Filed under: Network Products, Test Equipment, Tools and Cases
When it comes to repairing phone lines and LANs it can cause a problem when you don’t have the right equipment with you. This is especially true when you fix and repair these data and voice connection lines for a living. With the new and improved Black Box Voice/Data Tool Kit you will have all the tools you need to make phone and LAN line repairs complete in a timely fashion which saves you time and money.
One Tool Kit For Multiple LAN and Telephone Line Jobs
One of the best things about this tool kit is that is features a line of high quality products and tools which are essential when it comes to phone and LAN line repairs. It is designed solely to hold all the tools required for repairing voice and data applications, and features up to around 30 different items which will get the job done first time including stripping tools, cables, and multiple adapters to name a few.
This kit is a great choice for any networking installations, wiring, or repairs, and is available with a heavy duty black shell case. The hard shell case provides all users with a protective feature which allows for all your tools to be safe and secure when used within heavy wear and tear applications. The best part about it is that is provides a coded locking mechanism which enables for your tools to be protected against theft. That gives you peace of mind.
With its nifty pockets it can feature a comfortable holding area for all specified tools and feature easy to open Velcro closures which provide easy access to certain sections and tools of the tool kit. With the removable top and bottom tool trays you can easily take the tools with you without the hard shell when working in tighter applications.
So before you find out you haven’t got the right tools for the job, why not take a look at this data and voice tool kit to see exactly how much it can benefit you when on the job.
Filed under: Electrical, Test Equipment, Uncategorized
Sick and tired of having high electricity bills each time? Well with the Kill A Watt™ power meter you can now calculate the electricity costs of your appliances each day of the year. This power meter is great for home use and allows you to easily keep your power bills under control. With so many different yet simple features you will be able to work out if an appliance is using up more power than needed.
Save Money And Power With a Kill A Watt Power Meter
This power metre reader provides an easy to use and read LCD display which features volts, kilowatt hours, watts, amps, Hz, and VA. It can easily help to forecast the costs over the coming year and is designed to provide an accurate rating by up to 0.2%.
With a simple to use design it can accommodate for any 115V electric appliance to be plugged in and can easily read the power consumption of what the device is using. The benefit of this is that you can work out which appliances and devices are making your power bill more than what it needs to be.
It can easily provide a simple to operate design which features easy to press buttons which signify the specific rating. It also comes with a 6 month warranty, and is designed with an ETL listing. This power meter can also check the quality of power by monitoring the line frequency, power factor, and the voltage to ensure that your power supply is running at full capacity.
So if you have high power bills that need to be lowered, why not try the Kill A Watt™ power metre. With rising power bills and living costs, why not save yourself some money today and spend it on the things you love.
Filed under: Electrical, Power and Data Distribution, Test Equipment
Do you need to test your coax and Cat5/Cat6 cables to ensure proper continuality and termination for optimal speed and ease? Well look no further than the POCKET CAT™ RJ45 Coax Tester from Byte Brothers. Byte Brothers offers high quality testing equipment for a number of different applications which can make all your electrical and cable equipment function properly at all times.
Cable Testing At Its Best With The Pocket Cat RJ45 Coax Tester
This cable tester features an integrated tone mode that can utilize a variety of tone probes which are able to tract and troubleshoot cables behind the walls. It features an easy to grip design with non-slip properties which helps to protect it against accidental dropping and rough use. Not only is it comfortable in your hand, but it also provides testing of coaxial cabling and network applications by simply plugging the device with the adapter and pressing the button for easy reading of split pairs, reversals, opens/shorts, and continuity testing.
To ensure that the user can read it, it features a simple blue LED light which is able to show results clearly to help save time. It is designed to provide a 1 year warranty, and is beneficial for saving battery power with its 12 second auto shut-off mechanism. It is designed with a soft zipper pouch for optimal storage and protection.
