Pomona 5519A Test Leads - diyAudio
Go Back   Home > Forums > Design & Build > Equipment & Tools

Equipment & Tools From test equipment to hand tools

Please consider donating to help us continue to serve you.

Ads on/off / Custom Title / More PMs / More album space / Advanced printing & mass image saving
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 10th November 2013, 05:37 AM   #1
diyAudio Member
 
PedroDaGr8's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: San Diego, CA
Default Pomona 5519A Test Leads

Yeah, test leads not the most exciting topic in the world but I still felt these were worth reviewing. Walking through Fry's today wasting time and I came across these test leads. I don't really NEED test leads I knew Pomona tends to be high quality. At $13.99 for leads from a quality company I decided to splurge and take the gamble.
Click the image to open in full size.


At this price you aren't getting much more than the leads but thats all I was interested in. The package contains a red and black test lead with matching caps for the probe tips. They are rated as Cat II 1000V without cap. Cat III 1000V/Cat IV 600V with the tip caps. The tips are super sharp and the caps fit snugly without being annoying.

Click the image to open in full size.

Click the image to open in full size.

If I had these caps much less likely I kill the zener in my 199. The 18AWG wires are wear-indicating double-layered safety silicone (finally! I have leads that aren't plastic/rubber coated) while the tips and handles are polypropylene with a soft elastomer coating which feels VERY nice in the hands. It reminds me of the soft-touch coating on some smartphones. The leads read 0.06ohms impedence when shorted on my UT61E. Speaking of, continuity testing using these tips is virtually instant with no signs of a coating. It really reinforces how nice the UT61Es continuity buzzer is.

Click the image to open in full size.

Click the image to open in full size.

Also, I should point out the banana plugs are real banana plugs not the typical split metal prongs like on cheaper probes. I know this pic doesn't show it very well but its the best I could do.

Click the image to open in full size.


Summary:
First and foremost, I can say these leads are by far the nicest I have owned but they are also the first quality leads I have owned. So I have nothing to compare it to. The cable is double-layered safety silicone which doesn't tangle. One thing I should mention is how LONG they are. At 120cm (4 ft long for us yanks) the length is actually significantly longer than any of my other leads. I could see when using these on a test bench that length is welcome but I think in other situations it is a tad of a drawback. I actually like the caps as they are not cumbersome or annoying; simple to remove and simple to put on. Need I mentioned again that I got all of this for under $15 after taxes and I must say that I am QUITE happy.

Also, these are the EXACT thing as the Fluke TL71 test leads which cost at least $10 more. Both Fluke and Pomona (as well as Keithley and Tektronix) are owned by Danaher.

Last edited by PedroDaGr8; 10th November 2013 at 05:42 AM.
  Reply With Quote
Old 10th November 2013, 06:14 AM   #2
diyAudio Moderator Emeritus
 
jean-paul's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Germany
Ok where can we order ?
__________________
It's only audio. Official member of the Norske Brillegeit Gang.
  Reply With Quote
Old 10th November 2013, 06:20 AM   #3
diyAudio Member
 
PedroDaGr8's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: San Diego, CA
Quote:
Originally Posted by jean-paul View Post
Ok where can we order ?
I picked these up at a USA electronics store called Frys. Likely you can find similar in your country.
  Reply With Quote
Old 10th November 2013, 06:49 AM   #4
diyAudio Moderator Emeritus
 
jean-paul's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Germany
Hi I was only joking. Such things for such prices can only be found in the US. In Europe they are more expensive. Same with electronic components. Over here we have to buy hundreds while one can buy SMD parts a piece in the US. You are lucky guys over there in that aspect.
__________________
It's only audio. Official member of the Norske Brillegeit Gang.
  Reply With Quote
Old 10th November 2013, 07:12 PM   #5
diyAudio Member
 
PedroDaGr8's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: San Diego, CA
Yeah apparently even in Canada they cost twice as much. At least here in the USA it makes no sense to purchase the cheaper ones. These are so much nicer its no comparison. I didn't realize how much the silicone test wires make a HUGE difference. At 1.2m non-silicone wire would be virtually unworkable. These on the other hand aren't a problem at all.

Last edited by PedroDaGr8; 10th November 2013 at 07:20 PM.
  Reply With Quote
Old 6th January 2014, 04:48 AM   #6
diyAudio Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Pomona is pro quality, good price from Fry's. Did you notice a COO, country of origin?

Tips and connectors are nickel plated brass.

Better than ebay China made for $4, but not likely much different electrically.
  Reply With Quote
Old 6th January 2014, 05:06 AM   #7
diyAudio Member
 
PedroDaGr8's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: San Diego, CA
Quote:
Originally Posted by mikeford View Post
Pomona is pro quality, good price from Fry's. Did you notice a COO, country of origin?

Tips and connectors are nickel plated brass.

Better than ebay China made for $4, but not likely much different electrically.
I have multiple Chinese leads, these feel better. They read equal to my lowest impedance leads. The banana plugs are way better quality. The wire is higher quality safety wire, the tips are turned not cast.

COO Made in America with imported parts.

Last edited by PedroDaGr8; 6th January 2014 at 05:09 AM.
  Reply With Quote
Old 6th January 2014, 05:20 AM   #8
diyAudio Member
 
lanchile's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: AREA 51
Thumbs up Pomona test leads!!!!

100% agree with you! I posted a review about these Pomona test leads long time ago. They are EXCELLENT and I compared them with Fluke TL175 ones and to be honest......I like the Pomona better (price, quality)...By the way... Fluke owns Pomona!!!!
__________________
Make it simple...Make it better!

Last edited by lanchile; 6th January 2014 at 05:23 AM.
  Reply With Quote
Old 6th January 2014, 12:27 PM   #9
diyAudio Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
I'm shopping for a batch of leads right now, basic leads as well as back probes, clips, and alligators, and its just kind of weird to be looking at $50 to $100 in leads for $3 or $30 meters.

Generally I have no issues with my $4 ebay leads from China, but maybe its been too long since I used a good set of leads?
  Reply With Quote
Old 6th January 2014, 02:35 PM   #10
diyAudio Member
 
PedroDaGr8's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: San Diego, CA
I haven't had any major issues with Chinese leads. Some are better than others, that being said the feel of these leads blows all of the others out of the water. The silicone cable makes a huge difference in usability. I would imagine that to get a silicone test lead from China it would be much higher than $4. Which at that point why not but the Pomona leads.
  Reply With Quote

Reply


Hide this!Advertise here!
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Test Signal for max power test of Class D? eem2am Class D 19 27th August 2012 09:22 AM
Transformer leads 454Casull Parts 4 16th September 2009 03:07 PM
Steel Leads and Tinned Copper Leads impsick Parts 0 19th April 2009 10:01 AM
Multimeter test leads? sneakers563 Tubes / Valves 4 2nd September 2008 03:50 AM
Is there any test cd to test jitter using a scope ? gaetan8888 Digital Source 4 10th August 2007 09:24 AM


New To Site? Need Help?

All times are GMT. The time now is 05:04 AM.


vBulletin Optimisation provided by vB Optimise (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2014 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
Copyright 1999-2014 diyAudio

Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.3.2