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ME 3030B EMF Meter – My Review

Posted by Lloyd Burrell on March 16, 2013 under EMF meters, Gigahertz Solutions meters | 45 Comments to Read

The ME 3030B is actually one of the first EMF (electromagnetic field) meters I ever bought.

I’m a big fan of Gigahertz Solutions EMF meters. They produce some of the best top end EMF meters on the market. The only trouble with top end meters is that they tend to come with top end prices. Fortunately that’s not the case with this meter…

So here, better late than never, is my review.

The ME3030B EMF meter can measure AC electric and AC magnetic fields. AC means alternating current, this is the type of power running through your homes electrical system, which makes it the ideal meter for checking (EMFs) around the home. Here are some of the EMF sources you can test with this meter:ME 3030B EMF meter

- computer monitors

- clock radios

- electric ovens

- TV’s

- fluorescent lights

- electrical wiring

- grounding faults on electrical equipment

- electric blankets, and more.

So you can better understand how this meter works and what you can do with this meter here’s a short video of the ME 3030B in action:

Technical Specification of the ME3030B

Frequency Range: 16 Hz – 2 KHz (16 Hz – 2000 Hz)

Measurement range for magnetic fields: 1 – 1999 nT (equates to 0.010 – 19.99 mG)

Measurement range for electric fields: 1 – 1999 Volts/m

Audio function: field strength indicated by “Geiger-counter-effect”

Power supply: 9 Volt battery (included), average operation time 24-36 hours

For full technical specification click here.

What Can’t This Meter Measure?

The ME 3030B can’t measure RF (radio frequency) radiation. So it can’t measure EMFs from devices like cell towers, smart meters, WiFi, digital TV, Cordless (DECT) phones, cell phones etc. If you want to measure this category of EMFs see my reviews on the Cornet meters and the Acoustimeter.

What I Like About This EMF Meter

- it’s sensitivity. The more sensitive a meter is, the better, since this increases the distance from which EMFs can be measured. This, along with user friendly, should be the most important factors in choosing an EMF meter. This is also the main reason high-quality professional meters cost so much more. For the price the level of accuracy and sensitivity of the ME 3030B is hard to fault. This is particularly true on the electric field setting. Because of its earth cable you are assured of a far more accurate reading than meters that take none earthed readings – like the Trifield 100XE.

- the other thing I like is the audio. I do like meters with an audio function. It means you can wander around freely with your meter without having your eyes riveted to the display. Just switch on the audio function and the Geiger counter type clicking tells you as soon as you get near an EMF source. Then you can check out the display to see just how high the reading is. Simple.

Disadvantages

- it measures magnetic fields in nanoTesla. Its a niggly little thing really, but for measuring magnetic fields I’m much more at home with milligauss (mG). This meter measures in nanotesla (nT). Its a small point, because you just divide by 100 to go from nT to mG (100 nT = 1 mG).  And there is a conversion table on the back. But when you look at the display you have to think….or I have to.

- its a single axis meter. This is not necessarily a disadvantage because in theory you can get more accurate readings by turning the meter round than with a 3-axis meter which just gives you a compound reading.

Where Can You Buy This Meter?

You can buy the ME 3030B EMF Meter from Amazon.com.  The advantage of Amazon over other online retailers is that you know where you stand. Anything like this bought through Amazon comes with a solid 30 day money back guarantee. And it also comes with a 2 year manufacturers warranty.

This meter currently retails at under $180, which is a fair price given what you get.

Conclusion

If you want to measure low frequency magnetic and electric fields in your home or place of work the ME 3030B meter is easy to use and has good sensitivity – its a good buy.

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  • Peter Green said,

    Lloyd,
    Thank so much for EMF meter review!
    We have not communicated for awhile. Are you doing ok?
    Is your EMF Sensitivity book out in print yet????

    Take car and ” Thank you once again for your dedication”
    Dave J. aka – Peter Green

  • Lloyd said,

    Hi Peter
    I’m doing fine thanks.
    My EMF sensitivity books’ available as a digital download only for the moment (see, http://www.electricsense.com/electrical-sensitivity-book-review/). I’d like to make a print version available but a good deal of the subject matter is evolving so fast – particularly the meter reviews and information on EMF shielding products – barely it’ll be in print, that it’ll be out of date. The digital format allows me to do updates easily….if I do do a printed version I’ll let my subscribers know.

