is an electronic measuring instrument
that combines several functions in one unit. In the U.S. the most basic instruments include an ammeter
, and ohmmeter
Other features available in some units:
- A continuity tester that beeps when a circuit conducts.
- Digital output (as a number, rather than a scale reading) of the quantity under test.
- An amplifer to sense small voltages, currentss and high resistancess.
- Measurements of inductance and capacitance. This is helpful to test components, and therefore much used by technicians that must build and repair equipment.
- Tests of diodes and transistors. This is popular with technicians who have to fix broken equipment.
- Scales and sockets for temperature measurement with standard thermocouples.
- An intermediate-frequency oscillator, a detector and an audio amplifier with a speaker, to diagnose and tune radio circuits. This used to be standard on some Russian models. It's an inexpensive compact substitute for an oscilloscope. It permits one to hear a signal, rather than see it.
- A slow oscilloscope. This is appearing some high-end computer-controlled multimeters.
- A telephone test set.
- Automotive circuit tester.
- Record hi and low voltage snapshots\n