Fluke 345 Power Clamp Meter Review – Pt 1



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This is a review of the Fluke 345 Power Clamp Meter (single phase or balanced three phase). I talk about power quality to help provide some background as to why this tool can be very useful.
I also do a comparison with the Fluke 43B which it replaces.

https://www.pat-services.co.uk/fluke-345-power-quality-clamp-meter

Another meter to consider is the HT Instruments HT9022 power quality analyzer: https://www.ht-instruments.com/en/products-ht/ac/dc_trms_current_clamp_meters/ht9022
This meter will be reviewed soon.

https://en-us.fluke.com/products/power-quality-tools/fluke-345-clamp-meter.html

Thanks to Leah at Fluke for providing this meter for review.

This clamp on meter is a combination power analyzer, power quality logger, and clamp meter, and is ideal for monitoring electronic loads.

The Fluke 345 is more than an electric power meter. Combining the functions of a clamp meter, oscilloscope, data logger and digital power meter into one handy device, the Fluke 345 is ideal for working with variable frequency motor drives, high efficiency lighting and other loads using switching electronics.

One of the leading wattage meters of the world, the multi-faceted Fluke 345 is packed with features such as a bright, color display to analyze the harmonic spectrum, a low-pass filter to remove high frequency noise and a high EMC immunity design, making the Fluke 345 power analyzer ideal for troubleshooting power quality on switching loads. The internal memory of this electric power meter enables long-term power quality logging for analysis of trends or intermittent problems. Additionally, the Hall Effect clamp meter design makes measurement of dc current possible without the need to break the circuit.

Besides effectively performing basic tasks like measuring wattage, the Fluke 345 power meters offer the ease of use, portability and flexibility needed to resolve most power issues in commercial, industrial and residential settings.

Setup and troubleshoot variable frequency drives and UPS systems – Verify correct operation by measuring key power quality parameters
Harmonics measurements – Uncover harmonic issues that can damage or disrupt critical equipment
Inrush capture – Check start-up current where spurious resets or nuisance circuit breaker tripping occurs
Load studies – Verify electrical system capacity before adding loads

The suggested single phase replacement is the Fluke 43B Power Quality Analyzer with an i3000s Current Clamp. If a 3-phase instrument is a better solution for your application, the 1735, 434 or 435 are suggested replacements.
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Post time: Nov-25-2017
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