What Causes Voltage Drop and How to Deal With It
Voltage drop is one of those topics we often mention but seldom think about in-depth. From a very basic standpoint, we need to know whether or not the rated voltage is being delivered to the device or appliance while under full load, which is as simple as running the equipment and measuring the voltage at […]Read more
Does the Voltage or the Amperage Kill You?
I hear the following phrase a lot: It's the amperage that kills you, not the voltage. While there is truth to the statement, it is sort of like saying, “It's the size of the vehicle, not the speed that kills you when it hits you.” OK, so that's a pretty bad example, but hopefully, it […]Read more
High Capacity Amperage Measurement
We had a situation a few months back where we needed to monitor amperage on a grocery store panel over a period of time. The trouble was that we needed data-logging capability AND accurate measurement at 600+ amps. Finding an all-in-one solution proved to be quite expensive. Luckily, my friend Jim Bergmann happens to own […]Read more
Testing Run Capacitors the Smart (and Easy) Way
When testing a run capacitor, many techs pull the leads off and use the capacitance setting on their meter to test the capacitor. On a system that is not running, there isn't anything wrong with this test. However, when you are CONSTANTLY checking capacitors as a matter of regular testing and maintenance, that extra step […]Read more