  • Anne Maguire said,

    I have an Electro Smog detector which doesn’t show all of the different EMF output. I checked this house when I bought it but although there was no signal regarding radiation I am badly affected by varying strengths of something. I have trouble with sounds and the continual mass of pulsing activity. If I hold a piece of paper the pattern of what I am feeling begins to show as the paper shakes. I need a good detector which covers all kinds of EMF output. Is this the one ?

  • Lloyd said,

    There’s no one meter that can measure all EMFs unfortunately. This meter measures low frequency magnetic and electric fields. If you want to measure EMFs from things like, cell phones, WiFi, cell towers, digital TV you need an RF meter, see http://www.electricsense.com/category/emf-meters/cornet-meter-emf-meters/

  • jim c. said,

    Hi Lloyd,

    How’s it going ? I am writing today because I bought your book online and am having trouble getting access to it. I bought it a while back but have been out of town for quite a while and am just getting back I’m not very computer literate but usually don’t have trouble downloading things. I don’t know if the fact that it is a mac should matter at all, but I haven’t been able to load it for some reason. I am sure it is because of my ignorance of the computer. Can you help me. I also bought the trimeter a while back, but I am with you, I like the audible tone and it doesn’t seem to pick up some things I thought it would. I get no reading around my smart meter at all with it. I don’t know if they are only transmitting at certain times of the day or what. the lady at the electric co-op said they only transmit for a short time periodically. I don’t know maybe that is true. It would be interesting to get this new meter you are demoing in your last video and compare the two. If you can shed any light on the download at all that would be great. Have a great day and keep up the awesome work. Jim C.

  • Lloyd said,

    Hi Jim
    I’ve sent you the download links for my book with instructions by email – let me know how you get on. For smart meter radiation the ME3030B is not the right choice. You need an RF meter for this job, one of the Cornet meters, for instance, will do this admirably.

  • Eric Brody said,

    How do it compare to the Cornet meter that you recommend earlier?

  • Lloyd said,

    All the Cornet meters I’ve reviewed have an RF function (i.e. they can measure radio frequency radiation). The ME3030B meter only measures low frequency magnetic and electric fields.

  • Charla said,

    Lloyd, thanks for the review.

    This model may just be within my budget. I’m retired and have to be pretty strict with watching expenses.

    I know I need a meter in order to be more thorough with minimizing my exposure to EMFs. 6 months ago, after a trip to the hospital emergency room, I realized it was electrosensitivity to EMFs causing me some serious health issues. I eliminated my home wireless system, got rid of my wireless phones, etc. Now my blood pressure has even returned to normal (dropped from 145+ back down to 118).

    Due to budget constraints I haven’t purchased your book yet, but it’s on my to do list. I’m looking forward to learning how to implement more thorough remedies in this regard.

  • Kenneth said,

    Lloyd,

    Our thanks, too, for the good work you are doing
    to help educate us all about EMF and ways to protect
    our families. We are grateful that you are raising public awareness about this issue.
    Can you tell us whether the above meter would be effective with measuring EMF from a smart meter on the house or from outside sources such as cell or electric towers?
    Also, if a homeowner cannot avoid smart meter installation, would bolting a square sheet of aluminum metal behind the meter and onto the house with a ground
    wire be an effective blocking method?
    We are also wondering whether painting the metal with
    a color that matches the house exterior would interfere
    with the effectiveness of the aluminum against EMF pulses.

    Thanks so much for your input on our questions!
    Ken

  • Lloyd said,

    Hi Ken
    This meter doesn’t measure smart meter or cell tower radiation. I recommend one of the Cornet meters or the Acoustimeter for this job. You can use aluminum for smart meter shielding, but you really need an EMF meter to take readings before and afterwards to ensure your shielding is effective. Painting the aluminum will not substantially affect the shielding properties.

