Klein Tools has a deep line of test and measurement products specifically designed for the needs of electricians and VDV professionals. Check out what the Klein Cable Length Meter has to offer and see if it’s worth adding to your tool bag.
Klein Tools Cable Length Meter Overview
Klein built this meter to measure cable length in electrical, data, two-wire, coax, Romex, and other multiwire applications with a range of up to 3000 feet (914 meters). It uses TDR (Time Domain Reflectometry) technology to measure distance-to-fault and open or short on both terminated or unterminated cables. As you would expect, you can switch between standard and metric measurement units.
Coax-BNC or alligator clips connect to most cable types. There’s an RJ45 jack to interface with terminated data cables.
The programming uses Velocity of Propagation (VoP) values to give you a length measurement with accuracy at ±2% plus 3 feet. You can store custom cable VoP values on the meter to help you work more efficiently when you’re repeating lengths.
The Klein Tools Cable Length Meter is also capable of toning unenergized, open-ended wires for tracing. If you want to use that function, you’ll need to grab the VDV500-123 Analog Probe to go with the meter.
The meter has a full-color, interactive LCD screen. While we haven’t had a chance to use it, Klein tells us that the control interface is simple to use.
It runs on just two AA batteries and you can expect about 15 hours of continuous use on each set.
- Drop tested to 2 meters (6.6 feet)
- Includes padded carrying case and leads
Klein Tools Cable Length Meter Price
Look for the Klein 501-915 at your favorite retailer for $199.99. It includes batteries, leads, and a padded storage case, and has a 2-year warranty.
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- Model: Klein 501-915
- Power Source: 2 x AA alkaline batteries (included)
- Cable Type: Coaxial, Data, Electrical
- Fault Detection: Distance-to-fault, open or short
- Velocity of Propagation Range: 20% – 99.9%
- Dimensions: 6.2 x 2.7 x 1.4 inches
- Weight: 7.6 ounces