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Triplett Fox & Hound HotWire 3388 Live Wire Circuit Tracing Kit with Tone Generator and Probe

3.9 out of 5 stars 55 customer reviews
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Brand Name Triplett
Part Number 3388
UPC 012300051651 , 614395001247 , 584814534253 , 031111418231 , 132017624754 , 881119932112
EAN 0132017624754 , 0584814534253 , 0012300051651 , 7241870614703 , 0614395001247 , 0881119932112 , 1374920791355 , 0031111418231
Item Weight 2.8 pounds
Number of Items 1
UNSPSC Code 43222643

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Product Features

  • Contains Fox HotWire Tone Generator (Toner) and a high performance Hound HotWire Inductive Amplifier (Probe)
  • Finds live wires on 120V and 220V circuits in walls, ceilings, and floors
  • Inductive tracer indicates magnetic fields with audio and visual signals
  • Tone generator has a warble or pulsed tone with adjustable pitch for guiding tracer to wires
  • Tracer has field effect transistor (FET) for detecting electrical fields and integrated circuit (IC) for detecting frequency

Product Description

The Triplett Fox & Hound HotWire is a live circuit tracing kit that consists of a versatile Fox HotWire Tone Generator (Toner) and a high performance Hound HotWire Inductive Amplifier (Probe). The Fox HotWire can powered by a 9 volt battery for Low Voltage tracing or it can be powered by the High Voltage line it is toning. The Fox HotWire can generate multiple tones (Pulse or Warble), provides a visual and audible continuity test, and integrates our own True Trace and TripLatch tests while providing overload protection up to 250 VAC. The Hound HotWire is a battery operated handheld lightweight Probe, with a thumbwheel Sensitivity control and Signal Strength indicator LED. It has a built-in LED headlights to illuminate dark areas and reduce fluorescent light noise, a bandpass filter to suppress unwanted frequencies, an earphone jack for noisy or quiet work areas, and an easy access battery cover. Currently located in beautiful New England, Triplett has developed and produced high-quality test equipment and tools for over 100 years. They stand behind every product. If you have any questions, or need service or repair, call their Technical Support Hotline at 1-800-Triplett. Triplett always loves hearing from customers.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 12 x 3 inches ; 2.8 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B0046SPMG4
  • Item model number: 3388
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,293 in Industrial & Scientific (See Top 100 in Industrial & Scientific)
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By Glo on November 13, 2013
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My daughter called to say they had no electricity in the master bath of a home we own so my husband went over and systematically went through every outlet, switch, etc. in the master bath. He checked out the attic where power came down to the ceiling fan in the master bedroom. He found absolutely nothing wrong. No flipped breaker, no loose/broken wiring, etc. We were at the point where we had to call an electrician when he said that if he could trace the circuits we could save the hundreds of dollars for an electrician. We found this on Amazon and bought it. Works like a charm. Found out that the bedroom beside the master had a broken wire in a receptacle where the builder had tapped off of to bring power to the master bathroom. After the broken wire was replaced by my husband the master bedroom was no longer dark. My husband has many years of experience with electricity even though he is not an electrician. I'm not sure I'd recommend someone unfamiliar with electricity doing what he did with the receptacles/switches/fans. The unit is now in Ohio where our brother-in-law is having a similar problem.
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I have tried other versions of these kind of tracers but this one works better than I would have anticipated. I was able to easily find wiring behind drywall/shear wall construction. Many similar (and cheaper) tracers can't do this. I have to assume that it is because this one has a better receiver/probe than others. As far as I can determine, it can see hidden cables up about 6 inches away but it can be significantly less depending upon what you are looking through. For example, concrete tends to block the signal. However, for most applications, I would tend to believe that this would do the job; it worked great for my applications.
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This device works exactly as described. I was able to trace energized and non-energized wire without much hassle. Once you understand the product and read the manual you can use this product effectively with minimal issues. I was able to trace my dog fence, some live outlets throughout my house and now I am going to take it to work (I am a Master Electrician). It has a feature called "TrueTrace" which helped me identify the exact wire I was looking for. I did use this to identify a breaker, but it is hard because if you read the manual this product is not specifically designed to find breakers. That is why they have certain products that do just that. I will admit I was wiry because of the reviews, but figured I could return if it did not meet my criteria. It went above my expectations. Now that I have used this product I am going to take a look at other triplett products. Overall, product worked well, felt well built, and was designed well.
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Pretty fantastic tester compared to:

(a) the price, in view of what my local supply shops were asking for similar Ideal and Fluke products (neither of which could do live circuits), and

(b) my network cable tracer, which in the past has worked on AC wiring in a pinch, but doesn't have great range

I used this unit to trace a ridiculously long bedroom circuit that had a mystery short. I traced something close to 200' of 15 gauge, including through a section of 18" concrete floor that has a 6-inch topping slab on 2 inches of foam insulation over it, and also through about 50' of 12 inch concrete wall, loaded with double rebar.

Steering this probe requires a bit of patience, trial and error, and disconnecting a few junction boxes along the way. There's the potential for bleedover into parallel wires, and the signal will propagate through common neutrals (actually a good thing -- caught a few that shouldn't have been!), but with a little bit of attentive use it becomes pretty easy to figure out good from bad leads.

As others have stated, NOT a good circuit breaker finder. It'll do in a pinch, but I recommend spending the few bucks on the dedicated tool if that's what you need.

The live wire function works flawlessly, the tone generator is adequately loud and discernible, and I got much more use out of the continuity tester than I imagined, mainly because it was already connected to the wires, vs. disconnecting and clipping up my multimeter.

So while this tracer doesn't work miracles and has a bit of a learning curve, it's really great at what it does, especially for the price. Wholehearted recommendation.
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Getting the right sensitivity setting is tough, but it does some pretty long runs. Got it 'cause my electrician had one and I was chasing wires myself. Finding the 'plug in' sensors better(for circuit breakers) as when chasing circuits, turning off breaker shuts off the sender. This unit sends no matter what. Find the Model 3399 a little better for chasing the open circuits...
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Needed it to work as described to figure out what a handyman did to bedroom electrical & it didn't. No matter how we set the sensitivity it was giving us a baseball game on a AM radio station better then then it was toning the wire.
Ended up using my 20yr old cat5 toner(has alligator clips) to trace from receptacle box to receptacle box & then to panel.

And on the baseball game, home team won :)
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