[Question] Multimeter Initial Reading

Discussion in 'The Projects Forum' started by Slasherbaven, Jul 11, 2008.

  1. Slasherbaven

    Thread Starter Member

    Jun 23, 2008
    I bought a multimeter, a Sanwa PM3.
    When I turned it on, the reading wasn't at Zero (Reading after turning on starts varying randomly). But when I tested it with a resistor and a capacitor, the reading was close, but off about 10% when compared to the original reading.

    Is this fine?
    Or if not, is there a way to correct it, or am I subjected to the use of my warranty?
  2. SgtWookie


    Jul 17, 2007
    Try unplugging and plugging back in the meter's leads. You might have a bad connection there.

    It could be that the battery you used is old or perhaps the meter has been sitting in storage for a long time, and the battery is depleted. Try a new battery.

    If that doesn't help things, I'd take the warranty option. If you try to make any adjustments, your warranty will be right out the window.
  3. Slasherbaven

    Thread Starter Member

    Jun 23, 2008
    Hmm I'll try replacing my battery then, and then check my meter leads connection again.
    Thanks for the reply, SgtWookie.