HS36, Expandable True RMS Stick Multimeter w/ Backlight
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HS36, Expandable True RMS Stick Multimeter w/ Backlight

HS36, Expandable True RMS Stick Multimeter w/ Backlight
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Product Highlights

Power Method icon
Single standard 9-volt battery, NEDA 1604, JIS 006P, IEC 6F22
Height (Inches) icon
11.75" Height
Depth (Inches) icon
2-3/4" Depth


What's Included:
  • Expandable True RMS Stick Multimeter with Backlight - HS36
  • 400A Amp Clamp Accessory - ACH4
  • Deluxe Silicone Test Leads - ADLS2
  • Short Alligator Lead Extensions - ASA2
  • Deluxe Meter Case - ANC1
  • 9V battery (installed)
  • Operator's manual

Our top of the line True RMS Stick Meter, the HS36, includes the ranges you use everyday for HVAC/R field service plus includes a bright blue backlight and True RMS. Like the rest of the HS30 series, the HS36 comes equipped with a magnetic hanger, along with detachable silicone test leads and alligator clip probe tips for remote and easy one-handed testing, as well as the full set of built-in safety features. This auto-ranging stick meter also includes a bar graph on the LCD for an analog feel. Technicians who prefer our expandable stick meters say this is the best digital multimeter for HVAC/R field Service.

The HS36 works with all Fieldpiece accessory heads enabling the user to test a wider variety of parameters from a single meter. All this plus the removable tip test leads and alligator probe extensions make safe one-handed testing a snap. True RMS allows you to test true voltage and amperage on non-sinusoidal waveform lines such as those found on variable speed fan motors and more. As with all electrical testing, please read the Operator's Manual and associated safety practices thoroughly before testing and adhere to industry best practices for safety when testing any current carrying device.

Auto Ranging
The HS36 is an auto ranging meter and is very accurate. For this reason, when you switch to a position on the meter that auto ranges, you're likely to see movement on the display. For example, when the dial is turned to VAC the meter will drop to the millivolts range and you'll see an "m" on the bottom of the LCD signifying a millivolt reading. The meter is picking up very low transient voltages in the air. Close the circuit by touching the leads together away from a voltage source. You'll see the meter zero or a very small, stable millivolt reading. Selecting Ranges
For DC voltage, set the meter to the VDC parameter instead of VAC. For all ranges choose a range just above the value you expect. If display reads "OL" (overload), select a higher range. If display shows less than three numbers, select a lower range for better resolution.

Features and Benefits:
The HS meter series is unlike any other found in HVAC/R. We incorporate a number of safety features, both those you can and can't see, into our meters. In addition, the HS series accepts modular test instrument accessory heads. The HS36 is the top of the line stick meter. It includes the features and benefits that technicians tell us they need to do their job easier, better and faster:

Non-Contact Voltage
With the red NCV tab on the tip of the meter close to an AC voltage, press and hold the NCV button. The NCV LED will light and the beeper will beep. The closer you get to AC voltage, the louder the beep. The NCV function is sensitive enough to detect 24VAC on thermostats.

For motor-start and motor-run capacitors. Disconnect the capacitor from power first. Short the terminals to discharge the capacitors. Disconnect any resistors that might be between the terminals of the capacitor.

For measuring the flame diode current in a heater control.

High Voltage and Continuity Indicators
In any VAC/VDC range, when you touch a voltage greater than 30V, the beeper will beep and the red Hi-V LED will signal you. Be careful! The continuity beeper and green LED tell you if the circuit you're testing is open or closed.

Press MIN/MAX once to begin recording MIN and MAX. Press MIN/MAX to select current reading's MIN or MAX. Hold down for 2 seconds to exit MIN/MAX function.

Plug any K-type thermocouple directly into the meter to measure temperature. Temperature measurement will be accurate even in fast changing environments because of excellent temperature compensation. One thermocouple is included. No adapter is required.

Press the button to activate the backlight for approximately 60 seconds.

True RMS
Digital multimeters use two different types of AC sensing. The most common is average sensing, normalized to a true RMS value of a sine wave. The other is true RMS sensing. The actual true RMS value is sensed for a wave form within the limits of the crest factor. Either sensing method will give the same results on a clean sine wave but they may differ on a non-sinusoidal waveform.

Silicone Leads with Detachable Probe Tips
Because the wire insulation is silicone the leads will stay flexible in cold weather and will not melt if bumped by a soldering iron. When testing electrical circuits with two hands, there is a risk that a careless mistake may complete a circuit through your body and potentially cause death or injury. Detachable probes tips and the modular design of the HS36 allow you to plug V lead tip into the top of the meter, connect an alligator lead tip to COM and ground, and perform a one-hand test more easily than most any meter on the market.

