Amp Meter giving different reading from CC

SeanadirondacksSeanadirondacks Posts: 20Registered Users ✭✭
On the positive incoming line from solar array im getting an amp reading of 12+ on the CC its reading around 20. Its a new amp meter and im new to using them. Thanks

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  • mcgivormcgivor Posts: 2,205Solar Expert ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited April 5 #2
    The second image shows an ammeter set on the AC scale, what's needed is a DC clamp on ammeter, AC amps are not the same as DC amps,, the reading will always be inaccurate, you need an ammeter capable of reading DC amps.
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  • mike95490mike95490 Posts: 7,901Solar Expert ✭✭✭✭
    The best advantage of a clamp on DC ampmeter, is you will never be tempted to use it in the AMPS mode, when you measure the volts on your battery.  Doing that pretty much will ruin several peoples day.
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  • littleharbor2littleharbor2 Posts: 1,027Solar Expert ✭✭✭✭
    mike95490 said:
    The best advantage of a clamp on DC ampmeter, is you will never be tempted to use it in the AMPS mode, when you measure the volts on your battery.  Doing that pretty much will ruin several peoples day.

    Been there, done that. Bought new DVM.
     Fortunately the meter died a fast, flame free death.

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