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#174575 - 02/08/08 12:07 PM Meter leads  
gfretwell  Offline

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Who makes good meter leads?
I have a bag of them and I hate them all. The ones with slip on (banana plug) accessories always seem to come unplugged when you least want it to happen and most of the ones with fixed alligator clips seem to be meant for low voltage with mediocre insulation. I used to have a set with fixed (point) probes and screw on alligator clips that fit over the probe but they are in the wind.

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#174576 - 02/08/08 12:29 PM Re: Meter leads [Re: gfretwell]  
Elviscat  Offline
Joined: Aug 2005
Posts: 214
Seattle Washington USA
here's Fluke's massive selection of replacement leads

for the record I have a T5-1000, I was a little bit worried about it having permanently attached leads, with the probes being bannana-plugs, but I've had it for a little over a year now, and they're still gripping strong

edit: here's a supplier:

Last edited by Elviscat; 02/08/08 12:33 PM.

#174579 - 02/08/08 12:55 PM Re: Meter leads [Re: Elviscat]  
gfretwell  Offline

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I have several sets of various Fluke leads and they all have the push on (AKA pop off) tips. The retracting spring loaded safety shield just makes that problem worse since it tends to shoot the clip across the room. I usually tape them on
I am not sure if OSHA made a rule or what but I can't seem to find the point probe with the screw on alligator clip.

Greg Fretwell

#174606 - 02/08/08 11:00 PM Re: Meter leads [Re: gfretwell]  
KJay  Offline
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Stanley Supply Services, formerly Jensen,crazy then formerly Contact East,crazy crazy has a set of “Softie” flexible probe test leads with screw on alligator clips and a couple of other attachments for $24.90. They are item # 416-290 on page 116 of their 2007 catalog. I don’t know who makes them and can’t vouch for the quality, but they may work for you. Pomona or Mueller may have something similar as well.

For years I have just use the small Fluke AC72 push on alligator clips with the standard TL75 test leads that came with my Fluke 33, 36 and 337 and 87 meters. The clips are rated for 600V and I rarely have trouble with them popping off, but yes, it has happened. Since I generally use a clamp meter though, I use the current clamp as a hook to hang the meter so there’s normally very little strain on the alligator clips and test leads anyway. The clips fit nicely in the bottom of the case when not being used.

#174612 - 02/09/08 01:15 AM Re: Meter leads [Re: KJay]  
gfretwell  Offline

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Thanks Jay, that is exactly the set I was talking about. I probably got them from Jensen. That is where I used to buy a lot of tools. I carried a JTK-6 (tool kit) for 20 years. I still have one in my car.

Greg Fretwell

#174614 - 02/09/08 11:53 AM Re: Meter leads [Re: gfretwell]  
NJwirenut  Offline
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Bergen County, NJ
I like the TL20 test lead set from Fluke for "electrical" type work. Ruggedly built, with heavy insulated probes and clips.

For working on PC boards and other small electronic stuff, Pomona Electronics has a good range of options:

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