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Fluke 381 Remote Display True RMS AC/DC Clamp Meter Kit - Includes FREE Products with Purchase

Model: 381-KIT4

Enables one person to perform a job that would typically take two people to do with the removable display. This True RMS AC/DC clamp meter allows the user to clamp around a conductor to measure the current. This value added kit includes the REED R2300 Infrared Thermometer and the REED R5400 Line Splitter for FREE.

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What once took two people, now takes one

Allows one technician to do the job that would require two people. This remote display allows the user to clamp around a conductor, detach the display. Furthermore, they can walk across the room to configure controls or remove protective equipment, all while watching real-time readings.

The iFlex® Flexible Current Probe (included) expands the measurement range to 2500 A AC while providing increased display flexibility. With a cord that runs 6', you can finally measure those tight spaces, awkward sized conductors and disorganized wires.

Measurement capability

  • 1000 A AC and dc current measurement with fixed jaw
  • 2500 A AC current measurement with iFlex flexible current probe
  • 1000 V AC and dc voltage measurement
  • True RMS ac voltage and current for accurate measurements on non-linear signals
  • Frequency measurement to 500 Hz with both jaw and iFlex
  • 60 kµ resistance measurement with continuity detection
  • Min, max, average and inrush recording to capture variations automatically


  • Wireless technology allows the display to be carried up to 30' (9.15 m) away from the point of measurement for added flexibility without interference with measurement accuracy
  • iFlex™ flexible current probe expands the measurement range to 2500 A ac while providing increased display flexibility, ability to measure awkward sized conductors and improved wire access
  • CAT IV 600V, CAT III 1000 V safety rating
  • Integrated low pass filter and state of the art signal processing allows for use in noisy electrical environments while providing stable readings
  • Proprietary inrush measurement technology to filter out noise and capture motor starting current exactly as the circuit protection sees it
  • Ergonomic design fits in your hand and can be used while wearing personal protective equipment
  • The removable magnetic display can be conveniently mounted where it is easily seen
  • Radio transmitter automatically turns off when the display is connected to the meter
  • Large, easy to read, backlight display automatically sets the correct measurement range so you do not need to change switch positions while taking a measurement
  • Safety conformance: IEC/EN 61010-1:2001, 1000V CAT III, 600V CAT IV
How to measure signals using test probes

To measure ac or dc voltage:

  1. Turn the meter's dial to the proper voltage function (Fluke 381 voltage symbol).
  2. Connect the black test lead to the COM terminal and the red test probe to the V terminal, indicated by Fluke voltage Omega symbol on the Fluke 381.
  3. Measure the voltage by touching the probes to the desired test points of the circuit.
  4. View the reading in the display.

To measure resistance or continuity:

  1. Turn the dial to Fluke 381 Omega symbol.
  2. Remove power from the circuit being tested.
  3. Connect the black test probe to the COM terminal and the red test probe to Fluke voltage Omega symbol terminal.
  4. Measure the resistance by touching the probes to the desired test points of the circuit.
  5. View the reading on the display.

If the resistance is <30Ω, continuity is indicated by a beeper continuously sounding. If the display reads OL, the circuit is open or the resistance being measured is greater than the meters resistance range.

Fluke 381 voltage: Making measurements using test probes

Visual of an AC/DC voltage measurement

To measure frequency (on the Fluke 381):

  1. Turn the dial to Fluke 381 iFlex symbol.
  2. Center the jaw or flexible probe around the measurement source.
  3. Push the yellow shift button (Fluke 381 zero symbol on the Fluke 381) to shift to Hz.
  4. View the measurement in the display.
What is True RMS?

“RMS” stands for root-mean-square. It comes from a mathematical formula that calculates the “effective” value (or heating value) of any ac wave shape. In electrical terms, the ac rms value is equivalent to the dc heating value of a particular waveform—voltage or current. For example, if a resistive heating element in an electric furnace is rated at 15 kilowatts (kW) of heat at 240 V ac rms, then we would get the same amount of heat if we applied 240 V of dc instead of ac.

Electrical power system components such as fuses, bus bars, conductors, and thermal elements of circuit breakers are rated in rms current because their main limitation has to do with heat dissipation. If we want to check an electrical circuit for overloading, we need to measure the rms current and compare the measured value to the rated value for the component in question.

