ECN Electrical Forum - Discussion Forums for Electricians, Inspectors and Related Professionals

Topic Options
Rate This Topic
#179092 - 06/25/08 06:14 PM Ideal plug in tester
HCE727 Offline
Member
Registered: 11/11/05
Posts: 186
Loc: Delaware County, PA, USA
I have an Ideal plug in gfi/afci tester, I tried to trip a Square D QO arc-fault breaker with it and nothing happened. I tripped the breaker by jumping out the neutral and ground, and it also tripped with the test button on the breaker. Today I tried the tester on a Seimens breaker and it worked. Any ideas?
_________________________
Hank
Top
Work Gear for Electricians and the Trades
#179093 - 06/25/08 06:46 PM Re: Ideal plug in tester [Re: HCE727]
Jim M Offline
Member
Registered: 08/10/01
Posts: 457
Loc: Chestertown, MD, USA
The only recognized method to test a AFCI breaker is with the built-in test button.
Top
#179095 - 06/25/08 07:38 PM Re: Ideal plug in tester [Re: Jim M]
twh Offline
Member
Registered: 03/11/04
Posts: 901
Loc: Regina, Sask.
Maybe the Seimens breaker provides class A protection (5ma) and the Square D breaker provides class B (20-40ma).
Top
#179151 - 06/27/08 10:54 PM Re: Ideal plug in tester [Re: twh]
KJay Offline
Member
Registered: 11/27/07
Posts: 763
Loc: MA, USA
The Ideal 61-059 & 61-165 AFCI circuit testers have a known issue being that they won’t trip several brands of the new combination AFCI circuit breakers.
Starting this week though, Ideal has released an updated firmware for these testers. If you send your existing AFCI tester to them they will update it for free.
Here is the link from the Ideal website.
http://www.idealindustries.com/media/pdfs/support/notices/afci_breaker_tester_notice.pdf
Top

Member Spotlight
Member Since: 11/17/00
Posts: 2232
New in the Gallery:
SE cable question
Featured:

2017 NEC and Related
2017 NEC
Now Available!

Shout Box


Who's Online
0 registered (), 74 Guests and 10 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
 
New in the Gallery:
SE cable question
 
Top Posters (30 Days)
Admin 49
HotLine1 43
gfretwell 18
Ruben Rocha 12
Trumpy 9
 
Newest Members
Freecrowder, clee512, Jdscott2005, FAIZAN, Regitest2

ECN Electrical Forums - sponsored by Electrical Contractor Network - Electrical and Code Related Discussion for Electrical Contractors, Electricians, Inspectors, Instructors, Engineers and other related Professionals