Ideal Industries, one of the world’s largest manufacturers and suppliers of quality tools, connectors and testing products for the Electrical and Data Communications trades, has introduced its next generation SureTrace™ circuit tracer that lets electricians quickly locate wires or cables behind walls, pinpoint opens/shorts, and identify fuses and breakers on both energized and de-energized circuits from 0-600V AC/DC.
Designed to keep productivity high and operational costs low, SureTrace circuit tracers have four defined ranges to allow the electrician to select the proper sensitivity for a specific job. And rather than annoying blinking lights and difficult-to-decipher beeps, it has a display that provides a numeric value between 0 and 99 and a variable pitch/tone audible indication as fast-response tracing feedback, while its peak detector instantaneously registers signal strength.
Another time-saving advantage is that handset signal communication is tuned tighter to reduce false signalling on noisy circuits, a common problem with competitors’ circuit tracing devices.
Electricians often work in overcrowded electrical closets and other awkward places. To make tracing easier in these situations, SureTrace™ features the only rotating display in the industry. Regardless of what position the electrician puts the receiver in, the SwivelDisplay™ display will orient itself so that the reading stays upright. It rotates automatically in 90° (OLED) or 180° increments (LED) so it can be read from any position. Plus, with AA batteries, the tracers provide four times the tracing power of conventional 9-volt circuit tracers on the market.
Every safeguard has been taken to make the Circuit Tracers durable and safe for the long term. Additionally, a high-energy fuse and CAT III 600V design gives electricians the confidence to go about the job without worrying about equipment safety. Its advanced transmitter will not affect GFCIs or sensitive electronic equipment, and its inductive clamp allows non-intrusive tracing on low-voltage cable. In addition, ruggedized overmolding on the housing assures maximum impact resistance.
To make the tracers both productive and safe, all SureTrace models feature CertainCircuit™ detection technology. After an electrician identifies and trips the correct breaker, CertainCircuit senses the loss of power and sends a different signal back to the receiver at the panel that the right circuit was de-energized.
Ideal SureTrace circuit tracers are available in three kits to serve the needs of professional electricians.