How to Measure Capacitance using a Digital Multimeter

Measuring capacitance using a digital multimeter is a fundamental skill for electronics enthusiasts. In this article, we'll explore the process of measuring capacitance, discuss additional considerations, and provide a link to explore a variety of digital multimeters.

What is Capacitance?

Capacitance is the ability of a capacitor to store electrical energy in an electric field.

How to Measure Capacitance?

To measure capacitance using a digital multimeter, follow these general steps:

  1. Set the multimeter to the capacitance measurement mode (usually denoted by a capacitor symbol).
  2. Ensure the capacitor is discharged.
  3. Connect the multimeter leads to the capacitor terminals.
  4. Read the capacitance value displayed on the multimeter.

Additional Information

  • For polarized capacitors, it's essential to observe the correct polarity during measurement. Improper polarity connection may result in inaccurate readings or damage to the capacitor.
  • The capacitance 'C' is mathematically defined as the ratio of the amount of charge 'q' on either conductor to the potential difference 'V' between the conductors, expressed as 'C = q/V'.
  • The unit of electrical capacitance is the farad ('F'), named after the English physicist and chemist Michael Faraday.
  • Capacitor values may be expressed in different units, including 'µF' (microfarad), 'nF' (nanofarad), 'pF' (picofarad), and 'mF' (millifarad). Conversions between these units might be necessary, such as 'nF' to 'µF', 'nF' to 'pF', 'µF' to 'mF', and vice versa.

Explore Digital Multimeters

If you're looking for a digital multimeter for your electronics toolkit, check out the Get Digital Multimeter link. It provides access to a range of digital multimeters to suit your measuring needs.


Measuring capacitance with a digital multimeter is a valuable skill, and having the right tools is crucial for accurate measurements in electronic projects.