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 Post subject: Aligator Clips
PostPosted: May Wed 22, 2019 6:52 pm 
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Does anyone know where I can get some good quality aligator clips? Not the cheap ones from the hardware store that bend after a few uses. and where can i also get good quality ready made jumper leads with good quality aligator clips applied?

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 Post subject: Re: Aligator Clips
PostPosted: May Wed 22, 2019 6:57 pm 
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Either Mouser or DigiKey. They sell genuine Mueller.

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 Post subject: Re: Aligator Clips
PostPosted: May Wed 22, 2019 7:05 pm 
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I've a set of Pomona brand clip leads. They are quality made.

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 Post subject: Re: Aligator Clips
PostPosted: May Thu 23, 2019 10:54 pm 
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H.H. Smith is another brand to look for. I don't know if they are still available as new, but they are high quality and maybe can be found at swap meets, or in the classified section of ARF. :)

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 Post subject: Re: Aligator Clips
PostPosted: May Fri 24, 2019 12:10 am 
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stromberg6 wrote:
H.H. Smith is another brand to look for. I don't know if they are still available as new, but they are high quality and maybe can be found at swap meets, or in the classified section of ARF. :)

H. H. Smith was bought by another company (I don't remember who) some years back. So you might have to search for them.

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 Post subject: Re: Aligator Clips
PostPosted: May Fri 24, 2019 2:07 am 
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Every set I ever bought, and of course particularly the cheap ones, I took apart and soldered the wire to the clip. None of those crimps seemed to hold up very long.

But as you mentioned, there are cheap clips, and CHEAP clips.... the really cheap ones don't align properly and have weak spring tension. And a host of other failings. I also wouldn't trust them with too much voltage on them. Would not surprise me if they were rated for 25 volts lol.

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 Post subject: Re: Aligator Clips
PostPosted: May Fri 24, 2019 2:34 am 
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I always look carefully to see if they use a rivet.

Really cheap ones pivot on an indent.... and later fall apart.

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 Post subject: Re: Aligator Clips
PostPosted: May Fri 24, 2019 11:19 am 
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Mueller Alligator clips; https://www.alliedelec.com/product/mueller/bu-60/70188572 BU-60 clips. The best of the bunch. Get their red and black covers as well.

Use good test lead wire https://powerwerx.com/test-lead-rubber-flexible-wire and solder the wire to the clips. Your test leads will be good for for anything up to 3KV or more if you get the higher rated wire.

Your home grown leads will be a bit more than a buck apiece, but they'll last as long as you will.

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 Post subject: Re: Aligator Clips
PostPosted: May Fri 24, 2019 11:13 pm 
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azenithnut wrote:
I always look carefully to see if they use a rivet.

Really cheap ones pivot on an indent.... and later fall apart.

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I've got a set with rivets that fall apart. The rivet is more like a pin with a head on one end and nothing on the other. It depends on the plastic insulator over the clip to hold it in place. Of course, the insulators are splitting as well.

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 Post subject: Re: Aligator Clips
PostPosted: May Sat 25, 2019 12:18 am 
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I have been using Mueller clips for over 65 years, and never a failure. No rivet issues etc. They are made well; have always been made well.

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 Post subject: Re: Aligator Clips
PostPosted: Jun Mon 10, 2019 1:17 pm 
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HH Smith is now Abbaton.

Thanks for the suggestions. Ill try some Mueller clips since they been around a long time from what I found out about them.

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 Post subject: Re: Aligator Clips
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I've been using Mueller alligator clips but have had problems finding good affordable test lead wire. Thanks for the link Mike, the Powerwerx test lead wire is perfect:

https://powerwerx.com/test-lead-rubber-flexible-wire

Whenever I see the el-cheapo Chinese test leads I'm reminded of the time I bought a 10 pack at a car show. I just wanted to jumper out my brake switch to quickly isolate a brake light issue but when I tested them with my meter 9 out of the 10 read open or a very high resistance.

Whenever I would grab one of the cheap jumpers I always had to ohm it out first to make sure it hadn't developed an open or high resistance, but since I started making my own clips I don't worry about a bad jumper.

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 Post subject: Re: Aligator Clips
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I got a 1000’ foot reel of Danbar black test lead cable a while back. 18awg @ 5kv. 2722/18. It works well. If any of you need some, let me know. 1000’ is more than I will ever use.


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 Post subject: Re: Aligator Clips
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I must admit that I have purchased way too many of these sets over the years. The quality is excellent (military) and I use the parts, wire, Mueller clips etc. to make test lead sets.


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 Post subject: Re: Aligator Clips
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...I must admit that I have purchased way too many of these...
I've bought more than a few sets for "shelf spares" myself. :wink:

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