Amp Meter vs. Shunt Meter

The Amp Meter is a general purpose current meter designed to measure AC & DC currents directly. 

The Shunt Meter is designed to measure DC currents using an external Shunt and offers improved accuracy over the Amp meter. 

  Amp Meter Shunt Meter
Measures AC & DC currents directly up to 5A on circuits carrying less than 42V AC/DC DC currents with external Shunt
Use with Shunt? No Yes
Use with current transformer No - use the CT meter  No - use the CT meter 
Accuracy 1%  0.5%  
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