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What voltage/current is applied by modern multimeters to determine resistance?

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That will vary by multimeter but most professional level ones will include that information in the datasheet and it can vary by range. Here's the table from the documentation for an Agilent 34461A:

Agilent 34461A

Using that I just measured a cheap "no name" meter and it had a maximum 320 mV voltage across all ranges. So hopefully that gives you a rough idea, and you could find further information in the datasheets for the better brands of meters.

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Maybe you meant that maximum voltage is 320mV and the imposed current is 210uA? – Vladimir Cravero May 30 '14 at 9:16
@VladimirCravero, thanks yes just removed that and the current because it was the last test I did but of course changes. – PeterJ May 30 '14 at 9:20
yeah, measuring measurement equipment is an intriguing matter – Vladimir Cravero May 30 '14 at 9:21
Or even "who checks the checkers" aka Who watches the calibration labs/service's? – Spoon May 30 '14 at 11:31

Electronic multimeters are one thing but an analog multimeter like a Simpson 260 can put out a lot of current when measuring low values of resistance. That is why they usually use a D battery for the low ohms ranges. The current can be in the hundreds of milliamperes on the X1 range.

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