MYTH or not? Testing Lead care and conditioning

Michael Technician Shelton, Washington Posted   Latest  

Asking for advise.

I've heard a few discussions on care for scope leads.

So I'm bringing it to the network for a discussion as to the correct way I should be caring for my test leads. 

Is keeping our testing leads coiled up in storage bad for the life of them?

I've owned my own gear for 8 years now and my leads are still hanging tough.

I've been told by some this is bad care and many cant explain why. 

I've also witnessed many discussions on fb where the results are across the board in discussion.

I have had to replace my solus DLC DA-4 cord, keeping in the case delivered by the SO manufacturer with the scanner. The upgrade replacement is a better design but it did cost just under a $100 to purchase and out of pocket expenses for just a tech I feel is pricey when we look at all the costs for upkeep and updates.

I'm attaching some images of my gear as I keep them and I'm hoping to bring in a discussion from this network of professionals and distributors/suppliers as to the best way I should be taking care if my equipment for the long haul.

I hope to engage you guys in this open discussion so we can all learn from the experiences of others as I'm sure, I'm not the only one curious about this. 

In the images I will also so how the manufacturers have led me to question if this is just a myth or is it for future sales, as the cart organizers are the shops and our other technician who just recently invested into his own gear. 

Im aware things just come to an end of their useful life but why speed up the process.

Thank you for taking the time to read and hopefully reply. 

Dick Diagnostician
Manchester, New Hampshire
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I have found that randomly placing them in a not tightly confined area is lest stressful for the leads I used to repair cables for a bunch of tool vendors when I was much younger & found that the leads that were tightly wrapped around a unit broke the fastest & usually right near the unit they were attached to cleaning chemicals & oils off of them also helps Dick

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Michael Technician
Shelton, Washington
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Thank you. This makes sense.

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Andrew Technician
Commack, New York
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A couple things seem to matter to me. I used to hang all of my leads from pegs on a peg board so they were completely slacked. I wouldn't wind any of them tight because it can damage the wire but I mostly avoid coiling them because this creates a shape memory for the lead. I also hung all amp clamp type tools from the pegs and tossed their wires around loosely. So besides avoiding damage you

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Michael Technician
Shelton, Washington
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Nice points in your response, Thank you Andrew. What is your opinion on hanging banana leads from a hanger like in this image? I haven't used it yet as I'm still in the process of building my diagnostic cart and no where to apply it with my current setup. It's getting pretty common having multiple diagnostics going at one time and my primary cart is across the shop. So I'm still in the

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Chris Diagnostician
Commack, New York
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Man Mike, I thought I was organized. I have the AES Wave front probe kit. All the leads stay in the kit. They are all organized by type, and easily identifiable if one is missing. All my snapon leads are nicely rolled up and separated in plastic totes. My loose back probes and front probes also have their own tote. My last job had no room for a dedicated diagnostic cart, so I had to get a 3

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Sean Technician
Cincinnati, Ohio
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I literally just did something similar, I built a relay box like the u activate, and a dlc breakout box. and I had bought a bag of banana jacks they are just sitting there and I thought I bet I could build a wire hanger for my test leads

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Ward Technician
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
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Hello Michael! As I had outgrown my tool boxes and had to buy another I decided to get a roller cabinet and put all the diagnostic equipment (or at least as much as I could) into one unit that could be rolled around as needed. On top of the roller cabinet a small "hutch" was built to hold an inkjet printer, the laptop sits on top. Besides the service information it also is used with my

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