Keeping your world up and running.®

The insider scoop on new Fluke tools

To see video demonstrations of some of these new tools, visit our Training Center!

What's different about the new Fluke Ti32 and TiR32 thermal imagers?

They offer super-high-resolution and extreme thermal sensitivity with the same Fluke ruggedness. You can drop these imagers 2 meters and they still work. You can detect temperature differences down to 50 mK, from -20 °C to +600 °C. You can change lenses in the field to a telephoto or wide-angle option and replace the Lithium-ion batteries instead of just charging them. All kinds of enhancements, suggested by users: thumbnail memory review, more file formats for saving images, high temperature and dew point alarms, and more. Check out both models, the Fluke Ti32 and the Fluke TiR32 (R is for building diagnostics applications).

How "impervious" are the Fluke 27 II and 28 II? Who needs them?

The Fluke 27 and 28 II are designed to survive water, dust and rough handling that would kill other tools. They are water and dust resistant (IP67 rated), fully submersible, and they float. They are drop tested to 3 meters (10 feet) and they operate in 95% humidity and in
-40 °C temperatures. They're small, have a long battery life, the screen is backlit, they have a wide Vac bandwidth, and they offer low voltage ohms. Best of all, if you dunk one, it won't die. These meters are designed for wet, corrosive, dusty, explosive environments, from cement plants to mining, chemical processing, wastewater, marine service, and outside testing in any weather.

How hard was it to build the removable display on the new Fluke 233 DMM?

The hardest part was building a wireless meter that works just like a regular multimeter - and it does! There are no extra buttons to push. The top of the meter just slides off, and it has a built-in magnet so you can attach it a metallic surface someplace else, while the meter base is back connected to your measurement point. The meter uses a wireless transmitter to send measurements from the base to the display, from up to 10 meters (33 feet) away. Fluke built it for situations where you have to be separated from the measurement point, such as PLCs, large machines, and arc flash hazard areas. There are times where there's no place to put a meter, and when you need both hands for probing. That's when you need the Fluke 233.

Things to like about the new Fluke 1AC-1 volt detector

Why did Fluke build a new volt detector? It's for advocates of the Keep It Simple method. The new 1AC-1 doesn't have an audible alarm, and it doesn't have an on/off switch. It does have a new always-on feature so it's always ready to use. It uses low-power circuitry to sustain battery life and, with typical usage, the batteries will last about a year. Really, the 1AC-1 is a tool for people who just want to take their volt detector out of their pocket, check the battery*, and make their measurement. Use it like any other volt detector to test for energized circuits and defective grounds. And -- Fluke still offers the full bells-and-whistles 1AC model, or the LVD2 volt light, for those who want more options.
* Using the Battery Check function is optional and for convenience only, it is not intended as a substitute for checking the unit on a known live source before and after use.

Is the new Fluke 421 Distance Meter just a case of more cool stuff?

Yes, you've caught us. Distance meters are cool and the new 421D model simply has more cool features. It can measure up to 100 m (330 ft) with 1/16 inch accuracy. It has this built-in ± 45 ° tilt sensor that actually measures around objects that are in the way. You can mark off incremental amounts using the "stake out" feature: enter the amount, start moving away from the start point, and the meter will beep at each increment. Need to figure out the angle of a corner? Take measurements on both sides and get the angle automatically. In Tripod mode, the meter will actually measure from the center of the tripod. And the backlight? Turns on when it's dark and you need it, not when you don't, saving your batteries.