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Hello,

Im a domestic installer looking for a quality multifunctional tester. Which one should I go for?

Thanks
 
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Guest123

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Hey.

Megger MFT 1552 or if you're flush a 1553.

A few guys on here use them, myself included and never had any bother with it.

Reasonable price too.
 
i have had a 1552 for a while now and cant fault it the only problems have been operator error:D
the eli readings on the no trip scale are usually a bit higher than on the hi scale and can vary if you test the same point a couple of times
 
I do a lot of testing and use a Megger MFT 1552, it's worth it for the RCD Auto test alone. Also, when you leave it on 'Ohms' and stick it on the mains, it doesn't go 'POP'.
If I had to moan, battery life could be better and getting a PFC means doing another ELI test, that's it.
 

lurch

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this subject interests me also. I would like to see some feed back from users of other testers ie. Kew tech , Robin or Fluke for a start. . . .
 
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Spudnik

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Have to admit that i have always used my trusty old Robin testers and i think im kinda stuck in my ways.

Used these when training all them years ago!
 
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kung

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Hi i use a kewtech KT61 costs £350 in screwfix and cheaper at wilts electrical its a good tester but should have got the KT64 as the 61 although good and small dont do pfc so calc needed thats not the prob but hasnt got trip lock on efli test and has a fixed 500v ir test voltage which is a pain as cant do selv/pelv etc having said that its still good and cheap small and lite.
Regards
Kung.
p.s. Never used megger but looks a good tester or socket n see and fluke etc.
 
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Spudnik

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Hi i use a kewtech KT61 costs £350 in screwfix and cheaper at wilts electrical its a good tester but should have got the KT64 as the 61 although good and small dont do pfc so calc needed thats not the prob but hasnt got trip lock on efli test and has a fixed 500v ir test voltage which is a pain as cant do selv/pelv etc having said that its still good and cheap small and lite.
Regards
Kung.
p.s. Never used megger but looks a good tester or socket n see and fluke etc.
Get a Robin. You know you want to.:D
 
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kung

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ok ! i ent never been one for an argument !
 
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securityvillage

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Fluke 1653 here and I love it. Have used Megger 1552 at college and it's also a great machine. Just biased though cos always been a Fluke fan
 

lurch

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mmmm, looks like megger has got the majority vote. Ok so any body know the most cost effective supplier?
 
fluke 1653...really good piece of kit now i got the hang of it, few problems at the start but it was down to user error. tech support was pretty good too.Also has phase rotation which is a requirement for the NIC.:)
 
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Spudnik

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fluke 1653...really good piece of kit now i got the hang of it, few problems at the start but it was down to user error. tech support was pretty good too.Also has phase rotation which is a requirement for the NIC.:)
For DI or approved?
 
17th.

It now requires phase rotation to be tested, where applicable.:)
i know that jason ;)

isnt gary saying that nic require your multifunction tester to do phase rotation :confused: as thats the way i read it

surely any suitably qualified spark knows the correct testing sequence and also know that its got nothing to do with the nic :confused:
 
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Spudnik

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i know that jason ;)

isnt gary saying that nic require your multifunction tester to do phase rotation :confused: as thats the way i read it

surely any suitably qualified spark knows the correct testing sequence and also know that its got nothing to do with the nic :confused:
No i know.

I probably confused matters.

The 17th calls for phase rotation to be tested (where applicable) and recorded on the cert whereas before, it was just tested.

And yes, the NIC seem to require the tester to have this if you go for approved (i think).

Im off to work now so i wont stick my nose in anymore :D:D
 
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Guest123

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Hey.

If your multi tester doesn't do the phase roration, a seperate unit is fine.

I got one myself from CEF, Ethos I trhink the make is.
 
Hey.

If your multi tester doesn't do the phase roration, a seperate unit is fine.

I got one myself from CEF, Ethos I trhink the make is.
sounds more like it lenny ;)

cant have the nic dictating which functions our testers have to have now as well :eek:

as long as youve got a full set of required testers you should be fine
 
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Guest123

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Tidy bit of kit that, I still got mine, had it for a few years now and still going strong.:)
 
Hi lads

Sorry if i've confused the matter. didnt mean that only the NIC require a phase rotation tester its just that it was mentioned at my last inspection. Havnt done 17th update yet, starts next thursday. suppose to have done it in january but it got pushed foreward. Cheers!
 
