multimeter reading

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by jarwulf, Jan 26, 2014.

  1. jarwulf

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    I set my multimeter to 200m direct current. The reading is (00.5). What would be the units this measurement is in?
     
  2. KJ6EAD

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    mA.null space
     
  3. jarwulf

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    So that would be .5 mA? I was expecting around 50 mA
     
  4. jarwulf

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    Would it actually be 5mA or .5mA?
     
  5. crutschow

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    It is reading 0.5mA.
     
  6. Mike33

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    What are you trying to read? (Schematic....)

    To test your meter, hook up a 1K resistor and 9V battery, with the meter in series with the circuit, and set meter to read mA. You should measure about 9mA. Or .009A. Your red probe goes to the + terminal of the battery, and black goes into the circuit, to get a positive reading.

    This will help you get used to it before you dive in. You need to be confident about the meter's use before you rely on its readings :eek:)
     
  7. BillB3857

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    Also, when measuring current, make sure the meter is in SERIES between the source and load and not in parallel with the source. Magic smoke is easy to let out.
     
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