AUGUST 3, 2009 -- Kingfisher International (search Lightwave for Kingfisher) has introduced a new range of "pocket fiber testers" aimed at customers requiring inexpensive, practical, versatile optical fiber test gear.
Kingfisher says the instruments are simple, pocket-sized, able to be securely clipped into a front shirt pocket. The instruments are designed to be highly ruggedized, moisture and drop resistant and have a long battery life. They feature a sunlight-readable display and come with a Kingfisher's standard three-year warranty (extendable to seven years).
The product line includes the KI 9600 Pocket Optical Power Meter, designed to be suitable for the majority of basic testing needs. With interchangeable connectors, multi-wavelength referencing, multi-fiber ID tone detection, and display hold, the unit is versatile while remaining simple to use, Kingfisher asserts. The KI 9600 receives 2% traceable calibration at nine wavelengths.
The instrument features Kingfisher's new general use InGaAs detectors, which suit all 600- to 1650-nm applications with a fiber core diameter up to 200 microns, according to the company. Several alternate detectors are available for other applications, including high power detectors, large area detectors, a wavelength selective detector (for PON use), and Si and Ge detectors.
The KI 9800 Pocket Fiber Source is designed to test singlemode, multimode, or POF systems (see "Proponents hope home is where the plastic is"). With interchangeable connectors, one to three wavelengths, multi-fiber ID tone generation, and connector repeatability of <0.1 dB, the KI 9800 source offers versatility and accuracy. The instrument is suitable for a variety of applications including singlemode/multimode (LED and laser), fault-finding, continuity, and POF testing.
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