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multimeter rather than test lamp? 11 Jun 2022 14:59 #868645

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can i use multimeter rather than test lamp? installing dyna s and 3 ohm coils 
is this possible? if so how

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multimeter rather than test lamp? 11 Jun 2022 15:39 #868646

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Not too sure what is it for, but multimeter is always better than test lamp or probe. Test lamp or probe only tells you if it has current flowing. Multimeter will do much more. And if it's possible, try to get one with continuity tester. If you have one, it open up a whole different world. You can test something simple as switch without any current running through it. Cheaper one usually don't have the continuity tester, but even without it, it will be your best friend when troubleshooting your electrical system.

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multimeter rather than test lamp? 11 Jun 2022 16:07 #868647

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Not too sure what is it for, but multimeter is always better than test lamp or probe. Test lamp or probe only tells you if it has current flowing. Multimeter will do much more. And if it's possible, try to get one with continuity tester. If you have one, it open up a whole different world. You can test something simple as switch without any current running through it. Cheaper one usually don't have the continuity tester, but even without it, it will be your best friend when troubleshooting your electrical system.

Just my opinion.

I agree that a multimeter is far superior for fault finding, however wherever possible you should test with the circuit Live and current flowing through it (the rational behind this is in my "fault finding guide" in the FAQ section) testing a dead circuit will send you down a rabbit hole more often than not 
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multimeter rather than test lamp? 11 Jun 2022 18:30 #868653

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 I think it is dependent on what you are attempting to find.
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multimeter rather than test lamp? 12 Jun 2022 01:15 #868659

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 I think it is dependent on what you are attempting to find.

In what way ?
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multimeter rather than test lamp? 12 Jun 2022 04:09 #868662

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You should be able to use a multimeter instead of a test light.  Just set your meter for voltage and put the leads in the positions indicated in the instructions provided with the Dyna ignition.

But if you want to make a test light you can make a simple one by using the core from an old signal light.  That's what I use.
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multimeter rather than test lamp? 12 Jun 2022 19:15 #868693

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I didn't know life was possible without a multimeter.
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multimeter rather than test lamp? 13 Jun 2022 01:02 #868702

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I didn't know life was possible without a multimeter.

I am with you 
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multimeter rather than test lamp? 13 Jun 2022 05:10 #868710

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   A test lamp is a binary device.  YES/NO.  That's it's full spectrum of capabilities. It has it's place for quick & dirty checks, but a meter is like a complete virtual (electrical) tool set in one's hand.

    To build on Wookie58's excellent advice above, the continuity tester built in to some meters is a simple sounder that produces an audible tone when testing for continuity or voltage.  An audible tone can be very convenient when probing a circuit, as one doesn't have to watch the readout for information, just listen for the tone.

   Don't cheap out on a meter.  Very good meters can be had for <$50.00.  Also, we'd Suggest Eveready Energizer lithium primary cells for it, as alkaleak (alkaline) cells will happily puke their corrosive guts into a meter without regard to it's value, and lithium cells are extremely unlikely to leak.

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multimeter rather than test lamp? 13 Jun 2022 11:36 #868717

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sorry my question was a little blandish, i do have a decent multimeter. i want to use multimeter to set dyna s modules to total timing, not sure how with multimeter. i know better than to assume. blue and black wires are 1/4 and yellow and red are 2/3. back probe each set to check when it fires?   
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multimeter rather than test lamp? 13 Jun 2022 11:58 #868721

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sorry my question was a little blandish, i do have a decent multimeter. i want to use multimeter to set dyna s modules to total timing, not sure how with multimeter. i know better than to assume. blue and black wires are 1/4 and yellow and red are 2/3. back probe each set to check when it fires?   

If you connect the red lead from the meter to battery positive and the black lead to the switched side of the coil, at the point that it triggers it will pulse an earth to the coil and you will get a voltage reading on your meter
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multimeter rather than test lamp? 13 Jun 2022 12:20 #868725

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thank you wookie and all 
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