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Amprobe VP-440 Non-Contact Volt Detector

by Amprobe

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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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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
  
Technical Specification
Additional Information
ASINB000NI7BTW
Best Sellers Rank #27,364 in Home Improvement (See top 100)
Shipping Weight3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
ShippingCurrently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
Date First AvailableFebruary 20, 2007
  
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  • 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.


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Customer Reviews

I know these testers very well and would recommend either.
quality hawk
It is also wonderful for checking hot sides of switches or receptacles when troubleshooting a circuit.
B. electric
I'm a 06 electrician this is one of the best amprobes out there..
luis garcia

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

12 of 12 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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8 of 8 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By quality hawk on April 4, 2014
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 that, to me, is no coincidence. I know these testers very well
and would recommend either. Hands down this is my favorite. Simple,
dependable and no frills.

It should be noted that Amazon incorrectly lists the range of this tester at
50 to 1000 Volts. The mfg lists it at 100-1000 volts. This is a big difference.
The voltage range determines the sensitivity. A tester with a range of 50-300
will respond at a greater distance and is more of a DIY tool (basic power search).
I have a 50-300 and it will light thru the finish plate of a wall switch. It cannot
discriminate among a group of wires.
The range of 90+ volts requires getting close (less than an 1/2 inch) and is better
suited to working multiple wires e.g. a small single enclosure.
Final note. It is possible to get a false reading with these. If you are holding
a hot circuit conductor with one hand while holding the tester against another
hot conducter with the other hand, the tester may light from the potential thru
your body. Avoid holding other wires with your free hand.
Conditions of high humidity exaggerate this phenomenon.
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2 of 2 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 Jason Kelly on March 15, 2014
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It is a great tool that is not overly sensitive and I have owned one prior to this purchase
Thank you
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By William J. Kapa on February 27, 2014
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As a Professional Home Inspector --this is the top-of-the line 'Hot stick' on the market. OSHA approved--great item!! Sensitive and effective.
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D Hauenstein on January 3, 2013
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very accurate. Be careful, if you have it in a pocket and sit on it, the shaft where the batteries are can break
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