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A multimeter is a useful tool in many circumstances, but just what are you supposed to do with the test leads when you’re done using it? If you’re lucky your meter has a compartment for storing leads — otherwise you could bundle them nicely with a Velcro tie or just wrap them around the meter a few times. Maybe a better option would be to pick up a set of Kastar’s 15′ retractable leads.

The test leads can be used with any meter that accepts standard banana plugs. You can pull the retractable leads out to any length up to 15′ and then retract them back into the disk for storage. They can be used up to 30VDC and 10A when unwound and up to 6A when retracted.

The probe end of the leads can be connected to the any combination of the included test probes, alligator clips, or spring hooks. The retractable test leads retail for $50 but can be found for less than $35 with a little searching.

Retractable Test Leads [Kastar]
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6 Responses to Retractable Test Leads

  1. kyle says:

    they need to be more compact and handle more current

  2. Chris W says:

    I don’t like test leads with banana plugs at the probe end. They tend to come apart at the worst time, creating a safety hazard. That said, I can see these being very handy if you need long leads.
    I’ll just keep wrapping mine around the meter and snapping them into the holster.

  3. Dan says:

    But where do you keep those atachments? Unless they provide onboard storage for them they just created a new problem with their “solution.”

  4. Matt says:

    HANDLE MORE CURRENT? Most multimeters max out at 10 amps. If you want to measure more pick up a clamp meter (FLUKE 337). I am also concerned that test leads are available that are only rated at 30 V. What happens when someone tests 480 or 600 V with these?

  5. David Bryan says:

    This is made to be used as an automotive testing accessory, and it’s fine and dandy for that. Not a great replacement for regular leads for everyday use, and it’s not supposed to be, but if you need long leads, it’s pretty handy. Snap-on sells them, too, and at their website they talk about using them on brake-light and engine sensor circuits.
    It’s just not something you’d want to use on CAT III wiring. Somebody who’d use something like this on those kinds of voltages probably shouldn’t be working on those kinds of voltages.

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