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Let's talk about leak detectors

Discussion in 'Tools and Test Equip' started by Bustawrench, Jan 5, 2017.

  1. Bustawrench

    Bustawrench Knucklehead

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    Looks like i killed another D-Tek. I think I'm done with these.

    I'm looking at the H-10 PM. Anybody know if they hold up well in the truck? Also looks like they are made by both Bacharach and JCI, is there any difference? The Bacharach is about 300 bucks cheaper, but that seems too good to be true.

    Anything else out there that works better, I'm all ears.

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  2. knave

    knave PM Tech

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    The Bararach H10 Pro is what I have. It seems to work quite good.
    The case is durable but sort of clumsy.
    So far it works with all refrigerants.
     
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  3. flange

    flange Act like you care and do SOMETHING!!

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    I am curious how you are killing them? We have them and never an issue.
     
  4. MOFO the psychic gorilla

    MOFO the psychic gorilla sitting on two achers

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    I picked up a H10 pro and saying dealing with the case sucks is a understatement. Battery "sucks" too.

    I also got a big dent in one of the corners now.

    As far as leaks it works but not really worth the hassle or money in my opinion.
     
  5. Snoring Beagle

    Snoring Beagle Need Little - Want Less - Love More

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    I've had the CPS LS3000 for years. Has never let me down.
     
  6. crackertech

    crackertech assholiness *

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    Slufer stixs work well for me
     
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  7. flange

    flange Act like you care and do SOMETHING!!

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    they work better if you spell them correctly:D:D:D:D:D:D
     
  8. Bustawrench

    Bustawrench Knucklehead

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    IDK, the first one I had lasted for several years until it got stolen off a job site. The last couple I've had seem to last a couple years and crap out.

    The one I have now is two years old and I've used it maybe ten times, damn thing is a van queen, not even dirty yet.........today I go to plug it in and it's dead, I've got DC voltage coming out of the charger, but no lights, no nothing, no workee.

    I don't have time for this crap, know what I mean?
     
  9. mike1020

    mike1020 entitled millennial

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    I know someone will chastise me, but none of the leak detectors are any good.

    TIF ZX works very good, but gives a lot of false positive readings due to temperature changes, chemicals, cleaning supplies, etc...

    DTEK Select is really hit and miss. If you use 5 different DTEKs, each one behaves differently.

    Yellow Jacket Accuprobe works good but doesn't have a manual mode.

    H10PM/Pro works very good but battery life isn't that great.
     
  10. Bustawrench

    Bustawrench Knucklehead

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    I'm not too worried about battery life, as long as I can plug it in and use it I'm good.

    I just want something that works, tired of buying a POS every couple years that only finds half the leaks and dies when I need it.

    I think I'll just buy the H-10.
     
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  11. flange

    flange Act like you care and do SOMETHING!!

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    aren't they rechargeable batteries, and it got left to completely discharge. if so, it may just need a new battery and time......
     
  12. knave

    knave PM Tech

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    I haven't had any battery life issues yet. I do throw it on the charger once in a while but I haven't had the battery run dead yet.
     
  13. flange

    flange Act like you care and do SOMETHING!!

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    knave PM Tech

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    Y7turbo New Member

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    I've got the dtec, had it for 8 or so years. I just got the h10 due to the large following and good reviews. I hate it. It's bulky, heavy, and not any better than my dtec select.
     
  16. Bustawrench

    Bustawrench Knucklehead

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    Yeah, maybe.

    But I've been using these for years and usually if you leave it plugged in for a half hour or so you can use them with an extension cord plugged into the wall.

    This time, nothing. Not even the flashing charge light. I think the charging circuit took a sheet. It's been plugged into the van for half a day now and still no joy.

    Maybe it'll come back to life by morning.
     
  17. flange

    flange Act like you care and do SOMETHING!!

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    there is a toll free number at the end of their manual, try tech support, may just be a bad power stick or something. may also be in warranty.
     
  18. Bustawrench

    Bustawrench Knucklehead

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    Hmmmmmm.............. never even thought of that. I'l give it a shot tomorrow.
     
  19. heavyevans

    heavyevans FNG

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    The cordless H-10 I had several years ago specifically said in the manual to not store below freezing. :banghead: F**k that, I'm not carrying it in during the Winter.
     
  20. MOFO the psychic gorilla

    MOFO the psychic gorilla sitting on two achers

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    You would think a five hundred dollar leak detector should have a lithium ion battery :deadhorse: