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Old 05-08-2020, 12:51 PM   #15
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Only issue with that 'test ight' is it just measures if voltage is present........but does NOT measure amount of voltage or amperage.


I have one.......probably 15 yrs old and use it for a quick current check but really prefer my Fluke for finding the problem
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I use a Power Probe IV pretty regularly to accomplish some of the same things and more. Power Probes already with a nice length of wire. It has some nice added tricks, but ten bucks? Got me there.
I also have like a regular test light that I paid too much for from Snap-On. It's a normal single lead light but it displays the actual voltage when the tip connects. Turns out that it really isn't very useful, other tools do the job better. The one this thread is about for example.
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Just noticed the thread title. While I like the idea of this device, it wouldnít come close to replacing a meter.
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They are handy for quick trouble shooting, but I still prefer my meter.

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I have too much invested in such equipment up to and including multiple scopes but if I'm looking for the usual blown fuse type problem a quick ten dollar test lights suits as well as anything if you ask me.
I know what the thread title says, but I also know what he means.
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Well they are handy but definitely not better than a high impedance multimeter. 9x outta 10 I reach for my 40 something year old SnapOn 12v test light for simple checks, and yes, it checks grounds also if you know how to use it.
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Ah yes, and speaking of old reliable....
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Ah yes, and speaking of old reliable....
Haha, I have a whole set of those. Tach/Dwell, VOM, KV meter.
They were extremely high tech in 1975. I built a stand for all three and paraded them around on a roll cart in the shop like I was the king of Poobah or something. Hmmm, may have to dig those out again and put them on display.
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The good old days when you could service and set points with a nail file and a match book cover.
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$10 test light is great
$150 Fluke is indestructible and accurate

My old Simpson 260 is priceless and is destructible. Mine has a leather case.
The old analog meter will not lie to you whereas a digital one can really fool you. The old Simpson puts just enough load on things for you to chase those really difficult problems that just need a bit of load on them to give up their secrets.

I do not leave home without the Simpson.
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I almost bought that probe but got a couple regular type for adding the small load . I haven't picked up a meter with low impedance setting for MH. Have wiggly for AC.
For the .1% of the time false reading will ruin your day.
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I agree that a good meter is indispensable. There's a meter in my toolbox, on my workbench and in my MH. This is just another handy diagnostic tool. - as is the old standby : a one - wire light probe.
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$10 test light is great
$150 Fluke is indestructible and accurate
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I left my Fluke 87V in my Polaris EV dash, it rained, and the meter was full of water. Even the display was flooded. I opened it up, drained it, let it sit for a couple days, put a battery in it and it’s been fine ever since. I was sure it was a goner.

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I agree that a good meter is indispensable. There's a meter in my toolbox, on my workbench and in my MH. This is just another handy diagnostic tool. - as is the old standby : a one - wire light probe.
I’m on the exact same program
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$10 test light is great
$150 Fluke is indestructible and accurate

My old Simpson 260 is priceless and is destructible. Mine has a leather case.
The old analog meter will not lie to you whereas a digital one can really fool you. The old Simpson puts just enough load on things for you to chase those really difficult problems that just need a bit of load on them to give up their secrets.

I do not leave home without the Simpson.
I too have one of those, a late 70s model, that I use from time to time. Very accurate and great for testing capacitors.

For everyday use though, I like the digital because it's smaller, lighter, and easier to handle.

As far as the OP's test light, this is the first I've seen one that hooks to both posts of the battery at the same time. Makes for a quick way to determine hot or ground without having to swap a single lead at the battery.
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