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looking for a tester at the mo, just wanting sum ppl's views on the testers around, which ones to avoid and which ones are good value for money?

regards luke
 
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simopesh

Well, electricians are normally using either Fluke or Megger. I personally decided to go out of this vogue and both Alphatec Metrel Eurotest AT.
So far so good. Does everything for me. Do not suffer Fluke’s annoying lead blues. Also, I have one additional accessory called Easyswith that gives me the R1+R2 value strait away. Still haven’t used the auto-sequence feature so I can’t comment on that!
 
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city spark

Well, electricians are normally using either Fluke or Megger. I personally decided to go out of this vogue and both Alphatec Metrel Eurotest AT.
So far so good. Does everything for me. Do not suffer Fluke’s annoying lead blues. Also, I have one additional accessory called Easyswith that gives me the R1+R2 value strait away. Still haven’t used the auto-sequence feature so I can’t comment on that!
Simon what kind of money would i have to spend to get either of these meters
 

jeremy

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Somewhere else on the site a poster posted (as they are want to do) that they picked up a 1653 brand new for £530 on ebay. i paid a lot more than that for mine and I still consider it to be good value. I find that the comfy strap and the curved back very useful if you're going to be using it for any period of time eg an 8 way CU. You can also drop them from 2 metres with no ill effects.
 
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WarrenG

I use the Megger MFT1552 which I really like. Some good features. I like the Auto Rcd and No trip loop features. :)

Good all round tester and a sure favourite. Although there is now a Megger MFT1553 out which you can use with bluetooth.

I was toying with a Kewtech KT64 which had just come out and there was some good deals on it. One feature it did have that I like was all the RCD readings on one screen as oppose to the Megger where you scroll back for the readings.
 
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simopesh

Simon what kind of money would i have to spend to get either of these meters
Eurotest AT currently is the most expensive multi tester on the market. (£850 including VAT from Instrument Sales and Services) I personally love the ease of use features. Also used Flukes and Megger and honestly I can’t say anything bad about them.
The pricey Eurotest AT is based upon the auto-sequence feature that I have not yet used – shame! Just do not have time to set it up.
Avoid Di-Log no mater what the manufacturers are saying for it. When measuring continuity it gives you a warning of over 400 volts!
 
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TPES

Im after some advice.

I've got the Metrel Instaltest 61557 Multifunction tester. http://www.metrel.si/products/electrical-installations-safety/multifunction-testers-eurotest-family/mi-2087-instaltest-61557.html

I have been looking at getting the megger 1552 tester.. But i dont know what the difference's are between the 2 testers. Can one of these testers test more than the other? does one have more functions??

Am i better off just keeping my Metrel tester?

The photo i have attached is a list of what the metrel 61557 is capable of.. maybe you could compare this to your megger 1552 and let me know the difference??

Cheers all

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I just found this spec list on the test4less website on the..

metrel 61557.......

14 in 1 "All In One Tester"
Will not trip any RCDs on Loop Test
Complete with Instalink PC Software
Stores and Downloads 1000 Results
Optional Tap It Software
Voltage Safe on all ranges
Complete with Test leads & Carry Bag Tests Carried Out:
Insulation Test 50-1000V in 10V steps
Continuity Test @ 200mA, R1 & R2
Continuity Test @ < 7mA for fault finding
RCD Auto Test only one visit to
RCD whilst all 6 Tests are carried out
RCD Ramp Test
RCD Contact Voltage Test
RCD x 1/2 x 1 x 5, 0 Deg - 180 Deg
Loop Test ZE/ZS PE 110, 240, 415V
PSC Test, Automatic, PE and PN
'TripLock' prevents RCDs tripping when carrying out Loop Test
Polarity Test
Light / Lux Test (Optional)
Locator Test (Optional)
Voltage / Frequency Test


The price difference on the megger 1552 and the metrel 61557 is £15, so i wouldnt of thought they would be much in it...


So... The megger or metrel ??
 

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kung

I have a kewtech kt61 not the best but cheap and small does all the part p tests and 17th ed compliant only thing is doesnt do pfc so need to cal easy enuf and only has a fixed 500v insulation resistance test voltage so no selv/pelv but at £350 in screwfix its cheap as chips and i have seen it for £287 !
If you can put up with these 2 inconv then its a good multi. kt64 seems good.
almost forgot doesnt have trip lock.
 
