Voltmeter registers on my skin


by SharkyMan
Tags: electricity meter, emfs, human & electricity
SharkyMan
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Oct20-12, 09:48 PM
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Can anyone out there tell me why a voltmeter would strongly register when I touch it to my arm, and yet I am in no contact with any electrical current? This seems outrageous to me. It is a commercially available pen tester bought at Home Depot and set on the highest setting.
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JonDE
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Oct21-12, 12:57 AM
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I'm not really sure what you are talking about, you should be getting almost no volts or amps if u are touching it to your arm. Maybe you have it set on ohms? I imagine that would get a pretty strong reading, especially if you held on lead in one hand and one lead in the other.
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Oct21-12, 05:59 AM
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I am touching nothing, the voltmeter is set for household use, and the other hand is free. Any ideas?

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Oct21-12, 06:00 AM
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Voltmeter registers on my skin


it is not set to ohms, it is really nuts.
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Oct21-12, 06:01 AM
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if you are in So Cal, I would be glad to meet up with you and demonstrate this nutty phenom.
digfarenough
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Oct21-12, 11:44 PM
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Voltage is measured between two points. One point is touching your arm, but what is the other point?

Or they do make non-contact voltmeters that, if I understand correctly, treat the surface you're measuring as one plate in a capacitor and the meter probe as the other plate and measure the charge across the plates. In that case, your arm might simply have a charge on it that the meter is measuring. I don't really know the details of these devices, but your pen might've come with a manual that tells you how it works.
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Oct22-12, 03:58 AM
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I agree, I am supposed to touch a conductive plate around the electrical device, but i don't have to do that, all I am doing is standing (I've tried this in many rooms and outdoors) and if I make contact with any part of my skin on my arm or face the volt alarm sounds at its highest sound.
zoobyshoe
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Oct24-12, 03:18 AM
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Can you link to an Ad for the meter?


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