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Gardner Bender GFI-3501 GFCI Outlet Tester

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  • Tests ground fault receptacles by overloading circuit and tripping GFCI
  • Easy to use
  • Tests for seven conditions
  • Succession of yellow and red lights provides indications of circuit status or specifies wiring errors
  • Tester trips GFCI between 6-9 mA
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Product Description

Product Description

GFI OUTLET TESTER GFI-3501. Easy to use - simply plug tester into any 110/125V AC ground fault receptacle and press black button. Detects 6 common wiring errors in standard & GFCIprotected outlets. Seperate GFCI test button tests standard outlets to GFCIs. Sold as each. For 110-125 volt AC. Red. UL listed. Manufacturer number: GFI-3501. Country of origin: China. Distributed by Gb Electrical.

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Tests ground fault receptacles by overloading circuit and tripping GFCI.

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Technical Details
Part Number GFI-3501
Item Weight1.6 ounces
Product Dimensions2 x 1 x 3.5 inches
OriginChina
Item model numberGFI-3501
Item Package Quantity1
  
Additional Information
ASINB00170KUPC
Best Sellers Rank #13,828 in Home Improvement (See top 100)
Shipping Weight2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
ShippingThis item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
Date First AvailableAugust 17, 2005
  
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Customer Reviews

This tester works great.
G. Proulx
The test button works as expected to trip the GFCI outlet.
Mark from Virginia
A handy testing device for anyone.
Gauda

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This comparative review is for:

- Gardner Bender GFI-3501 Outlet and GFCI Tester
- Klein Tools RT200 GFCI Receptacle (Outlet) Tester
- Extech Instruments ET 10 GFCI Receptacle Tester
- Triplett 9610 "Plug-Bug 2" GFCI Receptacle Tester

OVERVIEW:
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All 4 can be used to look for common faulty wiring in common U.S. household outlets and GFCI outlets, as well as test if GFCI functionality is operable, aka it will trip and cut things off when called on to do so.

All except the Gardner Bender have the mini-LED for GFCI testing to confirm the test button made contact, though that alone shouldn't be a deal breaker I would think.

All 4 appear to work.

Let's find a way to help choose one over the other.

(1) BUILD QUALITY, FIT & FINISH:
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The plug PRONGS for all of them don't wiggle, their ground prongs are fully formed, not the cheap looking u-style some have, and they all push into sockets easily.

The CASES of all except the Gardner Bender are almost exactly alike except the Klein case appears better manufactured, next best manufactured was the Extech, and finally the Triplett. The pieces fit together best and more flush with the Klein than the other two, there are less gaps between the plastic pieces and fewer surface imperfections.

The Gardner Bender CASE is different than the others and its build quality is excellent, at least on par with the Klein, it looks the least cheap of the four.

The Gardner Bender instructions announce that the unit is double insulated, "the tester is protected throughout by double insulation or reinforced insulation". I don't know how this compares to the other three.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By G. Proulx on February 25, 2012
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This tester works great. As mentioned in a previous review, it is a little difficult to differentiate between the white and yellow markings on the label, but it isn't too difficult if you are in adequate lighting. The GFCI testing ability also is a nice addition.

As a clarification, this is a normal outlet tester that can be used on non-GFCI outlets, but it also has an extra button that adds the ability to test if the GFCI trips when it is supposed to.

As one who knows little about electric, this helped me when updated an outside plug with a better weatherproof box. I wanted to make sure the outlet was wired correctly since some other lines in our house aren't. I also wanted to test the GFCI tripping. This tool worked great!

Hope this was helpful. If you have any questions or need any clarification, feel free to leave a comment.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Klein on July 12, 2013
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I have used this tester for several months and found it to work well, although the rounded front edges make is difficult to remove from a really tight outlet. The thing that aggravates me and really makes me wonder about the quality of this tester is that the labels came off. When we got into summer and my hands got sweaty during some inspections, the label loosened and then came off the tester. The glue, with some of the paper used for the label stayed on the tester. But, that is not very useful, right?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By E. Ward on January 6, 2013
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I was playing my electric guitar in my basement a couple months ago when I felt a mild tingle in my hands. After reading up and considering getting my amplifier repaired, I decided to spend a few bucks on a tester first. I found out that despite having three prongs, none of the outlets in the basement are grounded. If I knew that before I bought the house, I would have made the seller fix it.

This tester works great, is easy to read, and is very inexpensive.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By W. Jung on February 20, 2012
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For a tool that is a safety tester, it's not all that safe when it's hard to read the color coding label on it. I used a black marker and filled in the "white" markers, which helps, but if you don't have good vision, it's safer if you write it out on a big piece of paper. :D

But everything else is fine, the GFCI test button responds well, and it's very sturdy. And I like that it's rounded rather than edged, so it fits nicer in your pocket.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gregory M. Kreiger on April 28, 2013
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I recently purchase a new home and needed to check the outdated wiring. This little device identified all of the deficiencies in the home. It found ungrounded outlets with ease and did not miss any of the reverse wired outlets. I am very happy with this outlet tester.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Scott B on July 12, 2012
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Great item as I had issues with my new GFCI plugs in my new home. I plugged in the outlet and it lit up to a code stating open negative. The electrician new exactly where the problem was and fixed within 2 minutes after arrival.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Just Jim on May 30, 2014
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When I first looked at this tester in hand I did not understand why the label legend only showed red and white indications.

I had to use an infrared light to see which indicators on the label were supposed to be yellow. I have normal color vision. The yellow color is printed too lightly to discriminate it from the white indicator legends. It looks like several other brands of tester sold here at Amazon have the same kind of label. The yellow color shows up fine in the product photo but not so well in real life.

Putting that aside, the tester seems well made. The GFCI test function works fine. The prongs are a bit thicker than they should be and the tester does not want to plug in without exerting a bit more pressure than for most plugs. The prongs, even the ground prong, are solid metal.

I will find a yellow marker or something similar to try and touch up these faded little "yellow" symbols. It is disappointing that an otherwise fine product is marred by this sort of manufacturer carelessness. If this problem is not an issue for you, I recommend this tester. It's cheaper than most and built very solidly.

I want to be able to understand at a glance what the lights are telling me. I'll be returning this and getting the more expensive (but legible) Amprobe tester instead.
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