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What tools does an Electrician need?

Updated: Apr 19, 2023

As an electrician, you'll encounter a wide range of challenges every day, making it essential to have the right equipment in your toolbox. Neglecting this can cause costly delays and unfinished jobs, so it's vital to be prepared. Additionally, customers now prefer energy-efficient solutions, so it's necessary to consider the materials you work with.

Here are some of the essential pieces of equipment that every electrician must have in their toolbag.

Voltage Indicator

A voltage indicator is a life-saving tool that should be in every electrician's toolbag. It helps detect the presence of electricity in sockets, switches, outlets, and circuit breakers, ensuring the user's safety. Essential for Safe Isolation,

Multi-Functional Tester

To verify that an installation is correctly fitted, and that all test readings meet the latest building regulations, electricians require a multi-functional tester.

Wire Strippers

Wire strippers help remove insulation from a cable without damaging the copper inside.

Insulated Screwdrivers

Electricians frequently require access to electrical containers sealed with screws, and an insulated handle provides electrical resistance, safeguarding the user.

Side Cutters/Pliers

Carrying different types of side cutters and pliers is a good idea. Traditional pliers strip wires, long nose pliers are good for holding ends in place and fishing cables, and side cutters are useful for cutting wires to specific lengths.

Electrical Tape

Electrical tape insulates and protects wires and other electrically conductive items.

Head Torch

Working in low-light areas with the power off is common for electricians. A head torch is useful for keeping your hands free while working.


A cordless oscillating multi-tool is versatile and ideal for cutting various materials, including flooring, tiles, and plasterboard.

Insulated Gloves

Working with electricity is dangerous, and insulated gloves provide effective protection. Different gloves provide varying degrees of protection based on the class of equipment.

To start your training to become a fully qualified Electrician, visit our beginner's page here.

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