Last year, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) seized more counterfeit items that pose health and safety risks than ever before. Counterfeit test and measurement tools can be especially dangerous because they are typically low quality and can cause injuries.
When you’re dealing with electrical safety, quality is important because it could be what stands between you and electric shock. With fake products, it’s hard to know for sure if they’ve been tested and even pass standards such as IEC. According to the NFPA, nearly 2,000 U.S. workplace injuries are caused by electrical hazards each year; taking a chance on your test tools or accessories isn’t worth it.
At Fluke, customer safety is our top priority. And, anyone who works with or around electricity knows that safety is paramount. It governs what you wear, how you work and the tools you carry. That’s why our products not only comply but exceed the requirements of IEC standards. We test each and every product and certify with independent third-party test laboratories such as CSA, VDE and UL to ensure our products are meeting all safety requirements. Our test leads go through more than 13 safety tests as called out by IEC 61010-031 to ensure they’re up to our high standards.
In our commitment to safety, Fluke is engaging in several efforts against counterfeit products. As we continue our efforts to reduce the number of fakes, we want you to be informed of the counterfeit situation. This page is a good source to help you make more informed purchasing decisions.
You can shop genuine Fluke products online or through one of our authorized distributors.
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Counterfeit products may be branded with the Fluke name or logo and appear to be legitimate products. They may not meet the necessary safety and quality that you need and expect with test tools and accessories. Using fake products can not only produce unreliable readings and can even lead to unplanned incidents from electric shocks and increase the possibility of arc faults caused by inadequate insulation or design.
Fake test leads and clips are often made from inadequate wire, polymers and terminal components and use dubious construction methods that may lead to premature failure and intermittency. They may not provide adequate or durable insulation to prevent electric shock due to leakage current, impact or wear. Knock off test leads may lead to intermittent readings, overheating and pose a serious risk of arc flash or shock hazard if used for measurements in commercial or industrial electrical installations.
Test leads and clips made from improperly selected or poor-quality materials can also affect the readings recorded on a digital multimeter. For example, if dissimilar metals were used in the manufacture of the test leads, they can produce errors that are very difficult to trace if you are trying to measure very low voltage (e.g. in the mV range) or very low resistance, such as when working on low voltage electronic circuits. The contact between dissimilar metals can act like a thermocouple and generate its own voltage.
Authorized distributors may sell genuine Fluke test tools and accessories online. Double check the seller listed is an authorized Fluke distributor to be sure the product is genuine. Please visit our Where to Buy page for a comprehensive list of Distributors in the United States.
Be sure the test tool or accessory is being sold by an authorized Fluke distributor. Please check our Where to Buy page for a list of authorized Fluke distributors.
If the listed price is too low compared to what you can find from authorized distributors, this could be an indication that you may be looking at counterfeit Fluke test tools or accessories.
Counterfeit products vary in quality, both visually and their internal components. From a visual perspective, look for flimsy packaging, grammatical and spelling errors, flawed fonts, incorrect colors, old copyright dates, and shading on photographs. Also, be aware of where the product was purchased. Be cautious of fake websites (look at the URL), a failure to list contact details and unrealistic discounts.
If you suspect a counterfeit, contact us.
Please see our YouTube video link or social media posts to learn more about geniune Fluke tools and accessories.
Please report suspected counterfeit product offerings directly to us so we may look into the issue and include the following:
Fluke cannot repair or replace counterfeit products. Reach out directly to the Marketplace you purchased the product through. You can also search for “[list marketplace] report counterfeits” and that search should show where to report for each marketplace.