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Where to buy good aftermarket test leads for Snap On scope?

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09 Jun 2019 16:58 - 09 Jun 2019 20:54 #30552 by llamawrench1997
I just bought my first scope, a used Modis Ultra off of ebay with 19.2 software for around $1,500 (tell me how I did haha). The issue, it does not come with leads for the scope. The only places I could find shielded banana plug test leads for oscilloscopes are on Snap On and AESwave.

I also considered using the cheap chinese 100mhz BNC leads (they come with a lot of cheap scopes), using a female to female BNC adapter, then a male BNC to stackable banana plug adapter(s).

Please leave me your suggestions or thoughts.
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09 Jun 2019 18:55 #30558 by llamawrench1997
I just bought one Snap On channel 1 lead for $40, and I bought some of the cheap chinese 100mhz leads with various adapters and extensions for $40. Will update with results!

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10 Jun 2019 08:36 #30567 by Andy.MacFadyen
BNC leads are pretty much the standard for lab scopes provided they are properly made they give the best sheilding at way beyond the frequencies we see in automotive work.
The without a shielded cable as far as possible follow the same route, using a local ground (for example sensors own ground) will give a cleaner trace than using a battery ground. But for a lot of work you don't need to worry about it too much and you have the option of using a filter to reduce unwanted noise --- but use filters with care because they hide detail.

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14 Jun 2019 11:36 #30671 by Tyler
I use the AESwave shielded banana cables daily, and absolutely love them. Much better than Snap-On.

The option of getting them with extra length is a big selling point for me. :cheer:

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14 Jul 2019 08:34 #31770 by rikflaxman
How do you choose the best choose the best product among the ones listed here?
11must.com/best-clamp-meters/

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14 Jul 2019 11:50 - 14 Jul 2019 11:54 #31790 by Andy.MacFadyen
Only two of those are suitable for automotive work

If you are looking for a clamp multi meter it needs to to have a DC Clamp range
Do a search on Amazon or eBay for these
Uni-T UT203 40a low and 400a max ranges
Uni-T UT210-E has low 2a range andt 100a max ranges.
CEM DT-337 has low 4a range and 80a max ranges.

I use a UT203 as my go to general multimeter it will do alternators and starters and most parasitic drains and a CEM DT-377 where I need to look in in real detail on parasitic draws.

There are also some Bluetooth enabled DC clamp meters hitting the market but I havem't tried them

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