Is it possible to find really damaged wires in this tester?

AlbertHall

Joined Jun 4, 2014
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I have a tester similar to the one shown and that can detect live wires by being near the wire, no contact needed. It will also test fuses or wires for continuity.
 

Bernard

Joined Aug 7, 2008
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I do not think a non-contact meter will detect a fault in a wire if wire still has continuity.
Also no not think much of the YouTube AC Line Detector. Parts may be something like
MPSA13 darlington , 2N3904, couple of resistors, & LED.
I use a high gain audio amp. ( Radio Shack ) with speaker for non contact location of dead Christmas tree lights.
 
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DickCappels

Joined Aug 21, 2008
7,442
If you really need to use button cells, either use a cell holder or be very quick with the soldering iron. I had one explode when soldering to it.
 

Audioguru again

Joined Oct 21, 2019
3,201
The extremely simple circuit does not detect a damaged insulation part of a high voltage AC wire. It simply detects that a wire has some high voltage AC in it if it is insulated or not.
 
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