42 Important Electrical Tools Every Electrician Should Know

important electrical tools

Last updated on September 14th, 2022 at 09:09 am

Electricity lights up the world, and since Benjamin Franklin discovered it over 250 years ago, a lot of efforts have been made to harness its power and use it in our daily lives at home and at the workplace.

Harnessing this power requires the use of tools, electrical tools that allows us build efficient circuits that transfer this energy from one place to the other within a building or structure.

An electrical circuit is usually made of a combination of wires, fuses, switches, socket outlets, wire connectors and so on. These are all connected together by a qualified electrician, making use of the tools listed in this article.

As an electrician, whether you’re still an apprentice still learning the trade or you’re already a professional, having some or most of these tools is necessary.

Having these tools will not only make your job easier, but it will also make it faster, and you’ll look more professional when you arrive on a jobsite.

Here in this article, I’ve listed 42 of the most useful tools for electricians. Some of these you may already have, while others might be new to you. So, go through the list and see what’s missing from your toolbox.

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.

13. Set of Insulated Screwdrivers

set of insulated screwdrivers

One of the most common tool you’ll find in any electricians tool belt are screwdrivers. Obviously, they’re used for turning screws in components, fixtures and fittings like sockets, lamps, junction boxes and distribution board.

The set you choose should be insulated, of course, and should include the different types of screwdrivers like Philips, flat head, Torx and Pozidiv.

Getting yourself equipped with the set will allow you tackle different types of tasks like working on integrated circuits, fixing household appliances /electronics and even other tasks like assembling and disassembling furniture.

14. Micro Precision Screw Driver Set

micro precision screwdrivers

These are not necessarily very useful for carrying out wiring projects in a building. But if you find yourself handling electronics components quite often, then you’ll surely find a micro precision screwdriver set indispensable.

15. Multi-function Plier

mult-funtion plier

There are different types of pliers electricians use for different purposes such as cutting of wires, gripping, turning nuts and bolts, stripping and crimping of wires.

This multi-function plier combines the function of several of these pliers into one. So, instead of carrying 3 to 4 pliers, you get to carry one. Thus, reducing your tool weight.

16. Electrician’s Hammer

electricians hammer

A hammer might seem like an odd tool when wiring a building, but there’re many uses for it when carrying out these projects.

An electrician’s hammer looks quite different from a carpenter’s hammer. They’re usually very straight with a small head, a flat top and sharp claw.

They’re used for driving nails, removing staples, and they have long narrow necks for reaching into tight areas like outlet boxes.

17. Tape Measure

tape measure

As an electrician, there’ll always be the need to take measurements of things, such as the length of wires, length of conduits, length of walls and so on. That’s why having a tape measure is very important, so you can do an accurate job.

18. Cable Knife

electricians cable knife

19. Studbuddy – Magnetic Stud Finder

magnetic stud finder

If you want to rewire a building after drywall has been installed or if you want to install new fixtures like sockets, or you want to hang an appliance like a TV or a water heater, knowing where the studs are located in the wall is very important.

That’s why the Studbuddy magnetic stud finder is very important for electricians. The magnetic function allows it to locate studs behind drywall by simply attracting and attaching itself to nails, screws and other metallic components in the studs.

20. Wera Bit and Socket Set

bit and socket set

21. Ferret Inspection Camera and Cable Pulling Tool

ferret inspection camera

22. Headlamp

headlamp

23. Diagonal Cutter

diagonal cutters

24. Ratchet Action Cable Cutter

ratchet action cable cutter

25. Reaming Pliers

reaming pliers

26. Long Nose Pliers

long nose pliers

27. Bent Head Needle Nose Pliers

bent head needle nose pliers

28. Tool Belt

electricians tool belt

29. Conduit Level

conduit level

30. Fish Tape

fish tape

31. Conduit Bender

conduit bender

32. Circuit Breaker Finder

circuit breaker finder

33. EMF Meter

EMF meter

34. Knipex Universal Wire Stripping Tool

knipex universal wire stripping tool

35. Hex Key / Allen Wrench Set

hex key wrench set

36. Nitrile or Anti-Static Gloves

nitrile anti-static gloves

37. Hole Saws

electricians hole saw

38. Power Drill

electricians power drill

39. Oscillating Multi-tool

multitool for electricians

40. Hard Hat

hard hat

41. Safety Glasses

safety glasses for electrical projects

42. Ladder

work ladder

As an electrician, most projects will require the use of a ladder, and since the homeowner might not have one, it’s important that you have your own. A ladder will allow you to work comfortably above the ground like when fixing light fixtures, installing conduits and so on.

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