Well this is my first blog entry relating to the Keysight U1461A Insulation multimeter. I would like to thank Element 14 and Keysight for the opportunity to carry out this road test review. I will try and create a perspective based on my current qualifications as a communications technician in electronics plus as a student engineer in electronics and communications. This particular multimeter has the distinct advantage of measuring down in the microamps and this is a distinct advantage as a secondary multimeter for electronics purposes.
As part of the electronics industry we are exposed to equipment that is mains powered. Mains powered electricity by definition is still low voltage up to 440 V which is a typical three-phase voltage standard but these voltages are also very dangerous and is the primary reason why the installation to the wiring is essential to ensure that there is no potential for electrocution when working on the equipment.
To be able to effectively test insulation the U1461A multimeter will provide the ability to test insulation and ensure that the equipment when it goes out into the field is safe for consumers.
In this particular blog entry I will be going to go through what comes in the box. I've only opened it up inspected the products and information brochures parts accessories but I have not studied the complete operation so there's a lot of areas that I may not know during this "what's in the box" episode and but later as we progress into the review more information will come apparent.
What's In The Box.
The box arrived was quite heavy, I was not sure what to expect when it arrived but to my surprise was found just the case containing all the equipment. Keysight implemented the whole system to come in a case well suited for the mobile technical
industry. In my past work I have used test equipment in the mobile environment in most cases I've had to make cases to house the equipment that I wished to transport. It is satisfying to find a meter like this brand-new to come in a case with all the necessary accessories built into it. Is nicely well laid out and easy to determine the positions of each of the accessories that are needed leads are in the top after case the meter and a lot of the electronic accessories in the bottom half of the case so transportation as well is identifying the necessary items is very easy to do.
The case does look a bit cheap and as mentioned in the video I would like to see other Keysight equipment which I am not aware of at this stage to come in the case of a similar size at least with so cases can be then stored in a symmetrical pattern inside a work vehicle and that makes space utilisation more efficient. Leads appear to be really good quality, silicon made and that's important especially when using the high voltage section the cables need to be able to resist the 1000 Volts that is being generated for the Insulation testing. It comes with a certificate of calibration only less than three months passed so the meter in stock is relatively new and that's really great.
So as far as what's in the box initially I am very happy I have no complaints whatsoever it has all the necessary gear in stock in really good condition.
In my next road-test blog I will look at the meter itself with starting on the installation of the batteries and going from there.