Pico scope

Matt Technician Missouri Posted   Latest  

I am in the process of possibly upgrading my scope. I'm currently using the Verus Edge. I'm considering buying a Pico 4425 scope. Over the years I have purchased Current probes from AES and they have the Banana plugs. the pico has BNC plugs. I'm wondering if anyone has used the adapters to use your Banana plug accessories on the pico BNC. And if so have you had any issues. I'd hate to have to replace all of my current probes and leads to change scopes. As I will be keeping the Verus edge and I'm sure I'll continue to use it at times.

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Douglas Mobile Technician
Texas
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Matt, AES will be happy to make you up a set of leads to where you can still use all of your attachments. They did it for me. HTH, Doug

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Matthew Mobile Technician
Illinois
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AES Wave will be able to get you the appropriate adapters, just let them know when you purchase your scope. I use them all the time and have never had an issue.

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Phillip Diagnostician
Alaska
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What you currently own will work fine. I use a banana to bnc on one of my low amp probs. Tip if you have the secondary leads from snap on. (the single wire lead) then that works really good with the Pico. I like it better then the Pico one I have.

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Chris Diagnostician
Pennsylvania
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Matt, As everyone else has said AES sells good adapters. I've used them without any problems when I had a cheap Hanktek. I never did any scientific testing as far as if there is signal degradation but they definitely never acted funny.

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Matt Technician
Missouri
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Thanks guys, so my next question. I have a set of their leads for the Vantage set up(banana plug) are the new ones that come with the standard kit worth the $300 over just the scope module alone? You can never have enough leads, I know. But since I already have a few sets of the banana plug ones, I'm curious if I would benefit at all from the BNC new ones that come with the kit.

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Chris Diagnostician
Pennsylvania
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I don't own a Pico yet, but to me I think it's worth the extra money to have dedicated leads for the scope with no adapters to mess with. They are also shielded to a higher level then the SO leads (so I've been told) and they do have the stack-able banana plug ends which is nice in certain situations, Just my $0.02, hope it helps.

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Matt Technician
Missouri
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I have bought all my leads from AES(they had some they called out for the Vantage Pro) and I'm using them. I think I may keep those in with the kit just to be sure.

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Chris Diagnostician
Pennsylvania
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Excellent choice on those leads, I bought a set of their test drive leads a few years back from my old Verus. Absolutely love them, until I have to wrap them up.... If you do go through with the purchase I'm sure your going to enjoy having it. I'm saving up for one as well. I use my Verus Edge as my run & gun scope as I'm out in a field, or rolling around a baler, entirely too much and so

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Phillip Diagnostician
Alaska
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I prefer picos leads. And I would recommend u get their basic kit and then build from there.

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Joel Diagnostician
California
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about a year ago I moved to pico scope the basic kit, nice it is coming with the 4 test lead long , which are good for intermittent test drive , you can not do that with snap on as you have to have the scope under the hood tith you due to there short test lead , with pico I I am taking my laptop on the drivers seat . the leads the adapters tha aes wave are good .

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Douglas Mobile Technician
Texas
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You can purchase the " Test Drive" leads from AES. They are 10 feet long. Or they will make them as long as you want. I have 10 and 14 foot.

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Darren Mechanic
Wisconsin
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There are noise issues for sure

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Chris Technical Support Specialist
New York
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Have you compared the VCMM scope ? Curious if it’s any better than the old bulky VMM

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Matt Technician
Missouri
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The VCMM(we have one in the shop with several VCM 2's) requires the cables and attachments that come with it. You can't use any additional probes or anything because they are propriety hook ups at the VCMM. So I couldn't use my own current probes and such. And if I bought my own they are over $4000 and the pico set up I am looking at is less than half the price. And I can use all of my own stuff.

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Chris Technical Support Specialist
New York
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Just curious, the last dealer I worked at, some of the techs are using the VCMM to start to use a scope. It seems dealer techs as a whole have not relied on scopes for many years and now it is becoming common place. The guys I talked to have not used it for much more than 6.0 cam timing and network monitoring. They don't have much scope experience to compare.

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Jaime Diagnostician
Florida
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My experience with the scope functions of the VCMM were quite unimpressive. Maybe I'm spoiled by Pico.

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John Owner
New York
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Matt, I can attest to both AESwave and Jaime. Both are top notch and professional.

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Jaime Diagnostician
Florida
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Thanks John!

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Jaime Diagnostician
Florida
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Matt, I've not read all the replies yet (so I'm unsure whether I'm being repetitive or not). I closed my business in December. I have some inventory left over that likely includes the adapters you will need to change the connection(s). Please let me know if you still need any of them.

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