## Re: [Electronics_101] Re: old ammeter

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• Rick, I have some heating element wire from an old dehumidifier that was also a heater. Possibly I will start big and work my way down till it matches my Fluke
Message 1 of 51 , Feb 13, 2013
Rick,
I have some heating element wire from an old dehumidifier that was also a heater. Possibly I will start big and work my way down till it matches my Fluke meter reading. I am a retired mechanic from a Caterpillar dealership. Worked a lot on 12 & 24 volt heavy equipment systems but not so much on electronics. Thank you , James

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From: Rick Sparber <rgsparber@...>
To: Electronics_101@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 8:26 AM
Subject: RE: [Electronics_101] Re: old ammeter

I make my low resistance shunts out of thin steel wire although heating
element wire can be used too. The trick is to accurately measure it.

Rick

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[mailto:Electronics_101@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Kerim F
Sent: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 6:13 AM
To: Electronics_101@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [Electronics_101] Re: old ammeter

--- In Electronics_101@yahoogroups.com, "Nick" wrote:
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> Hi guys, I'm fairly new to electronics and have a question about an old
ammeter that I acquired. I know that it requires a shunt as the wires on the
posts are small and it is a 100 amp meter. In the lower right corner of the
meter face it shows [E.S.=50mv ]. What can I use for a shunt and does it go
in series with the + or in parallel with the + and -. Will it read full
scale with the shunt installed [not that I would ever need that much]. Thank
you in advance for any info.
>

In parallel.
An ammeter is actually a sensitive voltmeter.
It seems the full scale voltage of your ammeter is 50mV.
If the the shunt is 1 Ohm, the full sacle current would be 50mA If the the
shunt is 0.1 Ohm, the full sacle current would be 500mA.
If the the shunt is 0.01 Ohm, the full sacle current would be 5A.
If the the shunt is ?? Ohm, the full sacle current would be 100A ;)

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