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Start from the lowest setting on the strobe, and then work your way up till you find the highest setting that freezes the rotating item. This will hold for a single blade. Lower strobe settings (lower rpms) may also look correct, but you're actually catching the item at half the true rpm. The item will appear to be stopping after 1 revolution, but you're watching it after 2 revolutions every time the strobe flashes. With a two bladed propeller, you run into a similar problem, except that running the strobe twice as fast can give misleading results. It is helpful to make an identifying mark on one blade that can be easily seen when the strobe is running. Then find the highest rpm where that marking stays in the same spot. This will assure you that you aren't counting half rpm, and that you aren't counting twice rpm by watching the other blade move to the same spot.

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Q: When using a strobe light to determine the RPM of a rotating item and you read 1000 and 2000 how do you know which is correct?
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