Analogue Multimeter

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by dark music, Jan 12, 2012.

  1. dark music

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    can i measure AC current with a analogue multimeter. i'm just a student. so forgive me if this is a dumb question.
     
  2. mcgyvr

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    Saying "multimeter" means it has multiple functions..one of those is typically a current meter.. Did you mean multimeter or volt meter.
    Read the front.. Does it show an A~ at one section along the dial..
     
  3. Adjuster

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    A simple meter might not be equipped for current at all, while a more comprehensive one probably would measure both AC and DC current. You would really have to refer to the particular meter's specifications - or the meter itself.
     
  4. Brownout

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    If your meter doesn't have AC Amps, or if the range is too low, there's another alternative. Insert a small ohmic resistor into the wire carrying the current. The value should be so small it won't affect the operation of the circuit ( fractional ohm resistors are available with good tolerances ) Then just use the AC volts function and ohm's law to determine the current.
     
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