The IDEAL 61-534 Digital Circuit Breaker Finder provides three testers in one device. The receiver identifies breakers by detecting a signal applied to the branch circuit by the transmitter, and additionally incorporates a non-contact voltage sensing function. The transmitter also works as a GFCI receptacle tester, allowing you to verify AC is present in an outlet and to detect nearly all common improper wiring conditions. So you get the functionality of a circuit breaker finder, a non-contact voltage tester, and a GFCI receptacle tester in one versatile tool.
Locating breakers is often a two person job, one turning off breakers, the other waiting to see when a specific circuit is de-energized. It is frequently done by trial and error, or even by dangerously grounding or shorting a wire to trip a breaker.
When locating breakers becomes needlessly time consuming and shortcuts are taken, nobody wins. It was with this challenge in mind that IDEAL developed the Digital Circuit Breaker Finder.
The patented 61-534 Digital Circuit Breaker Finder from IDEAL makes locating breakers in AC circuits quick and easy. No need to interrupt the supply – simply plug the transmitter into an outlet, then two quick passes of the receiver over the breakers will reveal the associated breaker with clear audible and visual indicators. The 61-534 Digital Circuit Breaker Finder enables safer and more reliable working by taking the guesswork out of circuit identification.
|Power Supply||Line powered (115-250VAC)|
|Pulse Amplitude||18A approx. @ 120V|
|Pulse Rate||4mS every 17ms (@ 60Hz)|
|Power Consumption||200mW max. @ 120VAC|
|Circuit Breaker Finder w/Digital Receiver & CFGI Circuit Tester||61-534|
|Power Supply||9V Alkaline Battery|
|Weight||85g (without battery)|
|Use Environment||CAT II 300V|
|Operating Temperature||30 to 122°F (0 to 50°C)|
Two passes over the panel are required to find the correct breaker.
On the first pass the receiver looks for the highest signal level and stores it. On the second pass it ignores all the lower level signals and will only indicate when it detects the same stored highest level. This enables it to identify the specific breaker of the circuit that that the signal is being sent though by the transmitter.
If the transmitter lights are blinking or displaying a configuration other that what is displayed on the transmitter’s legend, it means that you have an electrical issue and that you should call a professional electrician to determine the cause of the issue.
This may happen when wiring on two circuits are wrapped around/or cross next to one another. In this case both breakers will need to be checked and if possible it is recommended that the wires be separated during servicing in order to prevent future misidentification.
Check the LEDs on the end of the transmitter to make sure they are illuminated on a known powered circuit. The illuminated LEDs should reflect one on the configurations identified in the legend on the body of the transmitter. In general, if the LEDs are illuminated and match a configuration on the legend the transmitter is working properly. If the transmitter lights are blinking or displaying a configuration other that what is displayed on legend, it means that you may have an electrical issue and that you should call a professional electrician to determine the cause of the issue.
The receiver performs a self-test to ensure proper operation each time the power switch is pushed forward to the on position.
Once the transmitter is placed into the desired powered outlet, turn the receiver on and let it complete its self–test. Once the receiver has completed its self- test (The green and red LED’s will flicker and stay illuminated and the audible tone will stop), place the receiver at the back end of the transmitter. The receiver should emit and audible tone (beep), the green LED should illuminate and stay on, and the red LED should not be illuminated.
The non-contact voltage sensor is picking up the presence of power
Provided the battery is good, the receiver will enter the idle mode. Both the receiver’s LEDs will remain on and the receiver will continually check for any active signals.
Point the receiver’s nose towards a live AC receptacle or power cord. Once an AC Voltage field of > 80V is sensed, the receiver will switch to Voltage Sensor mode. The red LED remains lit and the receiver will beep. The beeping speed increases when the receiver is moved closer to the AC power source, and slows when the receiver is moved further away. Once the receiver senses a signal from the transmitter, it will switch to the circuit identifier mode. The circuit identifier mode is indicated by a steady green LED.
If the receiver is left on and not utilized for 10 minutes (no energized AC circuit or transmitter signals are detected), it will automatically shut down to conserve its battery life.
After performing the self-test, the receiver will verify the voltage of the 9Vdc battery. If the battery voltage is below 7.3 volts, the receiver will beep three times and turn itself off. If this happens, remove the old battery, and replace it with a standard 9Vdc battery.
Unscrew and remove battery cover. Insert new 9V battery into battery compartment and re-install battery cover.
Plug the transmitter into a standard 120 VAC receptacle. The three LEDs on the transmitter will indicate the wiring configuration while the label on the transmitter interprets the LED lighting combinations. (Note that a receptacle tester function in this transmitter is common to the conventional receptacle (plug) tester which is used to verify that AC is present in an outlet and that is used to detect nearly all common improper wiring conditions. This device, in common with the receptacle tester cannot identify a wiring configuration know as a bootleg ground. For more information on this configuration and how to identify it, go to www.circuit-analyzer.com).
Caution: When testing GFCIs installed in 2-wire systems (no ground wire available), the tester may give a false indication that the GFCI is not functioning properly. If this occurs, operate the Test button on the GFCI to check its operation.
There have been recent reports of users plugging our model 61-534 receiver into the latest generation GFI Self Calibrating outlets and the GFI circuitry immediately tripping without touching the test button either on the outlet or the 61-534 transmitter. IDEAL has not changed the design of the 61-534 transmitter in any way but we have discovered that some manufacturers of these latest generation devices have changed their designs triggering GFCI self calibrating receptacles to become very sensitive to the output signal that we use on the 61-534 causing them to trip. This signal appears on the ground pin of the transmitter. The way to defeat this is to use the commonly available adapter pictured below.
This will only be required on GFI outlets that trip instantly when plugged into. The polarity indication will be lost and independent tripping of the GFI will not function because of the missing ground connection, but circuit breaker identification will be exactly the same as before. A standard polarity tester with GFI trip continues to work as before with these newer outlets.This is the simplest and most expeditious solution for this issue.
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