Reliable test equipment is a vital part of an electrician’s arsenal. Stroma Certiﬁcation Technical Advisor, Steve Hackleton, has put two essential pieces of kit to the test.
As a leading installer certification provider, Stroma Certification understands the importance of having a reliable set of tools and equipment which guarantee high quality electrical work. Employing a dependable toolkit throughout your work ensures you’re providing accuracy, safety and compliance.
With this in mind, I took a closer look at the Socket & See EPF Pro Hazardous Voltage and Phase Finder and the Socket & See SP400 Proving Unit – to review their functionality, quality and value for the electrical trade.
The Socket & See EPF Pro Hazardous Voltage and Phase Finder is a robust tool, capable of coping with the rigours of any work site. With the IP rating and build quality enabling it to function across a range of work, from testing extraneous metalwork on electrical cabinets, to cable jointing in muddy holes, the EPF Pro is a great value tool.
The ergonomic design and safety barrier on the tester mean that it fits securely in the hand, with or without insulated gloves, and its bright orange body makes it easy to find in even the most unorganised of toolkits. Once the EPF Pro is switched on, there is a constant flashing LED and audible beeping to prove that it is in operation and reassure the electrician that the equipment is operating correctly when testing for dead circuits.
“The EPF Pro and SP400 are both solid and easy to use pieces of equipment that provide more than most on the market.”
Before using the Hazardous Voltage and Phase Finder, it was proved on the Socket & See SP400 Proving Unit. The SP400 looks like many other proving units – it’s a small sturdy box that ﬁts comfortably into the hand – with the beneficial addition of a non-contact voltage tester facility which enables you to detect a voltage at the touch of a button.
Unlike other proving units, which only have the option to be on or off, the SP400’s output voltage can gradually increase and decrease. When proving the EPF Pro, the entire range which the voltage operated at could be identified. There was no doubt that the EPF Pro was detecting a voltage as the entire front section was illuminated red and an alarm sounded.
The EPF Pro and SP400 are both solid and easy to use pieces of equipment that provide more than most on the market. The high quality assessment and testing services which they deliver make them vital additions for your toolkit.