Father’s Day Gadget & Tool Must-Have List 2015

Extech Instruments, (www.extech.com/instruments), makers of the best handheld test and measurement tools, announces its 2015 Father’s Day list of electronic test gadget gift ideas for every type of dad and granddad. The 2015 list suggests useful and affordable test tools for a variety of dads. Use the list below to find your dad and match him with a tester or meter he’s sure to love:

Marathon Dad: Whether your dad is a daily jogger or a member of an Over-the-Hill sports league, give him the Extech HeatWatch (HW30). This full-function stopwatch has an exclusive Heat Index alarm that factors temperature and humidity to alert Dad when poor air quality can put him at risk for heat cramps or heat stroke. Help your dad go the extra mile for health and safety on those hazy, hot and humid days. (Recommended by the National Health & Wellness Club.) Plus, check out Extech’s new PD20 Thermo-Pedometer. This hot pedometer keeps dad cool with advanced pedometer functions including steps, distance, calories, fat burn, average speed and unlike most pedometers, it also tracks temperatures.

Travelin’ Dad: For globe-trotting dads who travel frequently, get Extech’s SC50 handheld digital scale. Dad won’t ever pay an overweight baggage charge again. Simply lift a luggage bag using the handheld scale to get a weight reading on the jumbo-sized touchscreen display.

Mobile Device Dad: Does dad always have the latest smartphone, tablet and GPS? Or maybe he’s holding on to an older phone that no longer holds a good charge. Make sure he’s always powered up with Extech’s PWR5 Power Bank. With specs to impress, this portable USB charger packs 2800mAh of juice to recharge everything from an iPhone, iPad, Android, digital camera and more. Plus a built-in flashlight comes in handy when looking for a black USB cable hiding in the dark footwell of a car or anytime a bright light is needed.

Fuel-Injected Dad: For dads that can’t spend enough time on their cars, an invaluable tool for big and small electrical and electronic diagnostics is a good multimeter. Extech’s rugged new EX210 multimeter accurately provides all essential readings for auto and home. Plus, your dad will love Extech’s exclusive built-in infrared thermometer for point-and-shoot, non-contact readings on a/c ducts, hoses, exhausts and more.  Another automotive must-have is Extech’s new AUT10 digital tire pressure gauge. Unlike other gauges, the tip is LED-illuminated and the screen is backlit making it easy to use at night or in a dimly-lit garage.

This Old Dad: If your father is addicted to home renovation or improvement, or he is just generally handy “like a pocket on a shirt,” he deserves Extech’s Wireless Circuit Identifier (RT30). This ingenious 2-way tester is ideal for any dad who needs to safely cut existing house wiring to add outlets, light fixtures, or new wiring drops. Using the RT30, he can always identify the correct circuit breaker to shut off before working on a wire in the attic, basement or walls. Usually a two-person job, the RT30 makes it easy for the man who insists on saying, “I’ll do it myself.”

Hi-Def Dad: Is Dad constantly making adjustments or additions to his high-end audio/video system? To ensure his miles of wiring are all properly connected, introduce him to Extech’s Continuity Tester Pro (CT20). This 2-piece kit permits one person to test wiring at both ends, making sure speaker wire polarity is not reversed, for example, which can cause muddy sound quality. In addition to cable, audio and video connections, your dad will love the CT20 for testing telephone, alarm, automotive and electrical wiring. For home theaters and more, the CT20 will be music to Dad’s ears.

Depot Dad: Some guys can’t resist any reason to head to the big home improvement stores. If your father is eager to load up the truck with lumber for a deck, a wall, or any project that involves precise measurements, get him Extech’s new DT200 laser distance meter. Say goodbye to the tape measure and say hello to “point and shoot.” The DT200 also trounces tape measures by measuring length, area, and angles too! Measure more in less time with the DT200!

Photo Father: Is your dad serious about photography, repeating stories about photo trips, f-stops and shutter speeds? Having a light meter to accurately measure ambient lighting will light up his passion. Extech’s LT10 pocket-sized light me
ter provides essential footcandle and Lux readings. The easy to read display is great on the eyes and the one-button operation makes it easy enough to use right out of the box. Illuminate your Father’s Day with the LT10.

Collectible Dad: Some dads are crazy about collecting things like first-edition books, rare maps, coins or postage stamps. If your father enjoys taking a close look at the details of rare memorabilia, Extech offers a unique digital mini-microscope camera that provides incredibly fine images of whatever Dad likes to collect. The cellphone-sized MC108 displays incredibly crisp images on its color display and can also snap images like a digital camera for downloading via USB for sharing or archiving.

True-Grit Grandpa: For a dad or granddad who loves woodworking, knowing the moisture content of his wood supply is as important as “measuring twice, cutting once.” Whether it’s a 2x4 stud or fine cherry, wood that’s too dry or too damp can ruin a great woodworking project. Extech’s pocket-size moisture detectors are here to help. These compact meters give your dad important moisture readings for wood and a variety of non-wood building materials (think: sheetrock, plaster, wall board, MDF, mortar, etc.). The MO25 Moisture Pen is sized like a flat highlighter pen with an LED graph indicator. The MO50 is pocket-sized but also includes a numerical and icon LCD and an alarm that beeps faster as moisture increases. Fair warning: Dad may now use moisture content as an excuse to procrastinate on the honey-do list.

Fix-It Dad: Is your dad the person everyone in your family calls when something needs fixing? Does dad come to the rescue with his tools ready to go? Then, WOW him with a tool bag that is durable and attractive to load up with tools for whatever the fix demands. Extech’s professional tool bag is large and attractive with a rubberized bottom and heavy duty fabric. Full of compartments for large and small tools, the bag is easy to tote with a comfortable shoulder strap.

How to Order:

Extech products are available at popular distributors (http://distributor.extech.com) and retailers such as Lowes and Sears. To shop with online retailers, search model numbers mentioned above using Google’s Product Search: www.google.com/shopping. Visit www.extech.com/instruments for additional product details and specifications.

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