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Old 02-14-2014, 11:31 PM   #1
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Looking to buy new voltage testers:
What voltage testers are you using? What do you like about it, what do you don't? Which is in your opinion the best and why? Any safety issues worth sharing? Quality/Price ratio?

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Old 02-14-2014, 11:40 PM   #2
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Do you mean like a non-contact voltage tester?

If so, I've used quite a few different ones but have settled on the Fluke LVD2, it goes blue when near ac or low voltage, red when near the voltage. It also has a built in LED flashlight that is pretty bright. It doesn't make any noise though, if that's something you need.

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Do you mean like a non-contact voltage tester? If so, I've used quite a few different ones but have settled on the Fluke LVD2, it goes blue when near ac or low voltage, red when near the voltage. It also has a built in LED flashlight that is pretty bright. It doesn't make any noise though, if that's something you need.
I have the same one, it's great indoors but useless out in any sunlight

And OP, if you mean REAL voltage testers I don't go anywhere without my actual fluke 381, NC meters are not a replacement for a real meter

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[QUOTE=FrunkSlammer;1229879]Do you mean like a non-contact voltage tester]

Yes that's what I meant. There's lots of brands and price ranges. I was trending towards Klein simply because that's my first pick for hand tools but thought I'd ask for an "outside" opinion.

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Consider the Fluke 2AC because it stays on all the time. I might get one someday just so I'd be more likely to test things but i got a bunch of testers already. My favorite so far is the fluke 1ac ii a1/a2.
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Do you mean like a non-contact voltage tester?

If so, I've used quite a few different ones but have settled on the Fluke LVD2, it goes blue when near ac or low voltage, red when near the voltage. It also has a built in LED flashlight that is pretty bright. It doesn't make any noise though, if that's something you need.

Those are garbage. I prefer one that has a tip for inserting into a receptacle and the flashlight is useless
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I like the Milwaukee no touch tester but the button always falls out. I use this because it does low voltage:
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I dont like the klein or Milwaukee ones, they are too sensitive and give false readings. I like this fluke tester, it also has a silent mode if you wanted. Doesn't do low voltage but works well for me

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These are far superior than anything mentioned


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I use Klein. I have the low volt, the reg. Like the low volt more.
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I dont like the klein or Milwaukee ones, they are too sensitive and give false readings. I like this fluke tester, it also has a silent mode if you wanted. Doesn't do low voltage but works well for me

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This is the same one that I use. I've tried different ones but I think this one is the best. The flashing light lets you know it's working, it has a silent mode, and uses readily available batteries.
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I dont like the klein or Milwaukee ones, they are too sensitive and give false readings. I like this fluke tester, it also has a silent mode if you wanted. Doesn't do low voltage but works well for me

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Same one I use as well. I personally don't use any testers or meters except Fluke.
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These are far superior than anything mentioned


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Strummin a lil 6 string tonight Pony? Thought I saw the geetar in the background.

Those testers break all the time on me I must have 5 or so. Get one that beeps, it's worth it.
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I hope I never have to buy a new one but I'd never buy one that didn't also have the amp probe. I got the new Klein one works like a charm.
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DMM any Fluke you like and can afford.

Non contact tester TIC TRACER flat out.

http://www.amprobe.com/amprobe/usen/....htm?PID=73374

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There's a guitar within arms reach in every room of the house.

I really like my tester. I don't use a ncvt often but these have been very reliable. One time though a few years ago one burned up in my pocket. I don't know if it was a defective battery or what but I couldn't get it out of my pocket fast enough. It was literally too hot to hold!
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There's a guitar within arms reach in every room of the house.

I really like my tester. I don't use a ncvt often but these have been very reliable. One time though a few years ago one burned up in my pocket. I don't know if it was a defective battery or what but I couldn't get it out of my pocket fast enough. It was literally too hot to hold!
Admit it, you got stoned and dropped your doobie into your pocket thinking it was your NCVT.
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Admit it, you got stoned and dropped your doobie into your pocket thinking it was your NCVT.
I don't smoke weed any more. Don't smoke it any less either.
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