Milwaukee has come out with two new auto voltage and continuity testers that they say combines the simplicity of a traditional tester with the digital readout of a higher functionality meter. Essentially, these are two bare-bones multimeters.
There will be two different testers – one that only measures voltage and checks for continuity (2212-20), and another that also measures resistance (2213-20).
According to Milwaukee press materials, the new testers provide maximum value for any Apprentice or Journeymen Electrician looking for the most accurate and simple way to quickly test outlets, switches, and breaker panels.
- CAT IV- 600V safety rating
- AC & DC voltage, 600V max
- Tests for continuity
- Measures resistance up to 20 kΩ (2213-20 only)
- Backlit LCD display
- LED worklight
- Audible and LED alerts
- Auto Off
- Replaceable Leads
So why use something like this? The key points of these testers are value, accuracy, speed, and simplicity. They can provide more insight and information than simple voltage testers, while being simpler and easier to use than ordinary multimeters.
ETA: August 2014
Price: $40 (2212-20), $50 (2213-20)
Milwaukee’s new voltage and continuity tester appears to be similarly functioned as the Klein MM500 multimeter that came out a year ago. We tested that model briefly, and then a few times more in recent months, and have come to appreciate its simplicity and ease of use.
I can definitely see the appeal of a meter like this. The Fluke 87V multimeter that I reviewed a few months ago is the best handheld meter I have ever used. It’s an utterly fantastic piece of equipment. But hand it to an apprentice, and they might get lost in its options and capabilities. Hand it to an electrician, and might be bummed at having to carry around such a large and heavy meter when all they need is a quick voltage or continuity measurement here and there.
Sometimes, the best tool for the job is a simple 2- or 3-function tester like this one. Other times, you might want or need a meter with greater functionality. If you already have a fully-functioned meter, then this might make for a convenient sidekick that hangs off your belt just in case you need it.
The prices of the new testers are reasonable – $40 for the 2212-20 voltage and continuity tester, and $50 for the 2213-20 voltage, continuity, and resistance tester.