Pros: Brand reputation, Easy and CHEAO AAA battery replacement, durable, simple to use, manufacturer support.
Cons: None, not a single one!
It's funny how if like myself, you research about every single purchase online before buying. I did this with this very item and was dumbfounded at how at every single source, this item was given either the very highest or 2nd highest review able to be given. All except one single person both here and at one other retailer site. I am NOT an electrician, do not understand it so all the more reason I needed guidance. But as a person who worked in the automotive repair Field for over 22 years before I retired, I knew ALL my techs would only buy this particular brand of tester for whichever application we needed to test.
Well low & behold, I went to the manufacturers own website which CLEARLY stated (and addressed) the single dissenters "complaints" or questions regarding use of this tool. I could only assume he was unable to follow the clearly stated instruction (NOT in any way "buried"). As for not getting a light when placing it some outlets and walking away? Well since again, it is CLEARLY stated this will be the case as your body is acting as a ground represents no problem and I personally LIKE that "quite annoying" warning beep since that is the whole idea of a warning isn't it? I want it to be as loud & annoying as possible myself....It's my life I am trying to protect after all. Now my wife may buy me a quiet & peaceful one but I would suspect foul play:-)
I bought the unit and first time out of the box went to work on an overhead garage light. My wife told me she tried replacing a burned out bulb with 2 others and we needed to call a garage repair tech since the socket was DEAD. Took this tester and found it showed to actually have power. Hmmm.....So who would guess the wife had pulled out a paper bag from out closet with several bad supposedly new bulbs? Kept trying till I got one that worked. Saved me an $80.00 plus service call 1st day.
The Christmas tree lights was the same story finding & isolating bad bulb and not wasting money for a whole new set. Now, regarding a single complaint about wanting a green light for one thing, red for another for safety? Well for someone like myself who is NOT educated in electricity and the like, I actually prefer always a RED light that reacts differently to different circumstances. It makes me too scared to drop my guard and get careless when I see a VERY bright red light warning me to pay attention
So there you have it, a completely NON professional review by an old guy scared to death of getting zapped. But this paid for itself the first 5 minutes and before I even read the instructions. In fact, I haven't since getting it. It is so OBVIOUS when you simply turn it off & on, how the beeper/buzzer works nobody should ever need any instructions! Really, i have no clue and it was so obvious to me, it was a cakewalk! This brand is trusted by more tradespeople than any brand I know for test equipment. I am glad I took a chance. I love this simple, easy to use, reliable, durable, with EASY to replace batteries device. And unlike most units that require expensive watch type batteries, this uses standard AAA batteries (2 of them). Nice & cheap! Shocking huh?