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raylewis

Been using the di-log 9083P for the past 6 months and have never had a problem with it.Carries out all the necessary tests.
Never had 400v warning on any continuity tests
 
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TPES

MFT 1552 for me.:cool:

This is what im looking at MFT 1552, I just need someone to compare this unit with what ive previously wrote about my metrel tester.. Can someone compare the 2 for me as i dont know the full functions of the megger tester 1552
 
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Guest123

Hey.

I've heard the new Fluke multifunction 1650 "B" series are way overpriced. Apparently all the snags from the old modesl have been ironed out - we'll just have to wait and see.

Looking at the spec for the Metrel it seems that it has more features than the megger.
 
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Spudnik

Are the Robin testers expensive.Have heard they are pretty good.:confused:
Im afraid im of the 'old skool' brigade (although im not that old) and have always used separates.

Robin dont actually makes the testers anymore (i think) but the Kew Tech range are identical as they took over the making of them.

Have a look here:

17TH EDITION TESTERS BUY ONLINE OR CALL.
 
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simopesh

I have used a few Robins, however, RCD trips when testing internal Loop. Not always but it does it often enough to annoy you. The Kewtech does it too.
The Megger is nice although a lot less features then Metrel Eurotest AT - cheaper too. If you want to spend less go for the Megger, if you want the best go for the Eurotest AT.
 
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Spudnik

It sometimes helps is, after the first trip you reset and test again.

The only problem i find with the 'no trip' tests on the meggers etc, is that it takes an age to carry out the test.
 
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hungy5

I have done alot of research and after many of months i now had brought a Megger MFT 1553 with powersuite onsite...great machine ....if anyone into saving time at the end of the day backup all the test on PC very handy..!!!

I paid £677.35 at iswww.co.uk.......much cheaper than fluke !!!

My mate go tthe fluke 1653...he said alway give him trouble....if take second read at the same test tend to given different reading....then he change for megger working fine ever since......hope this would help you guys..!!!!

If anyone got the fluke 1653B I would like your feedback...???
 
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62patrick

Hi, we had separates then moved on to the robin 1610 , them we got a Eurotest and install test these did the job, then in a moment of weakness I brought two KT64’s very happy with these got a top deal from my local wholesaler.
When I was buying them one of the Directors from Kewtech came through the door of the wholesalers ( a guy called Chris ) got stacks of stuff free 2 x full sets of lightmates, 2 x voltage indicators Kew1700 and a proving unit all for less than £500.00 each. I’ve just got the FC1000 check box and we are very impressed with that so for me price, ease of use, Kewtech is tops.:)
support your local wholesaler and ask them for extra discount and free stuff, if you don’t ask you don’t get.:)
 
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darking

I do extensive New biuld and Periodic testing and for the last five years have used a Fluke with Megger test leads. A nice feature with Fluke is i keep all my stickers and hand tools in the tool tray built into the box, which is also a good seat to sit on.I dislike what I have seen of the Robin Lego boxes which are clumsy to use and have weak lids. But use what works for you
 
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DurhamSparky

di log 9083p!!

only down side was it never had a neck strap but now dilog have released one (they rang me the day before release to inform me it was been sold) and i was Offcially the first person to buy one!! " woop woop!! (well wholesaler was first one but i was end customer!! how nice is that feeling! lol
 
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megthemaddog

Fluke 1762

Works well dose every thing i want it to do and survived getting rained on when i left it out side for a bit in a down poor dran it out drided for two days calibrated back up fine

Tim
 
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MvP Electrics

my fluke 1653 is good, heard meggar is a bit better cos u only use 2 lead for ELI test.
 
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eskimo39

Fluke 1652B got it for £600 with Socket tester, test sheets & Voltage tester. Sold the extras for £100 on ebay

Love it.
 
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horsleya

I have been looking at the various testers and threads but before purchasing I wondered if many people had used the data storage and upload facilities of these testers.

I prefer the Megger 1553 to the fluke 1653 mainly as I have used the Megger and have seen many threads about reliability issues with the Flukes.

However the blue Tooth function on the megger appears very limited as I would have to carry a smartphone with me, whereas the fluke can store all of the data for uploading later.

Does anyone have an opinion on the data storage and upload functions of these testers?

Is this just a fad or is it actually better then the more tradition pad and pen approach?
 

UNG

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I have the Metrel Eurotest 61557 and use the data storage function as it provides a date and time audit trail of the tests carried out I also write the results on the the certificate and attach a copy of the results downloaded from the tester to verify those on the cert
 
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horsleya

Thanks, I have not looked at the Metrel's but I shall now.

They do not appear to be so widely disussed but I take it that you are very happy with yours?
 
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garyinderby

i also use a metrel, can store upto 400 test results. so test all day long, go home download and print. job done.:)
 

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