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  1. Diver233
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    Diver233 Fire alarms

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    i sean to be in a minority on this site for using Fluke meters, but has anyone got/ used the Fluke T150?.
    What they like good and bad especially in comparison to others
     
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    SparkyChick Making a banana smoothy for my fave gorilla Staff Member Moderator

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    I have a T150, recently replaced under their product recall. I actually preferred the older version, or at least I did until it failed as per the recall :)

    I use it a lot for basic fault finding and checks, and the obvious safe isolation.

    Can't comment on how they compare to others as I've only ever used a T150 as my AVI, apart from a brief spell using a Socket and See AVI which just seemed flimsy by comparison and certainly didn't have such a stout interconnect cable.
     
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  3. Diver233
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    What’s different to the old one ?
     
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    SparkyChick Making a banana smoothy for my fave gorilla Staff Member Moderator

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    The basis of the recall was an issue around the strain relief where the cable entered the probe/main unit. The cable could break resulting in intermittent contact, so it was entirely possible to prove the unit and have it work, test for safe isolation and have it show it's safe and then prove it and have it work... all due to how the cable was hanging/sitting... narrowly avoided contact with a live circuit myself when it failed.

    So, to stop this they redesigned the cable support where it enters the probes and the cable seems a bit longer, I guess to reduce possible strain.

    But, the cable now seems too long and the moulded clip/slot that allows you to clip the probe to the main unit seems too big in that they now fall apart and don't stay together. I would frequently clip them together and hang it round my neck so it was handy, now they come apart and it eventually slips off and because the cable is longer it seems to get in the way quite a bit.

    Feature wise they are identical and I have absolutely no complaints.
     
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  5. Diver233
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    Diver233 Fire alarms

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    Thank you, knowing what you know would you still buy one ?.
    I’m thinking of getting one
     
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    Absolutely, yes. I can live with the niggles.

    The feature set is handy... take the RCD trip feature for example... you're at a remote socket which is on a circuit that isn't identified. Trip the RCD using the tester, but it also comes in handy when you think you may have a voltage present... say you test between L and E and get say 85v on a circuit that should be dead. Press the RCD trip buttons and the load it places on the probes (it effectively drops the input impedance right down) will dump the voltage if it's induced through say capacitive or inductive coupling in the cable runs. If the voltage doesn't disappear with the RCD trip buttons pressed you know there is an issue that requires further investigation.

    Yes these features are available in other manufacturers products, but MFTs aside (I don't like the Flukes due to the number of button pushes required) I've used quite a bit of Fluke gear and always found it to be top notch. Reliable, well built. It is my preference for test gear, when budget allows :)
     
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  7. Diver233
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    Glad to here it
    Must admit after asking what everyone used on here and most saying meggar I did think have I cocked yo treating myself to the Fluke 1664FC.
    But getting used to it and loving it
     
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    SparkyChick Making a banana smoothy for my fave gorilla Staff Member Moderator

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    Like any other tool, choice of test gear is quite subjective. Personally I hate Kewtech MFTs with a passion, largely because it was the singular cause of most of my stress during my AM2. I don't like Fluke because of their reliance on lots of menus vs. my Megger which in most cases requires me to turn one switch.

    I like CK Dextro drivers, Knipex pliers and cutters, Bosch blue power tools, Stanley Fatmax Organisers and DeWalt storage boxes :)
     
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    SWD Gender neutral Electrician's Arms

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    You could earn a fortune with language like that, pure poetry to the retired electricians,
     
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  10. Andy78
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    Are you suggesting a premium rate chat line where she talks about tools and what she does with them ?

    If so you should be ashamed.

    Although I can think of a few potential punters on here :D
     
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  11. GLENNSPARK
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    GLENNSPARK Electrician's Arms

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    Well...for what it's worth:
    I've got two sets of UNI-T prods...

    And they do me just fine...
     
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    Heard good things about the quality of those. And welcome back Glenn :)
     
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  13. GLENNSPARK
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    Look at the DI-LOG ones Andrew...
    The UNI-T ones are red...
    The DI-LOG ones are yellow...
    That's it...that's the only difference...

    Put it this way...
    I paid £40 for two of em...with LED & LCD display...
     
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    This thread started off on the Fluke T150 in particular...
    I have one, a new one following the recent recall, which they dealt with efficiently and promptly in my case.

    It is a nice bit of kit. I use it almost exclusively for proving dead, the resistance/continuity features are useful enough, and the RCD trip function is pretty useful too.

    For proving dead, it is fast and easy...ideal for my limited scope, and I am very pleased with it. Hanging round my neck...hmm, not for me.

    As for other gear, as an aside, I have recently ventured into network stuff, and got a Klein Tools cat5/cat6 pass-through crimper for RJ45 modulars and it is absolutely brilliant! I just need to get some really good spectacles so I can align those 8 wires...
     
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  15. SWD
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    SWD Gender neutral Electrician's Arms

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    Use the EZ Pass Through Connectors a lot easier to terminate than the standard ends.

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Platinum-C...e=UTF8&qid=1553122590&sr=8-7&keywords=ez+rj45
     
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