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  1. #1
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    Best R410a Leak Detector

    I have used the H10G for years and it has been excellent but I find that it has to be right on a 410-A leak. Not nearly as accurate. Is there a better choice. Does the R410-A dissipate quicker.

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    I have a number of different leak detectors, and have found that my Fieldpiece SRL2 is the best for R-410a.

    http://www.fieldpiece.com/leak-a-gas-detectors/srl2k7

    It alarms on changes in concentration of refrigerant, rather than on just the presence of refrigerant like the H10 and other heated diode type detectors do, so it takes some getting used to.
    If more government is the answer, then it's a really stupid question.

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    I have to agree, the SRL2 has proved to be an excellent R410A leak detector for me as well.
    We've been doing so much,for so long,with so little, that now we can do almost anything, with nothing at all.

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    I'm very happy with the D-tek Select, I do a huge amount of 404a and it I have no problems hunting down leaks.

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    Ive got an h10pm and the fieldpiece as well. I use the fieldpiece on everything first. Works great. The only time i break out the h10 is when I cant find anything and I want to double check it so I dont have to listen to anyone complaining i'm using a diff leak detector (everyone has an h10). I dont think ive ever found anything with the h10 that the fieldpiece missed.

    The fieldpiece also has the advantage of being able to leak check units that have oil all over them. The h10 will just freak out but the fieldpiece still works since its going by differential.

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    Has anyone any experience with the Bacharach informant 2?
    Was thinking about getting one but yikes$$$

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    Quote Originally Posted by CowboyDave View Post
    Has anyone any experience with the Bacharach informant 2?
    Was thinking about getting one but yikes$$$
    Just did a comparison test between my TIF ZX-1 and a coworkers informant II. Found a leak in an evap coil that used 134A with my ZX-1, Informant II never beeped at the same spot.
    Hi, my name is Glenn, and I'm a Toolaholic!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn Harrison View Post
    Just did a comparison test between my TIF ZX-1 and a coworkers informant II. Found a leak in an evap coil that used 134A with my ZX-1, Informant II never beeped at the same spot.
    Wow good to know. To my knowledge the zx1 only detects refrigerants?
    I was looking into the Bacharach because it does natural gas too.
    Am I sacrificing sensitivity because it "sniffs" more?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CowboyDave View Post
    Has anyone any experience with the Bacharach informant 2?
    Was thinking about getting one but yikes$$$
    I own both tools, dont waste your money on the informant 2, it lacks manual control and sensitivity is comparable to infijunk dtek, although it works good finding NG&LP leaks but definitely not worth the $$$! The ZX is awesome finding tiny leaks, good with all refrigerants.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CowboyDave View Post
    Wow good to know. To my knowledge the zx1 only detects refrigerants?
    I was looking into the Bacharach because it does natural gas too.
    Am I sacrificing sensitivity because it "sniffs" more?
    Yes the ZX-1 only does refrigerant.

    I don't think its a sacrifice, it's just the sensor and electronic technology that makes it a poor leak detector.

    I actually bought the Informant II when it first came out, which has to be around 15 years ago. I never had luck finding refrigerant leaks with it, but the gas leak sensor worked pretty good. My co-workers test was just a confirmation for him that he needed a better leak detector.

    Ultimately, I have become a big fan of single purpose instruments over multi function instruments.

    If you want a great gas leak detector, look at the Accutools eL-320 leak detector (same company that makes the Blu-Vac Micron Gauge). This detector is so light, simple to use, and extremely accurate/sensitive in finding gas leaks.
    Hi, my name is Glenn, and I'm a Toolaholic!

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    X2 on the eL-320 never been disappointed with the few accutools I've purchased. Vac gauges, scale, comb gas detectrs. I have to figure if joeyd is involved with them they must be pretty reliable. Kinda like the Bergmans with TTT and iconnect. JMO

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    Quote Originally Posted by greg58 View Post
    X2 on the eL-320 never been disappointed with the few accutools I've purchased. Vac gauges, scale, comb gas detectrs. I have to figure if joeyd is involved with them they must be pretty reliable. Kinda like the Bergmans with TTT and iconnect. JMO
    Joeyd is the owner and creator of Accutools, and every tool Accutools makes.

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    I myself am in the market for a good sniffer. I am looking strongly at the YJ one. Eddie Leverich done a test on his channel with various detectors and it lasted all the way to 5psi on 410-A. Pretty good in my book but he didn't have the fieldpiece either to compare unfortunantly.

    So if you had to choose between the YJ and Fieldpiece SRL8, which would ya go with?

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