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#4624233 - 01/04/18 07:39 PM Anybody own a Power Probe or Similar Tester
JC1 Offline


Registered: 11/29/08
Posts: 2999
Loc: Oshawa, Ontario Canada
Hi Guys,

I've seen a lot of Youtube videos showing the usefulness of a Power Probe for troubleshooting electrical issues.

How many of you guys have one or a similar tool? Are they worth it.
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#4624241 - 01/04/18 07:44 PM Re: Anybody own a Power Probe or Similar Tester [Re: JC1]
clinebarger Offline


Registered: 12/19/13
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Loc: Fort Worth, Texas
I have 2 Power Probes, 1 at home & 1 at work......VERY useful tool in my opinion!
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#4624244 - 01/04/18 07:46 PM Re: Anybody own a Power Probe or Similar Tester [Re: clinebarger]
JC1 Offline


Registered: 11/29/08
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Loc: Oshawa, Ontario Canada
Originally Posted By: clinebarger
I have 2 Power Probes, 1 at home & 1 at work......VERY useful tool in my opinion!


Thanks. Is it worthwhile to get the model with the accessories for the cigarette lighter adapter and longer extension cord?
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#4624250 - 01/04/18 07:54 PM Re: Anybody own a Power Probe or Similar Tester [Re: JC1]
clinebarger Offline


Registered: 12/19/13
Posts: 1898
Loc: Fort Worth, Texas
I have the long extension for the one at work, If your using on your own vehicles....You probably won't need it. I work on many different vehicles & some are longer than others.

I don't use people's cigar lighter sockets to power any diagnostic equipment.
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#4624255 - 01/04/18 08:03 PM Re: Anybody own a Power Probe or Similar Tester [Re: JC1]
mehullica Offline


Registered: 08/19/09
Posts: 553
Loc: Modesto,CA
I have the first model. Simple green/red LEDs. Works great

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#4624261 - 01/04/18 08:11 PM Re: Anybody own a Power Probe or Similar Tester [Re: JC1]
Audios Offline


Registered: 11/19/11
Posts: 879
Loc: Lyndhurst NJ
Yes recommended helps alot. I use the longer leads often as well at my shop.
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#4624284 - 01/04/18 08:50 PM Re: Anybody own a Power Probe or Similar Tester [Re: JC1]
Vern_in_IL Offline


Registered: 06/25/14
Posts: 1882
Loc: IL
A Power Probe will not damage sensitive electronics, right?
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#4624363 - 01/04/18 10:52 PM Re: Anybody own a Power Probe or Similar Tester [Re: JC1]
Thax Offline


Registered: 11/07/10
Posts: 785
Loc: VA
I own a PP3 , very useful tool in a variety of situation. It is great for checking fuses , power and ground and to activate motors during diagnostics. It is not though the end all be all for electrical diagnostics, you need to know and understand what you are testing. If your careless and send B+ voltage through the wrong wire , you can fry a plethora of modules , set an airbag off , wreck a can bus line etc. Other great tools to have are LOADpro test leads , great to test for voltage drop across circuits. Nothing can replace a high quality multi-meter and the skills needed to use it. The power probe is another great tool to add to your arsenal though.
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#4624443 - 01/05/18 12:48 AM Re: Anybody own a Power Probe or Similar Tester [Re: JC1]
anndel Offline


Registered: 05/28/09
Posts: 245
Loc: Hawaii, USA
I have a PP4 and it complements my scope on a rope (or test light) and my multimeter. Some say that's all you need.

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#4624515 - 01/05/18 05:59 AM Re: Anybody own a Power Probe or Similar Tester [Re: Vern_in_IL]
Claud Offline


Registered: 02/11/14
Posts: 593
Loc: Margate England
Originally Posted By: Vern_in_IL
A Power Probe will not damage sensitive electronics, right?


Yes it will if you use the probe to test them.
But for checking 12v circuits such as lighting, fan motors and such it is a very useful tool.

Roger.

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#4624842 - 01/05/18 11:37 AM Re: Anybody own a Power Probe or Similar Tester [Re: JC1]
Richie Offline


Registered: 06/10/04
Posts: 284
Loc: Valencia, CA
I have one but have never used it.

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#4624915 - 01/05/18 12:44 PM Re: Anybody own a Power Probe or Similar Tester [Re: Richie]
JC1 Offline


Registered: 11/29/08
Posts: 2999
Loc: Oshawa, Ontario Canada
Thanks everybody. I'll add it to my tool list.
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#4626045 - 01/06/18 02:30 PM Re: Anybody own a Power Probe or Similar Tester [Re: JC1]
Fred_Garvin Offline


Registered: 08/22/13
Posts: 46
Loc: Upstate NY
Being a professional of 35yrs experience I do not have one. I can do the same thing with my DVM and a jumper wire.
I do have an older set of the load pro leads from before load pro bought out Dan. Honestly they have their place but I have never really used them either.

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