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  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Price: 4
  • Quality: 4
  • Ease Of Use: 5
  • Usefulness: 2
Professional-looking tool for occasional use – Audio Visual Electroprobe (Voltage Detector Pen) Reviews

posted by Intertracer on 10/01/2009 Certified Owner

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.
Other:
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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