Interlocking Electrical Test Probes

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The Interlocking Electrical Test Probes affords an electrician or electrical technician the choice of joined test probes, operable with one hand or two separate un-joined test probes, operable with one probe in each hand. This versatility is accomplished by means of interlocking ends on each test probe. The interlocking ends are designed to be joined and unjoined with a minimum of time and effort. Two styles of interlocking ends would accomplish this. The less expensive style comprises a bar and slot that can mate or join when the bar and slot are aligned. The more expensive style incorporates a push button, quick-release pin and sleeve mechanism that allows the probes to be joined or unjoined at any position within the normal operating angle, thus permitting joining or unjoining with minimum time and effort.
Fig.1 is a perspective view of the interlocking electrical test probes of the invention used to sample an electrical signal from test points and convey that signal to a meter. Fig.1 shows the probes interlocked in the joined position taking an electrical reading with the probes close together and taking an electrical reading with the probes spread further apart. Fig. 2 is a perspective view of the interlocking electrical test probes of the invention used to sample an electrical signal from test points and convey that signal to a meter. Fig.2 shows the probes in the unjoined or non-interlocked position, thus permitting the taking of an electrical reading of two points far apart, the two probes being able to be moved independently of one another when in the unjoined state.
Fig.3 is an enlarged view of the bar and slot interlocking ends.
Fig.4 is an enlarged view of the pushbutton, quick-release pin and sleeve interlocking ends.

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    Ralph Deflorio
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