Along with producing some of the best digital multimeters, it is fitting that Fluke also produces some high quality accessories. They churn out an array of Fluke accessories for electrical measuring equipment, to include: test leads sets, temperature probes, battery chargers and adapters, soft and hard cases, rubber boot holsters and magnetic meter hangers.
Some of these can increase the functionality of an existing meter, such as incorporating a plug-in current clamp or pressure gauge. Others, like better quality test leads and alligator clips, might increase the user-friendliness and make the device even more reliable.
Some Common Fluke Accessories
Test lead probes are typically taken for granted even though they are the most important part of the system, being the first line of defense against high energies coming into the meter. Fluke makes the best leads and all of their meters ship with a decent pair, though they vary in quality from good to great. Older ones can wear and lose their input connectivity or sharpness.
Fluke TL71: A premium, flexible set of silicone-insulated leads with a 1000V CAT-III rating. Features include comfort grips and hot and cold resistance.
TL75 Hard Point: Included with many multimeters, with PVC insulated 4mm banana plugs.
TL175 TwistGuard: These are a good pair of leads that feature adjustable tips for different tasks. They come with excellent strain relief and are rated to 600V CAT-IV.
TL224 SureGrip: You get excellent connectivity and a sure grip with the TL224 leads. Strain relief is reinforced and the surfaces consist of over-molded rubber for surer measurements.
Test Lead Kits
Fluke AC175 Alligator Clip Set: These slide-on alligator clips fit nicely over your existing test lead probes to save having to buy another set. They also feature flexible boots.
TL81A Electronic Test Kit: Comes with an array of accessories for testing electronic equipment, including probes, test clips and alligator clips. These can fit right over the included SureGrip leads. Also included is a nylon pouch.
TL220 SureGrip Industrial Set: The ultra-grippy test leads come with interchangeable leads/probes and will fit any standard meter.
TL223 SureGrip Starter Kit: Best for electrical applications, with three items including the SureGrip leads and two slip-on probe sets.
TLK-225 SureGrip Master Set: Features 13 Fluke accessories, including SureGrip probes and leads, quality alligator clips and neat pouch that rolls up.
TLK289 Industrial Master Set: This is a great kit for those into both electrics and electronics. It features a quality set of test leads, three types of slip-on test probes, a thermocouple lead set, alligator clips, a TPAK hanger set and a soft carry case with strap.
As with most multimeters that have the ability to measure current, Fluke meters can only do so to, on average, 10A. There are some that can test up to 15A in short bursts, but you’re never going to be able to measure high current energies directly.
Functionality can be increased dramatically on this score with the addition of a current clamp without having to buy a separate piece of kit. These simply plug into the meter’s jack sockets and can measure anything up to 1000A with some models. Safety is assured since you don’t need to break any circuits or affect machinery uptime.
Fluke i400: Measures AC amperage up to 400A. The downside is it doesn’t measure current in DC so is no good for the auto industry
i400s: This model also measures AC current only, but also comes with a BNC output so you can connect up a portable oscilloscope for more accurate measurements.
i410: You can measure both AC and DC with this current clamp meter, both to 400A.
i1010: Measures up to 600A AC and 1000A DC and comes with a larger jaw for better access to bigger cores. Also features a Hall effect probe.
Fluke also sells replacement temperature probes and pressure measuring transducers.
80PK-1 Bead Probe: This is a general purpose thermocouple (Type-K) with a range of between -40°F and 500°F (-40°C / 260°C).
80PK-27 SureGrip Industrial Probe: Industrial standard Type-K thermocouple, where temperature requirements are much greater in harsher environments. Temperatures: -197°F to 1112°F (-127°C to 600°C).
80PK-3A Surface Probe: Type-K thermocouple good for measuring temperatures in curved, as well as flat, surfaces. Useful on rollers and plates, with a range from 32 to 500°F (0 to 260°C).
80PK-8 Pipe Clamp Probe: Accurately measures temperature of pipe surfaces (Type-K thermocouple). Temperatures: -20°F to 300°F (-29°C to 149°C); pipe sizes: 1/4″ (6mm) to 1 3/8″ (35mm).
PV350 Pressure Transducer: Measures pressures and vacuums in a system and fits all Fluke DMMs.
Not all meters include a case but it is worth having one, especially if you have accessories to carry around too, such as alligator clips or temperature probes.
C25 Soft Case: This handy, zippered carry case is well padded and has a splash-proof polyester outer. Also comes with a hand strap and is able to accommodate most of their meters. Available in various designs.
1750 Molded Transit Case: Tailored to the 1750 recorder, this rugged, hard case can also protect a wide range of accessories, including the 87V meter as well as clamp meters and thermometers.
There is a variety of other Fluke accessories on the market. These include magnetic hangers and non-contact voltage sticks, plus they also make thermal imaging parts and even hardhat LED lights.
TPAK ToolPak Magnetic Hanger: One of the most sought after Fluke accessories, which lets you hang your meter from a variety of items for hands-free usage. Comes with a magnet, strap and hook hanger and fits most meters.