  • Peter said,

    HI Lloyd & Peter,
    On Lloyds review advice I bought the Trifield 100XE Meter,which was very reasonably priced, (if you dont buy it in aust.)
    I have found it to be very accurate, easy to use and very useful, measuring at the turn of a knob, AC electric & magnetic fields and radio/microwave power density. After you walk about the house measuring elec gadgets, you really start to think about where you stand/sit when different devices are switched on. Prime candidates in our home were, walk about phone charger base (into the bin) microwave, stand min 4m away, computer power modulator (comes on when power goes off and evens out power voltages for computer systems.
    An iteresting aside testing ourselves, (couple and pigeon pair) and human visitors on the most sensitive setting there is quite a variation in different people, especially the legs!

  • Rosalina said,

    Hi, Loyd,
    Thanks for all the time and effort you put into teaching us all. I appreciate you soooo much!
    Please tell me what is my best choice for an EMF meter that reads in mG and for $200-$250. Is there such a thing?
    Rosalina

  • Lloyd said,

    Hi Rosalina
    I am sure there is but I only recommend the meters I have tested. The Trifield measures in mG, as does the Cornet ED75 both under $200.

  • Renee said,

    I am still trying to sort thru what’s best to use in what situation. There doesn’t seem to be one meter that can read all types of EMF. Well maybe there is but not in my budget! You did not mention it, so wondering is this the best lower cost instrument for smart meters/ gas meters?
    Would you opt for this over a TriField meter?
    What’s good to measure power lines?
    THANKS!

  • Lloyd said,

    There’s no one meter that can measure everything unfortunately. If you are wanting to measure EMFs from a smart meter and power lines….your main concern is measuring RF radiation and magnetic fields….the Cornet ED75 is a good choice, see http://www.electricsense.com/3649/cornet-ed75-emf-meter-my-review/

  • George Shaver said,

    I have written to Radmeters.com and told them that my CORNET ED-85EXS is not the correct meter to measure my SDG&E Smart Meter and need to replace it with the Gigihertz 35C .
    Can you please get some action for me on this issue? I wrote them originally within 30 days of purchase. They have not responded. Can i pay the difference and get the meter that i need?

  • Lloyd said,

    If you bought your meter from Radmeters you need to contact them directly. I have bought lots of items through them and found their customer service to be very good (incidentally they have a 90 day refund policy)….if you’ve not heard from them its probably because they didn’t receive your email – write to them again.

  • christina c said,

    Hi Lloyd,
    I am a big fan of your advice and I had bought the Trifield 100xe meter to measure my home. I found it really useful and easy to use. I had done measurements at different spots in my home. I had noted my dressing room which is besides my bedroon to have very high magnetic field up to the maximum of the Trifield meter. It baffles me as there is no obvious power source or electrical gadget there except for ceiling fan and downlights on the ceiling. The high level of magnetic field is only at night persistently up to about 7am measured highest on floor level and reducing gradually as the meter goes higher above floor level. There are also a fan and some downlights on the ceiling immediately below the dressing room which is on 1st floor of this double storey house. The readings are always high maximum at night whether all the fans, lights or aircons in the house upstairs and downstairs are on or off. The readings will go down almost minimum after 7am. I feel so disturbed by this i had been spending a lot of time in this dressing room. Please advise what should be done to find the source of the hidden magnetic field. The electric field on Trifield is minimum at the same spots. Thank you very much.

  • Lloyd said,

    Hi Christina
    Another of my readers described this exact same problem a while ago….high magnetic fields at night at floor level…the most likely explanation is faulty wiring. In your case its in the dressing room which is less of a worry than if you were to have this problem in the bedroom, nevertheless you need to get this checked out by an electrician….get a written quote before he does any work.

  • jamesmccutchan said,

    Hi Lloyd, concerning the installation of smart meters by the electric nazis i read on another site that by simply covering the transmitter dome with aluminum foil you can defeat the transmit function and additionally direct the EMF’s back into the guts of the machine to hopefully bathe the innards with all the supposedly harmless radiation and perhaps cause electronic lesions in all the little chippies contained therein. wear gloves so no prints if you’re paranoid. when the power company comes out to take off the little tinfoil hat simply wait until they leave and install another. if questioned act clueless and innocent. if enough people start to do this the cumulative effect should be discouraging to the promoters of this invasive and harmful technology. any comments? thanks, enjoy your site very much, james

  • Lloyd said,

    Hi James
    It could help or it could make matters worse. Most smart meters have similar technology in them to cell phones…they adapt the signal strength to the environment. So shielding your smart meter in this way can cause it to emit more radiation. If you are sure you have completely shut out the signal you are safe but I would be weary of this sort of practice. The only way to know is to measure with an RF meter.

