Measuring Impedance of a wall socket

Discussion in 'Electronic Basics' started by JeffM, Jul 29, 2005.

1. JeffMGuest

I'm not just looking...to understand the concept.
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Calculate the voltage divider.

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maybe a few ohms

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2. cyrille perronGuest

Hi, I was wondering if anyone could help me with a curious question. How
would one go about measuring the impedance of a wall socket? Assuming it is
120V, of course. I'm not just looking for a formula but rather to
understand the concept. Any websites or other resources would be

3. Rich GriseGuest

Don't multi-post. If you're posting the same question to more than one
group, cross-post. To crosspost, just put the names of all of the NGs
that you're crossposting to in the "newsgroups" header field.

Well, this guy explains it better than I can:
http://www.cs.tut.fi/~jkorpela/usenet/xpost.html

And, in answer to your question, in theory, the impedance of a wall
outlet should be zero. To measure it, stick a voltmeter across the
mains, and turn on a light. If the voltage changes, you have an
impedance that shouldn't be there.

Good Luck!
Rich

4. mikeGuest

I got 117.9V with the light off and 117.2 with it on.
Should I start ripping out my defective wiring?
FWIW there ain't no such thing as zero.
mike

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