Post by ranchtooth on Dec 18, 2006 17:42:54 GMT -5
both the digital screen and the analog meter will show the same thing, just in some cases analog is more accurate, such as circumstances when the reading is fluctuating rapidly... the analog needle will show this movement while a digital meter will just jump around wildly.
As for the actual values they are showing, that is determined by the range you select. for instance, setting it to a 20 v range on the dc scale means the highest number you can read is 20 volts. select a 200 scale and the highest you can go is 200 volts, though trying to read a very low value on this setting will be less accurate than using a lower range. Thats why we have the choice of range selection.
I'm not trying to be rude or anything, but didn't this meter come with a manual? Every meter I've ever seen (even the $4 ones at Harbor Freight) comes with a manual that (usually) decently explains this stuff.
A quick search turned up the Mastech site, but alas, the M9704 is not listed as a current product, but they have several manuals for their other meters on their support page (and they do seem to be lacking in content). In my opinion the best meter manuals are made by Fluke. You can find a good example here. While it is not your meter, it's close enough and covers the most used functions of most digital meters.