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Questions tagged [multimeter]

Single universal measurement device that can be used to measure voltage [V] and current [A] in both AC and DC, as well as resistance [Ω]. Often many other ranges are available like frequency [Hz], duty cycle [%], capacity [F], ... Most are hand held, some more expensive ones come as a bench model.

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What does DC voltage reading from a DMM mean?

When a DMM is set to measure DC voltage, does a read-out value correspond to an output of the ADC inside the DMM, or do multiple ADC outputs are averaged over a time interval and then converted to the ...
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multimeter, current measurement (beginner)

From this little circuit I try to calculate the current for Ic, Ib, Ie. For Ic , I put the multimeter on 20mA and positive wire connected to 10A and I got 0.01 ... 10mA ? for Ie it is the same (Ie = ...
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How to measure current in very low duty cycle circuit with DMM?

My circuit has 4Hz 50% duty cycle. How do I measure the average current using a DMM? I have a Fluke 87 DMM. It has an average setting but for 100 ms which less than one complete duty cycle. My ...
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Why is there a positive body voltage when grounded, but none when not?

So after reading about earthing and earthing mats, I decided to make myself a very basic one for cheap to test the concept before jumping in with purchasing more sophisticated products. Here's what I ...
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How do I find the right resistor for an LED panel? [closed]

I purchased one of these cheap LED panels to light a room. One review suggested that it's important to put a resistor on it, to keep it from frying itself. But, he didn't list what resistor to use. ...
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LED intermittently fails but works when voltmeter applied

I have an LED in a home project. It's in a simple loop with a resistor and the GND and V+ ends connected to appropriate pins on a microcontroller. The LED works properly for extended periods of time ...
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Diode meter of my DMM does work for red LEDs but not for white LEDs

I have a diode meter on my DMM Powerfix Profi and I want to measure the forward voltage. (actually it is not so profi at all). So I tried the steps needed, and found the Vforward of a red led to be 1....
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Resistance reading on digital multimeter

I'm working my way through a beginners electronics book (to be specific it's 'Starting Electronics' by Keith Brindley). I've got up to the second chapter which introduces resistors and their colour ...
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How can a multimeter measure current while being parallel to the element

An ammeter is a low resistance device connected in series with the element through which we want to measure current However, a multimeter is connected in parallel with the element under observation ...
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Can I use a multimeter to measure audio signals by testing amperage or voltage?

I'm in the process of adding a subwoofer to my car. In doing so I spliced in a T harness to audio wires from the head unit and routed the wiring to where I Will be placing the Amp. I tested the ...
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powering an old 9V multimeter with a 6x AA battery pack

I have an old Nimex NI2100 multimeter that is working fine with 9V batteries. Btw i'd like to power it with 6x AA batteries instead so i've bought a battery holder and wired like this: I've checked ...
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Why do two different multimeters show completely different resistance readings?

I just received a brand new Brymen 869s and I'm concerned it may be broken as it's giving a strange reading. When measuring a 100k 0603 resistor which is soldered into a PCB (forming part of a ...
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Ammeter scale, not sure what my amp reading is

I have a basic multi-meter that I am using to measure amp on a load. I am trying to figure out how much amps my small entertainment system draws. (LCD TV, PC, speakers.) I want to build a small DC ...
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Determine voltage drop over 10G resistors with cheap multimeter

I have two 10G resistors connected in series with a 3V battery. I want to determine the voltage drop across one of them, which of course is 1.5V. When I use my multimeter to check the voltage drop, it ...
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Measure voltage of the panel light bulb inside a vintage radio

I'm new to Electronics. I have recently received a vintage radio Pioneer TR-305. I am trying to replace the panel light bulb inside this radio. I opened the radio panel and found the bulb soldered ...
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Wheatstone Bridge - strain gauge sensor

I'm trying to optimize a Wheatstone bridge with a strain gauge sensor and I'm considering all possible wire resistances. The circuit is shown in the following figure: I don't understand the comment ...
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How to use a multimeter to test the resistance of my tongue?

