Hello Does someone know model of a good electrical tester? Can someone give me an advice which electrical tester I should buy. Also if you know would you give me a link on the internet where I can buy it. Thanks
Mike, this is a good topic, and the BB's members could probably rate any given tester given specifics, i.e. ***what's the best Amprobe? ***what's a good Amprobe ***what's the best DMV *** " ***what's the best impedance tester ***what's the best meger? ***what's a good meger? I'm in the market for some testers too!
For my carry-around-with-me-all-the-time tester, I have a Fluke T5-600. It's not much bigger than a SqD wiggie, and will measure voltage, resistance to 1 K-ohm, and amperage to 100 Amps. It's about $80, but well worth it, and just as accurate as you'll need. My in the truck clamp around is a Fluke 36 I also have a 23. They're all great, in my opinion.
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Look at the Fluke 112 (new) or the good old Fluke 16. The 16 is great cuz it has a uamp range, f and C temp, and has a time/date stamp for min and max readings. Quite a deal for about $120.
For a simple tester, be on the lookout for the new Ideal voltage/continuity tester, the "vol-con elite". Supposed to be out in late July. One version (the 61-092) has a built in non-contact voltage tester and a shaker (soleniod). About $73.
The all around tester that I carry in my bags 80 percent of the time is the Fluke T5-600. Voltage, resistance and continuity, non-contact AC amps (with a U-shaped slot in one end), and well-designed.
And remember, before relying on a measurement, always test the terster on a known live circuit.
I've got the Fluke T-5 1000, which I'm sure is the same as the 600, but rated for 1000V. Didn't really need the 1000, but my choices were either the 1000 or nothing at the moment. I paid $90 for it, my only complaint is that it doesn't expand the scale on lower voltages.
I've got a Pyramid "Amprobe" DVM that measures in increments of .01 V in DC and .1V in AC. More useful for some applications, like checking the battery power on your drill... (Although a "load" would make it even better)
Got an older "Radio Shack" RMS meter, but it's accuracy in questionable.
Got an old Micronta analog meter, it too is questionable...
Speaking of questions....
What does an analog meter display, RMS or averaged? Would it be considered more or less accurate, assuming being recently calibrated? My old boss swore that the real-time movement of the needle would tell you infinitely more that a 1/2 second digital sample. Any truth to this? Why not use a "digilog" meter?
-Virgil Residential/Commercial Inspector 5 Star Inspections Member IAEI