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  • Twist-Lock Tester
  • ZTS Mini Battery Tester tests a number of different batteries under load
    ZTS Mini Battery Tester$39.95
    Little brother of the tester above. Same great features but tests a smaller array of batteries.Tests: 1.2V NiMH, NiCd rechargeable (AAA, AA, C, D), 1.5V alkaline (AAA, AA, C, D, N), 3V photo lithium (CR123, CR2, CRV3), 9V alkaline, zinc-carbon.
  • ZTS Battery Tester tests a number of different batteries under load
    ZTS Battery Tester$74.95
    Tests full range of batteries (including Lithium, NiCad and NiMH) under load conditions.

    It's been a long time since we've offered a stand-alone battery tester. Most simply aren't accurate enough to give you a true reading that's useful. But now the ZTS gives you that assurance. Every battery you test is put under a two second load test and the result is shown on a colored LED scale. It will tell you by percentage how much good life there is left in your battery.

    There are no switches or settings to worry about and it's powered by 4 AA batteries.

    Tests the following batteries:
    9V alkaline, carbon zinc
    6V lithium (2CR5, CR223, CR-P2)
    3V lithium (CR123, CR2, CRV3)
    1.5V alkaline (AAA, AA, C, D, N)
    3V lithium coin (CR2016, CR2025, CR2032, 58L, 1/3N)
    1.5V "76" series button (S76, A76, A625, A640)
    6V "28" series (28A, S28, 28L)
    1.2v NiMH, NiCd rechargeable (AAA, AA, C, D)
  • Wavetek DM73B Digital Multimeter
    Wavetek DM73B Digital Multimeter$79.95
    Small, lightweight, probe-type, digital multimeter. Redesigned for 2002, but still that great little meter we all love. So light you can carry this meter all day. Be ready to troubleshoot those annoying electrical problems. Digital readout insures accuracy.

    Measures both AC/DC voltage, resistance and continuity. An internal ringer signals if your continuity is "good." Every stage electrician should have this meter. Call for suggestions for a terrific belt pouch for this meter.
  • Spectra Pro IVA Light Meter
    Spectra Pro IV-A Light Meter$449.95
    The digital Spectra professional IV meter was introduced in May 1992 at the American Society Of Cinematographers Club House. It measures Foot-candles, Lux and F/stops - the key unit of measurement used in Cinematography and Television applications.

    The Spectra Professional IV-A measures incident and reflected light directly in -stops, footcandles or lux and instantly calculates the f/stop difference, contrast ratio and average of your particular lighting situation. The multiple channel memory enables you to recall the stored measurement, current measurement, f/stop difference, contrast ratio and average. The meter covers a sensitivity range of almost one-million to one.

    This makes the hand-held incident meter a kind of insurance policy that eliminates second-guessing and gambling with exposure control, especially under the more difficult and extraordinary light conditions that are apt to confront the serious photographer.

    The Spectra Professional IV-A has a Digital f-stop measuring range that extends from f/0.24 to f/128 in 1/10-stop increments and the Analog Bargraph range from f/0.7 to f/45 in 1/3-stop increments. Both are displayed simultaneously on a backlit liquid crystal display, along with film-speed, frames per second for cine use or exposure time for still photography.

  • Socapex Six Circuit Tester Female end provides the actual test results
    Socapex Six Circuit Tester - Female$149.95
    Simple Female tester has what it takes to check 6 circuit par bars with ease. Threads removed - just push it onto the connector. 6 LEDs tell you if there's a problem, green for "good," no light for "bad" and red for a short circuit. Powered by a 9v battery.
  • Socapex Six Circuit Male End for testing soco cable
    Socapex Six Circuit Male End$149.95
    For those who already have the Female tester and need the male end to check cables.
  • Socapex Six Circuit Tester Pair is needed to test cable by itself
  • Silent Santronics Tick Tracer non-contact electrical presence
    Santronics Tick Tracer$29.95
    Checks for electrical current without breaking the connection.

