Remember how your parents would tell you not to stick your finger in a household electrical outlet, you know, so you don’t get electrocuted? Well, the International Electrotechnical Commission — the folks who set the safety standards for electrical test equipment — rate those measly single-phase outlets as “category II.” Some people have the cojones to work in what the IEC calls “CAT IV” environments. That’s three-phase power at the utility connection — stuff rated at 1,000V but can extend up to a whopping 12,000V.
Those people are Greenlee’s target customer for their new FishFinder Plus Vision System. At first glance it looks like a chubbier version of every other portable jobsite camera you’ve seen. But as CAT IV veterans will tell you, little things make a difference when you’re working around power that can kill you instantly.
For example, the FishFinder’s cable isn’t just non-conductively covered. Greenlee coats the FishFinder’s cable with two layers of material, the top layer in orange and the under layer in yellow. Any yellow visible on the cable indicates that scratches or wear and disqualifies the cable from CAT IV use.
Besides the safety overload, the FishFinder packs the sorts of features you’d expect: Its camera sports a wide-angle lens that’s in-focus from 1/2″ to 12″, and two white LEDs on the camera head help you peer behind electrical panels — and even under water. You can digitally rotate the image on its 2.4″ color LCD screen 180 degrees. And it’ll store over 2,000 images on its built-in memory. (You can dump the images to a computer via a mini-USB jack.)
We have no idea what these suckers sell for, but we’re betting they’re not cheap. Who buys cheap-ass tools when they’re effectively betting their lives on ’em?
FishFinder Vision System Plus [Greenlee]