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    looking for a leak detector

    I am in the market for a leak detector. I am still kinda new in the field so I am looking for recommendations. One thing tho....I will NOT be purchasing anything from Inficon!!! I bought a Whisper and tried it on over 5 different leaks and it didn't pick up a thing. When I tried it return it to my local United Refrigeration they said it couldn't be returned because it had been used. How was I supposed to know it doesn't work without using it!! I've tried calling Inficon but they say it works fine even tho it obviously doesn't. So now I have to purchase a new leak detector so I am looking for advice. I would like to have one that runs on batteries and will detect 22 and 410A. Thanks in advance for any help.

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    well as of right now I think the fieldpiece srl2 detector is at the top of my list. would like to hear opinions tho

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    A couple things. Use the search tab in the upper right. There are a bazzilion threads on leak detectors. Personally I really like the inficon dtek select. I've had 3 over 5 years and they all worked well. I recently purchased a tif zx based off of good reviews on other threads but haven't really had a chance to use it. Lastly don't forget about the bacharach h10pm.

    In regaards to the whisper. Don't give up on it yet. Leak detectors are only as good as their operator. Leak detection is an art... it will take lots of practice.

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    H-10PM

    Charge, calibrate, find leak, repeat as needed.

    Dtek and all others that I've tried do not compare to the h-10.

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    thnx but jeep like i said there is no way in hell im buying any inficon products. I know im using it properly and my lead tech has tried it and my boss has tried it and together they have over 45 years experience and it hasnt turned up a single leak. and since their customer service blows me off im done with them forever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nacoomer
    thnx but jeep like i said there is no way in hell im buying any inficon products. I know im using it properly and my lead tech has tried it and my boss has tried it and together they have over 45 years experience and it hasnt turned up a single leak. and since their customer service blows me off im done with them forever.
    Smart man!


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    well im leaning towards the bacharach informant 2 or the fieldpiece srl2. Ive looked at the h10pm and it seems really clunky and i really wanna go Ir

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    Quote Originally Posted by nacoomer
    well im leaning towards the bacharach informant 2 or the fieldpiece srl2. Ive looked at the h10pm and it seems really clunky and i really wanna go Ir
    You'll be sorry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nacoomer View Post
    I know im using it properly and my lead tech has tried it and my boss has tried it and together they have over 45 years experience and it hasnt turned up a single leak.
    What detectors do the Lead Tech and Boss have?
    If its I/R maybe they would let you try it out.
    Personally I wouldn't get an ultrasonic or I/R detector as a primary unit.
    “If You Can Dodge A Wrench You Can Dodge A Ball”

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    Quote Originally Posted by itsiceman View Post
    Personally I wouldn't get an ultrasonic or I/R detector as a primary unit.
    Shhhhh!


    The gurus of IR leak detection technology will hear your blasphemy and will curse you mightily for such language.



    Of course, I'd welcome an open and forthright discussion with them regarding IR vs heated sensor technology in light of the leaks that I've documented here recently.

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    I am like JP Smith. I have been using H-10s since 1972 and i have found any as reliable. And i tried several other brands. Halide torch works good in non windy, shady places. BTW i feel like the corded ones beat batter powered. Not on a case by case basis but day in day out.

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    I have used the "Johnson"/Yokagawa for years. This is the best leak detection device I have ever used or seen in 32 years in the business. Do not look any further, look to find where you can get one. This thing will pick up a fart in a windstorm when you learn how to work it. General Electric had a good one similar to the "Yokagawa" a long time ago-but you will not find that one anymore. If you can't find this one at United Refrig.' I've seen them on EBAY. I bought mine at United Refrig. along time ago. Just do not let water sucked up in the sensor tube.

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    Yes,

    As a matter of fact, I've got one of them in the truck, too.

    Top of the line detector. Only problem is, dragging a cord to leak check large areas.

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