Fiber Optical Visual Fault Locator
LOCATING BREAKS AND BENDING LOSSES
The 180XL visual fault finder is an indispensable tool for quickly identifying Bending losses and breaks in optical fibbers. If a fiber is bent too tightly, red laser Light will be seen escaping through the jacket. Likewise, if a fiber is broken, Escaping light will be visible where the break is located.
IDENTIFYING BAD CERAMIC CONNECTORS
Ceramic connectors are easily tested using the 180XL visual fault finder. A fiber Broken inside, or past, the ferrule will cause it to glow, as shown below at left. If the whole connector glows, it is definitely defective.
If the end face polish of the connector is bad, light will be reflected internally, as Shown below right. This will also make the ferrule glow when the 180XL is used.