LASER 2961

Car Mechanics (UK) - - Product Test -

Vir­tu­ally iden­ti­cal to the Sealey TST/PG981 gauge and with all the same func­tions – even the in­struc­tions on the back of the pack­ag­ing are sim­i­lar. So, if your choice is nar­rowed down to th­ese two mod­els, shop around for the best price.

Laser’s gauge has a black but­ton that op­er­ates all the func­tions. There are no in­struc­tions to show you how to switch be­tween dif­fer­ent units of mea­sure­ment, but we dis­cov­ered this by ac­ci­dent by hold­ing down the but­ton for a few sec­onds – once the read­out started to flash, we could re­peat­edly press the but­ton to switch be­tween the dif­fer­ent scales. The hose and me­tal at­tach­ment are straight­for­ward to use and fit onto a tyre valve, but you have to ac­cu­rately lo­cate them to avoid air es­cap­ing. The read­ing on the gauge re­sets it­self once the end of the hose is re­moved. There’s a use­ful bleed valve, which en­ables it to re­main at­tached to the tyre valve and re­lease air pres­sure if the tyre is over-in­flated.there’s no back­light and no means of switch­ing it off (it switches off au­to­mat­i­cally af­ter 90 sec­onds), de­spite the in­struc­tions rec­om­mend­ing hold­ing down the ‘ON’ but­ton.

It’s pow­ered by a sin­gle CR2032 bat­tery, ac­cessed by un­do­ing two crosshead screws on the back. Chang­ing the bat­tery is fid­dly, re­quir­ing a small screw­driver.

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