Fluke has done it again with it’s introduction of the new Fluke T6-1000 Electrical Tester with FieldSense technology. Fluke’s innovative engineering teams created FieldSense: a technology that allows the user to simultaneously measure voltage and current without metallic contact. I’m sure OSHA and NFPA70E guru’s are applauding the new T6-1000 and from a safety perspective – I’m all in.
Here’s the new product video.
Fluke T6-1000 Electrical Tester Introduction
Like the video showed, you can measure voltage the same way you measure current by sliding the open jaws around an energized conductor. This is an excellent feature but it wouldn’t apply in all situations.
In some circumstances you’re obviously going to need to measure phase-to-phase or phase-to-neutral (if a neutral is present) to verify proper voltages. The T6-1000 still comes with both leads for that reason and to also test resistance, frequency, and DC voltages.
- FieldSense technology for ac voltage, current and frequency measurement without making electrical contact to live voltage+
- Simultaneous voltage and current display – shows all power supply measurements at a glance for efficient trouble shooting
- 1 to 1000 V ac or dc (T6-1000)
- 0.1 to 200 A ac
- Resistance 1 Ω to 100 kΩ
- Frequency measurement 45 Hz to 66 Hz
- Works with wires up to AWG 4/0 (120 mm2) with a 17.8 mm jaw opening
- HOLD button temporarily freezes the reading for easy viewing
- Easy to read display with backlight
- Accepts optional Fluke TPAK Magnetic Meter Hanger for convenient operation
- Standard two-year warranty; extendable to 4 years through product registration within 45 days of purchase
How Fluke’s FieldSense Works
When contacting electrical conductors with test leads or alligator clips the potential for accidents such as an arc flash is present. FieldSense technology allows you to slide the open fork over a conductor and see the voltage level.
By removing the metal-to-metal contact requirement to get a voltage reading, the potential for arc flash is greatly reduced.
Because the measurement tool and the voltage source under test are isolated, the person performing the test is safer from potential electrical shock. This is performed by means of galvanic isolation or separation, the principle that isolates functions of an electrical current to prevent current flow. FieldSense takes a measurement of voltage without voltage flowing through the meter.
Since this is a new product there isn’t much feedback from users out in the field. If you’re currently working with the new Fluke T6-1000 be sure to leave a comment below!