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The Stinger allows you to evacuate the refrigerant, whether liquid or vapor, from your A/C or refrigeration units.  DIY Toolmongers’ll probably want to check the local equipment rental shops before shelling out for this tool — after all, how often do you need to mess with your refrigerant before it’s completely leaked out? More importantly, how much fun is it when you tell people that you’re renting a Stinger? (Rental places always carry cool stuff — why not missiles?)

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Bacharach Tru Pointe: Refrigerant Leak DetectorIt’s getting to be hot out, and hotter weather means your air conditioner is working harder.  And if it’s gonna break, it’s gonna break in the summertime.

With that in mind, we thought we’d share with you something we ran across today:  the Tru Pointe refrigerant leak detector.

Unlike the old days of hosing your engine down with fluorescent dyes and hitting it with UV lights to try and zero in on a leak, the Tru Pointe uses heated diode sensor technology to detect and locate all CFC, HFC and HCFC refrigerants.  Once the leak is found, the unit will alert both visually and audibly.  It’s even accurate when used in environments where high levels of refrigerant vapors are present.

It’s priced at $145, but troubleshooting a refrigerant leak in your vehicle and cost you upwards of $500 at your dealer. With that in mind, the The Tru Pointe by Bacharach is a welcome money saver.

The Tru Pointe Refrigerant Leak Detector [Barharach, Inc.]
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