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New (to me) tool

I was teaching a class and on the way back the engine refused to run.

the problem ended up being the fuel pump.

We called the mechanic and he was able to confirm my diagnosis in about one minute.

He used this gadget.

http://www.powerprobe.com/IV/

It is a pretty common technique to have a 40' wire on board with alligator clips on boat ends so you can go directly from the battery to the device you want to test.

This gadget does the same thing but with a built-in voltmeter.

Not necessary but pretty slick.
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and this is better than a good DVM how?


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This tool is better than a multi-meter because it is slick! Maybe a little easier to handle because it has a dedicated probe on one end. I am constantly trying to find someplace to balance my multi-meter so I can put a probe in each hand. Otherwise, I don't see any difference.

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Re: New (to me) tool

The big advantage is that you have the readout in your hand while testing, which beats the heck out of finding a place for the DVM to sit while you attempt to insert the test lead, keep it in place, then turn around to see the DVM. Neat idea.

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