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Amprobe VP-440 Non-Contact Volt Detector

by Amprobe
30 customer reviews

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  • Non-contact voltage tester for detecting A) voltage on cables, circuit breakers, wall sockets, junction boxes, and other electrical wiring
  • Average-sensing meter helps provide accurate readings when measuring linear loads with a current or voltage that has a sinusoidal waveform
  • Tester illuminates when AC voltage is detected
  • Measures AC voltage from 50 to 1000V
  • Safety rated to European Standard 61010-031 Category III 1000V
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Technical Details

  • Automatic, positive implied, negative polarity indication

Product Description

The Amprobe VP-440 Non-Contact VoltProbe is a non-contact voltage tester that detects alternating current (AC) voltage from a distance of 0.16" (4mm) for safe evaluation of cables, circuit breakers, wall sockets, junction boxes, and other electrical wiring. This average-sensing tester helps provide accurate readings when measuring linear loads with a current or voltage that has a sinusoidal waveform. The tester illuminates red in the presence of AC voltage and operates from 50 to 1000V. It is powered by two alkaline AAA batteries and meets European Standards (EN) 61010-031 Category III 1000V. The VP-440 is designed for use by electricians, electrical contractors, and auto mechanics.

Specifications

Power supply AAA batteries (two, included)
AC voltage range 50 to 1000V
Weight (including batteries) 1.5oz./40g
Safety standard met International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC)/European Standards (EN) 61010-031 Cat III 1000V
Dimensions 5.8 x 0.8 inches / 147 x 20mm (H x W x D)

H is height, the vertical distance from the lowest to highest point; W is width, the horizontal distance from left to right; D is depth, the horizontal distance from front to back.

Electrical test meters report electrical circuit properties, such as voltage, resistance, capacitance, and continuity. Available in handheld or benchtop models, they detect electrical problems in equipment, wiring, and power supplies. A variety of probes, clamps, or leads connect the meter to a circuit or device. Single-function meters, such as battery testers and voltage testers, measure one property of a circuit; multimeters measure multiple properties. Electrical test meters display information either in analog form using a needle that moves on a calibrated scale, or in digital form using digits or a graphic representation on an LED screen. Meter choice includes the electrical properties to be measured and the anticipated range of results, and should have a rating that is higher than the maximum value of the anticipated range. An electrical test meter has multiple settings that correspond to potential ranges of values for the properties it can measure. A manual ranging meter requires the operator to flip through different settings until the correct range is reached. An autoranging meter cycles through range settings automatically until it reaches the correct range.

Amprobe manufactures electrical testing equipment for commercial, industrial, and home use. The company was founded in 1948 and is headquartered in Everett, WA.


Product Information

Technical Details
Part Number 2734332
Item Weight3.2 ounces
Product Dimensions7.8 x 3.3 x 1.4 inches
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Item model numberVP-440
Item Package Quantity1
Measurement Accuracy+/- 5 C
Display StyleLiquid Crystal Display (LCD) with a maximum reading of 19999
Special FeaturesAutomatic, positive implied, negative polarity indication
  
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Additional Information
ASINB000NI7BTW
Best Sellers Rank #7,514 in Home Improvement (See top 100)
Shipping Weight3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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Date First AvailableFebruary 20, 2007
  
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By B. Clark on December 6, 2012
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I have electrical projects coming up, where I need to cut into an existing circuit. I can turn off the circuit breaker, but in the attic, there's no way to know for sure if the power is off on the cable I need to cut. My search for a reliable non-contact voltage detector brought me here.

I must have looked over all the different brands here on Amazon. Many reviewers, unhappy with their present purchase, referred to the Amprobe brand as what they went to, or were going to buy. This was what made me decide to buy this specific non-contact voltage probe.

The Pros:
+ The shipping is free.
+ Comes with 2 AAA alkaline batteries installed.
+ Nothing to turn on, since it's always on.
+ Very sensitive, even detecting which side of the cable is HOT!

The Cons:
- Not the lowest cost non-contact voltage probe, but sometimes it's better to pay more for quality.
- No audible, just a red flashing light when a voltage is detected. Having an audible wasn't important to me, but some may want an audible with the light.
- As with most non-contact voltage probes, this probe can't detect voltage presence if the cable is shielded.

Notes:
▪ When I first tried the probe, it didn't work! I checked the batteries & they were good? The problem was with the battery compartment top, which wasn't screwed on tight enough. Once I tightened it securely, the probe worked perfectly.

► Update - January 19, 2013
I used this nifty tool today to verify the cable I was going to cut was the correct one & to verify the power was turned off.

I'm upgrading my rating from 4 to 5, as this tool saved me time & works perfectly!
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By B. electric on November 23, 2013
I've been a licensed electrician for over thirty years and love this tool. I use it just about everyday when checking for live circuits. With that said, never fully trust any tester and make sure you test it on a live circuit first. This tester will only read the live side of a romex cable, if you have it on the neutral side (white side) you will not get a reading and you might think the circuit is dead. This tester will not work on bx or amored cable. It is also wonderful for checking hot sides of switches or receptacles when troubleshooting a circuit. Be careful on three wire cables or exterior wire, you will get false readings...this tester blows away the klein tick tracer or the gb brand tick tracer. Although the amprobe does not make noise, (more battery life!) it is far more reliable then these other brand names.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By quality hawk on April 4, 2014
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This from a licensed supervising electrician of 30+ years, and working wire for 40 years.
Santronics introduced the non contact voltage detector a long time ago. Had one for years. Always on did not seem to have adverse effect on battery life. Eventually, it was replaced by the Amprobe, which is identical to the Santronics. And this is my second Amprobe, the first lasting many years with daily use until damaged. I prefer those with light only, no audible and no switch. Simple, with no frills and very dependable. Now, it should be noted that the individual package lists the range of this tester at 50 to 1000 Volts. The mfg website lists it at 100-1000 volts, and again at 110-1000volts. This is a big difference which cannot be overstated.
The voltage range determines the sensitivity and this is not a small issue. It dictates the application parameters. A tester with a range of 50-300 will respond at a greater distance (1 1/2-2") and is more of a DIY tool (basic power search). It cannot discriminate among a group of wires. A tester with a range of 90/100/110 to 1000v can do just that and is much more of a professional tool. My first Amprobe range was 100-600 volts. In use this testers function is typical of the higher range. I queried John Fluke (parent company that bought Amprobe) about this issue and they did not seem to care.(????) I find that to be remarkable. So, here is my conundrum. This is a great tool. The best among several that I own. It can discriminate among wires that are only millimeters apart. But the fact that the Mfgr. lists the tool at 3 different ranges and doesn't seem to care cannot be ignored in this review. It is worth the comment.
Final note. It is possible to get a false reading with these.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By mycarsanova on July 30, 2013
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Sometime times simple tools are the best. This tool travels in your pocket, is always ready, can be used in the noise, dirt and lack of good lighting in an industrial setting. Even the mechanics know how to use it! You can't get much better than that. Beats the daylights out of those new fangled ones that beep and blink and basically confuse the user. I highly recommend this detector for anybody who has to know if that 120-600 vac is lurking out there ready to bite 'em.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Borton on December 6, 2014
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Probe is not extreamly sensitive nor is it low sensitive. It quite rugged as long as you don't break the tip. They last a couple years before the battery needs replacing. I'm a electrician for 25 years and this is my prefered volt probe. Like any tool, you need to now where it works good and it's limitations.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By eric on December 4, 2013
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I love this hot stick. No on/off switch, no audible, high quality and durable. Doesn't start acting funny when batteries start getting low like all the other hot stick's I have used.
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