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I haven't bought one yet, but saw it in action at C3 Chicagoland Christmas Conference. Awesome tool. The inventor of the tool fixed a broken light set someone had right in front of everyone. Takes a bit of time to narrow it down to the exact bulb, but with the cost of LEDs, I see it as a very valuable tool.

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tks for the replies, looks like I will need to get one, besides the strings I have problems with like the rusting of the connectors on the lights, I think this would work good becuase I have trash canned a few over the years with only half the string working.

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Here is a post I made a few days ago.

Used the LED keeper last night to fix about 12 strings of LEDs saving me about $250. I did pick about 3 strings to use as replacements for the others and I did throw about 3 away as just not fixable (cleaning up some storage space). I have ...

about the same amount still to go over so this $30 item might end up saving me $500 just this year. I know I am not an average user but this is certainly a good product and it is cool that I kind of know the inventor through my contacts.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007H4I8HY/ref=ox_ya_os_product

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Curious as to how many pods come with it. If it's only one or two, that really doesn't help long term. I know you can buy a 4 pack for about $8.00. Kind of pricey. Almost the same as buying a new string, especially if several lights go out on a single string, which I assume is kind of common.

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Are these the same item just different colors?

This is a concept drawing only.

http://tinyurl.com/bmphg7b

This is the production 'B' unit works using a 9 volt battery.

http://tinyurl.com/cjuf7k6

The other unit is GREEN and plugs into 120VAC, best for repairing sealed lights.

Either unit will help repair sealed or replacable LED lights.

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I'm about to try ordering one from Amazon, but the price differences I see are huge. Amazon is almost $40.00 and website someone posted somewhere around here was just over $20. Are these the same? Where's the best place to order from online?

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I just bought one today ($29.99 at Canadian Tire).

The good:

It works. Much more convenient that testing every diode one by one with pins (to poke through the wire insulation) and a multimeter.

The not so good:

Somewhat flimsy construction. The plastic mechanism seems barely adequate to deliver the amount of force needed to push the pin through wire insulation. One must take care to ensure the wire is properly centered in the mechanism or the pin that pokes into the wire will bend. I had to straighten it a few times before I was done with one string.

It doesn't light up the LEDs very brightly. Once you get the wire piercing mechanism figured out you will find that the brightness is inadequate if you are working outdoors during the day, even if it is cloudy. Plan to fix your LEDs indoors or at night.

My repaired string is now significantly dimmer than before an LED died. It is possible that this degradation and the original failure have a common cause, but I suspect this is a result of the "pod" having too much resistance. The pod that I used contained a 330 ohm resistor, which will drop 6.6 V at 20 mA, equivalent to 2 or 3 LEDs.

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