  • monica said,

    Hello,

    We have lived under some residential power lines and some larger, government-owned power lines (above those) for the past 8 years. The lines were concerning before, but recently they have buried one half/side of them, causing the other half (the ones closest over our home) to have no balance and therefore cancellation of the EM fields. First, I am wondering about purchasing the best meter (cost not a concern) to measure the EMF’s from these lines. Second, I would like to also purchase a meter to measure EMF’s within our home. What are the best meters (I don’t mind buying more than one) to have for these purposes? The location of the lines is worrisome as all of our bedrooms (our heads, in particular, while sleeping) are on the side of the house closest to these lines. To complicate matters, these are lines owned by a government facility behind our neighborhood, and while they have acres and acres of land, they chose to place these large lines over our homes instead of burying them or placing them over their own property. My first step is to measure the actual danger. If it’s what I suspect, I’ll then need to decide whether fighting to have the lines buried by gathering data, petitioning the city council, and exposing this unfairness is less trouble than moving. From what I’ve read on this site, even burying may not solve the issue?

  • Lloyd said,

    Hi Monica
    Your main concern with these powerlines will probably be magnetic fields. Of the EMF meters I have tested, the meter reviewed above (the ME 3030B) will do the job or the Trifield 100XE (see http://www.electricsense.com/1336/is-the-trifield-100xe-the-best-emf-meter/). The Trifield has a very good gauss meter function it measures from as little as 0.2 mG right up to 100 milligauss (the ME3030B only measures to 20 mG). You can also buy a Data Logging USB Stick for the Trifield so you can record your readings on your computer – may be useful if you are going to take this matter up with whoever is responsible for this. And it will also give readings (less accurate than the ME3030B) for electric fields – less likely to be an issue. I suggest reading my free EMF Protection report for more tips and pointers.

  • kim said,

    Lloyd,
    I found a fiberglass rod that attaches to the 3030B …
    for grounding …. i.e., you don’t need to use the wire strung to the earth. Have you seen this work ? If so, its a no brainer, b/c the wire out the window to rod in dirt … is a major pain.

  • Milko said,

    Hi Lloyd

    In Gigahertz Solution is 2 different models
    ME 3030B – 16Hz a 2Khz
    ME 3830B – 16Hz a 100KHz

    Which is the difference?
    What is between 2Khz and 100Khz?
    Thank you

  • Lloyd Burrell said,

    Hi Milko
    The ME3830B has a much broader frequency range which enables it to also measure intermediary frequencies (dirty electricity)…this is very useful but comes with quite a high price tag.

  • Lloyd Burrell said,

    Hi Kim
    The fiberglass rod is for taking more accurate measurements with your meter and avoids having to use a ground rod.

  • Dave said,

    I’m now planning on buying the ME3830B, as I live in a place with 220volt so the ability to measure the electric field is important (as is the magnetic field), and as you mentioned that it can also measure dirty electricity, and thereby saving me from buying a separate microsurge meter as I understand it. With the microsurge meter you plug it into an outlet, but with the ME3830 it doesn’t have that option.

    Do you think the M3830B can still effectively measure dirty electricity by just holding it close to the outlet? Then if I had to buy a GS filter it could then measure how much the dirty electricity would be lowered (to see the difference that the filter made)?

  • Lloyd Burrell said,

    The easiest and most reliable way (for the non expert) of measuring dirty electricity is with a microsurge meter….you measure, you filter/eliminate the source of DE, you measure again….its that simple.

  • jo said,

    I measure some very strange things at home with ME3030. The electrical field vary on some places between 2-3 to 300V/m (even not close to outlet, cable or appliance). Let’s say a mean value of about 30V/m. The recommended value without grounding is 1-2 V/m. Sounds bad.
    At the other side, the magnetic field is always below 20nT in these areas and jumps dramatically near to power adapters.

