Unplug the device from the outlet. Cut the hot wire for the device with wire cutters. This is the wire with the smaller prong on the plug.
Strip 3/8 inches of insulation off the end of both cut wires. Wrap the wire going to the plug around the red probe's tip of the multimeter. Wrap the wire going to the device around the black probe's tip. Wrap the connections in electrical tape so they cannot contact each other.
Set the meter's dial to the current (A) setting. Plug the device into the wall outlet and turn on the device.
Read the amp draw for the specific device on the meter's display.
Things You Will Need
- Electrical device
- Wire cutters
- Wire strippers
- Electrical tape
- Do not insert the probes from the multimeter directly into the outlet. You cannot read amps in this manner.