    A "volt tick" is a handy tool that belongs in every electrician's toolpouch or shirtpocket. Got a bad lamp? Check to see if it's getting current quickly and easily by just TOUCHING THE CABLE with the tip of the tester. It tests for voltage right through the insulation!

    The Santronics AC Sensor is powered by two AAA batteries. To replace the batteries, just unscrew the white cap. The The Santronics is always ready for use. It never has to be turned on or off. If there's current passing though the cable the entire white tip will glow a steady red.

    FAQ: John, I'm confused. I can't decide which "volt tick" to buy. Can you offer any help?
    Sure, it's really a matter of balancing personal taste with the situations you think you'll be using it in most. The Greenlee with its audible ringer is a good choice especially while focusing. There are always situations when you need to check a cable, but can't see the tester because you're blocked by the light. The ringer solves that situation. On the other hand, if you're working shows that are inherently quiet (soaps, theatre) the silent Santronics allows you to check cables without worrying about the noise of a ringer. I carry both the Greenlee and Santronics in my tool bag because I never know what situation I might be in.
  • Pocket XLR Cable Testers
    Pocket XLR Cable Testers$89.95
    Two piece kit includes a sender and receiver. Cable testers provide a quick check of XLR cables -- even when cable ends are in a different locations.

    Works on either phantom power from the board or power supplied by the sender unit. Attach sender and receiver to opposite ends of the cable or use the receiver alone if phantom power is present. Shows if the cable is good or bad via 3 two-color green and red LEDs.

    Battery powered. It's only ON when in use. Long battery life. 5/8 diameter by 3 and 5
  • Greenlee Tick Tracer
    Greenlee Tick Tracer$31.95
    Checks for electrical current without breaking the connection.

    A "volt tick" is a handy tool that belongs in every electrician's toolpouch or shirtpocket. Got a bad lamp? Check to see if it's getting current quickly and easily by just TOUCHING THE CABLE with the tip of the tester. It tests for voltage right through the insulation!

    The Greenlee is powered by two button batteries. To replace the batteries, just pull off the black cap. Turn the Greenlee on by sliding the plastic protector up and then pressing on the metal shirt clip. If there's current passing though the cable you'll get an audible ring AND a flashing red light.
  • GAM Chek jr.  Smaller than the GAM Chek with a lanyard
    GAM Chek jr.$54.95
    Quick and easy way to check dimmer output for power, correct polarity and ground. Comes with an attached shoestring lanyard. 3 neon lamps tell you instantly if you have a live power outlet and will also alert you if there is a problem with polarity and if there is a correct ground path. Label on the back on the unit indicates circuit continuity. (see GAM Chek jr. on left)
  • GAM Chek for 20amp stage use
    GAM Chek
    Three-in-One electrical tester with built-in plug and socket. Tests lamp continuity with a ringer and a light. Tests cable continuity on each of three lines independently eliminating crossed wire problems. Tests for power and crossed lines. Neon lights require approximately 55% power before they will light so false readings from cross-over or minimal voltage are reduced.

    Comes only in the RED 20 amp Stage Pin configuration. All other configurations have been discontinued.
  • edison PBG parallel blade grounded tester
    Edison PBG Tester$12.95
    Standard grounded Edison plug tests for correct wiring.
    Checks for open ground, open neutral, open hot, hot/ground reversed, hot/neutral reversed. And, of course, tells you if everything's OK.
  • Fleenor dmx pocket testers for 3,4,and 5 pins
    DMX Pocket Tester$32.95
    A simple to use yet sophisticated tester that eliminates the problems associated with locating problems in DMX systems used in color scrollers, auxiliary language sound systems, etc. problem? Just snap the DMX Tester into your line and you'll know whether or not you're getting the signal you require.

    Comes in either 5 pin or 3 pin version. If you want to test scrollers, get the special 4 pin version.
  • small DMX testers fit in your hand
    All Three DMX Pocket Testers$92.95
    Special -- ALL THREE DMX Pocket Testers at one LOW price.

    Save cash when you purchase the 3 pin, 4 pin and 5 pin DMX testers at the same time. No situation will "out-fox" you when you're armed with all three DMX testers.