If you’re like us, you’ve probably got three or four cheap-ass AC voltage testers laying around your toolbox(es) waiting for the day you need to change a switch or install an outlet. But think about this for a sec: When you’re going to bet your ass (or hand, as the case may be) on a tool, do you want the $0.50 special or a brand you recognize?
Often this is no choice at all because we simply can’t afford the high-buck brand-name tool. But now you have no excuse: We found this Fluke tester at Amazon (and elsewhere) for just $23. Sure, that’s about $22.50 more than you paid for your crappy model, but consider that this one — if it’s anything like the other Fluke gear we own — will last forever, and probably actually work.
And that one-time $22.50 outlay seems even more sensible when you’re thinking “is that light off because there’s no voltage or because the tester’s broken?”