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    Quote Originally Posted by vin lashon View Post
    Last week, I ordered and received my Fluke leads (TL175) and alligator clips (AC175). They are exactly what I needed and great quality. They set me back close to $75, but it was worth it to get what I needed.

    The alligator clips fit tightly and make it easy to grab terminals and spade clips. The leads are as tangle free as it gets.
    I’ve had several sets of the TL175. I like them but they don’t last about a year. Eventually they get a weak spot and your ohm readings will be all over the place when you move the leads. Mine will sometimes read 10 ohms when shorted together.


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    I just buy the standard leads and keep a couple of xtra hanging on my cage. Ive got some nice silicone leads with various ends but I dont drag them out everyday.. especially on something simple like a res call or maint.
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    https://probemaster.com/

    These guys are highly recommended over at the EEVblog. Silicone leads, gold plated tips, etc.
    Once my Fluke TL175s wear out, I'm springing for a set from them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vin lashon View Post
    I have a Redfish (Supco) iDVM550, and the leads that came with it are pretty sad and clunky. Not silicon flexible, and the screw on clamps are clunky and hard to use. The FP leads would be ok, but not really storeable with the 90° clips on.

    Any suggestions for leads that are silicon, have good screw on and easy to use alligator clips? Pic shows original leads.

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    The Brymen Silicone Gold Plated Test Leads / Probes for Multimeters CAT IV 1000V are excellent too. Highly recommended from the EEV forums as well. Amprobe, Greenlee and a few others rebadge Brymen meters and related products. I think I own like 10 to 12 Brymen leads sets now.

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    I like the sure grip probes with the jaws on the tip but carve the plastic off the tips

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    If one is doing more precise probing I have found these Pomona probes to be the best probes for circuit cards, small connector pins, etc.

    Pomona 6275 Precision Electronic Probe They are on amazon

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDanB View Post
    I keep hearing that the leads from Softie are the bees knees. Have yet to try them so I'm not vouching for them, but might be worth a look.
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...ZFC06KVD&psc=1
    I had not seen Probe Master lead sets - they look to be pretty good and are made in the US of A. They appear to be cheaper when purchased direct from the mfgr and there are several options regarding the tips:

    https://probemaster.com/8000-series-...d-master-kits/

    My favorite for poking around on circuit boards are made by Pomona, but not very useful for general system work. Much too small & pointy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rexp View Post
    I had not seen Probe Master lead sets - they look to be pretty good and are made in the US of A. They appear to be cheaper when purchased direct from the mfgr and there are several options regarding the tips:

    https://probemaster.com/8000-series-...d-master-kits/

    My favorite for poking around on circuit boards are made by Pomona, but not very useful for general system work. Much too small & pointy.
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    Man those things look like you could pierce a finger on accident.
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    I have, but they are indispensable for troubleshooting surface mount devices. They will also pierce the soldermask on PC boards.

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    I got the Fluke TLK 225 kit some years ago, a lot cheaper than they are now.

    The leads have one 90 and one straight. If I am using the syringe type alligator clip the 90 works better on the clip if using one of the other probes the 90 goes into the meter.

    My biggest issue with them is the leads are so long they tend to tangle no matter what you do with them.

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    FP's lead set comes with molex plug pins. As mentioned here, I went with the Fluke. Pricey, but the alligators screw straight onto the lead pins (no 90° banana connectors like FP), which was essential for fitting the meter into the toolbag with the alligator clips attached.

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    I had not seen Probe Master lead sets - they look to be pretty good and are made in the US of A. They appear to be cheaper when purchased direct from the mfgr and there are several options regarding the tips:

    https://probemaster.com/8000-series-...d-master-kits/

    My favorite for poking around on circuit boards are made by Pomona, but not very useful for general system work. Much too small & pointy.
    Yup those are the same Pomona's I use for precision work. The probe tips are replaceable and some of the kits come with spring loaded probe tips.

    And they absolutely will poke a finger.

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