Microchip has gone on to manufacture the PICkit 3, a variation of the PICkit 2 with the same form factor and a new translucent case. It features a faster 16-bit PIC24F processor and a wider voltage regulation range.
PICkit 3 has internal, switch-mode voltage regulator. This allows PICkit 3,to generate 2.5 to 5.5 volts, from 5V USB, at around 100mA.
PICkit 3 Features
USB (Full speed 12 Mbits/s interface to host PC)
MPLAB IDE compatible
Built-in over-voltage/short circuit monitor
Firmware upgradeable from PC/web download
Supports low voltage to 2.0 volts (2.0v to 6.0v range)
Diagnostic LEDs (power, busy, error)
Read/write program and data memory of microcontroller
Erase of program memory space with verification
Freeze-peripherals at breakpoint
Program up to 512K byte flash with the Programmer-to-Go