Can You Discharge a Capacitor Using a Volt Meter?

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I got a lot of comments that many of you discharge run capacitors with a volt meter. I test this method vs. the capacitor discharge tool I created.

Obviously many of you use needle nose pliers or a screwdriver. While this is widely practiced it could result in an arc, shock and/or damage to the capacitor.

Others have also mentioned that some meters have a Low-Z mode which is used for low impedance voltage measurement. This mode would discharge the capacitor more quickly than the volt meter shown.

Click the video to see the result.


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