Series resistance for a voltmeter

Calculating the series resistance to extend the measuring range of an analog voltmeter

Voltmeter measuring range extension

This function calculates a series resistor to extend the measuring range of an analog voltmeter. In principle, the calculation can also be used for any other component, whose supply voltage is to be reduced.

Voltmeter series resistor

The voltmeter voltage and the total voltage must be known for the calculation. In addition, the current or resistance of the voltmeter must be specified. The input of the internal resistance of the voltmeter is preset; it can be switched to the current with the pull-down menu.

Voltmeter series resistor calculator

Total voltage
Voltmeter voltage
Decimal places
Series resistor
Power of the Rv

Formulas for series resistance

Formula for calculating the series resistance using the voltmeter current

\(\displaystyle R_v=\frac{U_{ges}-U_m}{I_m}\)

Calculation of the series resistance via the voltmeter resistance

\(\displaystyle R_v=\left(\frac{U_{ges}}{U_m}-1\right)*R_m\)


\(\displaystyle U_{ges} \)

Total voltage / input voltage

\(\displaystyle U_{m} \)

Voltage on voltmeter

\(\displaystyle R_{m} \)

Resistance of the voltmeter

\(\displaystyle I_{m} \)

Current in voltmeter

\(\displaystyle R_{v} \)

Resistance of the series resistor

\(\displaystyle P_{v} \)

Power of the series resistor

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