Ammeters

Ammeters provide an accurate way of measuring and displaying current within a circuit. They are designed for panel mounting and are used across a range of industrial applications. These metered instruments measure current flow in amperes. The ampere level of the current is displayed on using either an analogue scale or digital readout. The current is presented in draw (how much current flows) or continuity (how uninterruptable the current is). Learn more about the different types of ammeters in our complete guide to ammeters.

What are digital panel ammeters?

Digital ammeters feature a programmable bar graph scale that allows both minimum and maximum values to be set, enabling a custom scale, dependant on the needs of the application. The digital display can be programmed to change colour, flash or change annunciator message. These panel meters often feature triggers that can be programmed to sound an alarm when a critical point has been reached. The digital meter can also be set to trip when values exceed, fall behind, are between or are outside set points.

What are analogue panel ammeters?

Analogue panel ammeters determine whether erratic loads exist in electrical circuits. High ampere levels may indicate short-circuiting, unintentional grounding or indicate a defective component in the network. Low current flow points to high resistance or weak flow in the circuit.

Types of analogue panel ammeters

Analogue panel ammeters come in five types:

  • Moving coil: where magnetic deflection causes the coil to move when the current passes through the coil
  • Moving magnet: where the coil is mounted in the metered case, and a permanent magnet moves the needle
  • Moving iron: where an iron needle moves in response to an electromagnetic force from the coil
  • Electrodynamic: where an electrodynamic magnet responds to alternating and direct current movement
  • Hot wire: where current passes through a wire that expands when heated, indicating low or high ampere levels

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RS Stock No. 815-8321
Mfr. Part No.APM-AMP-ANO
BrandTrumeter
TWD3,979.00
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- AC, DC - 68mm 68mm 53mm 1 % -10°C +60°C - 0 → 5A - APM-AMP
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Mfr. Part No.D72MIS5A6/2-001 NO DIAL
BrandHOBUT
TWD729.00
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0/5/30A AC Moving Iron 72mm 72mm 38.5mm Class 1.5 -25°C +40°C - 0/5/30A - D72SD
RS Stock No. 312-808
Mfr. Part No.D72MIS5A/5-001
BrandHOBUT
TWD784.00
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FSD 0/5A Dual Scale 0/10A & 0/3A AC Moving Iron 72mm 72mm 38.5mm Class 1.5 -25°C +40°C - FSD 0/5A Dual Scale 0/10A & 0/3A - D72SD
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Mfr. Part No.APM-AMP-ANN
BrandTrumeter
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- AC, DC - 68mm 68mm 53mm 1 % -10°C +60°C - 0 → 5A - APM-AMP
RS Stock No. 815-8315
Mfr. Part No.APM-AMP-APN
BrandTrumeter
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- AC, DC - 68mm 68mm 53mm 1 % -10°C +60°C - 0 → 5A - APM-AMP
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Mfr. Part No.PAXLIT00
BrandRed Lion
TWD6,818.00
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- AC - 44.5mm 91.4mm 104.1mm ±0.5 % 0°C +60°C Canadian Requirements Under the Component, Canadian Safety Standards, CSA C22.2 No. 14-M95, CSA C22.2 No. 61010-1, EN 61010-1, File # E137808, File # E179259, IEC 529, IEC 61010-1, IECEE CB Scheme Test Report # 04ME11209-20041018, IP20 (Rear of Unit), IP6 - - PAXLI
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15A DC Moving Magnet 92mm 92mm 53mm Class 1.5 - +23°C - 15A - -
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- DC - 21.29mm 33.93mm 25.4mm ±0.15 % 0°C +60°C - - - -
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BrandLovato
TWD3,760.00
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- AC - - - 63.1mm ±0.5 % -20°C +60°C - - - -
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Mfr. Part No.DMK01
BrandLovato
TWD3,008.00
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- AC - 45mm 92mm 105mm - -20°C +60°C CSA C22.2 n° 14, CULus Certification, EAC Certification, IEC/EN 61000-6-2, IEC/EN 61000-6-3, IEC/EN 61010-1, UL508 0.05 → 5.75A - DMK
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- DC - 22.2mm 45mm 81mm - 0°C +50°C - - - -
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- AC Moving Iron 48mm 48mm 54 (<30 A) mm, 72 (30 → 60 A) mm 1 % -10°C +65°C - - - -
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Mfr. Part No.D96MIS60A/1-001
BrandHOBUT
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0/60A Direct Connected AC Moving Iron 96mm 96mm 38.5mm Class 1.5 -25°C +40°C - 0/60A Direct Connected - D96SD
RS Stock No. 186-2441
BrandRS PRO
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3 (Input)A AC Moving Iron 72mm 72mm 54 (<30 A)mm 1 % -10°C +65°C - 0 → 3 (Input)A 0 (Input)A -
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Mfr. Part No.EQB 48 MB: WDL.5/10A SCALA: 0-50/100A
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100A AC Moving Iron 45mm 45mm 53mm Class 1.5 - +23°C - - - -
RS Stock No. 186-2431
BrandRS PRO
TWD640.00
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- AC Moving Iron 48mm 48mm 54 (<30 A) mm, 72 (30 → 60 A) mm 1 % -10°C +65°C - - - -
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BrandHOBUT
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0/1A For Shunt 75mV DC Moving Coil 48mm 48mm 43mm Class 1.5 -25°C +40°C - 0/1A For Shunt 75mV - D48MC
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Mfr. Part No.D481MCS75MV/4-001 0/3A
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0/3A For Shunt 75mV DC Moving Coil 48mm 48mm 43mm Class 1.5 -25°C +40°C - 0/3A For Shunt 75mV - D48MC
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BrandRS PRO
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10 (Input)A AC Moving Iron 72mm 72mm 54 (<30 A)mm 1 % -10°C +65°C - 0 → 10 (Input)A 0 (Input)A -
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BrandRS PRO
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20 (Input)mA DC Moving Coil 72mm 72mm 54 (<4 A)mm 1 % -10°C +65°C - 4 → 20 (Input)mA 4 (Input)mA -