Multimeter Symbols and What They Mean

Multimeter Symbols and What They Mean

Multimeter Symbols and What They Mean


If you're a DIY enthusiast, electronics hobbyist, or a professional electrician, you're likely familiar with the multimeter, a versatile and essential tool for measuring electrical parameters. However, deciphering the multimeter symbols can be daunting, especially for beginners. In this blog post, we'll walk you through the most common multimeter symbols and explain their meanings, empowering you to confidently use this indispensable tool for your electrical projects.


Voltage Measurement Symbols

Voltage, the electrical potential difference, is a fundamental parameter measured by multimeters.    The following symbols are commonly used for voltage measurement:

[V] : This symbol stands for DC voltage measurement. Whenever you need to measure the voltage in a direct current (DC) circuit, look for this symbol.

[V~] : The symbol with a tilde (~) represents AC voltage measurement. Use this when dealing with alternating current (AC) circuits.


Resistance Measurement Symbol

The resistance measurement is crucial for assessing the opposition to current flow in a circuit. The symbol for resistance is:

 (Ohm)] : This symbol represents resistance and is used when measuring the resistance of a component or a circuit.


Continuity Symbol

Continuity testing is used to check if a circuit is complete without any breaks or gaps. The symbol for continuity is:

[|] : The symbol with a wave () and a vertical line (|) signifies the continuity function. It is used to detect uninterrupted paths in a circuit.



Multimeters are invaluable tools for electrical work, but understanding their symbols is essential to utilize them effectively. By familiarizing yourself with these common multimeter symbols and their meanings, you'll be able to confidently measure voltage, current, resistance, and perform continuity tests accurately. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced professional, mastering these symbols will elevate your electrical skills and make your projects smoother and more efficient.


Remember to consult your multimeter's manual for specific details on the symbols, as some models may have additional functions not covered in this blog post. Now that you have a solid understanding of multimeter symbols, go ahead and tackle your electrical tasks with confidence! Happy measuring!

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