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Old 02-14-2010, 12:27 AM   #1
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I need to get a good solenoid tester.
I was looking at purchasing the T+pro from fluke.
From what i read, i believe this is a real solenoid tester.
Would that be a good buy?

I was lokking at the Fluke T5-600, but i understand that is not a true solenoid, but a low impedance tester, is this correct?
i already have a fluke amp meter and a fluke 117 with the Low Z feature, so i'd like to get a good wiggy tester.

What you all think?

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Old 02-14-2010, 04:16 AM   #2
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I need to get a good solenoid tester.
I was looking at purchasing the T+pro from fluke.
From what i read, i believe this is a real solenoid tester.
Would that be a good buy?

I was lokking at the Fluke T5-600, but i understand that is not a true solenoid, but a low impedance tester, is this correct?
i already have a fluke amp meter and a fluke 117 with the Low Z feature, so i'd like to get a good wiggy tester.

What you all think?
I like the ideal solenoid tester, and no the FLUKE T5 is not a true solenoid tester. One way to tell is test it on a known good gfci that has a ground. Just go to ground and hot with it, and if it doesnt trip the gfci, then its not a solenoid tester.

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Knopp-hands down.

http://www.knoppinc.com/
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I had a wiggy for years and now use the Ideal model:

http://www.grainger.com/Grainger/ite...esting-_-3CXY3
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Knopp-hands down.

http://www.knoppinc.com/
Brian, why is it you like the Knopp over the T+??

You seem to know the most around here, yet, your the only one that voted for the Knopp? Made in USA? Brand Loyal? Better?

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Brian, why is it you like the Knopp over the T+??

You seem to know the most around here, yet, your the only one that voted for the Knopp? Made in USA? Brand Loyal? Better?

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I like the size fits my pocket, like the feel of the solenoid as it test 120-480 VAC, Class III tester and have used one for years.

I also liked the Wiggy (Original Wiggy later manufactured by Square D no longer in production)

I HATE THE IDEAL with the built in continuity tester and Flukes gets enough of my money all ready.
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I like the size fits my pocket, like the feel of the solenoid as it test 120-480 VAC, Class III tester and have used one for years.

I also liked the Wiggy (Original Wiggy later manufactured by Square D no longer in production)

I HATE THE IDEAL with the built in continuity tester and Flukes gets enough of my money all ready.

I use a wiggy and have for years. I bought a ideal because I had left the wig at home and it works fine also. I just like the wiggy!
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I read on the knopp website that the K60 has an input impedance of 4,000 Ohms.
I can't find this value for the Fluke T+pro, Has anybody know it?
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I shamelessly promote the t+pro,low impedance,solenoid.Has a led lit screen,phase rotation and if the batteries are dead it will still read voltage.

Best volt meter on the market and for the money it can't be beat,my t5-600 collects dust now.

catIII at 1000v and catIV at 600v here's a good site,I get all my fluke stuff from.

http://www.tequipment.net/FlukeTplus_PRO.html


Just checked the price,it's on sale $58!!

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Don't you hate that we keep upgrading and trying different testers and tools.
I have about 8 testers, about $1,800 worth just on testers. I guess I've picked an expensive trade.
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http://www.tequipment.net/FlukeTplus_PRO.html


Just checked the price,it's on sale $58!![/quote]

Thanks, that is a great deal.
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Don't you hate that we keep upgrading and trying different testers and tools.
I have about 8 testers, about $1,800 worth just on testers. I guess I've picked an expensive trade.

AAAHHH! you have the same addiction as me.I'm waiting on a good reason to pick up that new http://www.tequipment.net/Fluke233.html.

Just because.
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Don't you hate that we keep upgrading and trying different testers and tools.
I have about 8 testers, about $1,800 worth just on testers. I guess I've picked an expensive trade.
I have $500,000.00 - $750,000.00 worth of testers and some of them in the $5,000.00-$60,000.00 price range are obsolete. One IR camera cost $60,000.00 and is no longer serviced by the manufacture and even if it was it is SOOOO big and heavy the IR techs would not use it.

Just purchased a Square D Universal test set $19,000.00, case size 12"X8"X10" and next thing you know Square D will come out with a new trip device and I'll have to purchase another test set. Stupid interconnect cable 18-8 (maybe) 5" long $385.00.

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I have $500,000.00 - $750,000.00 worth of testers and some of them in the $5,000.00-$60,000.00 price range are obsolete. One IR camera cost $60,000.00 and is no longer serviced by the manufacture and even if it was it is SOOOO big and heavy the IR techs would not use it.

Just purchased a Square D Universal test set $19,000.00, case size 12"X8"X10" and next thing you know Square D will come out with a new trip device and I'll have to purchase another test set. Stupid interconnect cable 18-8 (maybe) 5" long $385.00.

Holy Smokes!I take it all you do is testing,pretty cool niche.
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Holy Smokes!I take it all you do is testing,pretty cool niche.
We do a bit more, battery service, generator service, ATS and paralleling gear service, any power issues, IR and grounding, we also solve electrical problems and anything in hospitals and data centers.
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I have $500,000.00 - $750,000.00 worth of testers and some of them in the $5,000.00-$60,000.00 price range are obsolete. One IR camera cost $60,000.00 and is no longer serviced by the manufacture and even if it was it is SOOOO big and heavy the IR techs would not use it.

Just purchased a Square D Universal test set $19,000.00, case size 12"X8"X10" and next thing you know Square D will come out with a new trip device and I'll have to purchase another test set. Stupid interconnect cable 18-8 (maybe) 5" long $385.00.

60G's for an IR camera!How long did it take you to make that money back?

Who the hell makes an IR camera that cost 60 grand
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We do a bit more, battery service, generator service, ATS and paralleling gear service, any power issues, IR and grounding, we also solve electrical problems and anything in hospitals and data centers.

That's pretty neat stuff.Did it take a long time to brake into that field?Did you start out as a construction E.C and evolve into power quality or was that your primary goal from the gate.
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I like the size fits my pocket, like the feel of the solenoid as it test 120-480 VAC, Class III tester and have used one for years.

I also liked the Wiggy (Original Wiggy later manufactured by Square D no longer in production)
Klein started making those, the same design exactly but rebranded. I just checked and they are discontinued, but I'm sure you can find one if you're looking. It's odd that Klein no longer has a voltage tester...??
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I HATE THE IDEAL with the built in continuity tester
What makes you hate them so much? I assume you are talking about the VolCon products? There must be a good reason for so much hate, what happened?
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A decent IR lens is about $10,000.
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I shamelessly promote the t+pro,low impedance,solenoid.
The T+Pro is a true solenoid tester AND a digital multimeter combined? Or is it just a low impedance digital multimeter?
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my t5-600 collects dust now.
Having the amprobe on the T5 is a great feature, tho.

It's too bad they didn't combine the T+Pro's features with the T5's amprobe ability to make one super tester

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