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 ====== Calipers: Advantages and Disadvantages of the 3 types ====== ====== Calipers: Advantages and Disadvantages of the 3 types ======
  
-While many people generically refer to calipers as "​Vernier Calipers",​ there are actually 3 types of measuring caliper: vernier, dial and digital. The difference is primarily in the indicator, which brings both advantages and disadvantages.((Source information primarily obtained from: https://​www.practicalmachinist.com/​vb/​metrology/​calipers-advantages-disadvantages-3-types-290571/​))+While many people generically refer to calipers as "​Vernier Calipers",​ there are actually 3 types of measuring caliper: vernier, dialand digital. The difference is primarily in the indicator, which brings both advantages and disadvantages.((Source information primarily obtained from: https://​www.practicalmachinist.com/​vb/​metrology/​calipers-advantages-disadvantages-3-types-290571/​))
  
 [{{ :​articles:​vernier_caliper_w-description.jpeg?​direct&​800 |**Parts of a Vernier Caliper**}}] [{{ :​articles:​vernier_caliper_w-description.jpeg?​direct&​800 |**Parts of a Vernier Caliper**}}]
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   * Not as accurate as dial and digital   * Not as accurate as dial and digital
   * Reading a vernier isn't as easy as reading a dial or digital   * Reading a vernier isn't as easy as reading a dial or digital
-  * Normally ​only available in either inches ​or metric+  * Typically ​only available in either inches ​OR metric ​(not both on the same scale)
  
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 ===== Dial calipers ===== ===== Dial calipers =====
  
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 **Disadvantages:​** **Disadvantages:​**
-  * 300mm / 12" is usually the maximum length ​these are available ​in+  * 300mm / 12" is usually the maximum length available
   * Legs only available in "​standard"​ versions   * Legs only available in "​standard"​ versions
   * Sensitive to dust and grime   * Sensitive to dust and grime
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 **Advantages:​** **Advantages:​**
   * Available in many lengths   * Available in many lengths
-  * Available in many versions (e.g. leg length and form)+  * Available in many versions (e.g.length and form)
   * Most can display both metric and inches   * Most can display both metric and inches
   * More accurate than vernier or dial calipers   * More accurate than vernier or dial calipers
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 **Disadvantages:​** **Disadvantages:​**
-  * Battery life in cheaper types is usually ​limited +  * Battery life in "cheaper" ​types is often very limited 
-  * May not function in low light situations (Users report that a flashlight quickly remedies that problem) ​+  * Solar powered versions may not function in low light situations (Users report that a flashlight quickly remedies that problem) ​
   * Susceptible to environmental damage (e.g., liquids such as oils or coolants can cause them to malfunction)   * Susceptible to environmental damage (e.g., liquids such as oils or coolants can cause them to malfunction)
-  * If non-functioning (after replacing the battery) they can be almost ​impossible to repair+  * If non-functioning (after replacing the battery) they can be difficult or impossible to repair
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