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Re: Malfunctioning MOT
Original poster: "Ed Phillips by way of Terry Fritz <twftesla-at-qwest-dot-net>" <evp-at-pacbell-dot-net>
Tesla list wrote:
> Original poster: "Tim J by way of Terry Fritz <twftesla-at-qwest-dot-net>"
> Never, EVER measure the output of an MOT with a multimeter!! You will
> destroy your meter and end up KILLING yourself in the process! Many MOT's
> run 2400 VAC at 500mA+....some of the bigger Industrial MOT's can output
> 2500 VAC at 980mA - 1 AMP short curcuit!
> YOU WILL DIE IF YOU FOOL AROUND WITH THESE TRANSFORMERS!
Same thing applies to NST's and distribution transformers. There's
nothing unsafe about using a suitable multimeter IF you do the prudent
thing when working with HV and connect it BEFORE applying power. On the
other hand, holding one clip lead in each hand and touching them to the
transformer secondary is almost sure suicide, as you point out. It
doesn't matter whether the transformer will put out 100 ma or several
amps, you'll still be just as dead.