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Image of a meter[edit]

I WANT A PICTURE IN HERE!!! --Cyberman 05:29, 2 Feb 2005 (UTC)

You asked for it, you got it! It's not a great picture, but it's better than nothing! Someone should find us or shoot us a nice photo of a D'Arsonval meter movement to go along with the diagram.
We should probably also try to rationalize the somewhat-redundant text between here and the Galvanometer article.
Atlant 14:09, 2 Feb 2005 (UTC)
I really do not like the picture, drawn "by hand using a mouse" in Paint? A SVG version (perhaps made in Incscape) would look much more professional indeed. -- (talk) 15:06, 23 January 2008 (UTC)[reply]

It's good that Atlant made an illustration, but it's so different from a real-world meter movement that it really, seriously needs to be replaced; sorry! I added text, trying to be diplomatic, to the caption. Wikipedia should not have a misleading illustration.

First, the pole faces are arcs of a circle, not the curiously-curved shapes shown. Second, the front and rear hairsprings carry current to the coil, not the suggested flexible leads. Third, the coil is wound on a rectangular bobbin, not the iron core, as the image implies. Fourth, the core is stationary, supported by a non-magnetic metal plate or such. Please have a look at a Weston-type movement!

current to voltage[edit]

Could someone explain how to convert a current meter to a voltmeter using a resistor?

Easy...you simply attach the ammeter and a huge resistor in series, and hook up the two ends of this "voltmeter" circuit to the two positions in the target circuit you want to measure the potential difference between. Then, you measure the current running through this part of the circuit (it will be small because of the huge resistor). You now have the resistance, and the current through this voltmeter circuit, and therefore can calculate the potential difference with V=IR. Ed Sanville 02:46, 2 August 2005 (UTC)[reply]
I am trying to work out how to intergrate this into wiki, do you people think this is worth an article?mickpc

COULD SOMEONE EXPLAIN WHY WE ARE USING MI INSTRUMENT FOR AC AND MC FOR BOTH AC AND DC......? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 09:25, 27 July 2009 (UTC)[reply]

I assume "MI" means "moving iron"; "MC is "moving coil". Indeed, this should be fixed.Nikevich (talk) 07:34, 30 September 2010 (UTC)[reply]


What will happen if an ammeter is connected in parallel with a resistor ?  —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 18:35, 12 March 2008 (UTC)[reply] 

What happens depends upon the value of the resistor. If it's a milliohm-range shunt, the ammeter measures much higher currents. If the resistor is something like a sizable fraction of an ohm, it will make the ammeter read low, the amount depending upon the relative resistance of the ammeter and the resistor. If the resistor is many ohms or greater, it will have no effect, BUT -- if that resistor has a voltage across it, the ammeter will effectively short-circuit the resistor. That's likely to cause trouble.

Moving iron[edit]

". Not used in practice due to non-linearity of the scale."

I have a couple of commercial products that incorporate moving iron meters. Will edit. Tabby (talk) 16:18, 20 May 2010 (UTC)[reply]

A superb reference, if a copy can be found[edit]

It's the The Instrument Sketch Book, published by Weston Electrical Instruments, Newark, NJ. Nikevich (talk) 08:03, 30 September 2010 (UTC)[reply]

The page says that the resistance of a ammeter is kept as low as possible. How low is this? Would this affect the results when measuring? (talk) 17:25, 6 April 2014 (UTC)[reply]

  • An ammeter is actually a very low resistance, called shunt, connected in parallel with a current measuring device. Most of the current flows via the shunt and different shunts are usually provided for different current measurement ranges. (talk) 16:13, 20 July 2016 (UTC)[reply]


Today I edited the "Application" section by merging into it my edited version of the article "Ayrton shunt", which was a stub. I haven't yet figured out how to import the image from that stub, nor how to remove the stub. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Derfnac (talkcontribs) 21:14, 3 May 2016 (UTC)[reply]

Ammeter Circuit Symbol[edit]

This article needs to have an Ammeter circuit symbol ! Darkman101 (talk) 02:30, 21 March 2017 (UTC)[reply]

Dead link[edit]

With regards to link 8, "Ix Innovations, LLC. "PocketPico Ammeter Theory of Operation" (PDF). Retrieved 2014-07-11.", someone else seems to own the domain now. The link seems to be dead. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2605:A000:1135:C2FA:109F:C168:8624:824 (talk) 13:26, 4 February 2020 (UTC)[reply]

The long Application section could be subdivided[edit]

The long Application section (lots of content about shunts) could be subdivided - eg. into high current (using shunts), DC, AC ? - Rod57 (talk) 12:32, 14 June 2023 (UTC)[reply]

Shunt resistor[edit]

Shunt resistor redirects to this article - which then links to shunt (electrical). Some content about shunts could be moved to the shunt article ? - Rod57 (talk) 13:41, 14 June 2023 (UTC)[reply]


what is this (talk) 15:44, 6 February 2024 (UTC)[reply]

See stadiometer. No relation to ammeters. It's a device for measuring people's height, usually medical.
If you're thinking of construction or suveying, then there is also stadiametric rangefinding, which is a technique for measuring distances by using the apparent height of a measuring staff, when seen through a telescope. Andy Dingley (talk) 15:51, 6 February 2024 (UTC)[reply]