If a current clamp is labeled and specified to respond to the true-rms value of current, it means that the clamp’s internal circuit calculates the heating value according to the rms formula. This method will give the correct heating value regardless of the current wave shape.

Certain low-cost current clamps, which don’t have true rms circuitry, use a short cut method to find the rms value.

These meters are specified to be “average responding-rms indicating.” These meters capture the rectified average of an ac waveform and scale the number by 1.1 to calculate the rms value. In other words, the value they display is not a true value, but rather is a calculated value based on an assumption about the wave shape. The average responding method works for pure sine waves but can lead to large reading errors up to 40 percent, when a waveform is distorted by nonlinear loads such as adjustable speed drives or computers. The table below gives some examples of the way the two different types of meters respond to different wave shapes.

Some true-rms clamp meters are ac coupled, which gives the rms value of only the ac component of a waveform. (This dates from the time when a majority of measurements in the electrical industry were predominately sinusoidal with no dc offset.) To measure the rms with an ac coupled clamp meter, first measure the rms value of the ac component. Then measure the waveform on the dc scale. Combine the ac and dc components by squaring each, adding the results, and then extracting the square root. The function AC+DC in Fluke true rms clamp meters essentially does the calculation for you.

Fluke 381: Identifying True RMS

A comparison of average responding and true-rms units

Learn more about True RMS
Fluke Clamp Selection Guide

REED R2300 Infrared Thermometers

This infrared thermometer features a 12:1 distance to spot ratio and is capable of measuring temperatures up to 752°F (400°C). The R2300 is an affordable non-contact measurement solution able to quickly and efficiently measure the temperature of hot, hazardous or hard-to reach objects from a safe distance.


  • Built-in laser pointer identifies target area
  • User selectable °F or °C
  • 12:1 distance to spot size ratio
  • Digitally adjustable emissivity
  • Max and Min readings
  • Backlit display
  • High and low alarms
  • Low battery indication and auto shut off

REED R5400 Line Splitter


  • Enables user to measure AC current on a 2-wire or 3-wire power cord to 15A
  • Fits clamp jaw size 0.75" (19mm) and above
  • Plugging the power connector into the line splitter separates the hot/live conductor from the neutral (and ground)
  • Two measurement sensitivity positions (1X and 10X)
  • Voltage check function

Fluke 381-KIT4 Specifications

Electrical Specifications
Range 999.9 A
Resolution 0.1 A
Accuracy 2% ± 5 digits (10 to 100 Hz)
5% &plusn; 5 digits (100 to 500 Hz)
Crest Factor (50/60 Hz) 3 at 500 A
2.5 at 600 A
1.42 at 1000 A
Add 2% for C.F. >2
AC Current via Flexible Current Probe
Range 999.9, 2500 A (45 to 500 Hz)
Resolution 0.1, 1 A
Accuracy 3% ± 5 digits
Crest Factor (50/60 Hz) 3.0 at 1100 A
2.5 at 1400 A
1.42 at 2500 A
Add 2% for C.F. >2
DC Current
Range 999.9 A
Resolution 0.1 A
Accuracy 2.5% ± 5 digits
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What's included with the Fluke 381-KIT4

  • Remote Display True RMS AC/DC Clamp Meter
  • 8" (203.2 mm) Flexible Current Probe
  • Test Leads
  • Soft Carrying Case
  • 5 x AA Alkaline Batteries
  • Coated Instruction Card
  • Safety Information Sheet

How to Measure Inrush Current with Fluke 381 Remote Display True RMS AC/DC Clamp Meter

In this video, the user will learn how to measure inrush current with their Fluke 381 clamp meter. To measure a motor or another mechanical device, the dial must be turned to "Amps" and then press "Inrush" to start the measurement to get the data. This device also works with iFlex so that if you're in a tight spot, you can still get your measurement. To do so, hit the "iFlex" button and then "Inrush".

Fluke iFlex™ & Tight Spaces

This short video demonstrates a few applications in which users can benefit from the Fluke iFlex.

How To Select The Best Fluke Clamp Meter

This video will provide a brief overview of a few Fluke clamp meters. This will allow users to get some insight into which meter they need to complete their job based on their specifications.

Fluke iFlex™ Flexible Current Probe

Need a highly flexible current clamp? This short video demonstrates an application in which users can benefit from the Fluke iFlex.


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