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Old 11-28-2012, 12:00 AM
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Originally Posted by Radian View Post
Because the meter won't be reading the full current present in the circuit. By measuring current in parallel, you are shunting some of the current across your meter, but not all of it. It defeats the purpose of the measurement.

When measuring current at low voltages, it is correct to always put the meter in series with the circuit being measured.

In this case, that means either pulling the neg (-) cable from the battery (to measure total current draw) or patching the meter in place of a fuse (to measure the current in a specific circuit).
You are correct Radian, except that this is not a test to measure current, but to see if there is any current flowing at all. Thus accurate ampere readings, nor connecting in series either through removed terminals or in place of removed fuses is not required.

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