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TE_chomper

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got a megger 1553. Dont like the 'illuminated wand thing' thats the first thing I got rid of. The Bluetooth is more bother than its worth, also the issue of ELI results on HI and NO_trip; there is a discrepency in the results there too. Not too keen on the autoRCD testing - tripping the rcd 7 times in succession! The box could have been a bit easier to through all leads back in and close easily but the most vindicating thing about the megger is the fact that its so simple to use and worth every penny
 
got a megger 1553. Dont like the 'illuminated wand thing' thats the first thing I got rid of. The Bluetooth is more bother than its worth, also the issue of ELI results on HI and NO_trip; there is a discrepency in the results there too. Not too keen on the autoRCD testing - tripping the rcd 7 times in succession! The box could have been a bit easier to through all leads back in and close easily but the most vindicating thing about the megger is the fact that its so simple to use and worth every penny
something wrong there if your tripping the rcd 7 times:eek: should be 4 times by the meter and once by you for functional test. i would get that looked at ;)
 
I stand corrected, it is 4 times i.e

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i stand corrected:eek:
its just that ive never really used this feature(autoRCD) and just move up the dial.
the auto rcd function has to be one of the best features of the megger allowing you to wait by the rcd and reset it after each cycle instead of keep going between meter and cu to reset. i would persevere with it and you will see how easy to use and handy it really is ;)
 
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I thought I'd post this here rather than clog the forum with another thread...

After some years of working with ELV systems I'm taking my 17th Edition in May. I'm hoping to progress onto getting the NICEIC DISQ qualification by the end of the year. Bearing in mind that I'm only really looking to do domestic electrics and minor commercial electrics (a fused spur here and there for my current work) for the first few years I've looked at some cheaper testers and was wondering if anyone had any advice on them or other recommendations.

I've been looking at the Seaward PowerTest 1557 (same as Dilog 9083P?), the Alphatek MI3100 and the Kewtech KT64. I had heard the Alphatek can give inaccurate readings. And apparently the Kewtech's are the products of ex-Robin salesmen?!

If anyone could give me any help that would be great!
 
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Guest123

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Hey.

I had a KT64 for ages, still got it infact, still working.

Great bit of kit and cheap too. Well worth a look.
 
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HansFritznblitz

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I had been looking at the KT64 quite seriously. As I've had some use of old and new(er) Robin separates and quite like them. But my confidence in the KT64 was knocked after hearing Kewtech are Robin salesmen. And my experience of salesmen doing any proper work disheartens me (like one I worked for chopping the corner out of a door to mount a mag lock plate!). Also, the current prod/croc lead they sell it with... I would worry about the life span of the leads as they're just 4mm shrouded plugs that you slide a prod or croc onto. Surely that can't last long if you're using it regularly? If I knew the leads were proven to be ok it would probably become my number one choice.

EDIT: Having just re-checked the prices would it not be better at that price to go for a Megger 1552? After all, they're cheaper (on ISS, atleast).
 
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Guest123

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Hey all.

Like I said before I've had mine (KT64) for ages with absolutely no issues with leads or anything whatsoever.

Lurch mate, you got done I've seen them recently for £349 (may have been a special offer though). Where did you buy yours??
 
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what exactly does it mean when a tester is advertised as being 17th edition??

i take it the older models are still perfectly ok to use, or as i've just qualified to 17th and its my first tester i'm buying, should i go for a '17th edition tester'?
 
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Spudnik

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what exactly does it mean when a tester is advertised as being 17th edition??

i take it the older models are still perfectly ok to use, or as i've just qualified to 17th and its my first tester i'm buying, should i go for a '17th edition tester'?
Its just a marketing phrase.

All testers old and new are suitable, providing they carry out the tests listed in gn3
 

lurch

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Hey all.

Like I said before I've had mine (KT64) for ages with absolutely no issues with leads or anything whatsoever.

Lurch mate, you got done I've seen them recently for £349 (may have been a special offer though). Where did you buy yours??
Hey, Lenny, let me know where you have seen that price. I'll qoute to my wholesaler know and give him a hard time, and hopefully get a deal on summat else doen the line.

Cheers
 
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