I can see several situations where I would like to use my pokit, but where the probes restrict me. I almost always need longer probe leads. Adding extensions to them is problematic and they tend to fall off.
While the auto-wind feature is ‘cool’, I think it was over emphasized during the design phase. I would much prefer a jack on the side with external probes. Why? -
1) I will always carry mine in the case:
a) it’s too frail for a pocket or keychain or tool kit. The probes tend to pop out and once that happens, it’s all over.
b) I will always need a spare battery and fuse (case pocket?)
c) I need a place to carry spare/different leads.
2) In any design, the mechanical moving parts usually have the highest failure rate. I believe the retracting mechanism is begging for failure from accidental entanglements, over extensions, etc.
3) I need a variety of probe tips and lead lengths. To do this today requires connections to both probe tips, and they are small enough attachments won’t stay on reliably. This doesn’t mean I NEED a bigger case for probes, rather it enables me to use the Pokit invastly more situations than I can today.
4) the existing probes are just too small, and the cables too short, to be practical.
5) I really want to emphasize this - the current probes limit you to a restricted number of practical use cases. Changing to removable probes vastly expands the applications, especially given the bluetooth coupling to the display. I could provide several examples, if needed, but I would guess it wouls expand your market by 3x, easily.
6) I love the idea, but it feels like a novelty. The ability to use real probes changes this. In fact, it becomes a truely disruptive product (ie changes how people think and do things). Would this replace my fluke dmm and DSO on service calls today? No. With the ability to switch probes, or make my own? YES. Actually, OH, HELL, YES!
This doesn’t really apply to todays model, but if you make a version 2.0, please consider it. I think you’re on the edge of something really great here.
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