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I bought a red/black pair of backprobes for my Vantage Pro the other day. Snap-On dealer had a sales flyer so they may be a newer product. Banana plugs work with most DMMs' or scopes. They have a .5mm diameter pin. Made in South Korea. Stock number is MTTL7005.
I use the sewing pins that came with my Pico as well. When I absolutely had to pierce a wire, I used a dab of Ultra Black RTV.
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for like 5 bucks you can get 2 packs of 50 each t pins at a fabric store and some liquied eletrical tape is cheep enough
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if for some reason I absolutely have had to pierce a wire to do testing, and I can probably count the number of times Ive done this in the last decade on one hand, I do remove the terminal from the connector and slide an adhesive lined piece of heatshrink over it. This and not piercing in the first place is what people who give a sh!t do.

I believe the surge in popularity of piercing wires is due in part at least to very popular technicians advocating the use of the practice in their videos/classes, youtube brings their opinions and less than ideal practices right into the homes and bays of thousands and thousands of techs. Who now have an 'expert" telling them its OK, to pierce and not to listen to the whiners who say not to.

Am I slower than someone with the same diagnostic skill level I have but who just pierces and smears (or doesnt even treat at all)???.....Im sure. But I cant work like that.

Wit, I have that exact set you posted, it is nice for $40. they pop right into the end of modular banana scope/dmm leads.
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You can FORCE it
you can F.... it
or
you can FINESSE it

Sliding the safety pin or sewing needle down the side of the wire is probing the same way the probe kits do.....

Just connect your meter lead alligator clip and test away
Nothing damaged.
Might take a wee bit longer as Maven says but in the long run the tortoise wins the race
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I peirce, because sometimes you can't get to a connector in a reasonable amount of time. However I ALWAYS use this stuff to cover the "wound".

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So far I have been back probing where the backs of the connectors are accessible to be backprobed using straight pins that have little colored balls on the end so I don't pierce my finger. I will give the connector back probe method 3 chances and then out comes A Big Honkin Easy Hooks.
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T-Pins work great
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Sliding the safety pin or sewing needle down the side of the wire is probing the same way the probe kits do.....

Just connect your meter lead alligator clip and test away
Nothing damaged.
Might take a wee bit longer as Maven says but in the long run the tortoise wins the race
Disconnecting the circuit like that LOL you might loose the faulty connection that caused the fault in the first place
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I bet they do. Besides being easier on your finger tip back probing the connectors, after in place ,the T provides a good spot to clip the probe onto.
I had one years ago but it seemed to becoming a little too fat for pack probing most of the connectors with the weatherpacked smaller diameter terminal connectors .
I think back probing a connector instead of piercing the wire might actually hide a problem of a poor connection at a component connector if you are wiggle checking the harness triing to reproduce a concern, but a better choice for checking component output.

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