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To do this safely, you'll need a "clamp-on type ammeter" or "amprobe" . They look like this:
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The nice thing about "clamp on type ammeters" is that they do not require physical connection to or disconnecting of any wire(s). Instead, simply set the scale for the most current you expect to see, clamp around ONE wire and adjust the scale as needed & read the meter for the most accurate reading.

There are available in various sizes and by other manufacturers - that offer a wide range of prices. Amprobe is the name of a particular company that invented this years ago - and makes this one - and other electrical test equipment. A search for images of "Amprobe" returns these.

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