What is an Analog Multimeter – Analogue Meter?
Analog multi-meters are test instruments that are able to measure the basic electrical and electronic quantities of voltage, current and resistance.
Analog multimeter is one of the trusty workhorses of the electronics test industry. Analogue multimeters have been in use for very many years and sometimes go by the name VOA as a result of the fact that they measure volts, ohms and amps. These multimeters are extremely flexible and enable very many faults to be found in an electronic circuit.
Although analogue multimeters are now less common because digital multimeters, or DMMs are now more common, some analogue test meters are still available and may be found in some laboratories or may be available for use at home, etc.
The analogue test meters are able to give a good account of them and can provide readings that are sufficiently accurate for most purposes. They do require a few different skills to the digital multimeters that are more widespread these days, but they are still very easy to use.
What is an analogue test meter?
Analogue multimeters or test meters are test instruments based around the use of a moving coil meter. This is an analogue form of display that uses the deflection of an indicator needle to indicate the level of the measurement being made.
The basic meter used in an analogue meter is a moving coil meter and this deflects from its rest position increasingly as the measurement quantity increases. These meters were a feature of many laboratory views photographed before the period between the 1970s and 1990s when digital technology really started to totally supplant analogue techniques.