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amp. meter hookup help please

Howdy, does anyone know how to hook an amp. meter up on a sammi. I dont' have directions.

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hold up hold up...do you mean a stereo amp?? just checkin cause I can help you out!!

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no he doesn't mean a stero amp , so why do you feel that you have to post on ever post even if you have nothing to say.[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/frown.gif[/img]
to answer the ? about the amp it should go in line from the amp to the batt. ( or at least that is were i put mine so i can tell if the batt is charging)
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Well said

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Re: amp. meter hookup help please

An ammeter is connected up in series with the circuit that it is measuring. Here is a primative drawing:

|(-)---battery---( )|
|...................|
|.............|-----------|
|.............| ammeter |
|.............|-----------|
|...................|
|...................|
------ LOAD ---------

(ignore the dots, please!)

You must be careful and make sure that the ammeter you use is rated for the maximum current that you expect in the circuit for an automotive electrical system (12VDC).

Hope this helps...

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Be careful with an ammeter. It has to carry full amperage and if you short it accidentally like on the trail it can make a big fire. Most folks now and all the manufacturers have gone to a voltmeter which is much safer. It only carries a little amperage and is easy to fuse. You just hook one into a hot lead anywhere. Check voltage first to be sure you are not in a line with some voltage loss which would just lead you astray.

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Q though, I am pretty sure this is right, can I have a confirmation.. The ammeter should be connected from the + alternater to the load and battery? See the attached pic. It is the only thing that makes sence. granted you could use it one way with only a load and the other side connected to the battery, but you could not see the compensation of the alternater.. The load + the power in (alternater) must be in the equation. It will show if the battery is charging or if there is power being taken from the battery and the alternater can not keep up.

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Yes, Nowhere diagram is ok, but may want to add ( )&(-)
signs show DC current meter polarity most meters are marked.
I did not upload diagram cause yours is ok

Amp meter ( ) connects alternator and (-) actually connects
to positive terminal of battery.

If wire loops thru firewall you just might want add 40 to 60
amp inline safty fuse on this circuit at battery 12 post.

For stock Sam current load #10 AWG is ok.

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