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Topic Title: Megger VF2 Volt stick
Topic Summary: Died?
Created On: 23 July 2013 01:03 PM
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 23 July 2013 01:03 PM
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SherlockOhms

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Volt stick did an odd thing today.

When held against a known supply it pulsed/flashed steadilly.

I assumed batteries? Swapped them for new but now it's dead?

Is it scrap?

S.
 23 July 2013 01:23 PM
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bartonp

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Batteries were low, and now the new ones are in back to front?
 23 July 2013 01:52 PM
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SherlockOhms

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Even i'm not that daft.......but I'll check
 23 July 2013 04:38 PM
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Grumpy

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And the outcome of that check Sherlock . . . ?

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 23 July 2013 07:53 PM
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Rulland

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Batteries right way up but voltstick upside down.........

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 23 July 2013 07:58 PM
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M.Joshi

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Originally posted by: SherlockOhms

Volt stick did an odd thing today.



When held against a known supply it pulsed/flashed steadilly.



I assumed batteries? Swapped them for new but now it's dead?



Is it scrap?



S.


Did you use good quality alkaline batteries or cheap £1 ones?

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 23 July 2013 08:13 PM
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Thripster

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Have you tested the 'new' batteries with your approved voltage tester yet? Did you use a proving unit to test the tester first? Did you test the batteries of the proving unit?
 24 July 2013 07:41 AM
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SherlockOhms

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Originally posted by: Grumpy

And the outcome of that check Sherlock . . . ?


I've tried all combo's of the batteries/stick. I did get a brief repeat of the pulsing effect.

I've concluded that I'm probably stupid, oh, and I need a new stick.

S.
 24 July 2013 02:13 PM
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M.Joshi

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The Sagab ones are supposed to be the best VoltSticks :

http://www.voltstick.co.uk/ima...voltstickShortform.pdf

This video shows how the different ones work:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pplWPhBozh8

As I'm sure you know, Voltsticks should only be used as an indicator.

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 24 July 2013 06:50 PM
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Grumpy

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As I'm sure you know, Voltsticks should only be used as an indicator.


'S funny they came as standard on my van. What are you driving?

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 25 July 2013 06:38 PM
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stateit

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Pull the spring contacts for the batteries out a bit ?

If that doesn't help then I'd just take it apart to see how it works

[edit] And Oh... I prefer the Fluke ones myself [/edit]

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 25 July 2013 10:16 PM
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AJJewsbury

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If that doesn't help then I'd just take it apart to see how it works

A man after my own heart!

Although I always thought afterwards I would have been better taking it apart while it was still working to really see how is was supposed to work properly!

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 25 July 2013 10:48 PM
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Zs

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Nooooo. Once it has failed once you must throw it away. Sherlock, you are worth much more than a 15 quid volt stick. Use it as a door-wedge or something. Get a new one.

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