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This may be the dumbest post ever but I've just bought this Fluke T5-1000 and I have absolutely no idea how to use the openJaw thingy. Is that thing a wind up!

I get how to use it with the probes.

For instance should'nt I be able to measure amps being used on an appliance by putting its cable through the Jaws....or am I completely off track.

HELP!
 
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GaryM

Yes. The normal way to measure current is to put the line conductor (or neutral) through the jaws only, not a flex containing line, neutral and cpc for example.
 

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same as with a normal clamp meter, but no jaws to open. 1 conductor only at a time. ( remember to set amps on the dial.)
 
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no attempting to measure amps in parrallel either with the prods....
 

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well, i can't get my thingy in the jaws, but i prefer to use it on cables anyway.
 

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well, i can't get my thingy in the jaws, but i prefer to use it on cables anyway.
I can get mine in the jaws but there's a bit of a loose fit, will this effect any readings I get?
 
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Swicade

If it goes into Vibrator mode while you've got your thingy in the jaws....then it's time to dock it in for a new model...
 
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Can you use the T5-1000 to measure AC current using the probes and not the openjaw or do you always have to use the openjaw?
 

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always just use the jaws like a clamp meter. 1 core only between the jaws.
 

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