There are different types of meters available for electronic devices testing, etc. The electronic devices testing equipment like ammeter, ohmmetervoltmeter, and multi meter are use to test the circuit resistance, voltage and current to check the wiring connection whether the connection is correct or not.

So the circuit testing done by using a device call ‘Ohmmeter’. But without identifying the working concept, it is unfeasible for connecting this device to any circuit for testing the soldering components. However, to be a skilled technician, one should require being an expert in this to do many things than simply reading a test device. This article discusses an overview of ohmmeterscircuit workingtypes, and applications.

What is an Ohmmeter?

An ohmmeter can be define as, it is one kind of electronic device mainly use for calculating electrical resistance of a circuit, and the unit of resistance is ohm. Electrical resistance is a calculation of how much an object resists allowing the flow of current through it. There are different types of meters available with different sensitivity levels such as micro, mega and milli. The micro-ohmmeter is use for calculating very low resistances with high precision at specific test currents, and this ohmmeter is use in bonding contact applications.


Micro-Ohmmeter is a portable device, mainly use for calculating current, voltage, as well as for diodes testing. This type of meter comprises several selectors for choosing the preferred function, and it automatically ranges to select most measurements. Mega-ohmmeter is mainly use for calculating the large resistance values. Milli Ohmmeter is useful for calculating low-resistance at high precision to verify the value of the electrical circuit.

Ohmmeter Working Principle

The working principle of ohmmeter is, it comprises of a needle and two test leads. The needle deflection can be control with the battery current. Initially, the two test leads of the meter can be short together to calculate the resistance of an electrical circuit. Once the two leads of the meter are short, then the meter can be change for appropriate action in a fixed range. The needle comes back to the highest point on the meter scale, and the current in the meter will be highest.

ohmmeter circuit diagram is below.

Ohm Meter

Once the testing of the circuit is complete then the test leads of the meter must be detach. Once the two test leads of the meter are connect to the circuit then the battery gets discharge. When the test leads get short then the rheostat will be adjust. The meter needle can be reached to the lowest position that is zero, and then there will be zero resistance among the two test leads.

Types of Ohmmeter

The classification of this meter base on the application in three types namely series type ohmmeter, shunt type ohmmeter, and multi-range type ohmmeter.

1) Series Type Ohmmeter

In series type ohmmeter, the component which we want to measure can be connected with the meter in series. The resistance value can be calculate through the shunt resistor R2 using D’Arsonval movement which is connect parallel. The R2 resistance can be connect in series with the battery as well as R1 resistance. The measuring component is connect in series by the two terminals A as well as B.

 Series Type Ohmmeter

Whenever the measuring component value is zero then there will be a huge flow of current through the meter. In this situation, the shunt resistance can be correct until the meter specifies the full-load current. For this current, the needle turns aside in the direction of 0 ohms.

Whenever the measuring component is detach from the circuit then the circuit resistance turns into the unlimited & flow of current in the circuit. The needle of the meter deflects towards the infinity. The meter illustrates the infinite resistance when there is no flow of current & the zero resistance once the huge flow of current through it.

Whenever the measuring component is connect in series with the circuit, and the resistance of that circuit is higher, the meter needle will deflect in the direction of the left. And if the resistance is little, then needle turn aside in the direction of right.

2) Shunt Type Ohmmeter

The connection of shunt type ohmmeter can be done whenever the calculating component is connect in parallel with the battery. This type of circuit is use to calculate the low-value resistance. The following circuit can be built with the meter, the battery, and the measuring component. The measuring component can be connect across the terminals A & B.

Shunt type ohmmeter

When the resistance value of the component is zero then the current in the meter will become zero. Similarly, when the resistance of the component becomes vast then the flow of current through the battery & the needle illustrates the full-scale deflection in the direction of the left. This type of meter has no current on the scale in the direction of left as well as the infinity spot in their right direction.

3) Multi-Range Ohmmeter

The multi-range ohmmeter range is very high, and this meter includes an adjuster, and the range of a meter can be selected by an adjuster based on the requirement.

Multi-Range Ohmmeter

For instance, consider we utilize a meter to calculate the resistance below 10 ohms. So initially, we need to fix the resistance value to 10 ohms. The measuring component is connected with the meter in parallel. The resistance magnitude can be decided by the deflection of the needle.

Applications of Ohmmeter

The uses of the ohmmeter include the following.

  • This meter can be used to ensure the continuity of the circuit which means if the sufficient flow of current or huge flow of current through the circuit then the circuit will be detached.
  • These are broadly used in electronic labs in engineering to test the electronic components.
  • These are used for small IC’s for debugging such as PCB & other stuff which requires to be executed in sensitive devices.

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