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Fluke Voltage Tester 1AC-A1-II $19 after Coupon Code @ Fry's

aced- 13 10 August 18, 2016 at 01:24 PM in Tools (3) More Frys Deals
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http://www.frys.com/product/4583757

Need the email promo code to net down to $19

Seems like a pretty good deal as Amazon hasn't been under $23 in the last year according to CCC
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Not a bad price. Had one of these a few years ago, but the battery leaked inside of it after about a year and ruined it. You cant remove the battery from it when not in use. The whole housing is sealed.
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Not sure about brand diffs but you can get Klien at Home Depot for $3 less...

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Klein-.../100661787
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You can get a Klein that does more for a few bucks more.
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Quote from ben_r_ View Post :
Not a bad price. Had one of these a few years ago, but the battery leaked inside of it after about a year and ruined it. You cant remove the battery from it when not in use. The whole housing is sealed.
For something like this that sits around, I recommend against storing with alkaline batteries. You can store with lithium primary batteries safely or rechargeable lsd "pre charged" batteries.
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I think I own this exact model (but it might be a previous-gen) and don't like it as much as the Klein I bought, but unfortunately the Klein began to malfunction shortly after I bought it and I wanted to long for any return or warranty. the Klein gives me false readings now, so even though I like it's features better, I don't trust it over the Fluke. Hopefully I just got a bad example.
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I have one of these and honestly, I don't like it. It's not sensitive enough. If the sensor is more than a few mm away from the live conductor, it won't trigger. More than once I've cut into a live wire that I thought was dead because I apparently didn't get the sensor close enough. Both times it was with round Romex. The only time where sensitivity this low is useful is if you're working with multiple wires in very close proximity.

I have a second voltage detector that triggers if there's an AC field within a foot or two. So it's useless if there are multiple wires nearby but otherwise I always use it to double-check since I don't fully trust my Fluke's readings.
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Quote from scrouds View Post :
For something like this that sits around, I recommend against storing with alkaline batteries. You can store with lithium primary batteries safely or rechargeable lsd "pre charged" batteries.
Did you read my post?! You cant change the battery in this unit, the plastic housing is sealed.
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Interesting (& disappointing) to hear the negative feedback; all the Fluke products I've ever used in labs have been great (although that was all much more expensive stuff) but it has been a few years. I'm wondering if they just cheap out and outsource on their low end stuff.
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Hioki makes a really nice one of these voltage detectors. $15.99 on Amazon.
https://www.amazon.com/Hioki-3120...B008S0LW24
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I love the harbor freight one. Very sensitive and very cheap so if you leave it in a crawlspace its not the end of the world. Every toolkit should have one of these, great for troubleshooting appliance faults and verifying you didn't make a painfully careless mistake on easy electrical jobs.
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Quote from ben_r_ View Post :
Not a bad price. Had one of these a few years ago, but the battery leaked inside of it after about a year and ruined it. You cant remove the battery from it when not in use. The whole housing is sealed.
A CostCo Kirkland brand battery by any chance?
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