The XIOLE XL830L is a budget-end digital multimeter manufactured in China. Its main selling point is the extremely clear cool blue backlit display, which has good contrast in any light conditions. It has a 3 ½-digit liquid crystal display (LCD), and each digit is 15 mm high. In addition, it has a “Hold” function, which keeps the last LCD readout value. The meter measures 138 mm × 69 mm × 31 mm, and feels substantial to hold because of the thick rubber cover. It has a piezoelectric buzzer for continuity testing, which is always very handy.

There are not very many downsides to this meter, after all, where on Earth can you buy a digital meter with so many features for less than a fiver? This meter, like the many others that I reviewed, is based on the 830 series single chip meter solution, which is identical to the Intersil ICL7106.

The accuracy figures for this meter are almost identical to the other models that use the same chip. For example, when measuring DC voltage on the 20 V range setting, the resolution is 10 mV, providing an accuracy of ±0.5 percent of reading ±2 digits. This is about as good as it gets with single chip meters regardless of the price.

The XIOLE XL830L Repair and Resistor Values article shows photographs of the resistors and their values. This might be useful for repair purposes.


Cool Blue Backlight

Cool Blue Backlight

Here is a sneak preview of the backlight connection. In the following sections of this multi-page article, you can see the inside of this meter, the rotary switch assembly, the PCB and more.

Cost / eBay

I had to get this one because it is low priced at just under a fiver, which includes postage! If you think that is a bargain, then wait until you find out that it also comes with a pre-installed PP3 battery!

This is an excellent product for the price and would be ideal for students, hobbyists, and professionals. There is good attention to detail in the plastic case and moulding, and it should last for some time if looked after.

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XIOLE XL830L Cover Off
XIOLE XL830L Inside View
XIOLE XL830L Switch Mechanism
How to measure DC Voltage using XL830L
How to measure Resistance using XL830L
How to change the XL830L Battery
XL830L Packaging
XIOLE XL830L Specifications