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15B+/17B+/18B+
Digital Multimeters
PN 4372130
February 2014
© 2014 Fluke Corporation. All rights reserved. Specifications are subject to change without notice.
All product names are trademarks of their respective companies.

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  • Page 1 15B+/17B+/18B+ Digital Multimeters PN 4372130 February 2014 © 2014 Fluke Corporation. All rights reserved. Specifications are subject to change without notice. All product names are trademarks of their respective companies.
  • Page 2 LIMITED WARRANTY AND LIMITATION OF LIABILITY This Fluke product will be free from defects in material and workmanship for one year from the date of purchase. This warranty does not cover fuses, disposable batteries, or damage from accident, neglect, misuse, alteration, contamination, or abnormal conditions of operation or handling.
  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Table of Contents Title Page Introduction ........................1 Safety Information ......................1 Instrument Overview ...................... 5 Terminals ........................5 Display ........................6 Auto Power Off ....................... 7 Auto Backlight Off ......................7 Measurements ....................... 7 Manual and Auto Range Selection ................7 Data Hold ........................
  • Page 4 15B+/17B+/18B+ Users Manual Test for Continuity ..................... 11 Test Diodes ....................... 12 Measure Capacitance ....................12 Measure Temperature (17B+ only) ................12 Measure Frequency and Duty Cycle (17B+/18B+ Only) ........... 13 Test LEDs (18B+ Only) ..................... 13 Maintenance ........................14 General Maintenance ....................
  • Page 5: Introduction

    Introduction How to Contact Fluke The Fluke 15B+/17B+/18B+ Multimeters (the Product) are To contact Fluke, call one of the following telephone 4000 count instruments. The Product is battery powered numbers: with a digital display. • Technical Support USA: 1-800-44-FLUKE (1-800-...
  • Page 6: Safety Information

    15B+/17B+/18B+ Users Manual • Safety Information Examine the case before you use the Product. Look for cracks or missing plastic. Carefully look at the insulation around the terminals. A Warning identifies conditions and procedures that are dangerous to the user. A Caution identifies conditions •...
  • Page 7 Digital Multimeters Safety Information • • Do not apply more than the rated voltage, Replace the batteries when the low battery between the terminals or between each indicator () shows to prevent incorrect terminal and earth ground. measurements. • • Do not touch voltages >...
  • Page 8 Product Category: With reference to the equipment  types in the WEEE Directive Annex I, this product is classed as category 9 "Monitoring and Control Instrumentation" product. Do not dispose of this product as unsorted municipal waste. Go to Fluke’s website for recycling information.
  • Page 9: Instrument Overview

    Digital Multimeters Instrument Overview Instrument Overview Terminals hpq01.eps Item Description Input terminal for ac and dc current measurement to 10 A and frequency (17B+/18B+) measurements.  Input terminal for ac and dc microamp and milliamp measurements to 400 mA and frequency (17B+/18B+) ...
  • Page 10: Display

    15B+/17B+/18B+ Users Manual Display hpq02.eps Item Description Item Description Relative measurement is enabled (17B+ only). Duty cycle is selected (17B+/18B+).   High voltage Resistance or Frequency (17B+/18B+) is selected.   Continuity is selected. Farads for capacitance.   Display Hold is enabled.
  • Page 11: Auto Power Off

    Digital Multimeters Auto Power Off Auto Power Off Measurements  Warning The Product automatically powers off after 20 minutes of inactivity. To prevent possible electrical shock, fire, or personal injury, disconnect power and To restart the Product, turn the rotary switch back to the discharge all high-voltage capacitors before OFF position and then to a necessary position.
  • Page 12: Data Hold

    15B+/17B+/18B+ Users Manual Data Hold The difference between the reference value and subsequent reading shows on the display. Warning To prevent possible electrical shock, fire or Push  for to return to normal operation. personal injury, do not use the HOLD function to measure unknown potentials.
  • Page 13: Measure Ac And Dc Voltage

    Digital Multimeters Measurements Measure AC and DC Voltage V ac V dc mV ac/dc To measure ac and dc voltage: , ,  1. Turn the rotary switch to to choose ac or 2. Push  to toggle between mVac or mVdc voltage measurement.
  • Page 14: Measure Ac Or Dc Current

    15B+/17B+/18B+ Users Manual Measure AC or DC Current  Warning To prevent possible electrical shock, fire, or personal injury, remove circuit power before you connect the Product in the circuit when you measure current. Connect the Product in series with the circuit. To measure ac or dc current: Turn the rotary switch to , ...
  • Page 15: Measure Resistance

