FiberInspector™ Mini - Fiber Inspection Scope | Fluke Networks

FiberInspector™ Mini Fiber Inspection Scope

Convenient video microscope enables end-face inspection inside ports and on patch cords.
  • 200x magnification probe enables inspection of both multimode and singlemode end-faces inside ports and on patch cords
  • Miniature display boasts an exceptionally sharp 1.8” screen
  • Grip trigger activation extends battery life
  • Various probe adapter tips allow for inspection through many different connector port types
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Overview

Use FiberInspector™ Mini fiber inspection scope to examine installed fiber terminations or ensure terminations are smooth and clean. Avoid the #1 cause of fiber link failure: dirty end-faces. Dirt, dust and other contaminants are the enemy of high-speed data transmission over optical fiber. Today's network applications require more bandwidth, making loss budgets tighter than ever. It is critical that all optical connections are clean and free of contaminants to ensure application success.

The Fluke Networks FiberInspector Mini Video Microscope puts the solution to contaminated end-faces in the palm of your hand. This portable video microscope works ten times faster than traditional scopes. Simply insert the probe and inspect installed fiber connectors through the bulkhead adapters without accessing the backside of the patch panels. Using a video microscope also completely ensures that no harmful laser light ever reaches your eyes.

Its miniature size makes the FiberInspector Mini fiber inspection scope extremely portable and convenient. The device displays exceptionally sharp images on its 1.8” screen. Extend battery life in the grip trigger mode, when the device only shows images when squeezing the sides of the display. With a range of standard and accessory probe tips, end-faces can be inspected when using many different connector types, including LC connectors.

 

Features

Resolve Damage

When damage is observed upon inspecting an end-face, it must be determined what needs to be done, if anything. Some damage may be minor enough to ignore while other problems require complete re-termination.

Chipped end-faces?

Solution: Visually determine if chips are within acceptable limits, up to 5% of the outside edge of the fiber cladding generally may be chipped, as this is a common result of the polishing process. Any chips on the fiber core are not acceptable. If chips are beyond acceptable limits, the fiber should be re-terminated.

Scratched and epoxy bleed fiber end-face?

Solution: If the end-face is scratched, has polishing debris or has excess epoxy bleed, then repolish it with fine lapping paper until visual inspection shows scratches and debris gone.

Cracked or shattered fiber end-face?

Solution: If the end-face is cracked or shattered, then re-terminate the fiber. Cracks can spread, making the end-face unacceptable.

Resolve Contamination

Once contamination has been discovered using a fiber microscope, it is crucial that it be properly removed to avoid creating more problems. Proper cleaning products and procedures are a requirement as improper processes are not only ineffective, but also potentially damaging.

Effective fiber optic end-face cleaning involves two key components: specialized solvent and wipes or swabs. Fiber optic solvent is required to dissolve certain contaminants and to act as a lubricant so that debris does not scratch the end-face as it is removed. Do not use isopropyl alcohol (IPA) as this chemical can leave a residue as it dries. Kits offered by Fluke Networks contain everything needed for precision cleaning of end-faces on connectors and inside ports.

After cleaning, always inspect the end-face again before insertion to guarantee all contaminants were removed. If necessary, repeat your cleaning steps to remove any lingering soils not removed by the first cycle.

Prevent Downtime

Fluke Networks’ fiber microscopes will allow you to avoid the most common problem with fiber networks. In a survey commissioned by Fluke Networks, dirty end-faces were found to be the #1 cause of fiber link failure. It is estimated that 85% of fiber failures are due to end-face contamination. So it is imperative to inspect and, if necessary, clean end-faces every time they are mated.

It is equally important to inspect and clean both sides of any connection as contamination can migrate from one end-face to another upon insertion. In addition, do not wait until you experience a problem to first clean. Dirt or debris crushed between two end-faces in a mating can cause permanent damage such as cracks, scratches or pits that require re-termination, not just cleaning.

 

Models & Accessories

 
Models
Model Number/Name Description
FT500
FiberInspector Mini Video Microscope - Includes fiber probe and display, AC adapter/battery charger, probe adapter tips (ST, SC and universal 2.5mm patch cord tip) and soft carrying case).
FT500 Gold Support:
GLD-FTINSPECTOR1-Year Gold Support coverage for the FiberInspector and kits: Models - FT500, FT525, FT600
GLD3-FTINSPECTOR3 years of Gold Support coverage for the FiberInspector and kits: Models - FT500, FT525, FT600
FT500-INT
FiberInspector Mini Video Microscope - Includes fiber probe and display, EU style AC adapter/battery charger, probe adapter tips (ST, SC, and universal 2.5 mm patch cord tip) and soft carrying case.
FT500-INT Gold Support:
GLD-FTINSPECTOR1-Year Gold Support coverage for the FiberInspector and kits: Models - FT500, FT525, FT600
GLD3-FTINSPECTOR3 years of Gold Support coverage for the FiberInspector and kits: Models - FT500, FT525, FT600
FT500-UK
FiberInspector Mini Video Microscope - Includes fiber probe and display, UK style AC adapter/battery charger, probe adapter tips (ST, SC, and universal 2.5 mm patch cord tip) and soft carrying case.
FT500-UK Gold Support:
GLD-FTINSPECTOR1-Year Gold Support coverage for the FiberInspector and kits: Models - FT500, FT525, FT600
GLD3-FTINSPECTOR3 years of Gold Support coverage for the FiberInspector and kits: Models - FT500, FT525, FT600
FT525
FiberInspector Mini and Cleaning Kit See Photo
FT525 Gold Support:
GLD-FTINSPECTOR1-Year Gold Support coverage for the FiberInspector and kits: Models - FT500, FT525, FT600
GLD3-FTINSPECTOR3 years of Gold Support coverage for the FiberInspector and kits: Models - FT500, FT525, FT600
 
