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Found in the clearance section. They had three left for $7.52. Picked up one located at 91801

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Can I use this for lights
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What section/aisle are these found in store?
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Our store only got 10 of these a long while ago. You plug them into an outlet and hit the button that trips the breaker. They were originally $30 at our store. If anyone still has them left they are probably in a clearance bay or clip strip. Happy hunting.
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You could. You would need one of those portable outlets that screw into a light fixture. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B002DN6...JCbR0BVQ2H
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Our store only got 10 of these a long while ago. You plug them into an outlet and hit the button that trips the breaker. They were originally $30 at our store. If anyone still has them left they are probably in a clearance bay or clip strip. Happy hunting.
Yeah, I was initially excited to see this until I realized that since it's only one piece, that is the way that it works. Heck, any fool can just stick a screwdriver in there and get the breaker to flip...I've known electricians who are too lazy to go flip a breaker do just that.
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Note that when using this to locate the upstream breaker, it does so by actually introducing a short between the Line and Neutral, forcing the breaker to trip.

You might feel safer going with a two-piece unit which transmits/receives a tone along the line.
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when i checked last week my area had them on clearance for 15.03...maybe by now they are down to 7.52
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This was in the product Q&A:
Question:
Why isn't this product recommended for Siemens, Federal Pacific, Zinsco and some other types of breakers?

Answer:
January 2, 2019
I'm the inventor of the Power Tracer and I have been developing, testing and using this device for over 20 years.
Here is the short answer for why a breaker won't trip when tested with the Power Tracer:

1. The breaker is not working correctly (as defined by code).

2. The wiring and/or connections have problems (such as too long a run of wire or loose connections).
In my experience Square D breakers are wonderful and if they do not trip I would suspect some problems with the wiring…too long a run or some loose connections in the breaker panel or outlets. If not that, then check the ground outside or other more basic stuff like if the breakers are sapped in firmly…stuff you might want an electrician to examine.

Here is the long answer:
All of the other answers are incorrect. All of the circuit beakers found in homes are called "molded case" circuit breakers and all of them have two ways of tripping. One is the thermal overload which trips if the breaker gets too hot from carrying a bit too much current for a relatively long time…like running a hair dryer and heater on the same circuit…after maybe 10 minutes the breaker should trip.
The other is the short-circuit or magnetic overload which trips "instantaneously" when very high current is detected. "Instantaneously" means 1/40th of a second or less (3 cycles of AC electricity). The Power Tracer tests only the magnetic/short-circuit part of the breaker. It produces a very brief spurt of current which should trip breakers that meet code with reasonably good wiring a connections. Doing such tripping of the breaker is actually good for it…when the breaker trips the contacts wipe against each other and get "cleaned". I have personally done thousands of tests of my prototypes on many brands and sizes of breakers with a wide range of lengths of wiring runs.
So the Power Tracer not only trips breakers by "remote control" but it also tells you if your breakers can trip when you need them to…like when someone shorts out the electricity.
Pacific Electric breakers have a long history of not functioning correctly. Search on "faulty Pacific Electric breaker" for fun and horrifying reading.
I won't name names, but a few other breakers simply don't trip as they ought to. Obviously breakers should trip at once when there is a short circuit, but a few just don't. With one brand I tested all of the breakers responded properly except one particular model which wouldn't trip reliably. Spooky. I don't know how the breaker design decisions were made or how a below standard product manages to get on shelves, but there you are. Maybe some consumer reporting outfit will get interested some fine day. Meanwhile the Power Tracer can help you see what's working and what isn't working properly.
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You could. You would need one of those portable outlets that screw into a light fixture. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B002DN6...JCbR0BVQ2H
It's only 2 prong
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