12 Essential Electrical Tools Every Electrician Should Know

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Last updated on September 26th, 2021 at 10:49 pm

Good electrical tools help you tackle simple electrical projects effectively. If you have a broken socket or power outlet, you’re need a screw driver to open it up and get it fixed.

When you have to work with wires, you need pliers, wire cutters and strippers to cut the wires, get them stripped and ready for use.

In fact there’re many cases, where you’ll need these electrical tools at home. As a simple homeowner, you might only need the most basic and often-used ones such as screw drivers, pliers, wire strippers and soldering irons.

On the other hand, if you’re an electrician who’s tasked with carrying out electrical projects day-after-day on the jobsite and even at home, then you’ll most likely need all or most of the tools we’ll talk about in this post.

In this post, I’m going to introduce or show you the top 12 best electrical tools every electrician should have at his disposal.

Even though you may already have or know most of these tools, there are some new or advanced ones that are surely going to be new to you.

Having these tools with you will give you more confidence and enable you to tackle any electrical project you have at hand.

1. Outlet or receptacle tester

outlet or receptacle tester

This sperry intruments power outlet tester will enable you test any standard 3-wire and GFCI protected 120V power outlets for 7 common wiring errors in any home building.

It’s just plug and play with 7 neon lights showing the different wiring errors or conditions tested by this outlet or receptacle tester.

The video below explains a little more about how it works.

2. Non-contact voltage tester

non-contact voltage tester

This Klein non-contact voltage tester can automatically detect voltage and indicate both low and standard voltage in cables, circuit breakers, cords, wires, lighting fixtures and outlets.

3. Demagnetizer / Magnetizer

magnetizer -demagnetizer

Magnetize and demagnetizer your screwdriver bits or any other tools you have in one swipe with this Klein tools MAG2 magnetizer and demagnetizer.

It’s very portable and you can take it with you anywhere you go.

4. Magnetic wristband

magnetic wristband

10 strong magnets are embedded in this wristband to hold nuts, screws, nails, drill bits, bolts, washers etc.

It’s a perfect little tool accessory not only for electricians but for craftsmen in other trades.

5. Conduit fitting and reaming screwdriver

conduit fitting and reaming screwdriver

This conduit-fitting and reaming screwdriver can be used to ream and smooth ½ inch, ¾ inch and 1 inch thin-wall conduit pretty easily.

The screwdriver features a hooded-blade design which enables it to stay firm and prevent the tip from slipping out of screws, especially when you have to tighten hard-to-reach conduit fittings.

6. StripMeister automatic wire stripping machine

stripmeister automatic wire stripping machine

With this industrial grade wire stripper by StripMeister, you can strip all wire sizes from 18 gauge wires to 250 MCM wires.

ROMEX and braided or stranded wires can also be stripped with it effectively.

7. Automatic motorized wire stripping machine

CO-Z automatic wire stripping machine

Strip all types of wire from 0.06 inch (1.5mm) wires up to 0.98 inch or 25mm wires with this CO-Z automatic motorized wire stripping machine.

This is the ideal wire stripping machine you need if you have lots of scrap wires to strip and recycle. You can also use it if you work with different types of wires everyday on the jobsite and you need an easy way of getting these wires stripped.

Made of aluminum allow, it’s well constructed and will serve you for a long time.

8. Wire twisting tool

wire twisting tool

Why waste your time and get your fingers sore and cramped trying to twist wires with your hands when you can just use a wire twisting tool like this Neepanda wire twisting tool.

The tool can twist and strip wires simultaneously so that you accomplish two tasks at once. It’s a highly effective electrical tool every electrician should have in his toolbox.

9. Cable dispenser

wire dispenser

Nothing beats a good cable dispenser when you need it on the jobsite. You can mount this Madison cable dispenser to the floor or to the wall, and with it you can smoothly dispense coils of armored cable or even NM-B cables, preventing them from tangling.

10. Electrical maintenance tool carrier

electrical maintenance tool carrier

Electricians makes use of many hand tools and accessories like screwdrivers, pliers, hammers, wire strippers, levels, and even multimeters.

Carrying all these tools by hand is not only impossible but less than ideal. With an electrical maintenance tool carrier like this one from Leathercraft, you can manage and organize all your electrical hand tools easily.

11. Auto-ranging clamp digital multimeter

auto-ranging clamp multimeter

A multimeter is a must-have tool for electricians, whether professional or not. However, this auto-ranging clamp digital multimeter by Etekcity makes measuring AC/DC voltage and AC current as easy as possible.

You might already have your own multimeter, but this one right here is one of a kind, and will definitely make your electrical projects easier.

You can also read resistance and make diode continuity tests with it.

12. Wire crimping tool set

wire crimping tool

This wire crimping tool from wirefy takes the work out of crimping wires. It’s one electrical tool you’ll find very useful once you get it.

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