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Old 11-06-2011, 12:49 AM   #1
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Default Differences between a Fluke 88 & 88V

I just picked up a Fluke 88 today and and I have tried to find out what the differences are between this one and the 88V. It seems that in searching this forum and the rest of the web I'm not finding much directly comparing the two.

What I have found out is that the 88V has the ability to read temperature,

I was hoping that you guys could help me out on this and/or link me to a thread or page that discusses the differences between the two 88's in detail.

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Old 11-06-2011, 03:51 PM   #2
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They all have the ability to read temperature. Just plug in a thermocouple and read the voltage.

My guess is that since the model 88 was introduced after the 87V, all 88s are Series Vs wither or not they're labeled as such. The Model 88 is just a Model 87 with a couple minor software tweaks and a different set of accessories.
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Old 11-06-2011, 04:59 PM   #3
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I just picked up a Fluke 88 today and and I have tried to find out what the differences are between this one and the 88V.
The Web site Fluke has your answer but you have to dig through the marketing hype to find it. The Fluke 88 is discontinued.

In Fluke speak the difference between the 88 and the 88V is:
"The new Fluke 88V has improved measurement functions, troubleshooting features and accuracy to solve more problems on conventional and hybrid vehicles. The 88V is made in the U.S.A. and carries the industry leading lifetime warranty. The Fluke 88V operates very similar to the classic Fluke 88, but with more problem solving power, safety, convenience and impact protection."

Looking at the features the 88V has the following added features - capacitance, frequency, conductance and temperature measurement; improved white display backlighting and a battery door (so you don't have to break the cal seal to replace the battery).

The Fluke 88V information is here:
Fluke 88V

The Fluke 88 information is here:
Fluke 88

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Old 11-06-2011, 05:56 PM   #4
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Are you sure the literature isn't deficient? I would swear the 88 has most of those features (cap, Hz, etc). The marketing literature on websites is often wrong if different people enter the data in different ways. Often, the only way to sort out the truth is to download the full instruction manuals and compare the index.
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Old 11-06-2011, 06:09 PM   #5
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Default Re: Differences between a Fluke 88 & 88V

Fluke gives a bigger roman numeral to their meters as the model changes, so the bigger the numeral, the newer the model
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Fluke gives a bigger roman numeral to their meters as the model changes, so the bigger the numeral, the newer the model
I thought that, i'm sure i've seen an 88 IV for sale somewhere.
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Old 11-06-2011, 06:26 PM   #7
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Each model does start off with a low numeral though. For instance, the 28II and the 87V are basically exactly the same meter except the 28II is waterproof.

You can also find 87IV, and even 87III and II for sale cheaper on ebay sometimes.
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