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Offline fievels

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Anyone else have this problem?
« on: January 24, 2017, 06:17:49 am »
Often, I find myself in the situation where I need to measure power at a specific junction, but found nothing to connect my test probes too  |O.  This happens over and over... whether it's a screw, bolt and nut, or terminal block.   In fact, this happens enough that me and my boss worked for a solution.

Check us out.  Let me know if our product would help you too.  We really appreciate any support we can get on this.
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Online JPortici

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Re: Anyone else have this problem?
« Reply #1 on: January 25, 2017, 03:08:22 am »
yay i guess?
i have BNC coax and banana cabales on which i soldered alligator clips or faston or rings or whatever i needed if i needed something at all (usually i just use two alligators, one side on DUT other on probe)
 
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Offline Kean

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Re: Anyone else have this problem?
« Reply #2 on: January 26, 2017, 01:55:49 am »
I like the idea, and was a little tempted because I like gadgets and to be prepared.
But it's pretty hard to justify that price when a bit of wire, or a hacked crimp terminal, would probably do.
If your making these in small quantities, then you don't have the cost of tooling dies, but also no real economies of scale.
 
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Re: Anyone else have this problem?
« Reply #3 on: January 30, 2017, 05:43:42 am »
Hey, ..well thanks for checking us out! 

I agree that a length of wire will work in a pinch.  Those oscilloscope probe grabber tips are designed to attach to #16 AWG wire ..and not much else.  But.. that's not ideal, right?!  Here are a couple situations we ran into:

1. You are working in a cabinet with limit space, you need extra nimble fingers to get wires wrapped around bolts and securely fastened.
2. If your test lead is smaller than other wires in a DIN Rail type block.. then it just pulls right out! 
3.  And, wires have other problems.. like they can get into places you don't want them to and short out your system.

As far as hacking a crimp terminal.. if you got the time and skills, I say do it!  We love the DIY kind of hacker community.  Or,.. if you like our product but the price is too high for you.  We are in the process of making a how-to tutorial on how to make these guys (probe2bolt adapters) for yourself at home.  You just need to buy a sheet of brass and some cheap tools that you can modify.  The only downsides to the DIY version is that the adapters won't have a professional cut and they won't be nickel plated. 

Thanks again!
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Re: Anyone else have this problem?
« Reply #4 on: February 17, 2017, 03:25:11 am »
I would like a dmm version
 

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Re: Anyone else have this problem?
« Reply #5 on: February 17, 2017, 06:18:11 am »
Marketing tip: If you hide your stuff behind vague questions like "Anyone else have this problem?", a lot of people who might potentially be interested are never going to bother reading it.
 
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Re: Anyone else have this problem?
« Reply #6 on: August 28, 2017, 10:35:33 am »
The thing that kills your neat idea is that a typical scope probe with hook adapter will fit up the middle of and hook onto the barrel of a normal cheap DIN 46237 Blue (14 to 16 AWG) crimp terminal once you remove the Nylon insulator, without *ANY* metalwork.  Just about every tech who deals with these sorts of terminals will have an assortment of DIN 46237 crimp terminals handy and a heat source normally used for heatshrinking to soften the nylon enough to pull it off.  At under $0.10 cost they are cheap enough to leave in place on any terminals that wont be subject to a code inspection.
 

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Re: Anyone else have this problem?
« Reply #7 on: August 29, 2017, 07:56:59 am »
There are already good professional probe-to-4mm adaptors, even some with safety shrouds. And then use lugs with a 4mm jack. It can't be considered a proper adaptor if you have to use a hook clip.
 

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Re: Anyone else have this problem?
« Reply #8 on: August 29, 2017, 08:43:38 am »
Ehm, just soldering or wrapping a little wire around connector/'junction' is probably to difficult?????
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Re: Anyone else have this problem?
« Reply #9 on: August 29, 2017, 12:38:50 pm »
This is an old thread.  I regret the click-bait title.  Please stop telling us how much the idea sucks.  The message has been well received and we have moved on to a product with a much broader appeal. 

edit:  not triggered.  just don't want people wasting their time.
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