More Features
  • Rugged ABS case with rubberized bumpers
  • Built-in magnetic hanger allows you to test with one hand or no-hands
  • Built-in lead storage
  • Ergonomic shape fits naturally in your hand
  • Auto power-off (APO) to conserve battery life
Competitive Advantages:

It wasn't too long ago that the only multimeter you could buy was designed for lab use. Today's HVAC/R technician can buy meters with functions and features specifically designed for field use. And, they're more rugged, convenient, and safe. Clips for one-handed testing. Loud BEEPERS and bright LEDS to warn of dangerous voltages, even in noisy environments. Magnetic hangers. Automatic HOLD and MAX so eyes stay focused on the test point. Silicone leads. Plus, modular expandability allows you to take a truckload of test instruments to the job in a bag over your shoulder.

Additional Specifications:

Range: -30 to 1000°F (-34 to 538°C)
Resolution: 0.1°F/°C
Accuracy: ±1°F, 32 to 120°F (0 to 49°C), ±1% + 1.5°F, -4 to 750°F (-20 to 399°C), ±2% + 4°F, -30 to -4°F (-34 to -20°C), ±2% + 4°F, 750 to 1000°F (399 to 538°C)
Sensor type: K-type thermocouple
Overload protection: 60 VDC or 30 VAC rms

Audible indication: Less than 40 ohm
Response time: 500ms
Green LED will be on continuously
Overload protection: 500VDC or AC rms

DC volts
Ranges: 400mV, 4000mV, 40V, 400V, 600V
Resolution: 0.1mV
Accuracy: ±(0.5% rdg + 2 dgt)
Input impedance: 3 Mohm on V inputs, 10 Mohm on mV input
Overload protection: 600VDC or AC rms
Transient protection: 6kV for 10 micro sec

AC volts (50Hz - 500Hz)
Ranges: 400mV, 4V, 40V, 400V, 600V
Conversion: True RMS
Crest factor: Less than or equal to 3
Resolution: 0.1mV
Accuracy: ±(1.2% rdg + 5 dgts) 50Hz ~ 60Hz on 400mV range ±(1.5% rdg + 5 dgts) ±(2% rdg + 5 dgts) on 600V range
Input impedance: 3 Mohm
Overload protection: 600V DC or AC rms
Transient protection: 6kV for 10 micro sec

DC current
Ranges: 400 microA, 4000 microA
Resolution: 0.1 microA
Accuracy: ±(1.0% rdg + 2 dgt)
Voltage burden: 1V, (8V on 4000 microA range)
Overload protection: 500V DC or AC rms

Ranges: 400 ohm, 4 k ohm, 40 k ohm, 400 k ohm, 4 M ohm, 40 M ohm
Resolution: 0.1 ohm
Accuracy: ±(1.0% rdg + 4 dgts) on 400 ohm to 400 k ohm ranges ±(1.5% rdg + 4 dgts) on 4 Mohm range ±(3.0% rdg + 5 dgts) on 40 Mohm range
Open circuit volts: -0.45VDC typical, (-1.2VDC on 400 ohm range)
Overload protection: 500VDC or AC rms

Range: 400 microF
Resolution: 0.1 microF
Accuracy: ±(3% rdg + 5 dgts)
Overload protection: 500V DC or AC rms

Ranges: 4k, 40k, 400k, 4M, 40MHz
Resolution: 1Hz
Accuracy: ±(0.1% rdg + 3 dgts)
Sensitivity: 10Hz ~ 4MHz: > 1Vrms, 4MHz ~ 40MHz: > 2Vrms, <5Vrms
Minimum pulse width: > 25ns
Duty cycle limits: > 30% and < 70%
Overload protection: 500VDC or AC rms

Field °F calibration
For accuracies of ±1°F, calibrate to a known temperature. A glass of stabilized ice water is very close to 32°F (0°C) and is usually very convenient but any known temperature can be used.







3-3/4 digit LCD w/ a maximum reading of 3999

Operating Environment:

32°F to 122°F at <70% R.H


Specifications good in ambient conditions of 73°F ±9°F, <75% relative humidity


"OL" mark indication

Temperature Coefficient:

0.1 × (specified accuracy) per °F

Power Method:

Single standard 9-volt battery, NEDA 1604, JIS 006P, IEC 6F22

Battery Life:

300 hours typical w/ alkaline

Analog Bar Graph:

41 segments w/ measurements 20 times/second

Height (Inches):




Depth (Inches):


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