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Fluke AC285 SureGrip Alligator Clips

by Fluke
4.7 out of 5 stars 125 customer reviews
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  • Bucktooth alligator clip set for providing electrical connection or holding items
  • One red and one black in color
  • 8 mm jaw opening
  • For use with TL222 and TL224 test leads
  • Nickel plated steel jaws
  • One pair (red, black)
  • SureGrip accessories are designed to improve steadiness in slippery hands
  • Rubber overmolded surfaces and finger-hugging curves give the user a comfortable, reliable grip
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The Fluke insulated slide-on alligator clip set with flexible boots makes temporary connections for electrical testing. Flexible boots protect the operator from bare wires. The set includes one red and one black slide-on alligator clamp and is compatible with Fluke TL71, TL75, TL175 and TP175 test leads. The set meets Category III installations up to 1,000V, which covers items used with enclosed building circuit installations (such as service panel parts, branch circuits, and fixed installations that are connected directly to a building's AC power supply), and Category IV installations up to 600V, which covers equipment at the origin of the installation (such as electricity meters and primary over-current protection equipment). Fluke Corporation manufactures electrical testing tools and software for industrial and commercial applications.

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The Fluke AC285 SureGrip Alligator Clips are red and black and have a pair of nickel plated steel jaws. The multi-purpose tooth pattern grips anything from fine gauge wire to a 20 mm bolt head. Recommended for use with TL222 and TL224 test leads, they are CAT IV 600 V, CAT III 1000 V, 10 A rated and UL listed. The SureGrip over-molded surfaces and finger-hugging curves give the user a comfortable, reliable grip and improves steadiness in slippery hands. The Fluke AC285 SureGrip Alligator Clips are sold as one set per package. Fluke Corporation is the world leader in the manufacture, distribution and service of electronic test tools and software. Since its founding in 1948, Fluke has helped define and grow a unique technology market, providing testing and troubleshooting capabilities that have grown to mission critical status in manufacturing and service industries. From industrial electronic installation, maintenance and service, to precision measurement and quality control, Fluke tools help keep business and industry around the globe up and running.

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Technical Details

Part Number 1610159
Item Weight 2.2 ounces
Product Dimensions 7.9 x 3.8 x 0.9 inches
Origin China
Item model number 1610159
Style AC285
Material Rubber overmolded surfaces and finger-hugging curves give the user a comfortable, reliable grip on the accessory so they can focus on making an accurate measurement.
Item Package Quantity 1
Warranty Description 30 day warranty on material and workmanship

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ASIN B000HBDWUW
Customer Reviews
4.7 out of 5 stars 125 customer reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #21,456 in Home Improvements (See top 100)
#67 in Home Improvement > Electrical > Terminals
#89 in Home Improvement > Electrical > Testers > Multi Testers
#3,196 in Automotive > Tools & Equipment
Shipping Weight 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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Date First Available October 10, 2006

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Style Name: AC285 Verified Purchase
These are truely great clips. They are large with a wide jaw opening. Unlike other leads that are limited by a rubber boot for opening, these can open beyond 3/4 of an inch to clip to main lugs or bolts. They outside is insulated to the tip for safety leaveing only the inner jaws exposed. The bite is excellent and feels solid on a flat or square surface. These combined features make these clips the best I've ever seen and by far the safest.

Now they are somewhat pricey and very large. So they are not suited to all users nor applications, but for data logging or troubleshooting of equipment or switchgear, these are the ONLY leads I would trust to be left on their own. These will certainly be an investment since you have to buy the leads for them seperately. I'm using Fluke TL224 silicone leads. But any 4mm to 4mm banana leads should work for these.
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Style Name: AC175
I am in the I&C business and use my Fluke tools almost daily. After almost 18 years, I lost(it's really gone!) one of my clips that came with my Fluke meter,,, so I bought the latest/greatest AC175 clips, even though they were more expensive at the time. They fit just fine and initially seemed to work just as well, but I found that for continuity checks on the small conductors we sometimes use in the controls world, they did not work as consistently well as the original AC72 clips. Sometimes, you have to squeeze them to get a better clamp on the conductor!

I was a little disappointed with these and even more disappointed to learn as I scrounged the internet, that the AC72 is discontinued. I kept looking and bought some more AC72 clips. Afterward, I compared the two clips side by side, finding that it took more effort to open the clamp of the AC72 than the AC175. Seems the AC72 clamps better.

