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Triplett Model -630-NA Multimeter tested by ZS1JHG

This is a workshop classic and dates from about the early 1960`s. This multimeter is still being produced today by Triplett. Why do I need an analogue meter when a cheap multimeter is as accurate? If you are looking for a dip in current or rapid change in voltage then this is easier to see on an analogue meter and the same goes for checking continuity in a circuit. The scale is Large about 4 inches across and has a mirror scale. This makes for easy accurate readings The volts/amps range also has a divide by 2 setting for greater accuracy.

In the photo you will note the switch parked in the damped “Off” position to protect the sensitive meter. In my unit this does not work and the needle swings freely in this position.

So how does she play? I tested the Triplett 630-ND using my Top Tronic T48 as a standard of reference. Testing from 5 V to 25 V all readings agreed to within less than 0.25V

Page |2 Testing resistance from 2 ohms to 6.8K. Here the lower resistances had the most error but within specification per the handbook . The higher resistance measurements from 50 ohms upwards were very good better than the specified accuracy.

When taking resistance measurements with any analogue meter I set the full scale reading on each range and check that the end stop registers at zero. If your meter has not been used for some time then it is a good idea to work the meter for a number of full scale deflections before taking any readings . Remember to select the range that gives you the maximum deflection for the most accurate reading. When testing for continuity use the higher ranges ie X100 as the max current from the battery is drawn on the X1 range. The technicians today are spoilt by the digital readouts and these analogue meters were taken out of service as they were not being read correctly !! The case of the instrument is made from heavy bakelite which does not take kindly to being dropped The older models were fitted with a thick leather carry handle (plastic on the new ones). The Triplett 630 takes two batteries a 1.5V D cell torch battery and a 30V battery for the Mega ohm range. This 30V battery ( Energizer No 413) is not available in my part of the world. A handy extra to your digital multimeter and great for AC as they can withstand abuse. Other excellent analogue multimeters similar to the Triplett 630 have been produced by Simpson and AVO . So an analogue meter like the Triplett 630 is worth adding to your test instrument collection.

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