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October 19, 2021

Professional Tool Reviews for Pros


Voltage Tester

How To Use A Voltmeter

How to Use a Voltmeter or Multimeter: Training the Apprentice

Testing voltage follows a simple process. For those of you new to electrical testing, we asked our resident Pro how they might teach an apprentice how to use a voltmeter or multimeter. Once you know how to use a multimeter, you can move on to troubleshooting and fixing electrical problems, verifying power at outlets, checking […]

Southwire Voltage Detector and Tester 41161N

Southwire’s Tester Works for Beginners and Experienced Electricians Alike Sure, all the bells and whistles that appear with improvements can be helpful, but most of the time, we keep coming back to the simplest tool because of its simplicity. Take the 41161N Southwire Voltage Detector and Tester as an example. It’s so simple to use […]

Klein ET45 Voltage Tester

Klein Tools Voltage Tester ET45

ET45 Klein Tools Voltage Tester Makes Electrical Presence Testing Super Simple Not every tool in your bag has to cost your firstborn child, take up a ton of space, and require an engineering degree to understand. The ET45 Klein Tools Voltage Tester not only makes testing voltages simple and takes up so little space that […]

Klein Non-Contact Voltage Tester with Laser Pointer NCVT-5

Klein Non-Contact Voltage Tester with Laser Pointer NCVT-5

The newest Klein Non-Contact Voltage Tester is on its way with dual-range capability and an integrated laser pointer. It’s the latest in a line that includes models with a basic form, integrated flashlight, and integrated IR thermometer. The Klein NCVT-5 maintains the same general profile as the other testers in the line. The big difference […]

Southwire Electrician's Kit

Southwire Electrician’s Kit First Look

There are a handful of tools available that everyone, regardless of trade or experience, should own. Southwire does us all a solid by packaging three of them together for electricians. The Southwire Electrician’s Kit includes some of the all-time greats; a rust-resistant pair of stainless steel wire strippers, a non-contact voltage tester, and a 9-in-1 multi-bit screw/nut […]

Review9.8(out of 10)
Southwire Dual Range Non-Contact Voltage Tester

Southwire Dual Range Non-Contact Voltage Tester

Electricians know that the difference between a good and bad day can be the difference between live and dead wires. You might experience a lot of challenging situations, but voltage makes a clear distinction between safe and dangerous ones. As I’ve said before, it’s wise to de-energize. But there’s an important nuance in this profession: there […]

Klein NCVT-4IR

Klein NCVT-4IR Non-Contact Voltage Tester w/ IR Thermometer

If you find yourself nervous about the possibility of jamming a tool into a livewire situation, Klein has just released a tool to help assuage your anxiety. The Klein NCVT-4IR Non-Contact Voltage Tester with IR Thermometer alerts you to AC current without you having to touch anything. Well, without having to touch anything besides the Klein […]

Review8.8(out of 10)
Fluke T6-1000 Electrical Tester Review

Fluke T6-1000 Electrical Tester Review

Every trade has its hazards – it’s why tradesmen get paid the big bucks, right? Well, maybe not. In any event, the electrical trade probably has the most invisible hazards of them all. Carpenters can see a spinning blade might cause injury. It’s clear to plumbers why wastewater is detrimental to their health. But is that line live? Does […]

Klein ET60 Voltage Tester

Klein ET60 Voltage Tester Needs No Batteries

Klein Tools recently introduced two new voltage testers that use standard replaceable test leads for Electrical Pros. First, the Klein ET60 Voltage Tester needs no batteries as it measures AC/DC voltage up to 600V. Second, the ET250 voltage and continuity tester features an LCD display, measures AC/DC voltage up to 600V, and can test GFCI-protected […]