Waltham, MA (Vocus) June 11, 2010
Extech Instruments announces its annual Father’s Day list of electronic test gadget gift ideas for every type of dad and granddad. Inspired by Wired magazine’s popular Geek Dad blog which recently featured Extech, the 2010 list suggests useful and affordable test tools for a variety of “dad personas.” Use the list below to find your dad’s persona and match him with a tester or meter he’s sure to love:
Whether your dad is a daily jogger or a member of an Over-the-Hill sports league, give him the Extech HeatWatch (HW30). This full-function stopwatch has an exclusive Heat Index alarm that factors temperature and humidity to alert Dad when poor air quality can put him at risk for heat cramps or heat stroke. Help your dad go the extra mile for health and safety on those hazy, hot and humid days. (Recommended by the National Health & Wellness Club.)
This Old Dad
If your father is addicted to home renovation or improvement, or he is just generally handy “like a pocket on a shirt,” he deserves Extech’s Wireless Circuit Identifier (RT30). This ingenious 2-way tester is ideal for any dad who needs to safely cut existing house wiring to add outlets, light fixtures, or new wiring drops. Using the RT30, he can always identify the correct circuit breaker to shut off before working on a wire in the attic, basement or walls. Usually a two-person job, the RT30 makes it easy for the man who insists on saying, “I’ll do it myself.”
If your dad insists on fixing all his electronic devices himself, or the smell of solder means he’s hacking together an electronic gadget using Arduino circuit boards, he’ll love Extech’s new Tweezer Meter (RC200). For anyone who works on electronics, the tweezer design makes it easy to test small circuit board components with one hand instead of using test leads (but swappable test leads are also included).Tell Dad it measures resistance and capacitance and can test diodes—he’ll know what you’re talking about. (Featured on the 2010 GeekDad Father’s Day List)
Is Dad constantly making adjustments or additions to his high-end audio/video system? To ensure his miles of wiring are all properly connected, introduce him to Extech’s Continuity Tester Pro (CT20). This 2-piece kit permits one person to test wiring at both ends, making sure speaker wire polarity is not reversed, for example, which can cause muddy sound quality. In addition to cable, audio and video connections, your dad will love the CT20 for testing telephone, alarm, automotive and electrical wiring. For home theaters and more, the CT20 will be music to Dad’s ears.
Some guys can’t resist any reason to head to the big home improvement stores. If your father is eager to load up the truck with lumber for a deck, a wall, or any project that involves precise measurements, get him Extech’s new DT300 laser distance meter. Say goodbye to the tape measure and say hello to “point and shoot.” The DT300 also trounces tape measures by measuring length, area, and angles too! Measure more in less time with the DT300!
Is your dad serious about photography, repeating stories about photo trips, f-stops and shutter speeds? Having a light meter to accurately measure ambient lighting will light up his passion. Extech’s EA31 EasyView® Big Digit Light Meter provides essential footcandle and Lux readings. The easy to read display is great on the eyes and the minimum/maximum feature helps Dad pinpoint dark or bright locations. Illuminate your Father’s Day with the EA31.
Some dads are crazy about collecting things like first-edition books, rare maps, coins or postage stamps. If your father enjoys taking a close look at the details of rare memorabilia, Extech offers a unique digital mini-microscope camera that provides incredibly fine images of whatever Dad likes to collect. The cellphone-sized MC108 displays incredibly crisp images on its color display and can also snap images like a digital camera for downloading via USB for sharing or archiving.
For a dad or granddad who loves woodworking, knowing the moisture content of his wood supply is as important as “measuring twice, cutting once.” Whether it’s a 2x4 stud or fine cherry, wood that’s too dry or too damp can ruin a great woodworking project. Extech’s pocket-size moisture detector (MO100) is here to help. This compact pin-style meter gives your dad important moisture readings for wood and a variety of building materials, and also displays air temperature measurements. Fair warning: Dad may now use moisture content as an excuse to procrastinate on the honey-do list.
For dads that can’t spend enough time on their cars, an invaluable tool for big and small electrical and electronic diagnostics is a good multimeter. Extech’s rugged new EX210 multimeter accurately provides all essential readings for auto and home. Plus, your dad will love Extech’s exclusive built-in infrared thermometer for point-and-shoot, non-contact readings on a/c ducts, hoses, exhausts and more.
How to Order:
Extech products are available at popular distributors (http://distributor.extech.com) and retailers such as Radio Shack, Fry's, and Sears. To shop with online retailers, search model numbers mentioned above using Google’s Product Search: http://www.google.com/products. Visit http://www.extech.com/instruments for additional product details and specifications.
About Extech Instruments, a FLIR Company
Headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts, USA, Extech Instruments is one of the largest suppliers of test and measurement equipment worldwide. Founded in 1971, Extech is known for its depth and breadth of products and its innovation in providing instruments with unique combinations of features that make them highly useful and very convenient. All Extech meters are distributed worldwide through leading representatives, distributors and OEMs. The company is ISO 9001 2000 certified and is a wholly owned subsidiary of FLIR Systems, Inc.
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