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    This was another piece of gear that was passed on to me from my Grandfather.
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    I have a Fluke 8808A bench meter with long test leads that have mini-grabbers on the end rather than the usual probes. I couldn't do without it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by allsignalmustpass View Post
    I have a Fluke 8808A bench meter with long test leads that have mini-grabbers on the end rather than the usual probes. I couldn't do without it!
    I have long some with mini grabbers on them also, except they goto a BNC connection for my scope, I use a pomoma adapter that converts from BNC to the DVM banana jacks.

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    I have a grabby probe for my scope. I like it. Always wanted some for my meter but I've never prioritized it. I often use my alligator clip leads from the meter probes to the circuit to accomplish something similar anyway. Gotta have a few alligator clip leads. I have four and I find myself short now and then. Making a couple more is something else I should prioritize.

    Meter tip from pdf64... If you have good probes they'll have tips made of solid material. Probably some kind of austenitic stainless steel? I don't know. But you can sharpen them to improve readings on oxidized or overly fluxed joints

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    Probe Clips

    While I have a few Probe Master DMM probes, with the thread-on insulating tips to save your butt from being careless, I'm very fond of the XL EZ-Hook Mini-Probes, as seen in the first image connected to the base and collector leads of a power xstr, with the Fluke 8060A in Diode Test mode. I have several sets of those cables equipped with both the XL as well as the normal length Min-Probes. I've been using EZ-Hook for decades, along with some of the Pomona versions which are stronger, more robust. Eventually, the lead breaks off inside the push-ball, but easy to restore, after removing the remains of the previous wire, and tack-soldering a freshly prepared end. Their original form factor was the Ball End, then changing to the ergonomic shape that Pomona has always had.

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    At one of the TRW Radio Amateur Technical Swap Meets in Redondo Beach, CA decades ago, I came across some Logic Probe cables, which were equipped with these tiny removable grabber probes, connected using square plastic connectors having the mating socket for the tiny 0.025" round pin in the probe. I've fitted the sockets to mate with these probes on several of my Tektronix Scope Probe's ground leads, along with the traditional mini-alligator clip.

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    These tiny grabber clips can get in and firmly clip onto IC leads (though not advised when the circuit is powered up!). I do have a collection of EZ-Hook's Micro-Probes, which are about the same size as these.....and while nice probes, I like these logic probe grabber clips a bit better.

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