The Ideal Volt Aware Non-Contact Voltage Tester is working great for me; it has shown power everywhere it should without any errors. This also checks outlets for power and has visual and audible indication. Make sure you turn it all the way on and do not use it half way turned on position because the halfway on is where you turn it to take the unit apart to replace the batteries. See picture below:
The VoltAware™ detector is easy to use. Twist to align pointer with ON marking. Green light ind...
June 28, 2019
The VoltAware™ detector is easy to use. Twist to align pointer with ON marking. Green light indicates ready to use and no voltage detected. Red light flashes and tester beeps to indicate detection of AC voltage. When finished, twist pointer back to OFF position. If you forget, auto-shutoff after 15 minutes conserves battery life. A push button enables choosing silent or audible operation. Powered by two AAA batteries.
Minimum detection is 40 volts, less sensitive than similar competitive products. My sample showed inconsistent detection next to a live insulated wire or against a live AC wall socket. (See photos.) A competitive product showed consistent spot-on detection on the same tests.
VoltAware detection is yes or no; there is no indication of electric field intensity. Other detectors indicate electric field strength by flashing and beeping faster or by glowing more brightly when moved closer to the voltage source.
Voltage detection is not consistent, a safety concern. There are other detectors with more sensitivity and reliable consistent detection. Two year warranty. Manufactured in China.
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Response from Ron KipperJuly 8, 2019
Thanks JoeTech for the review. Ron at email@example.com
Just started to use the non contact voltage indicator by Ideal their #61-025 VoltAware. It is easier to use than my old indicators they have metal probes to stick into sockets or wires to see if there is an energized source and it lights up. The VoltAware lights stay green until it is in the proximity of an energized wire or socket, then it turns on a pulsing RED light and sounds an alarm and the alarm sound is optional but safer with both. [Always check it by sticking it into a known live energy source before using it] Somewhere there in a photo of the birds nest of wires of my indicators. This tester is category 4 safety rated and is safe inside or outside a structure. They are rated for 40 to 1000 volts AC. It is easy to carry in your pocket like a pen. Just a twist of the pen like tester and it will turn on or off. It uses 2 AAA batteries and are accessed by just turning the to the middle line between the on and off marks on the barrel. I like this voltage tester and I would recommend it. I hope this helped you
Pros: Clear Instructions, Compact, Easy to Use, Nice Design, Very Bright
The Ideal Voltaware Audible Tester #61-025.
I have an different brand older version of this tester which I have been using for years now. It is a must for DIY’ers like myself. Anytime I am working with electricity, I double check to make sure that the power if off by placing the tester next to several spots on any wires I plan on handling. The tester will emit a loud beeping noise while flashing red to indicate live current.
Right out of the package, this tester was only working intermittently. As in my video, sometimes it worked through the wire insulation and sometimes it failed to pick up the current. I was very surprised! I held the tester up to several outlets without getting any indication of live current. Nothing through PVC conduit either. My older tester is much more sensitive, easily reading through wire insulation, PVC Conduit and definitely close in front of a live outlet. The extension cord I tested showed intermitting hits of live current.
I do not think I would rely on this tester alone. If I keep it, I will be checking and rechecking several spots over wire insulation. I tested bare wires with the tester and it worked much better. I started laying the flat tip on the wires which appeared to give better results, but at times it still failed to indicate current through insulated wires. I think the tester could be a bit more sensitive making it more reliable, especially for DIY’ers like myself.
I do not think I would recommend this product.
Pros: Compact, Easy to Use, Great Sound Quality, Loud
Cons: has a hard time working through wire insulation, not sensitive enough
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Response from Ron KipperJune 28, 2019
Hey Slacker4141 I really like this little tester and I would say your old unit beeped at a lot of things where this tester only beeps on the hot conductor. Try sticking the tip in each of the openings at an outlet it will beep only on the hot and older units usually beep at all the openings. On the cord you are testing in most cases manufacturers twist the hot, neutral and ground wires when they make the cord the tester senses when the hot conductor is not near the tip of the tester. Use it well and thanks for taking the time Ron at firstname.lastname@example.org
Safe and easy way to detect voltage. Time will tell how durable it is.
The Ideal Volt Aware Non-Contact Voltage Tester (Model # 61-025) is easy to use and a safe way to detect A/C voltage (it’s not intended for D/C). Turn it on by rotating the barrel from “off” to “on” and the nose glows bright green. Put the flat tip anywhere you want to test for voltage: In the “hot” slot of an outlet, on the outside of Romex cable, along a lamp or appliance cord, or against a light switch. When it detects voltage the nose changes from green to red, and the tester beeps. The beep can be turned off.
It’s important to understand that this device (like most non-contact testers) can only detect a hot wire in close proximity. It will NOT turn red if the tip is placed in the ground hole or the neutral (tall) slot of a (correctly-wired) outlet. And when used with electric cable or appliance cords, it’s important to run it along both sides of the wire, and over a length of the wire to ensure you’re “finding” the hot wire inside the insulation. See pics
It also worked well on several flat-plate light switches (see pics) without having to remove the switch plate or get near the screw terminals inside. But there’s no guarantee it will work on all light switches; It didn’t register on any old-style toggle switches with the covers on. So be prepared to open the box.
Full disclosure - this is my first non-contact tester, so I can’t compare it to other brands (which seem to be available for a similar price), and I haven’t used it long enough to determine how durable it is.
And I’m not an electrician. But I am an experienced DIY’er, having successfully changed or installed many light switches, outlets, light fixtures, ceiling fans, etc over 30 years and have managed not to kill myself ;) …. But I have gotten shocked a couple times from circuits I mistakenly thought were off! This is a fast, easy, and safe way to check for voltage, but I’ll use it alongside my trusty old 2-lead voltage tester, not in place of it…”belt and suspenders”.
- AAA batteries are cheap and readily available
- Quick and easy to use
- Lightweight and clips in a shirt pocket
- You won’t accidentally leave it on - the nose is bright green when on!
- The on-off mechanism doubles as the “pull apart to access batteries” catch, so time will tell how durable it is
Pros: Clear Instructions, Compact, Easy to Use, Loud, Nice Design, Very Bright
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Response from Ron KipperJune 27, 2019
RobDIY thanks for the review they are very handy to just double check you threw the right breaker! Ron at email@example.com
I love this, i have wanted one for myself for a while now and I kept borrowing my neighbors and now i have one of my own.It definitely works good .My wife kept telling that I needed one and when i got it she was happy for us both.It is compact so i can carry it where ever I go or when i helping someone with electricity and it lets us know where live lines or outlets are..I reccomend my friends check these out.You will not be disappointed.
Love this. Have used it to check for voltage in plugs. Also used to check if wiring for appliances was hooked up correctly. Plan on using to check Christmas light strings. In the past, I use to remove every bulb in the non working part of string and plug it back into a socket in a working part of string. This will be a dream come true. Just have to hold near wires on each side of bulbs on non working part.
By far the Volt Aware Non-Touch Voltage Test from Ideal is the best out there.You dont have to pay alot for function and reliability. Ive tried them all, press this button press that button. Turn the Ideal on and there you go. Ive been rewiring my home and its a great asset to have with me. You can throw anything or any brand they will always be second.