A worthy successor to a classic

    I have been a fan of the 5XP for many years. It was a very flexible and dependable meter at a great price, good for novices and experts alike. There were very few features that it didn’t include. The AM-510 has a similarly low price point and it addresses the few short comings of the 5XP. It adds capacitance checking to the slate along with temperature. To get these features before, you had to go up a few levels in the line. Built durable and an inexpensive price, this is a good all around meter for anyone.

    ✔ Yes, I recommend this product.

  23. tbjohncb

    Great product

    I have been using Amprobe for many years both in my work and at home and have always had very good luck with them and would recommend them to anyone.. This meter is easy to use and accurate for testing in home and electronics devices for what I need it for.

    ✔ Yes, I recommend this product.

  24. SoCalRxMan

    Does all I need affordably

    I bought the unit through McMaster-Carr after a couple analogue ampmeters purchased at Home Depot. Those meters were too flimsy. The AM-510 is very rugged. I can do everything maintaining the house requires: testing batteries to continuity to output voltage. The digital display is large and clear with backlighting for low light applications.

    The manual is a little scant, but the folks online are courteous and quick to respond to any questions. By the way, the 0.5A/600V fuse is model FP500, and the 10A/600V fuse is model FP400. For prices, contact Amprobe distributors (http://www.amprobe.com/Amprobe/usen/WhereToBuy/default.htm).

    ✔ Yes, I recommend this product.

  25. DiscmanRICH

    Quality Instrument for A Value Price

    The Amprobe AM-510 is a very nice tool. It has an excellent case, with a solid feel, unlike the flimsy plastic on lesser multi-tools. The digital display is very vivid and easy to read. The unit even has a built in flash light, which can be very handy. I am not an electrician or electronics professional. So, needless to say, this meter can do MANY more tests than I am equipped to handle…which is great!

    It senses voltage just by placing it near a source, which saves time and is safer.

    The fold out back stand is a feature that can permit you to use both hands and still easily see the readings.

    When I received my unit, the manual was written on the provided mini disc. My laptop would not recognize the mini disc and I had to take it to FedEx to have them print the manual. I was unable to find the AM-510 Manual on the Amprobe website. They had many manuals listed, but, not this unit.

    As for the manual, it does not have enough instructions (for a novice) explaining how to perform all the tests it can accomplish. I wish Amprobe had included a short example (and some diagrams) depicting what this tool can do. To me, the manual was of very little help and I am left with a great tool that I know how to check the voltage of a battery and the voltage in a wall circuit! 🙂

    ✔ Yes, I recommend this product.

  26. Sunshine

    Reasonable multimeter in this price range

    After searching for a reasonably priced entry level multimeter, I finally settled for the AM-510. I looked at Klein and Fluke multimeters.
    I received the AM-510 and checked most of features and it works as advertised. It is MADE IN CHINA not in USA as some of the reviews mistakenly mentioned. It is reasonable quality for a multimeter in this price range. The customer support is good as well.
    I called tech support as well as customer support and I am satisfied with the results.

    However, NCV (non contact voltage) detect function is not reliable on outlets and I DO NOT advise anyone to rely on it. However, on a cord or wire, NCV was pretty reliable as far as I can tell. It seems that the unit has to be very close for it to work.

    In my opinion. the battery test function (9V & 1.5V) is useless. I am not sure why it occupies 2 slots of the dial setting. I am left to wonder what’s the difference between these and Voltage setting as it gives identical results…It looks like Amprobe uses the same body/knob for all of AM-500 series and had to fill slots with “something” for the low end units.

    ✔ Yes, I recommend this product.

