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# What happen if we put a magnet near digital energy meter?

In the "olden" days when there were only moving disk meters, I heard that people drilled small holes into the Bakelite cases and tried to get spiders to make a web inside the meter and slow the meter down. It probably wasn't true, but there have always been people trying to get something for nothing.
I also heard that some people were using a welder and found that their moving disk meter went backwards, but it depended where they positioned the welder, and how strong the welding current was.

Back to electronic meters, if there are transformers inside the electronic meter, placement of a magnet as close to this transformer as possible could cause over fluxing every half a cycle, this could cause a diode like affect in the meter electronics, and if the electronics are designed to eliminate harmonics for calculating energy usage, then the magnet has let this person pay less for electricity, i.e. steal electricity.

Of course the meter may also have a detection circuit for high harmonics and send a message back to the utility to say the harmonic level is too high and a serviceman may then discover this magnet.
I do know that some electronic meter IC manufacturers have added a bump circuit into their ICs so I am sure they have thought about this sort of trickery too.

I like everyone paying full dollar for their electricity, otherwise most of us are carrying the small number of people doing these sorts of things.

"Meters should offer compliance to requirements of CBIP-304 and its amendments for tampering using external magnets. The meter should be immune to tamper using external magnets. The meters should be immune to 0.2T of A.C. magnetic fields and 0.5 T of D.C. magnetic fields, beyond which it should record as tamper if not immune."
The above statement is a requirement during the manufacturing of digital energy meter. Hence we shall assume that digital meters are tamper proof using Magnets.
Can you still use the magnet if they have installed the bump circuit?
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