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Fluke Electrical Socket tester recall.

Discussion in 'Electrics UK' started by ericmark, 26 Mar 2018.

  1. ericmark

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    The web page on Flukes web site seems to give a good deal, which I had one, however returning to supplier you only get money back.
     
  2. blup

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    I received a T90 fluke tester a few weeks back, but sold it because I already had a similar tester. As you say, a good deal, given what it replaces.

    Blup
     
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    surely the point of having one, is to plug in to a socket, so what good is what there offering, i would have thought they should replace it with a plug in socket tester
     
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  5. plugwash

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    AIUI the problem is that to test a socket's earth you have to pass some current through it, passing current through a bad earth carries a risk of electric shock.

    That is It's not that the product is faulty, it's the the whole product category carries some risk and that is apparently a risk that fluke's lawyers don't want to take.
     
  6. JohnW2

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    That really depends upon what you mean by "electric shock", doesn't it?

    There has to be a potential risk of electric current passing through a person's body but, given proper design, the potential magnitude of the current does not have to be high enough to even be noticeable, let alone dangerous - that's been the case with, say, the infamous 'neon test screwdrivers' for decades (albeit the currents from them can sometimes be 'noticeable').

    Kind Regards, John
     
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    Interesting. I wonder how many other socket testers are similarly affected. I have noticed that a lot of them seem to be the same basic products re-badged for different tester brands.

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    As has been said, is it not inevitable that any attempt to test the adequacy of an earth connection (whether by EFLI measurement or less formally) will involve applying a voltage to the local earth/CPC/exposed-c-ps - whether it is done using a "socket tester", a dedicated loop tester, MFT or whatever?

    That being the case, designers/manufacturers of all such equipment presumably should ensure that the voltage involved (or, at least, its current-supply capabilities) is limited to a safe level.

    Kind Regards, John
     
  9. blup

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    Big Clive, on his youtube channel, draws attention to the Fluke socket tester recall, and in doing so, discusses the sort of current that different testers draw, with examples: and he debates the potential danger, or otherwise, of the various readings he obtains.

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    Cheers,

    Blup
     
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    Worth knowing, but I think I'll keep my fluke and just be slightly cautious when I use it.


    Daniel
     
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