|Item Weight||6.4 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||12.33 x 8.11 x 7.17 inches|
|Item model number||5513|
|Is Discontinued By Manufacturer||No|
|Manufacturer Part Number||5513|
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Easily checks 6 and 12 Volt systems. Has 5 foot heavy-duty lead. Tough plastic handle lights up if circuit is good. Lead remains flexible in low temperatures.
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The wire inside looks about 16 gauge. The sheathing is about 1/4" thick. The battery clamp is the difficult type, too hard to press but not that hard if you move the black plastic cover back, which easily moves back. The max you can open the clamp jaws is about 9/16", and does not fit over a battery terminal. It clamps onto the battery clamp bolts just fine. The metal pointer looks to be low grade stainless steel, and does not have any heat shrink over it to prevent it from touching something sideways. Easy enough to add, if that's your thing. There is an annoying label attached to it that says it contains lead and not to remove the label. The pointy end does have a little clear plastic sleeve over it to keep you from poking yourself, although the pointy end almost goes right thru the sleeve. The sleeve could be a little narrower to prevent this, but this is really nit picking. It uses a chinese bulb that I can't make out the part number on due to how low quality the stamping is. The bulb is soldered with a small dot of solder to the spring inside, which is nice until you have to replace the bulb.
For my fellow diagnosticians who know how to actuate solenoids with a test light, I measured current flow with a Fluke 88 meter. The incandescent bulb pulls about 195 - 200 milliamps (varies with bulb temperature), and with the car off and battery voltage around 12.6, which makes this about a 2.5 watt bulb. In-rush current (measured with my Fluke meter, not a scope) is about 243 milliamps. Of course, the meter isn't fast enough to read true in-rush current. This is enough amperage to probably actuate most low-current solenoids at least partially, and pretty typical for an incandescent test light.
Overall, I would say the the three weakest links here are the chinese bulb is soldered to the spring, which means bulb would be difficult to replace. The clamp is the annoying hard to press type that won't open far enough, and the plastic end cap that holds the cord relief spring is probably breakable, eventually rendering the tension relief spring useless. Especially if you're rough with it. It has a seem, which will surely be where it begins to break, eventually.
The strong points are the thick cord, the plastic body seems solid and clear as glass, the strain relief spring, and the price. But for under ten buckaroos shipped, it seems like a decent light that's well built for that price point and it's cheap enough to just order another one if it breaks. The price of this test light is probably what it costs for one bulb from the tool truck, so why not give it a try. If it fails prematurely, I will try to update you. I am a professional, but don't use these every day.
This is a nice unit. Cord is nice and heavy, no flimsy stuff here. The clamp is nice and strong and really gets a good connection.
I wish the cord were longer, but I knew what I was getting when I bought it, so I can't complain about it.
Would definitely buy again.
The wire they use is heavy duty, with a good clip on it.
The probe end is plenty long, perfect for testing.
The light is replaceable, and everything considered, this tester is a great bargain!
A must have tool for anyone who works on there own electrical auto system.
I needed a new one after digging out my 20 year old tester, and decided it needed replacing.
Needing to trace down a short, and my probe end was broken off, I'm really happy I found this one.
High quality tool & would highly recommend it to anyone!