How To Measure AC Voltage With A Multimeter

I published a number of posts about the voltage meter wiring and measuring voltage. The measure ac voltage is one of them and in this post, I am going to show you a complete method of measuring ac voltage with a multimeter. In this post, you will learn completely how to measure ac voltage with a multimeter. In one of the last posts I write about testing AC Voltage using a digital meter with images and a complete method and in this post, I am going to tech you about measuring ac (alternative current) voltage using analog multimeter step by step.

How To Measure AC Voltage With A Multimeter?

As you know that a diagram is very important for better understanding, I have also shown below how to measure ac voltage with a multimeter with practical examples, however, to understand clearly I design a diagram which works better for you. In the below-measured ac voltage with multimeter diagram, I showed a analog multimeter which I set on test ac voltage 250 volts and I connect the leads to the electrical outlet.

how to measure voltage with a multimeter

Now Let’s Do it practically step by step.

The measurement of ac voltage process is too simple, first of all, inserting the multimeter leads to the negative and positive terminals. (black led to negative – and red led to positive +) as I have shown in the below image.

Measure AC Voltage

Now by using the multimeter knob select the AC voltage. If you want to test voltage above form 250 volts then set the knob to 500 volts. However, in a multimeter, we have different options for AC measuring voltage, like 20 volts, 50, 250, 500 and 1000 volts. I select the knob on 250 volts because I tested voltage between phase and neutral and if someone wants to test voltage between the 2 lines or two hot wire then the 500 volts option work for that measurement.
Now come to the next step… Set the knob on AC to 250 volts as I have shown in the below image.

testing ac voltage with multi meter


After that inter the multi-meter leads testing points to the outlet or connects to the point where the voltage is available as I have shown in the below image.

measurement of ac voltage
testing of ac voltage in outlet

Now let’s see the reading,  the multimeter shows the incoming voltage is 230 volts. This is too simple to measure ac voltage with a multimeter. I have shown the reading of the multi-meter in the below image.

reading of multi meter during ac voltage measurement


Measure AC voltage Using a Digital Multimeter

I already published a post about testing Alternative current voltage using a digital multimeter and you can find out by using the below links but the best option is to read all the below link posts to understand it completely.

How to test AC voltage using a Digital multimeter (Complete Guide)
What are a multimeter and its uses
How to wire an outlet?
How do connect a voltmeter in-home wiring?

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I hope you understood it completely and now if you have any questions in your mind regarding measuring ac voltage using a multimeter then you can ask me by using the below comments section.

6 thoughts on “How To Measure AC Voltage With A Multimeter

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  • August 23, 2016 at 6:35 am

    Voltage measurement is easy and simple….Current measurement requires basic knowledge and simple thinking.

  • August 29, 2016 at 5:34 pm

    i agree with you but many new student do'not know about voltage testing and one thing more if you want to learn about the current measurement then you can find tutorials about current / ampere measurement on this website.

  • September 26, 2016 at 2:47 pm

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