This product is great for applications where constant checking of cables is required or where a fault may be found. It provides users with a user friendly and easy to operate device which is perfect for long term testing applications. Unlike some other testers it can easily promote an easy to read screen which delivers effortless and fast use for any user.
So if you have Cat5, Cat6 or coax cables within your application that need checking, why not try the simple method of using a coax tester to make sure your application is working at full capacity.
Triplett Breaker Sniff-It (Type 2): Because “Eenie-Meenie-Miney-Moe” is No Way to Find the Right Circuit Breaker
Tell me if this has ever happened to you. You’re sitting in your home office, hammering out a blog entry (or Facebook status update, or similar) on your laptop, when suddenly the overhead light goes out, and your PDU starts screeching for lack of electricity. Just as you’re saving your work and powering down so that you don’t lose anything, you hear a muffled “Ummmmmm… sorry!!!” drifting up from the basement, and you realize exactly what’s happened.
It’s an age-old story, one that’s resonated throughout human existence for as long as there have been circuit breakers. Someone needs to replace a light switch or receptacle, so they mosey over to the breaker box, throw what has to be the right breaker (according to the time-honored “Eenie-Meenie-Miney-Moe” selection process), and plunge the wrong part of the house into the depths of darkness and electrical deprivation. Oopsie.
Aside from the sheer annoyingness of it all, there’s also the danger factor. There are some people out there who are trusting and assume that as long as they’ve snapped the supposedly correct circuit breaker into the “off” position, they’re clear to safely begin work. That type gets shocked far more often than I do. Me, I prefer to take the more paranoid route and check a few hundred times that the circuit I’m about to touch is nice and de-energized. That process is significantly shortened if I know for sure that I killed power to the right breaker to begin with.
And how does one do that, you ask? Very easily, thanks to gadgets like the Triplett Sniff-It Type 2 breaker locator. It’s a super simple two-piece electrical tester that leads you straight to the correct breaker switch the first time around, no guessing or squinting required. To use it, you just plug the receptacle unit into the outlet on which you’ll be working, and then take the “sniffer” part of the test set to your breaker box. Run the nose of detector over the circuit breakers, and when the tester starts to beep and blink, you’ll know you’ve found the right one.
The Sniff-It Type 2 isn’t limited to use with receptacles; if you need to customize your testing, you can also use optional accessories like light socket and alligator clip adapters to tailor this amazing little detector to just about any job.
Flir iSeries Thermal Imaging Cameras: Fast Answers Without All the Risk, Wall Damage, or Disassembly
Thermal imaging cameras – how can you not love them? It’s like having bionic vision power right in your hand, whenever you need it. While the majority of us don’t exactly need one on a regular basis (bummer), a thermal camera can be a major time-saver and incredibly helpful preventive tool for electricians, HVAC techs, mechanics, machinists, and even maintenance supervisors.
Why so? Because unless you’re cooking, enjoying an island getaway or just trying to stay warm mid-winter, heat can be a very bad thing. I’m talking about the kind of heat that’s produced by overstressed or damaged electrical wiring, malfunctioning engine components, and too much mechanical friction. This kind of heat can shift from risky to all-hell-breaking-loose really fast, so it’s best detected early on. Just one problem: these renegade heat sources are often located behind walls or deep within machinery, so unless you’re within feeling distance, you probably wouldn’t even know that there was an issue until it was too late.
Enter the Extech Flir iSeries thermal camera. Thanks to infrared technology, this handheld thermal imager is actually able to “see” through walls and into machinery to locate hotspots before they erupt into bigger problems. The results are displayed on a high-def color LCD display that’s built right into the handset, so all you do is point, shoot, and take a look at what’s going on (temperature-wise) behind the scenes.
One of my favorite features of the Flir iSeries cameras is that they have a Picture-in-Picture (PIP) feature, which combines a real-life, photo-type image with the thermal imaging, so that you know exactly what you’re looking at, and have the best point of reference possible when it’s time to troubleshoot.
That said, stay cool, my friends – and if that’s not possible, get your hands on one of these cameras.
