Fluke T5-1000 Electrical Tester Review
The Fluke T5-1000 electrical tester is almost a multimeter but a little bit different. Electrical testers can be used for maintenance and troubleshooting in a quicker manner than an equivalent multimeter. Electrical testers are more “streamlined” than a conventional meter and sometimes can make use even easier.
If you are only used to seeing and using multimeters, switching to a tester like the Fluke T5-1000 is almost like breaking a habit. Once you do though, you will most likely wish you had switched over to a tester earlier.
Breaking the habit still presents a challenge for me though ha ha. I am so used to using a conventional meter that I guess “relying” on an electrical tester just doesn’t quite feel right. I promise though, after putting this post up, I will use my Fluke T5-1000 more than the other meters and testers I have.
The Fluke T5-1000 is easier to use overall, provides a wider/faster snapshot of various electrical issues, and can capture enough information for you as a user that you may not need a separate meter at all.
If you follow the site at all, maybe you noticed that recently a couple multimeter reviews have gone up. We will add this review of the Fluke T5-1000 electrical tester to that list. I am also going to try and follow the same format – why I like it, description, pros & cons. So, if you think you could benefit at home or work using the Fluke T5-1000 tester, keep on reading the review below.
What You’ll Find Below
The Fluke T5-1000 isn’t your conventional multimeter. For a maintenance person, or a person that does a lot of work around the house, this electrical tester from Fluke will do an excellent job for you. If, however, you don’t really do a bunch of electrical work or testing/troubleshooting, the T5-1000 could be overkill. You might be able to get by with a conventional meter.
If you are serious about electrical work, testing, and troubleshooting, carrying around an electrical tester like this will only benefit you.
In the Fluke T5-1000 review below, you’ll be able to check out some features, some pros and cons, several pics. So let’s get on with it and see if you should add this tool to your arsenal.
Fluke T5-1000 Review
Here is the production description from the company itself, Fluke. Of course, cut, pasted, and edited by yours truly. Let’s see how fancy they get in their description of the T5. Might sound like it could build the space shuttle single handed.
- The Fluke T5 electrical tester allows you to check voltage, continuity, and current with one compact tool. To use the Fluke T5-1000, all you do is select volts, ohms, or current and let the tester do the rest.
- The OpenJaw current device lets you check current up to 100 amperes – without interrupting or having to shut down the circuit to attach a meter.
- The test leads stow neatly in the back, making it easy and relatively clean to keep in your tool pouch or bag. The SlimReach test probes are customized for national electrical standards.
The Fluke T5-1000 has:
- A simple to read display.
- Audible & visual indication.
- A data hold function.
- Auto power-off feature.
Apparently the words openjaw and slimreach are trademarked terms so… Sorry Fluke, not trying to infringe on your turf.
Pros of the Fluke T5-1000
Since there is such a difference between electrical testers and multimeters, the pros, cons, and features will also be different. As far as the Fluke T5-1000 tester goes, here are a couple items that I would consider pros:
Ease of Use
- You can forget having to even think about switching around your test leads and making sure they are in the correct sockets. The T5-1000 leads are attached, leaving you less to worry about.
Wide Range of Specs
- Up to 1000 volts AC/DC Cat III, up to 600 volts AC/DC Cat IV. Up to 1000 Ω on resistance, and 100 amps on current.
Test Lead Storage
- The leads for this electrical tester snap securely into the back. They don’t come out unless you want them out.
3 Position Switch
- You can stop thinking about what setting you need to have your tester in. There are only 3 positions on the dial – volts, current, & resistance. Turn it with your fat, stubby thumb.
Cons of the Fluke T5-1000
Because I didn’t buy this with the purpose of reviewing it way back I haven’t given much thought to the drawbacks or cons. Obviously there are a couple otherwise I would use it exclusively at work ha ha.
So that you can get a fair review, here are a couple of what I would call cons of the Fluke T5-1000.
- Since it’s purpose is to test, it gives less significant digits than a meter. You might get 486 volts instead of 485.9.
- This would probably be the largest drawback of the Fluke T5-1000. Not as expensive as the Fluke multimeters but near the top end of basic electrical testers. Perhaps this one isn’t considered basic based upon its specs?
- It would be nice if a case were included, for protection & transportation. Amazon lists it as coming with a case?
Fluke T5-1000 – Features
And here are some basic, standard features of the Fluke T5-1000 electrical tester. Hey, this don’t quite cut the mustard as being pros but they sure do help give an edge to this tester. Here are a few features:
- Standard audible warning. Such as during a continuity check.
- Turns off after a set period of inactivity, saving battery life.
- You can use this function to capture and hold readings.
3rd Hand Lead Holder
- This is cool and yes, other testers and meters have it. But the Fluke one actually works. The lead doesn’t slip out, it is a tapered fit and slides in snugly. No fuss, no muss.
- The dimensions of the Fluke T5-1000 are below but this tester is ergonomic and slim. It fits easily in your hand.
- It comes with the standard Fluke “case.” Fluke states that this electrical tester can withstand 10′ drops and still be calibrated.
2 Year Fluke Warranty
- The Fluke T5-1000 comes with both the Fluke reputation as well as a pretty sweet 2 year warranty.
Fluke T5-1000 vs. a Fluke 116
We should test the accuracy of the Fluke T5-1000 electrical tester right? What good is a tester if the readings aren’t reliable? Keep in mind that calibration also plays a part. Like, if you did in fact drop it from a decent height, you might want to get it calibrated again before you rely on the readings.
In order to do the basic test, all I did was take 3 individual readings with the tester and meter on the same source. The results are below.
Overall, the Fluke T5-1000 is fairly small and very lightweight. It will take up very little room in your tool bag or pouch. It can also fit into a back pocket and I believe Fluke makes a holster specifically for the T5-1000.
The dimensions are as follows – 10.5″ (L) x 3″ (W) x 1.75″ (D)
Fluke T5-1000 Electrical Tester Review Conclusion
I think that’s nearly all I can share about the Fluke T5-1000. You should now have enough information to decide if the Fluke T5-1000 electrical tester meets, exceeds, or doesn’t match up with your expectations and needs, whether those are at home or at work. You should never settle for a meter until you are certain.
The T5-1000 from Fluke has several positive features while only having a couple drawbacks. One major drawback for some of you may be the price at over $100. However, if you are a technician or like to do a lot of tinkering around the house like maybe wiring up a trailer, this tester might be perfect.
So yeah, check it out, make sure you check what the meter can do and what you want it to do. Super simple. If you have any questions, don’t be afraid to send an email or leave a comment. I’ll do my best to get an answer.
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