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Old May 23rd, 2007, 13:24
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Question Sources for Meters etc.

Hi,

I need some Online/Mail Order Meter Sources for:

1. An inexpensive CLIP ON (INDUCTION TYPE) DC AMP METER (up to at least 200 Amps)

2. KRIKIT (sp.?) BELT TENSION METER or other model.


MODEL #'s and/or PART #'s would be great.


Most of my local stores don't have a clue. ex. "Oh yeah, we have that." I drive to them and the Meter only measures Voltage not AMPS!

The KRIKIT, I may as well be from Mars... LOL

Thx.
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Old May 23rd, 2007, 14:33
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Re: Sources for Meters etc.

You are not going to find a Cheap D.C. induction ammeter that will measure 200 amperes.
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Old May 23rd, 2007, 15:23
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Re: Sources for Meters etc.

Here's the krikit product link at Napa...

http://napaonline.com/MasterPages/NO...+Tension+Gauge

I bought one a while back...it's pretty slick and simple to use....
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Old May 23rd, 2007, 16:20
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[QUOTE=89Daytona]1. http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=42397
http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=42396
http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=95683
http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=95652

****Hi, These meters all read AMPS in AC? Does it matter when I read the AMPS from the Alternator and/or Battery that the readings are in AC?

Does anyone know whether I should get one to read AC or DC for AMPS?

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Old May 23rd, 2007, 16:40
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Re: Sources for Meters etc.

The "Krikit" is a Gates tool - here's the page for it. Gates has a "dealer locator" link on the main page:

http://www.gates.com/brochure.cfm?br...cation_id=2742

The induction ammeter I wasn't able to find through Sunpro (but mine's old...) Here's the link through K-D Tools - I've got quite a few of theirs, and I find them reliable:

http://www.kd-tools.com/2423.htm

Enjoy.
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Old May 23rd, 2007, 16:50
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****Hi, These meters all read AMPS in AC? Does it matter when I read the AMPS from the Alternator and/or Battery that the readings are in AC?

Does anyone know whether I should get one to read AC or DC for AMPS?
You would have to email tech help a harborfreight to get more info on which meter would work for you or for more info on them http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...borfreight.com
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Old May 23rd, 2007, 17:02
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You would have to email tech help a harborfreight to get more info on which meter would work for you or for more info on them http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...borfreight.com
You cannot read D.C. Amps with and A.C. ammeter. It will not work at all. D.C. and A.C. are two ENTIRELY DIFFERENT forms of electricity.
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Old May 23rd, 2007, 17:05
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You cannot read D.C. Amps with and A.C. ammeter. It will not work at all. D.C. and A.C. are two ENTIRELY DIFFERENT forms of electricity.
Which is why the ammeter I posted a link to is specified for automotive use... It runs -75:0:+75A for alternators and -600:0:+600A for starter circuits. Granted, you'll only see anything like 600A if you're running a check on a large Diesel engine, but it should serve (I think the one I've got runs -60:0:+60 and -300:0:+300A)
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Old May 23rd, 2007, 17:11
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Which is why the ammeter I posted a link to is specified for automotive use... It runs -75:0:+75A for alternators and -600:0:+600A for starter circuits. Granted, you'll only see anything like 600A if you're running a check on a large Diesel engine, but it should serve (I think the one I've got runs -60:0:+60 and -300:0:+300A)
This ammeter you posted looks to me like it would be great to use. It doesn't appear to be a clamp type like he was looking for, but I can't tell much from the picture. I wonder how accurate it is?

I was just trying to get the point accross that good tech support would have told them if they called.
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Old May 23rd, 2007, 17:36
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This ammeter you posted looks to me like it would be great to use. It doesn't appear to be a clamp type like he was looking for, but I can't tell much from the picture. I wonder how accurate it is?

I was just trying to get the point accross that good tech support would have told them if they called.
Assuming HF has good TS - I've not dealt with them.

It's not a "clamp-on," but most automotive high-current ammeters aren't. There should be two grooves in the back - the smaller groove responds on the lower scale, and the larger groove on the high scale. You just lay the wire in the groove (moving whichever bit you need to - usually, the meter is moved,) and hold it in place while either cranking for the starter) or running all accessories (for alternator output.) You can also run all the accessories with the engine OFF to get an idea what the system will draw.

Since it works off of the magnetic field produced with the movement of current, there is going to be some inherent inaccuracy. However, it will give you a good idea of what's going on. I don't consider it an accurate diagnostic instrument - but it can tell you if you should take a deeper look, and do so without having to disassemble or dismount anything.
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Old May 25th, 2007, 00:34
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Hey Guys,

I searched and found this CLIP ON made by TENMA. It's only $99! Here's the spec. What do you think, will it fit my needs? Thx.

http://www.mcminone.com/product.asp?...2%2D7220#specs

Product Details:
DIGITAL CLAMP AMMETER AC/DC CURRENT

Features: Specifications Range Resolution Accuracy
AC (TRMS) power 40.00KW, 400.00KW 0.01KW, 0.1KW +/- 2% + 5, +/- 2% + 5
DC power 40.00KW, 400.00KW 0.01KW, 0.1KW. +/- 2% + 5, +/- 2% + 5
AC current 400A, 700A 0.1A, 1A +/- 1% + 5, +/- 1% + 5
DC current 400A, 800A 0.1A, 1A +/- 1% + 2, +/- 1% +2
AC volts 400V, 600V 0.1V, 1V +/- 1% + 5, +/- 1% + 5
DC volts 400V, 600V 0.1V, 1V +/- 1% +1, +/- 1% +1
Resistance 400 ohm, 4000 ohm 100M ohm, 1 ohm +/- 1% + 3, +/- 1% + 3


Catalog Details:
catalog 51: 000
catalog 50; 515
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Re: Sources for Meters etc.

From the specs, it looks like it should work.
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Looks like it should work. It would be nice if there was a product manual that you could view online for it. Tenma makes okay stuff for the home mechanic. It is definately not idiot proof like Fluke meters are.
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Another ammeter: Craftsman Digital clamp-on Ammeter, Sears item #03482369000 Mfr. model #82369

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