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A Professional Precision Current Adapter for Multimeters



Here is something you probably didn't know:

NO digital multimeter is accurate at measuring DC or AC current in low voltage circuits.
The closer to full scale you get and the lower your circuit supply voltage gets, the more inaccurate your current measurement gets.

, that includes your expensive "precision" 0.05% Fluke!

How is this possible? - It's called Burden Voltage.

Many people are aware of Burden Voltage, but few people are aware of how bad this effect can be in practical circuit current measurements with a multimeter.

Don't believe it?, take this simple test with your multimeter:

Is your 1.2V circuit going to work at 0.86V?, or your 3.3V circuit at 2.96V?, or even your 5V circuit at 4.66V?
That's what a Fluke 87V meter will do to your measurement!, and that's a GOOD meter.
Even if your circuit "works", what will that change in voltage do to your current consumption?

Try the same again with a Fluke 77-III or 79-III, you will be SHOCKED at the result!

"Ah, but I can just switch to the 2A or 10A range and the problem is GONE!"
Sorry! - you've just LOST one or two digits of resolution!, AND your meters 10A range is much less accurate than the 200mA range.

Does that come as a surprise? That's ok, you aren't alone, most people are not fully aware of this severe limitation of their multimeter.

The uCurrent is the only commercially available solution to this problem:

As published in the April 2009 issue of Silicon Chip Magazine.


  • 3 Current ranges:

    • +/- 0-300mA (70µV / mA burden voltage typical)

    • +/- 0-1000µA (10µV / uA burden voltage)

    • +/- 0-1000nA (10µV / nA burden voltage)

  • Output Voltage Units:

    • 1mV/mA

    • 1mV/µA

    • 1mV/nA

  • Resolution (nA range): 100pA (3.5digit meter), 10pA (4.5 digit meter)

  • Accuracy (typical): <0.2% on µA and nA ranges, <0.5% on mA range.

  • Output Offset Voltage: Negligible on 4.5 digit meter

  • Bandwidth: 2KHz nominal (+/-0.1dB)

  • Temperature Drift: Insignificant over normal ambient range

  • Noise: < -90dBV

  • THD: < -60dB

  • Battery: CR2032 Lithium coin cell

  • Battery Life: >200 hours (LED OFF), >50 hours (LED ON)




PLEASE NOTE: Due to need to keep the burden voltage low, overload protection is NOT INCLUDED in the design. That means NO FUSES. Care is required in using the unit to prevent overloads.



View the bottom side PCB assembly

View the bottom side Component Overlay (the one in the SC article is hard to read!)



Here I am talking about the µCurrent in my EEVblog

Buy a fully built and tested uCurrent:

Fully built and tested units only are available, the kits have sold out and will not be offered again. The uCurrent does not come with any instructions, instructions and notes are in the Silicon Chip article if you require them.

Prices include postage by regular airmail.

The fully built units are supplied with battery ready to go, but no test leads are supplied.
All parts are prime spec, sourced from the original manufacturers. The box is manufactured in Australia, and the PCB is also assembled in Australia.

NOTE: This is my OLD website. The latest website is here:


You can buy the uCurrent at Adafruit
Or my EEVblog Shop for Australian customers ONLY.


Questions?/Comments? EMAIL:  david AT alternatezone DOT com

since 17th Feb 2009