It’s happened to the best of us: you need to change an outlet or swap out a light fixture, but when you run to the breaker box to shut off the circuit you’ll be working on, confused head scratching ensues. Maybe the breaker labels are a little too old and worn to read, or you just can’t make out the chicken-scratch of the last people who lived there. Whatever the reason is, your lack of breaker ID leaves you using the old trial-and-error method, which is no way to locate an electrical circuit. When it comes to electricity, Trial and Error are not our friends – they’ll either have you turning off all the wrong breakers before you find the right one (have fun resetting every digital clock in your house), or otherwise thinking you flipped the right one the first time around… until you find out (the hard way) shortly thereafter that that’s not the case (ouch).
Thankfully, Ideal Industries is in tune with Mystery Circuit Breaker woes, and has come to the rescue with an extremely cool Digital Breaker Finder. This two-piece locator is super-simple to use, and will cut out all of the guessing and time-wasting that you usually deal with on your quest to find the right breaker. Just plug the transmitter into the receptacle that you plan to work on, and then mosey to the breaker box with the receiver in hand. Run the receiver over the breakers until the green LEDs flash, and you’re in business. Too easy.
I realize that I’m recommending this from a consumerish, home owner standpoint, but this is a total must-have for professional electricians and HVAC technicians as well. Walking into strange houses and decoding their individual breaker situations day in and day out is even more annoying than deciphering one’s own circuit breaker fiasco, so toss one of these breaker finder sets into your tool bag – the faster that you knock one job out, the sooner you can get onto the next. And lowering your risk of shock never hurts either.
It’s pretty much become Indisputable Law that technology has to shrink in order to be considered “improved.” Think about it -when he had his day off back in 1986, Ferris Bueller made his mobile phone calls on a handset the size of a cinderblock. These days, almost any non-defunct cell phone can easily be dwarfed by a deck of cards. The same is true with laptops, iPods, stereo systems, and just about any other electronic gadget that makes our lives easier or more fun – smaller has become the universal “better.”
And the Shrink Effect has gone so much further than mere consumer gadgets – the pros are getting in on the action, too, especially in the realm of cable testers. There was a time when your standard RJ-45/coax tester was literally a handful (or more), but lately, thanks to Cables-To-Go, things are a little more manageable. Meet the SMARTest, the first pen-style cable tester of its kind, which also happens to be small enough to slip into any pocket out there. At approximately 1 x 5 inches, this baby is tiny, but don’t let its size fool you. It may be small, but it still has all the testing capabilities of the big dogs, like open, short, split and crossed pair detection, and even has a built-in tone generator for easy wire traces. So enjoy the extra space in your toolbag, and happy testing! Just don’t forget that the SMARTest is in your back pocket and accidentally sit on it.
It doesn’t matter how laid-back or paranoid you were up until then: there comes a time in everyone’s life when they start to worry about when the batteries are going to die. For some, it may happen when they’re out hiking, get lost as darkness is closing in, and begin wondering “When was the last time I changed the batteries in this flashlight?” For others, it happens when they’re rushing to finish a project on a single laptop-battery charge, because the plug-in power supply is nowhere to be found. For me, it happened right after the battery in my first car quit on me in the parking lot as I was trying to leave work- after replacing it, I’d get a pang of panic every so often, and ask myself, “Wait a minute: how long is this thing good for?”
The sad thing is, most of our Average Joe battery-related woes are nothing compared to what IT techs and facility managers have to deal with on a regular basis. Critical things like servers, fire alarm systems and security networks use battery backups in case of power outages, so that important data isn’t lost, and safety isn’t compromised. To be on the safe side, you pretty much need to replace batteries more often than necessary, so that you don’t run the risk of them dying on you when you need them most. The only problem is, “just-in-case” battery changes can end up costing you a lot more than you really need to spend. So how do you stretch out the time between battery replacements without putting your system at risk?