Accessories
Model Number/Name Description
FT525-Case
FiberInspector Mini and Cleaning Kit Case Only - Soft carrying case for the FT525
NF390
Bulkhead APC Adapter (SC)
NFM110
Accessory Tip Set for FiberInspector Mini (LC, FC and 1.25mm Universal)
NFM115
Complete Accessory Tip Set for FiberInspector Mini (Replacement SC, ST, and 2.5 Universal tips along with additional LC, FC, and 1.25mm Universal)
NFM120
Rechargeable battery for FiberInspector Mini (NiMH)
 

Specifications

General Specifications

Temperature range Operating: 0 °C to 40 °C Storage: -10 °C to +60 °C
Humidity range Operating: 0 % to 45 % RH non-condensing Storage: 0 % to 95 % RH non-condensing
Weight 8.1 oz (230 g) (probe and display)
Certifications CE

Probe Specifications

Magnification200X
Camera type 0.33 in (8.38 mm) CMOS sensor
Light source LED, >100,000 hr life
Lighting technique Coaxial
Dimensions 5.5 in x 1.8 in x 1.7 in (140 mm x 46 mm x 44 mm) (length depends on adapter tip)

Display Specifications

Display type 1.8 in (46 cm) TFT LCD
Video input NTSC
Power source Rechargeable NiMH battery or ac power
AC adapter/ charger Charges six NiMH cells Input: 100-240 Vac, 0.5 A, 47 Hz to 63 Hz Output: 9 V dc, 0.4 A
Battery life 2 hours continuous use
Dimensions 3.9 in x 2.8 in x 1.7 in (100 mm x 72 mm x 43 mm, with TPAK adapter)

 

 

Documents

 

Brochures

Title/Description Download  
Fiber Troubleshooting Quick-Reference Guide
Test and Troubleshooting Guide for Optical Fiber Cabling and DataCommunications
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2.59 MB
Optical Fiber Test and Troubleshooting Solutions
A look at Fluke Networks´ portfolio of fiber solutions. Discover which fiber test tools you need in your tool kit to best tackle any job.
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2.2 MB
 

Catalogs

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Fluke Networks´ Solution Catalog NEW
68 page guide to selection and ordering Fluke Networks´ Solutions and Products
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7.32 MB
 

Application Notes

Title/Description Download  
Application Note: How to Choose the Right Power Meter Light Source
Top 4 Questions to Ask a Power Meter Light Source Vendor
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519.47 KB
Fiber Testing Best Practices - Pocket Guide
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1.84 MB
 

White Papers

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Best Practices for Fiber Optic Installation Start with Inspection & Cleaning
This white paper will help you understand what to look for and when, how to inspect and clean and best practices for installation.
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Fiber Test Best Practices: Inspect and Clean
Fiber Test Best Practices: Inspection and Cleaning
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Gold Product Support

Gold Support for your FiberInspector™ Mini allows you to make the most of your purchase while ensuring a higher return on your investment. You will minimize your downtime, receive faster trouble resolution and have total access to all support resources.

What do you get with Gold Support for your FiberInspector™ Mini?

Repairs and loaner equipment - If your FiberInspector™ Mini should fail, we'll deliver a loaner unit via next business day delivery to keep you up and running. We'll repair your FiberInspector™ Mini and replace defective or faulty accessories at no charge, with first on bench" priority, and return it to you - all shipping paid by Fluke Networks.

Access to live 24 x 7 technical support - Extend the expertise of your staff. Gold Support includes direct, immediate telephone access to our world-class Technical Assistance Center (TAC), direct access only available to Gold Members. Our centers in Seattle, WA and Eindhoven, NL employ a full staff of highly trained technical experts that are on call, including weekends and through the night when most network changes are implemented, to answer complex troubleshooting questions helping you get the most out of your FiberInspector™ Mini and understand the results you are seeing.

Gold Lifetime BuyBack Guarantee - Buy the tools you need now knowing that Fluke Networks will buy it back when it’s time for a new one.  Get 100% cash back within 30 days, 60% within 1 year, and 15% after a year for the life of your tester covered by Gold. (Full terms and conditions can be found at www.flukenetworks.com/GoldBuyBack.) (Currently not available within Asia)

Accessory Replacement - Some accessories are essential to your FiberInspector™ Mini. The normal warranty on accessories is 90 days, but parts and accessories that shipped with your tester will be replaced free of charge with Gold Support once qualified as defective by our technical assistance center.

Unlimited access to our Knowledge Base - You'll have an open door to valuable proprietary information we've gathered from helping customers over the years. It also includes helpful technical articles written by our experts.

Member Only promotions - Your membership qualifies you for members’ only promotions and programs. This includes product discounts, access to reconditioned equipment at special prices and other incredible values.

Ensure that you are getting the most out of your FiberInspector™ Mini with Gold Support Services.