GOLD: Fluke 381 Remote Display True-rms AC/DC Clamp Meter with iFlexâ„¢

The Fluke 381 Remote Display True-rms AC/DC Clamp Meter with iFlex™ is a clamp meter with a detachable remote display and iFlex™ flexible current probe for easier, faster, and safer measurements. The company stated that the unit features highly intuitive measurement selection with exactly the features an electromechanical troubleshooter needs to access: capacitance, resistance, volts, and amps. Modern controls require advanced filtering to accurately read electrical. The Fluke 381 has state-of-the-art filtering. According to the manufacturer, there’s an increased requirement for commercial HVAC techs to be working in 480-V cabinets, either controls or electrical, which requires CAT III 1000 V or CAT IV 600 V tools, and extremely common for point of electrical measurement to be at one end of a large piece of equipment and the controls at the other end. The wireless display eliminates the need to run back and forth or have a second person when testing operations, and the same for electrical mounted in the ceiling, etc.

Fluke Corp.

SILVER: Thermal Imager 876

The testo 876 imager is used as a diagnostic tool for building performance and weatherization applications, and in predictive/preventive maintenance applications at facilities that require quick and easy visuals of thermal anomalies. The testo 876 has been designed for the HVAC/IAQ and weatherization professional to evaluate building envelopes inside and out. With a thermal sensitivity of <80mK, a full sized 160x120 focal plane array and an articulating large 3.5” display, the testo 876 allows the user to easily identify problem spots quickly and accurately even in hard to reach places. It includes 2GB of image storage and meets BPI/RESNET Infrared Imaging System Performance Standards.

Testo Inc.

BRONZE: Extech HD350 Pitot Tube Anemometer & Differential Manometer

The Extech HD350 Pitot Tube Anemometer and Differential Manometer is an ergonomic handheld HVACR test instrument that combines the airflow/velocity functions of a pitot tube anemometer with the air pressure capabilities of a precision manometer, plus temperature. The large backlit LCD simultaneously displays pressure, air velocity, or airflow, plus temperature. Five units of measurement are available for pressure readings. The extensive data functions include max/min/avg recording, relative time stamp, data hold, and memory for up to 99 readings in each mode. The meter’s USB port and software also permit extended data logging, trending, and analysis using a PC or laptop. The HD350 comes complete with accessories, hoses, software, and a rugged, oversized hard carrying case. When airflow issues are key to diagnosing a problem, the HD350 simplifies airflow measurements by combining pressure, airflow, velocity and temperature into one, durable meter, said the company. Long streams of constantly changing readings are made more manageable with simple to use minimum, maximum, averaging, and relative functions that highlight key values.

Extech Instruments