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#14638 - 09/26/02 12:55 PM Solenoid Voltage Testers
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I need a good voltage tester. What do you get when you pay more? These testers range from about $20 all the way up to $80. Can someone steer me in the right direction? Money is not too much of an object because I don't mind paying more if it's for a good reason. Also, is anyone familiar with the tester made by company called Knopp? Thanks.

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#14639 - 09/26/02 03:16 PM Re: Solenoid Voltage Testers
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We use either the Ideal "solenoid" type tester w/continuity; or the "wiggy", dependent on what's at the counter when the need arises. (They have a habit of vanishing occasionally.
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#14640 - 09/26/02 05:50 PM Re: Solenoid Voltage Testers
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The Knopp testers is what I have always preferred and used. The only disadvantage that I have heard is that to replace the leads you have to solder the connections instead of just plugging them in like some testers.
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#14641 - 09/27/02 06:00 AM Re: Solenoid Voltage Testers
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Registered: 03/25/01
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Loc: Laporte, MN, USA
I like the simple Ideal brand, or the old "Wiggy" with just the voltage option. In addition to the solenoid tester, you're going to need a good multi-meter anyway, so the continuity option isn't real important. Matt

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#14642 - 09/29/02 11:02 PM Re: Solenoid Voltage Testers
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Hi, ever heard of a Duspol tester?
These are made in Germany and are sworn by over here in NZ, have been for years.
There are various models available(Check out
benning.com), but the one that I use, is the
Type N, tests from 100-650VAC-DC, very robust, no parts to break, and is virtually fool-proof.
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#14643 - 09/29/02 11:08 PM Re: Solenoid Voltage Testers
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Registered: 05/25/02
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I personally would choose a digital meter. I have had great success with the Greenlee brand. More accurate, and versitile. Why carry more than one tester if you don't need it. I have a Greelee with a removable amprobe type head. Good for 200 amps. Has AC,DC,resistance, and audible continuity. Was 100 Canadian.

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#14644 - 09/30/02 01:58 AM Re: Solenoid Voltage Testers
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Registered: 03/18/01
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Trumpys on the mark here! i dont know a sparky here with out a set heck i got the N and S type. http://www.benning.fr/Anglais/pruef1.htm

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#14645 - 09/30/02 09:50 AM Re: Solenoid Voltage Testers
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Registered: 03/25/01
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Is the Duspol a high impedance tester? It looks like a good unit, but if it is a high impedance tester, I'd still have a Wiggy or other brand of solenoid tester in my arsenol of tools.

If you're testing solid state relays, triacs, PLC outputs, loose or coroded connections, etc., a digital meter or other type of high impedance tester will give you false readings. Matt

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#14646 - 10/04/02 09:49 PM Re: Solenoid Voltage Testers
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Matt,
The Duspol is a tester all in itself,
it uses a neon on one side of the "cord",
this tells you that you have voltage at where you are testing, you are also told
wether or not you are working with AC or DC,with the same neon.

On the other side of the tester, you are given a solenoid, this shows the size of the voltage you are working with, this is very handy as the Duspol in itself draws
240mA, which gets rid of ghost voltages on
highly inductive circuits, the solenoid will
not trigger unless there is an actual voltage there, over 100V.
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#14647 - 10/05/02 03:35 PM Re: Solenoid Voltage Testers
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Registered: 02/01/01
Posts: 90
I have used Knopp testers since day one. Never failed me.

Around $35.00

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