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  • Great tool

    posted by Dark00 on 03/14/2010
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    Involvement:Expert (understands the inner workings) - Ownership:more than 1 month

    Pros:

    - Cheap, the same "brand name" item costs ten times more
    - Works very well, it's quite sensitive and detects voltage even in many devices if you put it near

    Cons:

    - Not 100% reliable (doesn't always detect the presence of the AC voltage in the cases where you expect it to)
    - The end is FLAT which means by default it won't fit inside the holes of Euro or Schuko outlets. HOWEVER, (see below)

    OtherThoughts:

    The good thing about these cheap gadgets is that you don't feel bad damaging them, so I just took a cutter and scraped the plastic off the edges of the tip (there is enough "clearance" at the sides) so now it neatly fits ALL types of sockets :)

    Bottomline:

    Great tool, especially useful if you need to detect presence of electricity when you have many wires together. Note however, it should _NOT_ be used as a replacement for a contact voltage detector as it is not always 100% accurate

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