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#32172 - 12/16/03 07:07 PM voltage sensors
ds247 Offline

Registered: 05/17/03
Posts: 18
Loc: California
I am in the hvac field and would like a recommendation for non-contact voltage sensor or wandmeter as I have heard it called (the kind that looks like a fat pen). I currently have one that I bought for about 12 dollars at Home Depot but it is unreliable. Can anyone suggest a brand and model that will work reliably, widely available and is reasonably priced? Thanks.

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#32173 - 12/16/03 07:13 PM Re: voltage sensors
Jim M Offline

Registered: 08/10/01
Posts: 453
Loc: Chestertown, MD, USA
I like the Fluke model. About $17 or so.

#32174 - 12/16/03 07:36 PM Re: voltage sensors
Electric Eagle Offline

Registered: 04/20/02
Posts: 928
Loc: Alpharetta, GA
I've got a greenlee that works pretty good. Several of my guys use one made by Ideal that I like a little better.

All of them will give you false positives from time to time and won't register a positive if the wire is wet or humidity is just right. After a while you learn when to trust it and when not to trust it. They come in handy, but if you're not carefull they'll get you hurt.

#32175 - 12/16/03 07:50 PM Re: voltage sensors
Sandro Offline

Registered: 12/30/01
Posts: 449
Loc: Stoney Creek, ON, Canada
I just picked up a GB version of the 'sniffer'. This one has a sensitivity adjustment which I have found useful. The other one (non adjustable) GB makes had far more false readings. Anybody else have good sucess with this unit?

#32176 - 12/17/03 05:47 AM Re: voltage sensors
Attic Rat Offline

Registered: 12/14/03
Posts: 530
Loc: Bergen Co.,N.J. USA
My guys have the "Fluke" pen model...I still have my "Greenlee" pen, but I don't put all my trust into it...if I'm leery, I drag out my "Etcon" solenoid-type tester...there've been quite a few times that I've gotten false readings, and then I recheck with the solenoid, and there's no voltage present....
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