I just purchased this cheap-o multimeter: https://www.amazon.com/AstroAI-Digital-Multimeter-Voltage-Tester/dp/B01ISAMUA6/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=astroai+am33d&qid=1551837071&s=gateway&sr=8-1 ...
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Multimeter Giving Wrong Temperature Probe Readings [closed]

I want to ask a question about my multimeter, it's new but when i plug in the temperature cable - red to VOhm, black to COM and turn to tempreture it displays temp of period(-886°C/-900°C), and when i ...
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Circuit Failure How to fix it? [closed]

I'm sorry I am very specific here, I have a problem with the charger of my motorbike dashcam and I hope you can help me fixing it (see picture and video test with multimeter). I really have no idea ...
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Display input from multimeter on PC

I have opened a Multimeter (Model:DT830D) and I want to take the input that is fed to the LCD display and display it on my PC instead using the serial monitor of the arduino. But I am confused about ...
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multimeter temperature accuracy [duplicate]

I have tried searching for an answer and looked online, but I'm just getting more confused. I have a DMM that measures temperature with a thermocouple lead, with a resolution of 1 degree C (shows 020)...
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How to read a multimeter (digital) — should I get 2A readings from a couple of AA batteries?

I have been using some old multimeters in a high school science lab. We did a current an voltage reading from a AA supply (two batteries) with a variety of resistors. In some cases a 1M resistor. I ...
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Why can't I use lithium batteries in this multimeter?

I have essentially the same question as this. In that question, it seems lithium batteries are prohibited for use in the device because it wouldn't adequately warn the user that the batteries need to ...
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measuring resistance on hv transformer

I need to verify the resistance on a HV transformer that receives 208v single phase through terminal 1 and 2, or 240v through terminal 1 and 3 and delivers 4000v through terminal 4. As per the ...
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Testing crystal oscillator with multimeter crashes system

I have an old XT computer with a crystal oscillator that I would like to test. My multimeter has a Mhz setting that as far as I know should allow me to test it. (Providing the crystal is powered) ...
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Why do some multimeters have discrete ranges for measurable values and some just measure based on signal type?

I have a multimeter in my toolbox that has ranges of values it measures in dc voltage, a lot like the one below which can read DC but reads it by orders of magnitude. In order to get a proper reading ...
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Is this transformer working?

I found this transformer and I am not sure if it is working. I am confused with the multimeter readings. For example: when I am using the buzzer option to check the connectivity it buzzes when I ...
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Seared my circuit while checking voltage [closed]

I was attempting to diagnose a problem with my dvd player as I was not getting any power, I wanted to use my multi-meter to see where the circuit was shorting out, I set the setting on the multi-meter ...
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Measuring USB power adapter quality using multimeter

I have heard horror stories about poor quality USB power adapter. I have a collection of no less than 20 USB power adapters, most are from cell phone manufacturers and some from small projects. I ...
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Why do LCR meter manufacturers give the details of measurement frequency to us?

When you want to purchase a DMM, more probably you don't see at what frequency the DMM you considered would work, but in the situation you're considering to purchase an LCR meter, manufacturers give ...
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Continuity testing - Why does swapping DMM probes give differing results?

Continuity query - Can anyone explain this? Circuit is a simple 12v DC, wired as follows -battery pos to bulb to spst switch back to battery earth. Testing with DMM in the dedicated audible ...
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Darlington Transistor TIP142 same type but different values

I have a bunch of Darlington NPN Transistors TIP142 that are removed from two separate identical boards. The 1st one have the TO−218 CASE (left side of the image) and the 2nd the TO−247 CASE (right ...
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CB blew when trying to measure the current using multi meter. What went wrong?

I set my multimeter like this. Plug the black lead to the short tab of NEMA5-15 receptacle first and the red lead to the long tab. The moment I put the red lead in, there was a big spark. The ...
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Can I use any HV Probe for a Voltmeter/Ampmeter gauge?

