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  • Professional-looking tool for occasional use

    posted by Intertracer on 10/01/2009
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    Involvement:General (knows how to use it) - Ownership:1 week to 1 month

    Pros:

    Nice look and feel are definitely the main plus of this product. Convenient to hold, gives off reasonably loud sound and pleasant light.

    Cons:

    Alarm is only triggered when a certain threshold is reached, volume doesn't change gradually but jumps from 0 to 100% at once. Thus, it only works in close proximity to the cables and doesn't give off any weak electromagnetic perturbations. To me this appeared very counterintuitive.
    As a result - it fails to detect wires in walls or give a hint of the voltage involved.
    Also it's not real-time -- there's a slight delay before alarm sounds so you have to hold it steadily for a while to be sure if your target is powered.

    OtherThoughts:

    Certainly good-to-have, might help to do some housework, but if you're constantly dealing with high-voltage -- choose more wisely.

    Bottomline:

    Don't expect anything fancy and you'll be satisfied.

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