Tool distributors got a chance to learn about various Power Probe products during a presentation by mobile diagnostic technician Jaime Lazarus at the ISN Tool Dealer Expo in Orlando, Fla. Lazarus, who operates Ocala, Fla.-based The Car Whisperer, LLC, provided an overview of Power Probe diagnostic products and demonstrated some of the tools’ unique capabilities.
During the interactive presentation, distributors in attendance indicated that the Power Probe III is the most frequently sold Power Probe tool to date. Lazarus noted that the company is aggressively advertising its more recent product, the Hook. “The Hook is currently being advertised in nearly every trade magazine, so now is the time to discuss this tool with your prospects and customers,” he said.
Lazarus noted that Power Probe tools are popular because they allow technicians to diagnose circuit issues faster and accurately. “Since most technicians are paid flat rate, the faster they can get something done, the more money they can make. Power Probe products help the technicians solve electrical problems quicker,” he said.
He also noted that the company’s website, www.powerprobe.com, has information for distributors that can help users understand how Power Probe products work. “You don’t have to have technical knowledge to answer their questions, just direct the technicians to the PowerProbe.com website” he said.
Lazarus demonstrated the Short Finder, the Power Probe III and the most recent Power Probe tool, the Hook.
The ECT2000 Short Finder is designed to find short and open circuits without removing molding or panels, he said. Previously, a technician had to pull a car apart to find a malfunctioning circuit. “The ECT2000 is something the technician will love,” he said. The tool mostly eliminates unnecessary disassembly.
Thanks to audible and visual alerts, the tool indicates the location of the circuit malfunction.
“It’s like a household stud finder,” he said. It works even when wiring is between layers of vinyl, carpeting, wood and plastics. If the harness has a metal frame, the metal will block the radio frequency, he noted.
The short finder creates radio frequency using a circuit as an antenna, Lazarus said. It does not create heat or circuit load. “It’s a lot safer for the technician,” he said. “The LEDs visually direct the technician what direction to go without disconnecting anything. Without the Short Finder a technician may have to disassemble the vehicle, not knowing if he’s going to find the short,” he said. Finding a short is sometimes a tech’s worst nightmare.
The Short Finder comes with adapters to make connecting to the most common circuits quick and easy.
Lazarus then reviewed the different generations of the Power Probe. All Power Probes can test electrical components prior to component installation and prior to removal. “This allows a technician to verify whether a part works before installing or removing it.” Lazarus said.
The Power Probe I debuted in 1996. Its features include the ability to power-up components, act as a bad ground indicator, a continuity tester, a short circuit indicator, and a relay and component tester, and it came with a 20-foot power cord. The Power Probe II additionally introduced an audio tone and lights for the work area.
The Power Probe III introduced a multi-purpose screen and provides a 40-foot reach using the 20-foot extension for its power cord. “Power Probe III delivers everything the other two did,” he said. When Power Probe III touches a circuit, the technician can view the average voltage of the circuit. “It’s not going to trigger the computers in the car to do things,” he said.
Power Probe III can measure positive or negative peak voltages, as well as peak-to-peak voltages in circuits. Haphazardly applying voltage to certain circuits can damage a vehicle’s electronic components, he noted. He also reminded attendees Power Probe products should not be used around flammable vapors like gasoline.
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