I purchased the multimeter pictured below for a high voltage power supply I'm working on. It's rated for 100V DC and 10A, but I hope to measure several thousand volts. Is it possible to use a HV ...
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how to avoid brownout caused by a multimeter on esp32

I am using the VOLTCRAFT VC130 multimeter for measurement of current through my esp32. The microcontroller runs perfectly with two 1.5V batteries(~3V as read by multimeter in voltage mode). But when I ...
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What is line to line voltage supposed to meter at?

I'm pretty new to this but I know that in three phase power, when I'm metering line to line its usually at 208V, but I've been told that line to line meters at 240V. I don't know what would cause for ...
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Is a multimeter with 1,200,000 counts actually a 6½ digit multimeter?

The Keysight 34465A Digital Multimeter is specified as a 6½ digit multimeter. However, the meter is actually a 1,200,000 counts meter, since the meter wraps at 1.2, so if measuring a 1.19 kOhm ...
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How can I make my measurements of full-wave rectified AC using an A/D match a Fluke meter on its DC range?

I am trying to measure the DC voltage of a full-wave rectified 60Hz AC signal using an A/D and have it match what a Fluke meter reads on its DC scale. My current approach is to take as many (16 bit) ...
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Which current can a multimeter measure for an indefinite duration?

It might vary, depending on multimeter. But if on a multimeter, there is printed "10A for 30sec. MAX every 15 min" or "20A for 15 sec (time unspecified)", below which approximate threshold is the ...
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What is the difference between voltage across battery and voltage across a resistor?

simulate this circuit – Schematic created using CircuitLab I am doing an experiment for a lab and I am confused as to what they are asking. They ask to measure the voltage across the battery, ...
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Measuring a small resistance, ~0.001 ohm

I have a low resistance resistor that I would like to use to measure the current through another circuit, but first I need to accurately determine its resistance. Its data sheet says it is 0.001 ohm +...
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Trouble testing capacitor

I have a Radio Shack DMM (Cat #2200811). I'm trying to test a 100uf 16v electrolytic capacitor on the auto range capacitance setting. I tried it with a 30uf 160v cap. and it worked (measured as 29uf)...
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Is it safe to use my multimeter to test UK wall outlet voltage?

From the question it should be clear I'm no expert. Just want to learn. I have a digital multimeter. If I connect the multimeter to hot+ground & hot+neutral on the 240v 50hz (max ~30A) AC wall ...
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How to fix 4AA battery pack holder

I have a battery pack holder. I have tested the batteries with my multi meter. It appears that the ground and power wires on my pack holder are not working. Does this mean that the wires are not ...
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How does the multimeter measure the voltage? [closed]

I am using the fluke 88 multimeter and I know this digital multimeter measure the voltage drops when measuring the current(ampere) in a series connection because the current flows into the multimeter(...
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Multimeter, outlet and a Spark: the question of simple Voltage measurement

So I got a TekPower TP4000ZC MultiMeter. (Image source) It has COM port and two red ports: V-Ohm-etc. set at 600V Max and 500mA Max Fused 10A red fused port. Unlike other multimeters, there are no ...
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Multimeter ammeter resistance increasing

Recently I have been doing some measurements with a multimeter on some new transformers for my company. Lately I have noticed the resistance of the multimeter in current mode (ammeter) has increased. ...
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Why do different resistors of the same power rating burn out / not burn out?

I have a circuit board for a small LED light, which comes with an annoying strobe mode. To disable this I have found that I can wire a resistor from a pin on a chip to ground and the LED will stay in ...
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Using Voltage Regulator (9v to 5v)

I’m trying to ‘hack’ a LED Fire-effect light bulb to work on a 9v battery. Using a multimeter I can see that the bulb converts mains voltage to 5v. I’ve got my hands on a 9v-to-5v voltage regulator ...
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How to know voltage used on a data bus?

How do you find out what voltage is being used on a data bus for the high signal? On a small electronics I guess you can assume it will be 3.3v or 5v but what about other circuits, say in a car or on ...