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Ideal AFCI tester upgrade #198579
01/28/11 03:23 AM
01/28/11 03:23 AM
gfretwell  Offline
Joined: Jul 2004
Posts: 9,185
Ideal has an upgrade to their old AFCI testers to make them trip more brands of breakers.
It isn't free

Greg Fretwell
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Re: Ideal AFCI tester upgrade [Re: gfretwell] #198628
01/29/11 10:53 PM
01/29/11 10:53 PM
leland  Offline
Joined: Aug 2007
Posts: 853
Lowell area, Ma. USA
What happened to the manufacturer recommended test feature?

The button on the device.

Will there be documentation that this is an 'Approved method'?

Why should the AHJ jurisdictions,in these tough economic times,buy something that is not needed?

Re: Ideal AFCI tester upgrade [Re: leland] #198633
01/30/11 07:40 AM
01/30/11 07:40 AM
ramsy  Offline
Joined: Jan 2007
Posts: 36
LA basin, CA
Originally Posted by leland
Why should the AHJ jurisdictions,in these tough economic times,buy something that is not needed?

The notice helps identify obsolete & recalled devices that are unloaded on unsuspecting eBay & other buyers.

Roger Ramjet
Re: Ideal AFCI tester upgrade [Re: gfretwell] #198700
02/01/11 01:58 PM
02/01/11 01:58 PM
renosteinke  Offline
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Joined: Jan 2005
Posts: 5,316
Blue Collar Country
"The only approved test method ..." Boy, has that line opened a pandora's box.

I've seen it regularly used at another forum in reference to GFCI's ... which is simply wrong. GFCI testers ARE approved means for testing GFCI's, at least according to UL.

As regards AFCI's, one of my objections has been the 'proprietary' nature of the devices. For all I know, the test button is simply an on/off switch! Hello, counterfeits! If the car companies can provide the accessory market with detailed specifications that allow the consumer to get perfectly fitting floormats and car covers, there's no reason the AFCI makers cannot also provide information to tester makers.

I welcome Ideal's efforts in this matter. I also welcome the way this discussion has reminded us that every test method has limitations.

Re: Ideal AFCI tester upgrade [Re: renosteinke] #198920
02/07/11 10:10 PM
02/07/11 10:10 PM
KJay  Offline
Joined: Nov 2007
Posts: 763
I sent my two year old unit in a couple of weeks ago along with a check for $75.00 and Ideal sent me a brand new one with the updated firmware. The circuit tester is more of a convenience item for me, which I do actually use every once in a while, so I thought it was a pretty good deal.
The last time around, Ideal replaced it for free, but I imagine that is getting cost prohibitive with the frequent tweaking that AFCI manufactures keep doing to try and make their junk science work they way they claim it should.


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