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    Leak detectors.

    Would like to get a leak detector, but there seems so many and so different it's confusing.
    I think it will be a good addition to save time.
    Who has a favourite they use all the time?
    Any feedback will be appreciated.

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    From what I understand some of the less expensive or older units. Have sensors that degrade over time and have to be replaced. If you use it on a regular basis and replace the sensor at set intervals they should work well.
    For me I expected that mine may sit on a shelf for months at time, so I did not want to guess if the sensor was operating at its peak performance when I needed it.
    The Infrared units don't have this issue. (at least that's what I was told)
    "The only way in which a human being can make some approach to knowing the whole of a subject is by hearing what can be said about it by persons of every variety of opinion and studying all modes in which it it can be looked at by every character of mind.
    No wise man ever acquired his wisdom in any mode but this."
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    If you have the money, I would get the Fieldpiece SLR2. I am personally not a fieldpiece guy but a coworker let me use his on a job and I went and bought one that day. It is extremely sensitive even in the low mode. It takes the frustration out of finding a leak.

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    Leak detection was always frustrating until I got a H10-PM.
    http://www.bacharach-inc.com/PDF/Bro...0%20Series.pdf

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    Thanks for the replies. These are good items, but looking at something not as expensive.
    Realise you get what you pay for, but mainly looking for something cheaper and accept it will be limited.
    There are several such as Ultra V , IR and having never used one relying on advice on what might be a good buy even though limited.

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    Hold up on buying anything. Talk to guys, see what they use. (Another reason to be an RSES member :-).
    Take some time do some web surfing. Those too many choices can get narrowed by some research. What will make you happy won't make others happy.
    Someone has to be the expert on leak detectors. might as well be you :-)

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    Totally agree, I never make decisions without my own research but its good to get some pointers at recommended products.

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    What technology?

    Checked more, plus the SLR2 and see they have a new one out, SLR8.
    Be good to have some views on what type is prefered.
    Heated diode seems good.
    Infared seems good but limited.
    UV appears best, but a lot of time and cost to use.
    I'm looking for the best for quick checking or HFC's up to $250

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    H10 g it's all I need. Had a d tek and it was junk compared to h 10 look on eBay and try to pick one up. I understand a budget but leak detector is something I would not skimp on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cavalieri85 View Post
    H10 g it's all I need. Had a d tek and it was junk compared to h 10 look on eBay and try to pick one up. I understand a budget but leak detector is something I would not skimp on.
    Yes, thanks other people have said the same.
    I have checked the item and it is clearly branded by at least three different company names, but same item.
    It isnt cheap and maybe too much for my needs.
    I still need to research and find out what technology is preferred and some feedback before I decide. At the moment the SLR8 looks good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Itstony View Post
    Yes, thanks other people have said the same.
    I have checked the item and it is clearly branded by at least three different company names, but same item.
    It isnt cheap and maybe too much for my needs.
    I still need to research and find out what technology is preferred and some feedback before I decide. At the moment the SLR8 looks good.
    What needs? Do you only need to find big leaks? You don't need a electronic detector for that. The first time you are running in circles looking for a leak you cant find you are going to wish you spent a little extra on one detector because more than likely down the road you will buy another model at full price and you may have two that aren't that great. There are too many guys who swear by the H-10 and seem very reliable.
    “If You Can Dodge A Wrench You Can Dodge A Ball”

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    Ok so you want something cheap just pick up a tek mate by Inficon.

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    Personally, I use a dtek for initial and tight space work and follow up with a corded H-10. It may seem overly excessive to some, but so far (20+ yrs, knock on wood), I have never been "skunked" on a leak.

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