14 Advantages and Disadvantages of Analog Multimeter

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The analog multimeter is one of the crucial testing instruments like as a digital multimeter. Both multimeters have overall different specifications. Also, the pros and cons are completely opposite of both.

Here, I am describing the advantages and disadvantages of analog multimeter over digital multimeter.

Let’s dive in,

Advantages (or Pros) of Analog Multimeter

  1. An Analog multimeter is very useful for measuring electrical and electronics quantities (such as current, voltage and resistance).
  2. The basic function of an analog multimeter (AMM) gives continuous movement or sudden changes while measuring the quantities. Thus, it detects a continuous reading.
  3. The sensitivity of an analog multimeter is very less. It is given in units of ohms per volt.
  4. For the measurement of current and voltage, this meter does not require a power supply (i.e. battery).
  5. It has the ability to display slow changes easily.
  6. The analog multimeter’s cost is low compared to the digital multimeter.
  7. It has an analog display. It shows the needle that moves from the initial to the actual reading.

Disadvantages (or Cons) of Analog Multimeter

  1. The analog multimeter finds in bulky size.
  2. It has low input resistance.
  3. This type of meter does not provide high accuracy in measurement over the digital meter.
  4. In this meter, moving parts are present. So over the period, the user gets the wrong reading.
  5. This analog meter requires more maintenance.
  6. It does not give automatic calibration like as a digital multimeter.
  7. Sometimes, users might misread the output due to needles (or pointers) moving along multiple scales.

These 14 points have explained the pros and cons of the analog multimeter over the smart meter.

Must read: Pros & Cons of Digital Multimeter

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