|Item Weight||1.6 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||5.5 x 0.6 x 1 inches|
|Item model number||GVD-3504A|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
|Warranty Description||Five Year Warranty|
Gardner Bender GVD-3504A Circuit Alert Non-Contact Voltage Tester
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- A convenient tester that indicates the presence of AC Voltage from 50-600 Volts
- Easy-to-understand visual (flashing) and audible (beeping) indicators
- Built-in "safe test" feature assures batteries are operating properly
- UL Listed
- 1-year limited manufacturer's warranty
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Top Customer Reviews
This one is sitting in the junk pile.
Here are the reasons:
1) There is no positive on/off switch - you have to press on the clip to turn it on. This is the main design flaw with this unit.
If you don't make a good contact it can be off while you're testing and not chirp. This is a terrible design and is, in my opinion, dangerous! My new unit has a positive on/off switch. You just twist and it's on. When you're done you twist it back and it's off.
2) Requires 2 watch type batteries. These are expensive to replace and harder to find. My new unit takes standard AA or AAA batteries (I can't remember which) that are cheap and easy to come by.
Overall I would recommend passing on this unit.
Mine stopped working after about a year of light use.
I was able to repair mine, what had happened was the batteries were not connecting to the flimsy internal connection that has very little support. I had to prize the connection out, and place batteries and cap on slowly while testing it against an appliance cord. The beeping let me know that contact was finally being made.
There is no On/Off button, so if it gets "squeezed" in you tool box it will drain the batteries, since the metal clip on the outside is the "on" connection.
Like I typed, for a SERIOUS safety item like this, unacceptable construction. And good thing I tested the unit on other "known live" cables before I dug into the ceiling light electrical with a false sense of security. When you use it every few months, you tend to forget the self test chirp it is supposed to make.
I am going to spend some more money and get a pro model, electricity is not something to take lightly.
This unit seems durable and reliable. True, it may not be able to differentiate between a hot and a not hot wire that are a couple inches apart, but that isn't what it's designed to do! I just want to know if there is a hot wire in close proximity to what I'm about to work on. If I haven't used it in a while, I do test it by holding it near an outlet or switch that I know is hot.
Love, love, love this little tool! Worth every penny!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great in locating live or dead electrical wiring behind walls.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
I've had one for Years and found it to be very useful and reliable. I like that it gives light and audible signal. Always keep it in my shirt pocket, or clipped in my tool-belt. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Jim Zaccaria
in construction? don't have one? want to get electrocuted? why are you not buying this? I carry this every day on every job and never touch a wire until it says I can do it safely.Published 12 months ago by Anthony M. Romano Jr.
Piece of garbage. It does not work- it cannot detect a current. I tried new batteries and still...nothing.Published 16 months ago by CT
This is a very poorly designed, unreliable tool. It can turn on by itself in one's toolbox and run down the expensive, hard to replace watch batteries. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Desert Jack
I am a licensed commercial/industrial electrician. I use this on a daily basis. My favorite brand. No on/off button to remember to turn off. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Hot Tea
Quite sensitive, will indicate hot AC voltage at 1/2 to 1" away. I always have it with me when working on AC electrical circuits. Seems quite robust. Read morePublished on September 26, 2012 by K. Maletsky
This works to detect if electricity is running through a device (like a broken light bulb) Never assume that just because the light switch is off that the electricity is off. Read morePublished on May 18, 2012 by P. Moran