TECH 196 Dark Shadow: STABILA 135th anniversary

TECH 196 Dark Shadow: STABILA 135th anniversary

STABILA is celebrating its 135th anniversary – and tradespeople can join in the celebrations, as the measuring tool specialist has launched a special model of its proven TECH 196 electronic spirit level for them. The 40 cm “Dark Shadow” model will be available in a limited edition from the beginning of March 2024. It has a particularly stylish look thanks to its unusual matt anthracite finish. 

The electronic spirit level will appeal to all professional trades, especially carpenters and joiners, kitchen and stair installers and civil engineers, as well as to those performing control tasks, such as checking the slope of a balcony. Whether using it for horizontal and vertical alignment or for measuring inclinations, slopes and angles, the integrated electronics module allows instantaneous measurements to be taken. Its acoustic guidance feature, with three different audible signals, enables components to be aligned more quickly, without having to look at the spirit level. Equipped with two displays (at the front and top), it guarantees optimum readability of measured values in any conditions. When working at dusk or in shadow, just press a button and the displays light up. Another helpful feature is the fact that the digital display rotates for taking measurements in the reverse position. Thanks to reference angle mode, an angle measurement can also be accepted, saved and transferred to other components.

Durability and lasting accuracy 

High-precision measuring in all positions is assured in the long term thanks to STABILA’s special installation technology. The vials and profile are precisely aligned once and are then permanently connected to one other without tension, so that the vials remain firmly in position, even if the level falls or is dropped. The aluminium rectangular profile with shock-absorbing end caps is ultra rigid thanks to reinforcing ribs and therefore particularly robust. The end caps absorb energy effectively upon impact, thereby protecting the profile. They can also be removed so that exact positioning and marking is possible, even right into the corners. The measuring surfaces are coated to protect sensitive surfaces. Protection against the ingress of water and dust in accordance with protection rating IP 65 ensures a long service life. Another particularly practical feature is that it’s also fully washable. 

Technical data: TECH 196 Dark Shadow electronic spirit level 

Accuracy in normal position or reverse position 0.029° = 0.5 mm/m 
Accuracy with electronic inclination measurement at 0° and 90° = ±0.05° 

from 1° to 89° = ±0.2° 

Measuring surfaces 2 
Vial type 1 x horizontal 

1 x vertical 

Display modes °, %, mm/m, ft/in – decimal and as fraction 

For more information visit DARK SHADOW – STABILA Messgeräte Gustav Ullrich GmbH (EN).

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