I need a good voltage tester. What do you get when you pay more? These testers range from about $20 all the way up to $80. Can someone steer me in the right direction? Money is not too much of an object because I don't mind paying more if it's for a good reason. Also, is anyone familiar with the tester made by company called Knopp? Thanks.
The Knopp testers is what I have always preferred and used. The only disadvantage that I have heard is that to replace the leads you have to solder the connections instead of just plugging them in like some testers.
Re: Solenoid Voltage Testers#14641 09/27/0208:00 AM09/27/0208:00 AM
I like the simple Ideal brand, or the old "Wiggy" with just the voltage option. In addition to the solenoid tester, you're going to need a good multi-meter anyway, so the continuity option isn't real important. Matt
Re: Solenoid Voltage Testers#14642 09/30/0201:02 AM09/30/0201:02 AM
Hi, ever heard of a Duspol tester? These are made in Germany and are sworn by over here in NZ, have been for years. There are various models available(Check out benning.com), but the one that I use, is the Type N, tests from 100-650VAC-DC, very robust, no parts to break, and is virtually fool-proof.
Re: Solenoid Voltage Testers#14643 09/30/0201:08 AM09/30/0201:08 AM
I personally would choose a digital meter. I have had great success with the Greenlee brand. More accurate, and versitile. Why carry more than one tester if you don't need it. I have a Greelee with a removable amprobe type head. Good for 200 amps. Has AC,DC,resistance, and audible continuity. Was 100 Canadian.
Re: Solenoid Voltage Testers#14644 09/30/0203:58 AM09/30/0203:58 AM
Matt, The Duspol is a tester all in itself, it uses a neon on one side of the "cord", this tells you that you have voltage at where you are testing, you are also told wether or not you are working with AC or DC,with the same neon.
On the other side of the tester, you are given a solenoid, this shows the size of the voltage you are working with, this is very handy as the Duspol in itself draws 240mA, which gets rid of ghost voltages on highly inductive circuits, the solenoid will not trigger unless there is an actual voltage there, over 100V.
Re: Solenoid Voltage Testers#14647 10/05/0205:35 PM10/05/0205:35 PM