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Offline msknight

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Probe Holder
« on: October 01, 2021, 07:44:32 am »
I'm looking for a holder for my probes as resting them on the desk, the cables hang down, get caught and the probes get pulled off the desk.

I have found this - https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/255141004979?var=555132696159 - but it's in the US and postage and import to the UK is nuts. I believe it's a thingyverse print https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1188427 but I don't have a 3D printer.

Just need some ideas that won't cost an arm and a leg in the UK.
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Re: Probe Holder
« Reply #1 on: October 01, 2021, 09:15:37 am »
Tool Clips, AKA Terry Clips. You could probably screw them individually to the edge of your bench and have as many as you want.

You'll have to measure the diameter of your probes to get the right size.

https://www.wilko.com/en-uk/wilko-19mm-tool-clip/p/0345540

Available at Screwfix/Wilko/etc or online.

Edit: it looks like 19mm is the smallest they do in Wilko. Screwfix has them in 1/2" which might be small enough for scope probes?
https://www.screwfix.com/p/zinc-plated-tool-clips-10-pack/13985

I suspect with a bit of googling you will find smaller ones?
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Offline msknight

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Re: Probe Holder
« Reply #2 on: October 01, 2021, 09:47:13 am »
Good thinking. I use them in the shed for my garden tools. Didn't think they went down that small.
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Re: Probe Holder
« Reply #3 on: October 17, 2021, 01:39:04 pm »
Yep, check the gardening section in the hardware store. But, also check the tools, plumbing and electrical sections. Those isles also have unique hangers that might work for you.

If you can find a piece of plastic pipe, or hose, of the correct size, you could cut off rings, split the rings on one side and drive a screw through the other side. Or, just tack several laces onto a board and tie the probes on with the laces.

I am with you; cable management is an issue - a real pain in the neck. I just don't have any space to hang them. I ended up just winding them up, putting several of the same type in a Ziplock bag, writing information on the bags and seating the bags, vertically, in an open top box. It consumes a large spot on my bench, which I am not happy about, but at least I can find what I need and I am avoiding disasters.
 

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Re: Probe Holder
« Reply #4 on: October 19, 2021, 02:43:50 am »
Pomona, Fluke, and others make test lead holders that might work for probes as well as test leads.

https://www.pomonaelectronics.com/products/dmm-test-leads-and-probes/test-lead-holders
 

Offline bdunham7

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Re: Probe Holder
« Reply #5 on: October 19, 2021, 03:31:16 am »
I have these and they work fine, except if you put a lot of cables or probes on them, they need to be screwed to a base or edge rather than use the provided adhesive.

https://simonselectronics.co.uk/product/9175-test-lead-holder/

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Re: Probe Holder
« Reply #6 on: October 28, 2021, 07:51:27 pm »
I hang them on a band  that is screwed to the wall (elastic)

It probobly cleans the alligator clips a little too because they go into fabric. Some kind of fabric is best I think, you only need the other kind for BNC etc
I thought about putting a buncha banana plug into a block of wood so I can screw it to a wall and then plug banana jacks into it from under neath. Friction fit BNC would be nice too, so you can plug in a cable for storage but it would slide off if pulled.

slightly wears the cables, the best stuff anyway I keep in separate individual boxes because the dollar value is too high.

Also a bit of natural selection for the cables, if they fall out on the floor from being held in a banana jack, it might just be time to go.

For DMM/OSCOPE probes to hang, I would have to recommend them be hung from both ends after being inserted into a mold cavity. It might be OK wall storage
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