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Is it possible to measure the static electricity in a room using a VOM or some other digital meter? I have a lot of static electricity building up in a carpeted room, and would rather not spend the money buying a meter to measure this.

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  • $\begingroup$ This link amasci.com/emotor/voltmeas.html#volt5 tells you how to build a crude e-field sensor. Static electricity is voltage without there necessarily being current present. Several other detection methods are explained, also. $\endgroup$ – Ernie Feb 19 '16 at 14:30
  • $\begingroup$ What are you hoping to learn from your measurement? $\endgroup$ – Solomon Slow Aug 15 '17 at 16:21
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Yes, you can build your own electrometer.

Take a look at this project: http://www.instructables.com/id/Arduino-ElectrometerCapacitive-Object-Sensor/

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In general, no. The input impedance of most cheap meters is too low. So, you either need a specialist meter for numbers, or a cheap and easy way to detect the static field and give you an approximate idea. This circuit, for example

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