A dial meter has a row of dials. The arrows on each dial turn to point to a number between 0 and 9.

You can ignore the red dial. You only need to read the five dials – start with the one marked ‘10,000’, and move down to the one marked '1'.


To read your meter:

  • Read along the five dials from left to right, writing down the numbers.
  • If the pointer on any of the dials is between two numbers, write down the lower number. If it’s between 9 and 0, write 9.
  • If the pointer is exactly on a number, write down the next lowest number. Then check the next dial to the right. If the pointer on that dial is between 9 and 0, reduce the number you’ve written down by 1.


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