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Jul 6, 2014, 6:00 PM

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I have been using a fluke for my testing of circuits for now . I have always wanted to use a power probe to detect shorts , draws and bad grounds . I feel I need to look into a power probe . I need to know which power probe would do everything . Are power probes the best thing on the market . Thanks

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Jul 6, 2014, 7:53 PM

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Fluke? A brand name for a digital multimeter? Yes you need a DVOM meter and plain test light for basic 12v testing,


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Jul 6, 2014, 10:27 PM

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Yes, Fluke is top of the line in meters.

I couldn't live without my Power Probe. All Power Probes are basically the same. The difference is a couple of different color choices and different accessory packages that they come with.

They have a new tool out called the Hook which does a little more that the basic Power Probe but I still like the basic tool.


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Jul 7, 2014, 12:30 AM

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The best tool for troubleshooting electrical circuits is your fluke meter. Power probe is a great tool for powering up circuits, but in the wrong hands can create a lot of problems. Power probe 3 doesn't measure current, so it won't be useful for detecting parasitic draws.

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Jul 7, 2014, 2:09 AM

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  I am using a Fluke 88 V tester . My problem I am having is a vehicle I am working on has no dash lights . The fuse blew and I cannot trace the wire to see where it's grounding out . So this isn't the first time I ran into this problem . So that's why I wanted a power probe ? Is this still a good tool to use ? Thanks

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