  27. Observer

    Outstanding Value

    This meter is actually quite accurate and flexible. I own a Fluke 87V and Fluke 179. Both first class instruments of course. I ordered the AM-510 just to have as a “beater” that I didn’t feel like I had to be careful with. Now, I find it works so well I’m going to want to be careful with it. Not that it, let alone the Flukes, are in any way delicate. The AM-510 appears to be very rugged, and accurate. I have two DMM references from voltagestandard.com. One has various 0.1% resistors mounted, and also provides calibrated DC and AC voltages and current sources. The other has five (5) voltage references from about 0.25 VDC to about 10 VDC. All these references are specified for your particular unit to several decimal points. I just got through comparing the “accuracy” between the Flukes and the AM-510 as well as an Extech 22-816 (also a pretty good meter) using these references.

    I can’t take the space or time to list all the results here. But a sample of the AM-510 compared to the Fluke 85V (the “best” meter I have, and it is good) are here. I will list the actual reference value first, then the 85V, and finally the AM-510 for a few measurements. 100.060kohm/100.1kohm/100.1kohm. 5.0000vdc/5.000vdc/4.99vdc. 20.000812khz/20.00khz/19.99khz. 0.2500vdc/0.250vdc/0.249vdc. 9.9999vdc/10.0vdc/9.98vdc. These are representative results of 13 different measurements. Not too shabby a performance for the AM-510. And, I might add, the Fluke 85V sells for roughly 10 times the price of the AM-510 on Amazon.

    Great, great buy in my opinion. Now, I have no doubt that the Fluke 85V is more rugged, safer, and has more circuitry protections than the AM-510. That said the AM-510 appears to not be fragile by any stretch. On the contrary.

    One final comment, regarding AC measurements with the AM-510. It is an “Average Reading” AC meter, whereas the Flukes I have, and the Extech, are “True RMS” AC meters. The reference standards I mentioned have a square wave on the AC settings. True RMS meters will read these correctly, whereas an Averaging meter will only do so with a Sine Wave source. Here is an example of the AC results as above: 4.999vac/5.004vac/5.52vac. The 5.52vac is very close to what an “Average Reading” meter should show with a square wave of about 5vac so this is actually fine, just so long as you recognize what’s going on.

    Hard to think of a better bargain than this AM-510 unless you really do need a True RMS AC meter. Deserves 5 stars without a doubt. It has Relative readings which I haven’t tested. It has a battery test feature which I have tested and it is good. It, of course has a diode test function which I have tested and it works right, at least with silicon diodes; haven’t checked with germanium. In addition to AC measurements it has a duty cycle feature that I checked with house current and it works right. On and on. Go ahead and get one, you won’t be sorry IMHO.

    ✔ Yes, I recommend this product.

  28. Sela2010

    Top Shelf

    Actually, I discovered how good this product is by accident. My air conditioning repairman had come to service my compressor, and several weeks later, I discovered this tool in the attic. Coincidentally, as an owner of several apartment units, I had a call for some faulty electrical circuits in several of the units. I decided to give this device a try before returning it to its owner. I was quickly able to assess the situation and replace the faulty GFCI receptacles in a matter of minutes, saving myself several hundred dollars in a service call. It was at that time I decided to purchase one for myself.

    ✔ Yes, I recommend this product.

  29. Smitty

    Excellent tool

    Easy to read display, simple and quick connections. Durable case and leads. Resonable cost.

    ✔ Yes, I recommend this product.

  30. Drzima

    Better than the others

    I used many of the others meters while I was going through my journeyman training.this meter was by far the best. Longest lasting, easiest use, very versatile.

    ✔ Yes, I recommend this product.

  31. genet59

    Accurate readings

    I have used this product and I am very satisfied with it. Easy to use and very versitle. The tone during continuity could be louder, but is good for now. Price is reasonable.

    ✔ Yes, I recommend this product.

  32. txredneck

    RE: Best I’ve had

    The AM-510 meter was the very best multi use meter I ever had. Until someone else liked it better than there meter and stold it. I had used it for everthing I ever needed in electrical work.

    It’s rugged body construction was perfect for the area and enviroments I was in for depenable use and protection from dropping and in my tool box. I will replace my AM-510 again for the above mentioned reasons. Quality, depenability, relayibility, thats Amprobe, has been and always will be.

    Sincerely,
    JD

    ✔ Yes, I recommend this product.

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