Clamp meters, also known as ammeters, are an essential tool for electrical contractors conducting services and repairs, installations and other forms of system maintenance.
Back in 1935, Hioki was started in Tokyo, Japan. The brand released its first electrical measuring instrument in 1946 and has been innovating ever since. Interestingly, Hioki has remained committed solely to creating the best electrical measurement tools in the business, keeping a sharp focus on reliability, accuracy and ease of use.
From small-scale household testing equipment to industrial measuring tools, Hioki is dedicated to maintaining safety in a world that’s increasingly reliant on electricity.
What is a clamp meter?
Modern clamp meters come in a variety of styles to suit different needs. The clamp meter combines the functions of a digital multimeter and a current sensor. In terms of saving time and increasing safety for electrical technicians, clamp meters are incredibly popular.
With a modern clamp meter, you can measure various aspects, including voltage, continuity and resistance, making it a versatile tool for all contractors. The hinged jaw also allows the user to take measurements from anywhere in an electrical circuit without cutting wires or even disconnecting a circuit.
Why are clamp meters favoured by electrical specialists?
Perhaps for the reason stated above, electricians and other electrical contractors prefer using clamp meters because they’re so easy to use. Traditionally, contractors needed to cut a wire and insert the meter’s test leads into the circuit in order to measure the current.
Aside from the safety aspect, clamp meters are just far more convenient. With no need to shut off circuits during the testing process, efficiency is drastically improved.
The various types of clamp meters
While there is a huge number of different clamp meters available, depending on your individual requirements, there are two main categories to consider.
AC clamp meters
The more basic clamp meters are designed for measuring alternating current (AC) only. This makes them useful for most general electrical applications, such as residential repairs, maintenance and installations.
AC/DC clamp meters
These more advanced clamp meters are able to measure both alternating current (AC) and direct current (DC). This makes them more popular when dealing with applications requiring battery storage.
Why choose Hioki?
Hioki is a respected, trusted name in the field of electrical measurement. With over 80 years of operation committed to innovative electrical testing gear, Hioki is a name you can count on. Perhaps most impressive is the huge range of clamp meters available from Hioki. In addition to the standard AC or AC/DC meters available, there are countless other products available, such as:
- AC leakage clamp meters
- Wireless clamp loggers
- Clamp on leak hitesters
- AC clamp power meters
- Plus many more
For reliability, accuracy and ease-of-use, you can’t go past Hioki.
Contact NWI Group for all Hioki equipment
When you want high-quality clamp meters, look no further than NWI Group. We’re proud to be the Australian distributor for Hioki, and we’re always happy to give you the right advice every time. We strongly believe in the quality of Hioki equipment, and we’re certain we can find the perfect tools for your needs. For more information, contact NWI Group today.