Klein has come out with a new combination non-contact voltage tester that features a built-in LED flashlight. The new Klein NCVT-3, like their MM500 Tough Meter multimeter, is dustproof and waterproof with an IP67 rating, and it also has drop protection with a 6.6 ft (2m) impact rating.
The built-in LED flashlight works independent of the voltage tester, and so you could carry it around and use it as just like you would any other flashlight.
Klein says the new tester can be used for identifying AC voltage in cables, cords, circuit breakers, outlets, wires, doorbells, thermostats, low voltage lighting systems, irrigation systems, and other such equipment. It can detect AC voltages as low as 12V and as high as 1000V, and has a CAT IV 1000V safety rating.
There’s a visual voltage LED bargraph indicator with 5 LEDs that makes it easy to gauge voltage strength, and also a simultaneous audible indicator that beeps at a greater frequency when brought near higher voltages or closer to a voltage source.
The tester and flashlight are powered by 2x AAA batteries, and an auto power-off function helps to extend battery life. To help protect against dust and water, the battery compartment is sealed off by a screw-thread cap and o-ring.
Although it looks a little larger than simpler non-contact voltage detectors, the Klein NCVT-3 is still pocketable at 5.83″ long with a 0.96″ x 1.16″ cross section. It has a pocket clip for keeping it handily within reach.
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Don’t care about having an AC voltage detector with a built-in flashlight? Try the Klein NCVT-2, which is just $20 via Amazon. But from the looks of it, the NCVT-3 has got more than just an added flashlight, such as the LED voltage scale indicator and its Tough Meter housing.