Clamp meter meets 1500V standard for solar power

4th October 2021
Source: Fluke
Posted By : Mick Elliott
Clamp meter meets 1500V standard for solar power

A new clamp meter designed to measure solar installation voltages at the new standard of 1500 V has been released by Fluke.

It offers high safety specifications and it is easy to use in congested solar combiner boxes.

Fluke says that its 393 and 393 FC are the world’s first True-rms solar clamp meters to be rated at CAT III / 1500 V DC according to the latest safety standard for clamp meters IEC/EN 61010-2-032:2019.

The 393 is capable of measuring up to 1500 V DC compared to standard instruments for this application, which are restricted to 1000 V DC.

This makes the Fluke 393 the ideal choice for the installation and maintenance of utility scale, large industrial and commercial scale solar farms.

A high level of safety for users is guaranteed through the use of CAT III rated insulation at 1500 V, the only solar clamp meter to offer this level of protection for solar installation technicians and engineers. The meter’s insulated test leads are rated to CAT III 1500 V, while the meters offer CAT IV protection to 600 V AC.

The instrument’s IP54 rating makes it suitable for testing solar installations in a variety of climates and a wide range of weather conditions, protecting the instrument from both dust and rain ingress.

The ability to make quick, easy and accurate measurements allows maintenance technicians to keep solar installations producing energy.

Solar combiner boxes are often small and congested, making it difficult to attach meters to make measurements.

The Fluke 393 meets this challenge with a 25% thinner jaw than previous Fluke clamp meter models, making it easier and faster to take measurements in restricted spaces.

The jaw design is durable, rugged and reliable and meets the stringent CAT III requirement for creepage and clearance.

The 393 FC offers connectivity to Fluke Connect, eliminating the need for handwritten notes. Fluke Connect allows maintenance technicians and service staff to document values and share them with their team. Up to 65,000 data points can be recorded and uploaded.

Beside voltage and current measurements, the new instrument provides DC power measurement and data logging to improve work efficiency.

Productivity is enhanced by an audio beep that indicates correct PV polarity, as well as visual continuity indication to make continuity testing easier in low light conditions. Additionally, the meters offer a dual line display for simultaneous measurements.

Hans-Dieter Schuessele of Fluke says: “As the world’s first solar clamp meters to offer CAT III safety at 1500 V, the new 393 and 393 FC clamp meters set a new standard in solar installation testing. Designed to be supremely safe and easy to use, they are a major contribution to helping installers and maintenance staff get solar farms online rapidly and keep them producing renewable energy.”

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