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I've eliminated the amp meter (heretofore called ammeter) :) from my engine panel. Which now makes the alternator output cable only about 3ft, and the starter cable about 5ft. I'll eventually put a voltmeter where the ammeter used to be. http://www.sailnet.com/forums/electrical-systems/134754-being-anl.html

Back to ammeters. I understand the need for the heavy cable to get the amp reading, and it's not good especially on old boats.

I was reading about "shunts" for meters like those from blue sea. A shunt is a resistor basically. what are pros and cons about shunts?

I was reading here http://www.allaboutcircuits.com/worksheets/meters2.html It's all beyond me though :)

I've used handheld clamp type ammeters for many years.

Are there ammeters that work on that type sensing that can be panel mounted?

Yes I know I can "live" without an ammeter on the boat :)
 
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