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Discussion in 'Electronic Basics' started by Nick Hull, Jan 6, 2004.

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  1. Nick Hull

    Nick Hull Guest

    I'd like to find a decent clamp-on ammeter to test and adjust the
    circuits in my house breaker box. I doubt I need more than 50 amps, but
    I would like a small & nimble probe to fit in that wiring maze. Is it
    possible to get a max reading model so I can read the max amps on each
    circuit? I'd like a cheap one, maybe $100 if possible.

    Any good suggestions as to what is availiable?

    Nick
     
  2. Guest

    | I'd like to find a decent clamp-on ammeter to test and adjust the
    | circuits in my house breaker box. I doubt I need more than 50 amps, but
    | I would like a small & nimble probe to fit in that wiring maze. Is it
    | possible to get a max reading model so I can read the max amps on each
    | circuit? I'd like a cheap one, maybe $100 if possible.
    |
    | Any good suggestions as to what is availiable?

    Probably many available on EBay.
     
  3. Have you checked Harbor Freight, Sears, or MCM Electronics? Some
    analog clamp-ons cost only $25, but I once saw a digital AC/DC at
    Sears for $45 (maybe with discount coupon), but it wasn't true RMS and
    needed AAA batteries. MCM has an AC/DC clamp-on adapter for regular
    meters (1mV per amp), #72-7164, $37, but it has to be zeroed manually.
     
  4. Wade Hassler

    Wade Hassler Guest

    The Fluke T600 is about $129, but it does not need to be clamped-
    merely straddles the wire to be measured. Measures resistance from
    1-1000 ohms, voltage to 1-600 AC/DC and current .1-600 AC/DC. And can
    be dropped a fair distance without breaking.
    Wade
     
  5. Grumpy OM

    Grumpy OM Guest

    I bought a A.W.Sperry DSA-400 some years ago from Home Depot. Less
    than $100. Got it to monitor my water pump current. Works great. This
    one has a data hold feature. Other one available that measures peak
    current.

    Grumpy
     
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