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Good Alligator Clips Leads
Old 1 week ago
Gear Nut

Good Alligator Clips Leads

Hi Guys,

Just looking for some suggestions on good alligator clip leads for general electronics. Over the (many) years, I buy what is locally available, but they all have ended up invariably in the trash. The insulation sleeves become rigid, the teeth shift out of alignment, or the springs die, etc. looking forward to any suggestions.

Old 1 week ago
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We don't know where you are? Or whether you are making your own cables, or buying ready-to-wear?
If you are in North America, I could confidently recommend Pomona brand alligator clips.
They are the quality design that all the cheap knock-off counterfeits aspire to be.

If you are buying "off the peg", this style from Asian vendors is noted by many people (including me) to be significantly better than the average stuff.

This style has much thicker metal and stronger springs. I haven't seen any problem with the plastic insulation, but I haven't had mine for much more than one year.

Julian Ilett did a recent postbag video where he looked inside...
(At 2:20 because GS apparently doesn't handle time references in YouTube)

Old 1 week ago
Gear Nut

Thank-you. I know the company Pomona from other devices, so will look into them. It's the smaller clip variety that I use generally.

These are in the mix as well:

Thanks again.
Old 1 week ago
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I'll second Richard's recommendation for the Pomona products . . . also Keystone Electronics makes good quality stuff, including individual alligator clips if you're making your own leads (and also premium-quality 9v battery connectors, highly recommended over the usual cheap crap). They're available from the typical professional parts suppliers (Digi-Key, Mouser, Newark/Farnell, etc.) . . . sometimes I'm a bit dubious of these types of parts from Amazon, as I've been burned by obvious counterfeits before, and sometimes Amazon is actually more expensive.

For general test bench use, I do find the Pomona mini-grabber style to be much more useful than standard alligator clips of any size, up to currents of a handful of amps or so.
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