  • Melissa Tonini said,

    Hi Lloyd -

    Thanks so much for the webinar series. Am still in process taking measurements. Have the: ME3030B (along with the Acoustimeter/Stetzerizer Microsurge meters). Having trouble with the grounding clip for electrical fields. The clip falls out of the wall socket when I try to insert it into the round ground hole. I can stand it into the ground hole in a surge protector lying on floor – does this work?? Otherwise I could tape clip into the wall socket hole. What is better? Thanks for all your help

  • Lloyd Burrell said,

    Melissa, you do need an effective ground to get a reliable electric field reading with your ME3030B meter so its worth taking the time to do this right….there are various DIY ways of doing it….wiring a plug up to the end of your ME3030B earth cable is one of them…..but the safest and surest way is to use a ‘Plug to Gator’ connection, see http://www.aitsafe.com/go.htm?go=www.lessemf.com/ground.html&afid=49151&tm=90&im=1#295-3

  • Melissa Tonini said,

    Thank so much Lloyd – ordered it today.

  • steve stapel said,

    Hi Lloyd,

    I bought an ME 3030B and did some electric field measuring.
    In my bedroom with power on 24v/m.
    In my bed room with power on under Aaronia canopy with grounded pad it is 0v/m!

    In second bedroom with power on 300-500 v/m.
    in second bedroom with power off 7 v/m.
    I get a lower reading if I ground the meter to a different circuit. I changed the outlets and switches with no improvement.

    Can you offer any ideas?

    Thanks, Steve

  • Lloyd Burrell said,

    Hi Steve, the good news is that your bed canopy isn’t creating any electric field issues….the very high electric field reading in the second bedroom when the power is on is a concern…..a wiring/grounding error is a possible/probable explanation….you need to get your wiring checked by a competent electrician asap, in the meantime I recommend only sleeping with the power off in this bedroom.

  • steve stapel said,

    I will, thank you!

  • Wim said,

    Hi Lloyd,

    A question about the ME3030B.
    It gives readings, but how do I, as a non-expert, know when the readings are in the danger zone (like the Trifield)?

    Regards,
    Wim

  • Lloyd Burrell said,

    The BioInitiative Report 2012 gives a good indication of where the danger zone is, see http://www.electricsense.com/4766/bioinitiative-report-2012-emf-dangers-health/

  • steve stapel said,

    I bought my ME 3030B meter from Amazon (sold by General

    Electromagnetics) The ground wire pops out of the meter while using.

    If you want to exchange it you have to pay shipping + insurance.

    As always Lloyd thanks for all you do.

    Steve

  • Kerry Desrochers said,

    Hi Lloyd,

    I just bought the Trifield, but am wondering if the ME3030B Electromagnetic Field Meter would have been a better buy. Aren’t the magnetic radiation measurement features about the same, but with the latter being better at measuring EF’s? I do like the Trifield ease of reading for EF’s, but the readings are different if I’m holding it from when I’m not (what am I supposed to believe–how can the readings still be useful?) Is there any useful reason for owning both (and do you know the return policy at Radmeters)?

    Thank you so much for the wonderful work you do!

    K.D.

  • Kerry Desrochers said,

    Hi again Lloyd,

    Further to my previous post, how do you know with the ME3030B when the radiation levels are acceptable or not? That is something I like about the Trifield: it red lines, which is an easy visual way of immediately telling you there’s too much radiation.

    Best regards,

    K.D.

  • Kerry Desrochers said,

    One more question, where is the round ground hole of a socket in S. Korea, and can I use the ME 3030B EMF Meter in S. Korea?

    Best,

    K.D.

  • Kerry Desrochers said,

    Lloyd,

    I don’t understand the ground wire on this. How do you use it? Do you need an electrical outlet?

    Best,

    K.D.

  • Lloyd Burrell said,

    Kerry,
    The ME3030B is better than the Trifield for electric field measurement…..but the ME3030B can’t measure RF radiation…..thats what makes the Trifield a good starter meter…….if you already have another meter to measure RF radiation then it makes no sense having the Trifield and the ME3030B…….Radmeters have a solid returns policy you can check with them.
    You can use this meter in any country in the world……the ground terminal in your country may be a socket or pin…….if you’re not sure you can earth to a ground stake outside if its easier.

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