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    Digi Cool?

    I'm thinking about going digital for my gauges this year, but I'm not there 100% yet.

    I'd like to hear some comments, pros and cons, by those of you who use digital gauge sets like the Digi Cool.

    Thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by timebuilder View Post
    I'm thinking about going digital for my gauges this year, but I'm not there 100% yet.

    I'd like to hear some comments, pros and cons, by those of you who use digital gauge sets like the Digi Cool.

    Thanks.
    Do a search and you will find everything you need to know.

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    The only set I have seen in the wholesalers around here is the Yellow Jacket version. The only 2 refrigerants I use are R22 and R410A. I think that 90% of my calls are still R22 so I think I will pick up the Yellow Jacket set this spring. I have read all the info on the digi cools but have never seen any around here. I also don't want to put out that type of money on 2 sets for the 2 refrigerants.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ptemko View Post
    The only set I have seen in the wholesalers around here is the Yellow Jacket version. The only 2 refrigerants I use are R22 and R410A. I think that 90% of my calls are still R22 so I think I will pick up the Yellow Jacket set this spring. I have read all the info on the digi cools but have never seen any around here. I also don't want to put out that type of money on 2 sets for the 2 refrigerants.
    DigCool makes or used to make the Yellow Jacket. The only difference is the case color and the face plate.

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    I've got the Digi-cool 1200 Only Cons I had, Doug fix in the 1250 ie backlight, and 2 temp probes with SC SH reading at the same time.

    Pros there are to many to list IMHO, 1 I'd mention those is the bar graph. you can easy to spot a TXV issue. Also you can see a drop of 1 psig and speed up time on standing pressure test.

    They are FAR more durable then analogue

    Yes there expensive but they are the best investment I've made. Going to get a 2nd set as soon as money allows.
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    Any other recent experiences? I'd like to have some up-to-date observations, as opposed to the older ones I can find via a search.

    Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by timebuilder View Post
    Any other recent experiences? I'd like to have sojme up-to-date observations, as opposed to the older ones I can find via a search.

    Thanks!
    Well the 1250 is out. Not sure what else to say. They do what Lockhart says they do. There are new temp clamps out for them. There are no surprises or #$%^ups with them. I would suggest that you phone him and then you can decide afterwards if you think he is the real deal or not.

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    I have the Ritchie version, didnt realize till about 5 minutes ago who DigiCool was. Now I'm wishing I had a year ago when I bought my manifold. Backlight a definite plus (DigiCool) bulkiness not a plus. Temperature probe they give you to measure SH and SC cooling, thumbs down. I would have thought for that price they'd offer something a little less cumbersome. I still use my $92 clamp probe. Multi refrigerant compatibility definitely a plus, they're kind of like eye candy too, the customers seem the assume I know what I'm doing since I'm hooking this complex looking contraption up to their system.


    PS anyone know where I can get a spare cap for the temp probe, mine broke. Thanks


    Chris

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    Quote Originally Posted by ptemko View Post
    The only set I have seen in the wholesalers around here is the Yellow Jacket version. The only 2 refrigerants I use are R22 and R410A. I think that 90% of my calls are still R22 so I think I will pick up the Yellow Jacket set this spring. I have read all the info on the digi cools but have never seen any around here. I also don't want to put out that type of money on 2 sets for the 2 refrigerants.
    A little more research and you might find that you can actually use the same manifolds on the two different refrigerants.

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    Quote Originally Posted by addamsmasher View Post
    I have the Ritchie version, didnt realize till about 5 minutes ago who DigiCool was. Now I'm wishing I had a year ago when I bought my manifold. Backlight a definite plus (DigiCool) bulkiness not a plus. Temperature probe they give you to measure SH and SC cooling, thumbs down. I would have thought for that price they'd offer something a little less cumbersome. I still use my $92 clamp probe. Multi refrigerant compatibility definitely a plus, they're kind of like eye candy too, the customers seem the assume I know what I'm doing since I'm hooking this complex looking contraption up to their system.


    PS anyone know where I can get a spare cap for the temp probe, mine broke. Thanks


    Chris

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    Thanks, whats the DRSA 1600 about? They say its entry level, and ITS PINK WTFFFFFFF?

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    Quote Originally Posted by addamsmasher View Post
    Thanks, whats the DRSA 1600 about? They say its entry level, and ITS PINK WTFFFFFFF?
    The color in that picture isn't true. It isn't actually pink. IIRC, Doug said that it was voted the color least likely to show stains from grime, or something like that. My blue protector has some very visible streaks on it. I like them though, it looks like the thing is actually being used, which is good, because it is. If I was a homeowner and a tech came up with tools that all looked like he just bought them yesterday, then I'd be concerned. If I ever buy another set I'm going to put my scratched up and black streaked blue protector on it.

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    I have the Digi-cool 1200............it's been banging around in my truck since last June. I've had no trouble with it (one glitch which turned out to a dying battery) and I find myself reaching for it first now. The analogs stay in the van unless I've got a dirty job or I'm worried about theft in a lame neighborhood.

    All in all, I'd buy them again.

    I'm hearing some not so nice things about the Testos.........might want to shy away from them.

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