    Digital Multimeters Measurements Measure Resistance To measure resistance: <70  Turn the rotary switch to . Make sure power is disconnected from the circuit to be measured.  Connect the red test lead to the terminal and the black test lead to the COM terminal, as shown in Figure 3.
  • Page 16: Test Diodes

    15B+/17B+/18B+ Users Manual Test Diodes Measure Capacitance  Caution  Caution To prevent damage to the Product, To prevent possible damage to the Product or disconnect circuit power and discharge all to the equipment under test, disconnect high-voltage capacitors before you measure circuit power and discharge all high-voltage capacitance.
  • Page 17: Measure Frequency And Duty Cycle (17B+/18B+ Only)

    Digital Multimeters Measurements Measure Frequency and Duty Cycle (17B+/18B+ Test LEDs (18B+ Only) Only)  Caution The Product can measure frequency or duty cycle while To prevent possible damage to the Product or making either a voltage or a current measurement. Push to the equipment under test, disconnect all ...
  • Page 18: Maintenance

    15B+/17B+/18B+ Users Manual Maintenance If the LED is good, the Product will illuminate the LED under test and an anode indicator will illuminate to indicate Beyond replacing batteries and fuses, do not attempt to the (+) pin. If the LED is broken, the LED will not illuminate repair or service the Product unless you are qualified to do and neither of the anode indicators will illuminate.
  • Page 19: General Maintenance

    Digital Multimeters Maintenance General Maintenance Test Fuses Periodically wipe the case with a damp cloth and mild Warning detergent. Do not use abrasives or solvents. Dirt or moisture in the terminals can affect readings. To prevent electric shock or injury, remove the test leads and any input signals before To clean the terminals: replacing the fuses.
  • Page 20: Replace Batteries And Fuses

    15B+/17B+/18B+ Users Manual Replace Batteries and Fuses To replace the batteries or the fuses, see Figure 5.  Warning To prevent false readings, which could lead to possible electric shock or personal injury, replace the batteries as soon as the battery indicator () appears.
  • Page 21: Service And Parts

    Digital Multimeters Service and Parts Service and Parts To contact Fluke, call one of the following telephone numbers: If the Product fails, first check the batteries and fuse, and then review this manual to make sure that you are •...
  • Page 22: General Specifications

    Storage ............12,000 m Temperature Coefficient ......0.1 X (specified accuracy) /°C (<18 °C or >28 °C) Fuse protection for current inputs .... 440 mA, 1000 V Fast Fuse, Fluke specified part only. 11A, 1000V Fast Fuse, Fluke specified part only.
  • Page 23: Accuracy Specifications

    Digital Multimeters Accuracy Specifications Accuracy Specifications Accuracy is specified for 1 year after calibration, at operating temperatures of 18 °C to 28 °C, relative humidity at 0 % to 75 %. Accuracy specifications take the form of: ±([% of Reading] + [Number of Least Significant Digits]). AC and DC Voltage Accuracy Function...
  • Page 24: Ac And Dc Current

    15B+/17B+/18B+ Users Manual AC and DC Current Accuracy Function Range Resolution 15B+ 17B+ 18B+ AC Current A (40 Hz – 400 Hz) μ 400.0 μ μ 1.5 % + 3 1.5 % + 3 1.5 % + 3  4000 μ...
  • Page 25: Diode Test, Temperature, Resistance, Capacitance, Frequency, And Duty Cycle

    Digital Multimeters Accuracy Specifications Diode Test, Temperature, Resistance, Capacitance, Frequency, and Duty Cycle Accuracy Function Range Resolution 15B+ 17B+ 18B+ Diode Test 10 % 2.000 V 0.001 V  50.0 °C – 400.0 °C 2 % +1 °C Temperature 0 °C – 50.0 °C 0.1 °C 2 °C ...
  • Page 26 15B+/17B+/18B+ Users Manual Accuracy Function Range Resolution 15B+ 17B+ 18B+ 40.00 nF 0.01 nF 2 % + 5 2 % + 5 2 % + 5 400.0 nF 0.1 nF 2 % + 5 2 % + 5 2 % + 5 4.000 μF 0.001 μF Capacitance...
  • Page 27: Led Test And Continuity Threshold

    Digital Multimeters Accuracy Specifications LED Test and Continuity Threshold Function Lighting Range Measurement Range Resolution Accuracy LED V Test (LED Test Socket) 1.00 to 6.00 V LED V Test (Test Leads) 1.00 to 6.00 V 1.00 to 6.00 V 0.01 V 10 % Ω...
  • Page 28 15B+/17B+/18B+ Users Manual...

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