Test Leads and Kits for the Automotive Market

Blog3_16In 1980 E-Z-Hook entered the automotive sector with our XJL insulation macro-hook connected to a lead with a standard alligator connector on the other side. This product 619XJL was offered in a black and red set of 18″, 36″ , and 60″ standard lead lengths. Today, 36 years later, this product can still be found in most automotive jobber trucks (think Matco, Snap-On, MacTool, etc). We have sold thousands of this product, which single handedly helped us enter the automotive after market for repair and testing.

Today the 619XJL remains a staple, and one of our most popular automotive leads. Variations of this test lead set include a straight banana plug connector or a shrouded right angle connector. All of these products work with most standard Digital Multi-Meters. For environments that require a higher heat resistance and more durability than our standard PVC wire provides, we do offer all test leads with silicone wire if requested.

In the early 90’s we introduced our XEL piercing hook into the automotive market. This narrower hook has an angled front to navigate through wire bundles, as well as a v-shaped design for grabbing and centering the wire or cable prior to piercing. It was introduced as an alternative lead set combination to the XJL options. In addition we designed it to be available without a factory installed lead. This XEL version offers a shrouded banana socket on either handle side, allowing easy flexibility to use with any standard banana plug lead. Much like our XJL versions, the XEL has become a popular staple in most auto repair and test mechanics tool boxes.

So, what next? As we spoke to distributors and automotive jobbers we realized that the automotive repair and test aftermarket really lacked in the “accessory” area. For most equipment companies the test leads and components were an after thought – and often not well designed or manufactured products. Automotive technicians would purchase fabulous multi-meters but the test cables supplied with these were often junk, couldn’t carry a proper signal, and needed replacement within a year. At E-Z-Hook these test leads, test cables, and connectors are our specialty. That is what we focus our manufacturing quality on so we could easily compete with great replacement products and test kits.

That is exactly what we have continued to do in these past 10+ years. Today in addition to our standard XJL and XEL test lead sets we offer various banana plug lead sets and individual leads specifically designed for automotive use. One of my personal favorites is our 9183-144BLK banana plug jumper test lead. Why do I like it – because while learning about our products for this industry I asked why in the world would we make something so long? 144 inches? 12 Feet? I was reminded that this length (the approximate length of a car) would allow a technician to be on one side and connect to something on the other. Made sense to me, and obviously to a lot of automotive test and repair technicians. Due to it’s popularity in the field we now bundle this test jumper in with many of our automotive kits. It can be purchased individually or is part of our popular 3519 and 3520 test lead sets. In addition to leads we offer various kits including our insulation piercing hooks as well as alligator clips, back probe needles and other connectors. All kits include various lead options and are offered with either our XJL or XEL piercing macro-hooks or the 8064 needle back probes which we just introduces to the market in late 2015.

Testing was never so easy. Over 35 years of PROVEN EXPERIENCE IN THE FIELD.

Power Company Test Leads

A large multi-state Mid-West power company approached E-Z-Hook to see if we could manufacture custom leads using the copper blade version of our macro-hook test connectors, model XH and XHL. The leads would ultimately be used by plant technicians testing power and required a secure right angle bend on the hooks.

Included in the requirement was the ability to close the power circuit after checking that the hook connection was properly connected. We designed in a “key” concept they requested. It was built into the jumper, allowing the user to close the circuit after the connection was verified as good. Additionally we designed jumpers with a similar fused “key” for further security which was required in some test environments. In the end, E-Z-Hook created four variations of leads, some containing a 3 AMP, 250 Volt fuse.

THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX

IMG_2342IMG_2338E-Z-Hook has a long history of working with clients who need assistance developing a custom product to fulfill their needs. From the outside the solutions was simple – a box. It was the inside components, which included fuses and switches, that made the little box more complicated.

Working closely with the client E-Z-Hook developed 3 separate prototypes that could work with the clients test jumper applications. The final solution addressed the clients’ needs for a Test Jumper Junction Box. The finished product used both standard and custom components. The design included a toggle switch or momentary switch that allowed fuse capabilities to be switched on or off with the various test applications.
In the end, the solution was “in the box”, a small plastic box. The device allowed the customer to supply their technicians with a simply solution which allowed them to easily amplify their testing capabilities.  A single custom solution provided a complete kit.

 

Daisy Chain Jumper – Customised Product for a Small Order

A recent customer required special a multiple hook-up in series. While this isn’t a product listed in our standard category – we were able to put this together for our client with little delay.

E-Z-Hook designed the multiple heavy duty connector to fit the customers’ requirement in series connection.  Because it uses our standard products, simply rearranged to suit a custom environment – we can offer these customized products at great prices.

E-Z-Hook | Daisy Chain Hooks 9099-0382-Model

A multitude of various E-Z-Hook connectors can be connected in this fashion for this type of special requirement.   Look to E-Z-Hook to help solve your problems with quickly hooked up connectors!

Quick Draw: Pistol Grip Hooks

We’re committed to the highest quality products throughout all our line.

And we want to make your lives easy, too.

We developed the easy to use pistol grip hook provides standard mini-hook convenience with provisions for building in internal resistor circuitry in the handle. It is available in short (X100W style) and long (XL1 style) hook models, and designed for use with RG58C/U cable or large gauge wire leads. Variations on this product include internal banana plugs and pin sockets. (XP shown)

 

E-Z Mini Hook Square Hole Tip (pistol grip), XP1 Red/Black     E-Z Mini Hook Square Hole Tip - Long - (pistol grip), XPL1 Black

Double Gripper? Twice as Effective…

The XK double gripper is designed for hard to make test connections of varying sizes and shapes. The narrow configuration allows stacking of the test connectors side by side for high density IC packages. The two gold-plated blades are retracted by a single stainless steel compression spring

All XKs purchased with factory installed leads (ex. AXK, 213XK) are made with stainless steel blades.

E-Z-Micro Hook Double Gripper, XK Red

P25 Micro Hook

The P25 is designed specifically for narrow test contact areas. An ultra-thin blade and housing allows connector stacking and easier access.  The .025″ square pin allows for multiple .025″ square socket lead options to be easily attached.

The P25 test hooks can be purchased individually, as a set of 10 assorted colors or as sets with our kilo-color combinations for easy identification when multiple hook-ups are required.

Pico-Hook with 0.025in Square Pin, P25 Blue

XMR Micro Hook

An anti-rotational hook is just one of the features of this advanced new part. This new micro-hook features a narrow design that allows for multiple side by side hook-ups to delicate wire or components. A stronger, thicker and wider blade material is made to withstand high usage and provide positive, solid connections with each hook-up. The hook design ensures wire integrity and a hook bend of 180° provides a secure grasp of lead wire on both sides. A small wire exit hole on the plunger minimizes exposure of blade contact points and a stronger spring allows for a surer grip and longer lasting connection. The XMR hook is also available with factory installed leads.
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XMR E-Z-Micro-Hook

X2015 Micro Hook – Big Problem? Small Hook.

We’ve been getting great feedback recently about a huge number of uses for these X2015 hooks.  Our clients love them.  Why not try on today?

The X2015 is the smallest of our micro double hook’s, this part is designed for use with surface mount devices or where connection point is very small. The insulated shaft allows for simultaneous side by side connections and connection in tight spaces. To ensure accurate readings this part is designed with no sliding contact points.

E-Z-Micro Double Hook, X2015 Blue

E-Z-Micro Double Hook, X2015 Drawing