D-I-Y(The Bad Way): How to Hack your Electric Meter


(WARNING!!!! Doing the electric meter “hacking” methods stated herein is PUNISHABLE under existing laws.)

Tampering the electric meter is not new or at least in our lifetime we heard it once. There are many ways to hack or tamper our meter in order to get a cut on our electricity bill. But most if not all forms of tampering the electrical meter are considered illegal. Thus, tampering our electric meter is punishable under RA 7832 (RA 7832 Anti-Electricity Pilferage Act of 1994) which provides for both fine and imprisonment up to 20 years.

The various ways of electricity theft ranges from actual tampering of the electric meter to using devices that electronically or electrically slows down or even stops the meter. The following “hacking” methods are the most commonly-known but prohibited under Philippine Law.

USING A MAGNET
The electric meter is an electro-mechanical induction device. It uses electricity (consumes about 2 watts to operate itself), moving parts (like the aluminum dial), and an electromagnetic (induction) motor. The electric meter uses eddy current to regulate the rotation of the dial in accordance with the actual consumption of electricity.

Hence the meter uses electromagnetism (induction) it is also possible to interfere its movement by using magnets. The magnets of considerable sizes should be placed directly at the sides of the meter. Here’s a video clip on how to use a magnet to hack an electric meter.

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