Overall I prefer the AC72 over the AC175 clips.

Good luck to you all & be safe out there. Dave
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Style Name: AC220 Verified Purchase
The rating probably "should" be 5 stars...
but,
I'm still bitter about the price.

They "are" well made.
The look and feel is there.
The plastic is top notch.
The gator teeth are good...

Just can't shake the feeling that I'm paying more for the logo than the clips.
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Style Name: AC175 Verified Purchase
Even though there are threads present, the AC175's indeed work with the standard Fluke unthreaded test leads (the TL75's commonly provided with Fluke multimeters such as the 1xx series). If you look into the threaded ends of the alligator clips, the "slide clamps" that securely hold unthreaded test leads are found beyond the threads, with the test leads plenty long enough to reach them. Fluke explicitly states that these work with the TL75's, as they in fact do.
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Style Name: AC285 Verified Purchase
I've bought alligator clips in the past and looked at several brands/types of alligator clips and while they usually do the job, more often than not, that is just it. They do the job, but there really isn't much to say about them. The Fluke AC285 are polar opposites to say the least.

Not only are they comfortable to use, even after extended time, but the teeth on these clips are truly impressive in their own right. Solid steel that is nickel plated, that is not only very strong, they also provide a ultra tight grip as well. In addition, they can grip anything from fine gauge to even 20mm nut. None of the alligator clips I've owned or looked at could very easily grab fine wire, let alone a 20mm nut.

However, not only are they nice to use, they are also safe as well. Not only do they have CAT III protection (600 volts), but they also have CAT IV protection as well (which is 1000 volts). I've seen CAT III protection on alligator clips, but to have CAT IV protection is just plain amazing and very much impressive. But the protection does not end there, they are also double insulated, but they also conform to the safety standard IEC 61010-031. Although I have some insulated alligator clips, none of them have the amount of safety precautions as this alligator has.

Now although this alligator clips won't fit a stand banana jack Multimeter, they do work with Fluke Test leads TL224 and even TL222. But if you have a multimeter that isn't from Fluke, there is a good chance the test leads (TL224/TL222) will work with just about any multimeter. On a personal note, just to test that theory, I tried these Fluke AC285 Suregrip Alligator clips on my Klein Tools MM200 Multimeter and as expected, these alligator clips do no fit.
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Style Name: AC220 Verified Purchase
I was expecting a slightly larger metallic teeth on this plunger type test leads. It is sturdy with a good strong spring action to it. It does open quite wide. I would have given it five stars if the metallic teeth were slightly larger for a better grip.Overall, The quality is very good. Up to Fluke standards and pricing. I feel $30.00 dollars to be a little over priced for test leads heads, tho.
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Style Name: AC285 Verified Purchase
There are two major types of alligator clips for test leads.

The most common type are the ones which have a rubber boot covering, and they either friction fit or screw onto the 2mm metal tip of a test lead probe. A good example of this is the Fluke AC175. This design has several significant shortcomings: First, the clip can only be opened a little ways before encountering resistance due to trying to stretch the rubber boot. Second, the object can only be accessed straight on (limited angles of attachment) due to the rubber boot. Third, the clip is on the end of the test probe. So, you have the weight of the wire and the leverage of the probe length trying to torque the clip off of it's attachment point. Fourth, the alligator clip is short which requires your fingers to be close to the attachment point (safety concern).

Now, let's look at the AC285 clips. They don't have a rubber boot, so there's no constraint on opening wide. The sides are open, so you can grip an object from the side. The part where you squeeze to open the jaws is way at the back of the clip, providing additional distance from the attachment point.

These clips do not go on the end of a probe with a permanently attached cable. Instead, they require the use of test leads which have banana plugs on both ends (such as the excellent Fluke TL224). To use these clips, you pull the probes (such as the excellent Fluke TP175E) off the end of the test lead and install the clip in place of the probe. This provides a very compact clip without the probe extra length. It's a modular system where you install whatever specialized end you need: probe (TP175E or TP220), alligator clip (AC285), extended alligator clips (AC220), extended hook clips (AC280), pincer grips (AC283), etc. Modular test leads are awesome, but pricy.

The build quality is excellent, the teeth are sharp, the closing spring is strong for a good grip. Overall, these are exactly what I was looking for.
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