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How to accurately measure milliohms ???

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First time post - here we go...

I need a simply method to measure milliohms (from 1 to 500). Where most should be around .0045 ohms nominal

I have a DMM which can measure from 2.5V down to 1mv but resolution of ohms is only good to tenth.

The fact is I do not need to know the exact number rather, I need to do a comparison of good and bad. This is to check ground continuity.

The first item that comes to mind is a wheatstone bridge, a small accurate power supply and some good leads. These are available. Can someone give me some pointers on how to complete the rest of the project?

73sport (easy to remember)


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Milli Ohm measuring is usually done by passing a known current through the part and measuring the voltage drop across it. It has to be a reasonable size current to result in a measurable milli or micro voltage drop at very low resistances. It is a 4 wire device, 2 for the current and 2 for sensing.
They sell a milli ohm kit at the local electronic store which connects to one's digital meter, maybe you can find something like that. It would be simpler than building one from scratch.


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Use the V-A method. Adjust the supply current limiter to 500mA, connect the resistor to output, and measure the voltage. R=U/I
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