The answer, in this case, is the Triplett Chek-A-Cell battery tester. Designed to evalute the charges of 6 and 12 volt sealed lead acid batteries that fall between 1 and 10 amp hours, this unit gives you a quick reading of the state of your battery when you apply the Chek-A-Cell’s two probes to the battery’s contacts. The built-in Ohm meter mode allows the Chek-A-Cell to detect both AC and DC voltage, and you get an almost instant read-out on a large LED display. Because the process is so quick and easy, it lets you keep tabs on what’s really going on with your batteries, instead of always assuming the worst and overspending. A little bit of battery knowledge can really pay off.
Sorry, this product has been discontinued.
There was a time when testing a security network meant accessing each and every camera individually, so you could calibrate the PanTiltZoom (PTZ) functions and and make sure that the image frames and clarity were exactly the way they were supposed to be. Security cameras still need to be checked to ensure that they’re on the proper settings, but Triplett’s CamView PTZ makes things a little easier – okay, a lot – by cutting out the visits to every camera on the circuit.
Following the lead of the remote testers that are commonly used to map and troubleshoot data networks, the CamView PTZ lets installers and maintenance techs connect to the security network via an RS-485, RS-422 or RS-232 interface to remotely view the settings for, and images from, each individual camera – all on one handheld unit. It’s a huge time-saver.
The main feature on the Triplett CamView is a 2.6″ TFT-LCD display, which allows you to quickly navigate through tests for all of the camera’s PTZ modes, functions and settings, and also gives you a clear, full-color view of the images being shot by the camera. You basically get the inside scoop on all of your surveillance system’s operations without having to physically drag a ladder and tester around to each camera location. You can also check video cables, recorders and monitors while you’re at it, so this is a terrific all-in-one option. The only way it can possibly get any better is if you do the old Robert De Niro Meet the Parents “I’m watching you” hand signal while you’re testing shot frames and image quality. I highly recommend it.
I sort of have a thing for old houses. I think I’d like to own one someday. I’m not saying that modern homes can’t be beautiful, but somehow, nothing beats original hardwood floors, antique trim, and maybe even a little glint of stained glass bordering the top of an accent window. I’m talking homes that have squeaks, warmth, and decades of memories – not mirror-polished granite countertops and sulphur-tainted Chinese drywall.
My husband and I have recently taken to surfing the Web for older houses on the market in his hometown, which has more than a few cute 1920s bungalows. Every time he comes across a reasonably well-kept abode that he thinks I’ll like, there are a few questions that I fire off on my way to take a peek at his latest discovery. What year is it? Wood, vinyl siding, or brick? (I’m holding out for brick). What kind of shape is the roof in? How old is the wiring?
Yes, that’s right. Nostalgic, charm-soaked old houses often come with not-so-endearing electrical systems that have been wired by who knows who. Jerry-rigged electrical receptacles are no party, because you never know whether or not they’ll work, and even if they do, there’s always the question of whether or not they can support the power draw of whatever you decide to plug into them. I don’t know about you, but I prefer houses that aren’t smoldering. Guess that means that a thorough home inspection is in line…
Whenever you’re considering purchasing a home, old construction or new, it’s always to investigate a few things yourself, even if you’re bringing in a professional inspector. And guess what? You have what it takes to tackle all of those power outlets on your own… at least, you do if you have an Ideal® Receptacle Tester.
Simple enough for any electrical rookie to use and read, this plug-in outlet tester checks for all of the most common problems homeowners run into, like improper wiring, open ground, open neutral, open hot, hot/ground reversal, and hot/neutral reversal. Three lights instantly diagnose these problems, or indicate the lack thereof. And then there’s the test-result key that’s printed right on the tester – it’s basically a quick-reference guide that helps you decipher what different light patterns mean.
No more keeping your fingers crossed, or discovering electrical problems through trial and errror. It’s nice to know that peace of mind is as easy as plugging in, isn’t it? (And by the way, it doesn’t cost much, either.)