61-165 SureTest Circuit Analyzer

I may be a little late to the show, however, I just wanted to pass information about 61-165 SureTest Circuit Analyzer. I have been inspecting new builds and AFCI does not test with the analyzer.

I have attached an email from IDEAL.

"The 61-165 has discontinued around 5 years ago.

It will not trip AFCI breakers newer than the last 5 years at least. This was not a design flaw, but rather an issue with AFCI manufacturers altering their designs frequently in order to defeat AFCI testing tools in general.


Tim Schulz
Customer Service Coordinator

IDEAL Customer Service


You should not use any tester other than the on-board test button for AFCI testing.