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Old 23rd August 2013, 02:22 PM   #1
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Hello, I just compared two test probes, one is the Fluke TL175 ($25) and the other is the Pomona 5519A ($15). First, I would say both are excellent test probes (silicone wires). But will the "extra" $10 made a big difference in quality? I would say...Not really!. even though Pomona is owned by Fluke, I would say I like the pomona build quality in some aspects. First if you see the picture of the Pomona "flexibility" banana plugs material compared to the "hard" banana plugs in the Fluke. I would say I like the "flexibility" of the Pomona better than the Fluke, because you can not brake those plugs. I say this because I had the Fluke TL75 test probes(worse of Fluke) and I "pressed" a little and cracked the plastic shrouded plugs. I think if I press enough I can crack "easily" the banana shrouded plugs of the TL175. The thing I like the most in the TL175 is the "retractible" tip safety thing. the rest in quality I would say by touching and looking they are excellent probes. I would STRONGLY recommend the Pomona 5519A test probes, they are excellent quality and they are not too expensive.
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Old 23rd August 2013, 02:24 PM   #2
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Old 23rd August 2013, 02:51 PM   #3
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My conclusion is: "if" you really need the retractible tip thing and the name of Fluke on the probes, I would get the TL175!...other way I would save money and I would get the Pomona 5519A. As I mentioned before, they are both made really well and you can not get wrong getting either one . I can use other brand of test probes, but I will never use a multimeter that is not a Fluke
As soon as you work with a Fluke multimeter....you will not want to use your el cheapo multimeter again.

PS: at the end...they are both from Fluke ( Fluke owns Pomona)
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Thanks for the nice report... btw - where is your AREA 51? is it the same area 51 I used to work at... NTS?

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Old 30th August 2013, 12:52 PM   #5
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Thumbs up Pomona!

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Thanks for the nice report... btw - where is your AREA 51? is it the same area 51 I used to work at... NTS?

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Yes! that is the same one...you know with the ET guys!
I am glad you liked the review. as I mentioned before, these Pomona test leads are excellent quality for the money, so if you ever order from Digikey, mouser etc...just put these Pomona on the list, they are $15 and I can tell you that these Pomona leads are way better than the Fluke TL75. I can say the Pomona leads are the same or better than the famous Fluke TL71! The pomona banana shrouded material is FLEXIBLE...so it will NOT crack if it is pushed or squeezed. The Fluke TL175 has a solid plastic banana shroud so if pressed enough...they will brake for sure!.
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Old 30th August 2013, 01:03 PM   #6
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I like the enhanced safety of the shrouded plugs.
I also cover the "exposed" probes to minimise the risk of shorting.

I like the low resistances and flexibility of the "many fine strands" type of cable.

When working with AC I keep my leads twisted to help attenuate the effects of external magnetic fields on the loop area of the measurement system.
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Old 30th August 2013, 01:23 PM   #7
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I compared side by side the Pomona and the Fluke TL175 and the ONLY thing that I like in the Fluke better than the Pomona is the ability to "cover" the extra metal test tips. I find it very useful when working in tight spaces full with parts that you can touch by accident (accidents happen) and short out components.
other than that...the Pomona is the winner hands down!.
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Old 30th August 2013, 01:28 PM   #8
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I found a nice review of these Pomona test leads, these are the same ones I got.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uWLAwB6qSDc
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Thanks for the review Lanchile - I have a collection of Pomona banana leads and the quality is excellent!
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Old 4th September 2013, 10:25 PM   #10
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Has anyone considered expanding this thread to include some specialized leads?
What I'm thinking of are the DMM leads with alligator clips or spring hooks instead of the "nail" -type probe ends.
These are almost a necessity when you want to monitor VIR behavior while you use your hands to adjust, tweak, and fiddle with other parts of the circuit.
They are available as accessory leads, and some are adapters that just clip onto the regular probes. And some are... DIY.
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