Fluke Introduces New Installation Tester Models
- Published: Wednesday, 08 December 2010 18:37
Fluke, the global leader in portable electronic test and measurement technology, has introduced two new models, the Fluke 1654B and the Fluke 1652C, to its highly successful range of rugged, easy-to-use Fluke 1650B Series of Installation Testers.
The Fluke 1654B enhancements include RCD type B testing and increased data storage, while the Fluke 1652C includes a phase sequence indicator. The Fluke 1650B Series of multifunction Installation Testers are designed for high productivity testing and verification of domestic, commercial and industrial electrical installations.
The new Fluke 1652C is the ideal tester for all domestic applications, covering all the basic needs for testing to the 17th Edition wiring regulations / Part P of the building regulations. The Fluke 1653B is the ideal tester for professional trouble-shooters working in both domestic and commercial applications. The new Fluke 1654B is the complete tester for virtually all electrical wiring installations in domestic, commercial and industrial applications. The Fluke 1654B adds smooth DC-sensitive RCD type B testing for buildings equipped with solar panels and offers milliohm resolution for loop and line testing. Both the 1653B and 1654B offer internal memory which has now been increased for up to 1500 readings, and both operate with the new Fluke DMS software which enables printing of professional documentation.
All three models show two measurements at once on a dual display. This can show PEFC/PSC and loop impedance results in parallel negating the requirement to run the tests separately, more than halving the test time of some loop testers. They also feature a high-current loop test which gives extremely fast measurements when testing in circuits where no RCDs are being used. They offer both non trip and the high current test so the user can select depending on the application. In addition there is fast voltage measurement between L-N, L-PE and N-PE using the mains cord, with no need to change measurement connections.
There is a PASS/FAIL indication for RCD test results, and a variable RCD current mode for customised settings. Requiring no separate batteries, a slim probe with test button supplied with the testers enables initiation of a test without the need to access or reference to the front panel when probing hard to reach points. An Earth Volt Touchpad detects earth voltages raised above 50V to indicate potentially dangerous situations.
The Fluke Installation Testers are compact, lightweight (less than 1.2 kg) and have a padded neck-strap to free testers’ hands for testing. For ease of use, a rotary dial clearly indicates which function is selected, and provides access to all functions in one place to avoid complex multi-level menus, so that even after a long period of non-use the tester remains intuitive to use. A large display with backlight uses clear symbols and has an exceptionally wide viewing angle for easy and safe readings.
All Fluke 1650B Series models have detachable standard 4-mm leads that can be replaced if damaged or lost, and require no customised special connectors. A Zero Adapter ensures easy, reliable and accurate test lead and mains cord compensation. The adapter can be used for all kinds of mains plugs and test accessories like probes and alligator clips.
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