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anyone ever use a powerprobe electrical tester?

Discussion in 'Truck & Equipment Repair' started by trqjnky, Nov 29, 2011.

  1. trqjnky

    trqjnky Senior Member
    Messages: 620

    Anyone ever buy/use a powerprobe electrical tester?
  2. B&B

    B&B PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,777

    Yes and they're super handy and worth every penny, I'd feel naked without one. Think my oldest one is about 3-4 years old or so now and it's still holding up well.
  3. the_experience

    the_experience Member
    Messages: 75

    Powerprobes are great and I love them, but you need to be careful that you know what you're doing with them because providing power or ground to the wrong circuit can have disastrous results. The breaker in the Powerprobe protects it, but not the circuit or device you are testing.

    One of my favorite diagnostic tools for electrical stuff will always be a headlamp bulb socket (with a bulb) that has alligator clamps on it. It allows you to put a sufficient load on a circuit to do voltage drop testing. Testing for voltage with a multimeter or continuity to ground can give you false results because green wires or a single strand of copper might show 12 volts or low resistance to ground until you ask the circuit to carry current. Then it falls on its face.

    RNM MOTORSPORTS Junior Member
    Messages: 3

    amazingly usefull tool love them. 2nd favorite tool in the box next to my genisis scanner
  5. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,557

    Love mine!! Per a suggestion from B&B awhile ago a set of extendable test leads are rather nice as well!