Electrical tracer tools

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Electrical tracer tools
Electrical tracer tools makes it possible to trace a single wire from Point A to Point B. (Hemera Technologies/AbleStock.com/Getty Images)

Using an electrical tracer tool, you are able to locate and trace live wires, broken wires, short circuits and electrical current leaks. There are different types of electrical tracer tools that are available. It is important to choose one that is designed for your intended purpose. Electrical tracer tools are available that trace phone, Ethernet and coax cables, as well as heavier wires that are hidden in walls or underground.

Amprobe Wire Tracer -- CT-100

The Amprobe Wire Tracer CT-100 will locate and trace wires in walls, floors, conduit and computer cables. It will trace live wires that are hidden underground up to a depth of four feet. With this electrical tracer, you can perform tests without having to interrupt the power. This wire tracer will also locate neutral, breakers and ground lines. It can pinpoint ground faults and shorts. This wire tracer will not interfere with any sensitive electronic machinery or equipment. The Amprobe Wire Tracer CT-100 traces 9-volt to 300-volt AC/DC wires. This is a heavy-duty wire tracer that can be used for industrial use.

Lan Tracker -- Multi Purpose Wire Tracer

The Lan Tracker will trace any non-energised or unshielded cables or wires. The compact receiver has LED lights that will glow brighter as the signal becomes stronger. It has an audible feature that will differentiate the transmitter signal from any other signals. The transmitter has four plug types that are encased inside of the unit; RJ-11 (phone), RJ-45 (ethernet), coax and alligator clips. This multipurpose wire tracer has an adjustable sensitivity that allows you to detect wires that are in close proximity.

FF310 Fault Finder

The FF310 Fault Finder is a DC-only open and short circuit electrical tracer. It can find and trace 6-volt to 42-volt wires, found in automobiles, trailers, motor homes, tractors, boats and electric powered automobiles. The FF310 Fault Finder has an automatic open/short detection and adjustable sensitivity. It has an eight-inch flexible probe that will allow you reach wires that are in congested places. It also has variable visual/audio signals that will provide you with quick and intuitive feedback on the proximity of the circuit or wires. It has adjustable sensitivity for any type of tracing. This unit provides complete non-contact technology, which means you are not required to pierce any wires. You can trace wires under carpets, behind panels, inside wire looms and under upholstery. The receiver has three selectable sensitivity levels: low, medium and high.

EXTECH CT40 Cable Identifier/Tester Kit

This cable identifier and tester kit will allow a single person to trace up to 16 cables at a time. The transmitter has 16 lines with shielded alligator clips. The Multimeter receiver features AC/DC current and voltage, diode, resistance and continuity. This electrical tracer can check 5 VDC to 16 VDC. Other functions include, auto power off, low battery indicators on both the transmitter and receiver, data hold and max hold.

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