Leaving equipment attached to the mains supply while making measurements should be only a very carefully considered alternative choice.
Current-limited tests for voltage drop across semi conductor junctions. Lower sensitivity meter movements are acceptable for testing in circuits where source impedances are low compared to the meter impedance, for example, power circuits ; these meters are more rugged mechanically.
Testing often requires that the component under test be isolated from the circuit in which they are mounted, as otherwise stray or leakage current paths may distort measurements. The interface allows the computer to record measurements as they are made.
Analog meters are also useful where the trend of a measurement is more important than an exact value obtained at a particular moment. Resolution[ edit ] Resolution and accuracy[ edit ] The resolution of a multimeter is the smallest part of the scale which can be shown, which is scale dependent.
Safety[ edit ] An example of input protection on the CAT-IV rated Fluke 28 Series II Multimeter Most multimeters include a fuseor two fuses, which will sometimes prevent damage to the multimeter from a current overload on the highest current range.
Inexpensive analog meters may have only a single resistance scale, seriously restricting the range of precise measurements. The connectors are attached to flexible, well insulated leads terminated with connectors appropriate for the meter. Auto-polarity for direct-current readings, shows if the applied voltage is positive agrees with meter lead labels or negative opposite polarity to meter leads.
An average responding multimeter will only meet its specified accuracy on AC volts and amps for purely sinusoidal waveforms. Meters which feature a shunt across the winding such as an ammeter may not require further resistance to arrest uncontrolled movements of the meter needle because of the low resistance of the shunt.
Simple data acquisition features to record maximum and minimum readings over a given period, or to take a number of samples at fixed intervals. On every range, at full-scale voltage of the range, the full current required to deflect the meter movement is taken from the circuit under test.
Analog multimeters[ edit ] Inexpensive analog multimeter with a galvanometer needle display A multimeter may be implemented with a galvanometer meter movement, or less often with a bargraph or simulated pointer such as an LCD or vacuum fluorescent display.
In order to easily and quickly find the relevant labels, the menu is equipped with a side-bar index. Sample and holdwhich will latch the most recent reading for examination after the instrument is removed from the circuit under test.
In case no labels were reported in a while, the notification will ask the user to provide labels. This can be done with the "delta", "zero", or "null" feature of many digital multimeters.
Fuses used in meters must carry the maximum measuring current of the instrument, but are intended to disconnect if operator error exposes the meter to a low-impedance fault. A multimeter can be assumed to be "average responding" to AC waveforms unless stated as being a "true RMS" type.
In some cases, the voltage from the multimeter may turn active devices on, distorting a measurement, or in extreme cases even damage an element in the circuit being investigated. Power supply[ edit ] Analog meters can measure voltage and current by using power from the test circuit, but require a supplementary internal voltage source for resistance testing, while electronic meters always require an internal power supply to run their internal circuitry.
Test equipment tends to drift out of calibration over time, and the specified accuracy cannot be relied upon indefinitely.
While this increases the expense and complexity of the meter, by use of vacuum tubes or field effect transistors the input resistance can be made very high and independent of the current required to operate the meter movement coil.
Many analog multimeters feature a range switch position marked "off" to protect the meter movement during transportation which places placing a low resistance across the meter movement, resulting in dynamic braking. By convention, if the most significant digit can be either 0 or 1, it is termed a half-digit; if it can take higher values without reaching 9 often 3 or 5it may be called three-quarters of a digit.
Resistance measurements on an analog meter, in particular, are of low precision due to the typical resistance measurement circuit which compresses the scale heavily at the higher resistance values.
Analog multimeters continuously read the test value. This is similar when testing a coil, except the current starts low and increases.
Unfused meters are often quickly destroyed by such errors; fused meters often survive. This is often either one or ten megohms ; the standardization of the input resistance allows the use of external high-resistance probes which form a voltage divider with the input resistance to extend voltage range up to tens of thousands of volts.There are 70, sites with streamflow measurements.
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