Go to meter

Michael15956

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Location
NE Ohio
I have a few meters/amp probe and receptacle testers for troubleshooting in the residential and commercial areas but my go to meter is a Kline wiggie with a built in continuity tester. I use this meter about 90% of the time.

What is everyone go to meter?
 

Dennis Alwon

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Location
Chapel Hill, NC
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Electrical Contractor
Knopp K-60.
One hundred years ago I took your advise and bought that meter. Honestly, I never used it.

I really don't care too much as long as they work-- I use a clamp on Ideal multimeter about $80. Works fine. I have a digital multimeter that with an adapter as a gaussmeter. Other than that, that is it
 

Dennis Alwon

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Chapel Hill, NC
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Electrical Contractor
Sell it to me. I'll use it just about every day. It's my #1 troubleshooting tool.

I only use a voltmeter when I need to know the specific voltage.
Pm me your address--- I have it packed already--I'll send it tomorrow and you can pay the shipping, if you are satisfied...$75 tool for the shipping -- not a bad deal :lol:. I really make my money when I sell your address to marketers- hahahaha
 

Michael15956

Senior Member
Location
NE Ohio
Well it looks like the solenoid tester is a favorite! Like Larry, most of the time I don't need to know the specific voltage.

Them Knopp K-60 are cool but no continuity light, which means grab another meter.
 
With a power source, a tester can be used to test for continuity, and maybe more reliably because of the low-impedance feature.
That's why I like the Fluke- does continuity without an external power source, is low-impedance, and is CAT rated. The flashlight and ohm readings are just a bonus. And, in theory, you can also use it for checking phase rotation but I've never tried. Only downside is you have to replace the AAA batteries every so often (year?).
 

Michael15956

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Location
NE Ohio
That's why I like the Fluke- does continuity without an external power source, is low-impedance, and is CAT rated. The flashlight and ohm readings are just a bonus. And, in theory, you can also use it for checking phase rotation but I've never tried. Only downside is you have to replace the AAA batteries every so often (year?).
Agreed, and I use that little flashlight.
 
My Go To device is my Greenlee tick tracer. I think it's a GT-10 or 30 or something.

I love this tracer. If I hold the wires properly, it won't alert on phantom voltage. So far, it's the only one I have had that works that way. In the event of any suspicion, the next item is my Ideal Vol-Con II, which is a solenoid tester with a battery for continuity.

I love trouble shooting, and have a collection of meters and tracers etc., the above is fast and to the point.

Let the tick tracer haters flame on.
 

MAC702

Senior Member
Location
Clark County, NV
Fieldpiece SC260 Compact Clamp. Everything I need, except the Fluke 1AC tick tracer that I use just as often.

My main meter needs to have a clamp for AC amperage, and I need features that measure capacitance and accept a clamp probe to measure tubing temperature.
 
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