Amprobe VPC-12 Voltage and Continuity Tester

Amprobe VPC-12 Voltage and Continuity Tester

What can I do with it?

You can quickly measure ac and dc voltage in circuitry and its components—including outlets, light fixtures, batteries and extension cords— as well as test the continuity of fuses, light bulbs and electrical connections.

In addition to full range polarity detection, the VPC-12 signals continuity and voltage with visual, audible and vibrating alerts. On its face, seven LED indicators clearly differentiate between key voltage levels: 24, 120, 208, 240, 277, 480, 600 V ac; and 6, 12, 24, 36, 48,110, 220 V dc.

What’s special about it

To increase accuracy and speed, the VPC-12 turns on when a complete circuit is sensed, automatically select AC or DC voltage or continuity mode, and auto-off when removed from a circuit.

Measuring under 6 inches long and weighing less than half a pound, its rugged, compact design allow for easy one-handed use.

With an operating battery life of 40 hours and operating temperature ranging from 41 degrees F to 140 degrees F, this tool is just as rugged and reliable as it is safe.

How safe is it?

As is expected from an Amprobe tool, it brings the highest standard of safety to professional electricians, appliance technicians and home owners working in CAT IV 600 V environments. The VPC-12: complies with the requirements of relevant European health, safety and environmental protection legislation; complies with the applicable technical standards for Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC); and has been independently certified by CSR for US and Canadian Markets.

In CAT IV environments, use the test probes with the probe cap on. This decreases the exposed probe tip to reduce the possibility of arc flash from short circuits. When the probe cap is off, the probe tip is 18 mm and rated to CAT II 1000 V.

What does it come with?

The VPC-12 comes complete so you can use it right away, including three 1.5 V AAA batteries and a printed user manual.

What’s the difference between VPC-10A and VPC-12?

With the VPC-12, a vibrating alert indicates the presence of continuity as well as dangerous voltage levels, in additional to the visual and audible alerts mentioned above. This is especially helpful when wearing thick PPE gloves and working in a noisy environment.

Also, the VPC-12 includes VolTect™ Non-contact Voltage Detection, an added level of safety when working with high voltage levels in an industrial setting.

Finally, a built-in light makes working in dimly-lit areas possible with the VPC-12.


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Product Highlights

Amprobe’s hand-held residential and commercial Voltage and Continuity Tester is loaded with safety, time-saving and accuracy features. It allows you to quickly troubleshoot voltage and continuity for residential and commercial applications using visual, audible and tactile alerts.


LED Voltage range 24…600 VAC, 6…220 VDC
LED voltage indicators AC volts: 24 V, 120 V, 208 V, 240 V, 277 V, 480 V, 600 V, DC volts: 6 V, 12 V, 24 V, 36 V, 48 V, 110 V, 220 V
Frequency range 50 to 60 Hz
Acoustic indication ≥ 24 VAC, ≥ 6 VDC
Built-in vibration alert ≥ 24 VAC, ≥ 6 VDC
Tolerances LEDs -30% to 0% of reading
Voltage detection Automatic
Hazardous voltage indication ≥ 24 VAC; ≥ 48 VDC
Range detection Automatic
Polarity detection Full range
Continuity indication LED, buzzer and vibration ( 0 to 45 kΩ ON; >85 kΩ OFF)
Continuity range 0 to 45 kΩ
Continuity tolerances 0% to + 50%
Continuity buzzer 3 kHz
VolTect™ non-contact voltage 90 to 600 VAC, Sensitivity: beeps and vibrates ≤ 10 mm (0.39 in)
distance from a wire carrying 100 VAC
Work light yes
Input impedance 1 MΩ
Operating time 30 seconds ON maximum and wait for five minutes before taking another measurement
Operating altitude ≤ 6561 ft (2000 m)
Operating temperature 41 °F to 122 °F (5 °C to 50 °C)
Storage conditions -22 °F to 140 °F (-30 °C to 60 °C)
Humidity (Without Condensation) ≥ 80% RH at 41 °F to 104 °F (5 °C to 40 °C); ≥ 50% RH at > 104 °F to 122 °F (> 40 °C to 50 °C)
Pollution degree 2
Power supply Three 1.5 V battery AAA, LR03, UM4 or equivalent
Battery life 40 hours (alkaline) (typical)
Electrical safety CAN/CSA-C22.2 No. 61010-1-12, UL Std. No. 61010-1 (3rd Edition),
CAN/CSA-C22.2 No. 61010-031-07, UL 61010-031 (1st Edition – 2007),
CAN/CSA-C22.2 No. 61010-2-030-12, UL 61010-2-030(1st Edition -2012)
Overvoltage category CAT IV 600 V
In CAT III or CAT IV environments, use the test probes with the probe cap on. This decreases the exposed probe tip to reduce the possibility of arc flash from short circuits. When the probe cap is off, the probe tip is 18 mm and rated to CAT II 1000 V.
EMC Conforms to IEC 61326-1
Dimensions (H x W x D) 5.90 x 2.13 x 1.34 in (150 x 54 x 34 mm)
Weight Approximately 0.45 lb (205 g) with batteries installed

What’s Included

Amprobe VPC-12 Voltage and Continuity Tester

  • VPC-12 Voltage and Continuity Tester
  • Three 1.5 V Batteries (AAA)
  • Printed User manual


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