How to Use a Multi-meter to check amps (1 Viewer)

Braunston

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Hi,

Just thought this "YouTube" demonstration on how to use a Multi-meter to check for amps, e.g. drain on your battery, may be helpful to someone

You may want to do this if your Cab Battery or Leisure Battery keeps losing its charge. as it will show you if there is something that is taking the power.

Hope it helps someone

 
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aamybush

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Thanks!!!

Hi Braunston,
this video from youtube is useful to me...again thanks a lot!!!
 

Geo

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This I think is where a little knowledge is more dangerous than non
amp test's appropriate to a multi meter's are limitedby its range, and that is quite low , if the expected results are not known :Eeek: pop goes the multi meter, and amp's burn:cry:
ever seen 30amp's go through a 10amp meter:RollEyes::RollEyes::RollEyes: Sizzling sausages springs to mind:ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO:
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if you really need to check ampages then i suggest you invest in an LCD clamp type meter.....around £40 but money well spent.
just open the jaws and place around the cable to be tested.
put it around your leisure battery pos lead and it'll tell you instantly how many amps your pulling or around any individual wire and it'll give you the amps for that particular circuit .
only disadvantage is it must ONLY go around the + OR - wire....not both together.
as there is no direct contact it cant be damaged by overloading it.

mine has a range of 1 milliamp to 100 amps..both AC and DC current......enough for just about any test.

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pappajohn, hate to be a pain, but I'm a retired electrician (know all about tong testers) perhaps you could put the name of your tong tester up, as there are NOT many tong testers that do AC & DC, and more so DC up to 100 amps?
 

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pappajohn, hate to be a pain, but I'm a retired electrician (know all about tong testers) perhaps you could put the name of your tong tester up, as there are NOT many tong testers that do AC & DC, and more so DC up to 100 amps?

Old thread this, if you want to attract a members attention you should use this

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pappajohn

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pappajohn, hate to be a pain, but I'm a retired electrician (know all about tong testers) perhaps you could put the name of your tong tester up, as there are NOT many tong testers that do AC & DC, and more so DC up to 100 amps?
Its in the garage or caravan at the moment.
I'll dig it out tomorrow and post details and a pic or two.
 

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Think it was techno that posted an amazon link to this one :-

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I got one, and I'm very happy with it.

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or this one that is a multi-meter.


Example only not an endorsement of seller, have pone and regularly use it.

Do ensure you get the correct model as similar looking will not read dc. amps
 

pappajohn

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pappajohn, hate to be a pain, but I'm a retired electrician (know all about tong testers) perhaps you could put the name of your tong tester up, as there are NOT many tong testers that do AC & DC, and more so DC up to 100 amps?
Pics as promised.....but it's 80a ac/dc, not 100a as posted

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Pappajohn, please accept my apologies, I retired back in 2010, things have obviously moved on quite a bit since then, most of my work was testing properties, I had a few "Amprobes"(tong testers) one actually measured up to 1000 amps, but only over AC, piccies later
 

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Pappajohn, please accept my apologies, I retired back in 2010, things have obviously moved on quite a bit since then, most of my work was testing properties, I had a few "Amprobes"(tong testers) one actually measured up to 1000 amps, but only over AC, piccies later
No apologies necessary.....but I've had that meter since 2004. :LOL:

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