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# How to measure Voltage without cutting wire?

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04-30-16, 12:56 PM
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How to measure Voltage without cutting wire?

Is it possible to measure Voltage without cutting a wire. No needles penetrated the wire))

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04-30-16, 01:43 PM
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No. Why do you need to do this.

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04-30-16, 01:47 PM
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Any wire that I have seen starts and ends someplace, and you should be able to take a reading at one of those points, but you need to be more specific.

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05-01-16, 05:38 AM
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05-01-16, 07:03 AM
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yes, but it will cost lots of \$\$.

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05-01-16, 10:05 AM
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I would say yes, but you need to know the load on the circuit.

Anyone want to play along?

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05-01-16, 03:30 PM
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If you have a constant load with known value (light bulb, heater coil, etc..), you can measure current with a clamp meter and calculate voltage from it.
I think this is what pcboss is suggesting.

But, this can have pretty big error because a clamp meter is not very accurate. Error of few hundreds mA can mean several volts of error.
The equation is
V=P/I
Where V is volt, P is power in W, I is current in A.

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05-01-16, 09:18 PM
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We have a winner.

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05-02-16, 04:43 PM
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Becomes tougher, but still possible, when the load is zero.