What Tools Does An Electrician Need?

by Steve Coffey  // in Construction, Electrical, General Contractors


As an electrician, your safety is paramount. Working safely and efficiently helps you protect yourself and others from harm. This is why it’s essential to arm yourself with the correct tools for any electrical job.

Electricians use various tools to complete their tasks. These tools are handy in creating wires, fixing lights and appliances and more. They’ll ensure you work safely and smartly.

The number of tools an electrician may need depends on the type of job at any given time. But there are some must-have tools that nearly every electrician needs.

Below, we provide a list of basic tools that any electrician needs.


A voltmeter is vital for measuring the voltage of an electrical circuit. Accurately measuring the voltage in a circuit ensures that it is safe to work on. Use a voltage tester to also test for voltage in a switch or a power outlet.

Voltage testers are small devices that have two prongs on each side of the device. One side is positive and the other is negative, so you can test the voltage of an outlet by touching the two different sides of the device together.

Wire Strippers

A wire stripper allows you to connect wires without the risk of electrical shock. Use it to remove the insulation from electrical cables.

Wire strippers come in various models, such as:

Wire Cutter

As an electrician, having a good wire cutter is vital. A wire cutter can quickly and easily cut through wires, saving you time when working on projects. In addition, a good wire cutter can help you make precise cuts, thereby preventing mistakes.

There are many different types of wire cutters available on the market, so it is important to choose one that is right for you. Consider the type of wire you will be cutting, as well as the size and shape of the cutter. You will also want to consider the price, as some wire cutters can be quite expensive.

Circuit Tester

Regularly checking the circuit breaker can help you avoid fire hazards and power outages. This is where a circuit tester comes in handy. This tool is ideal for identifying and repairing electrical circuit problems. 

By testing the circuit, you can determine if there are any shorts, breaks or loose connections. This will help you make the necessary repairs. 

Plug the device into the outlet and follow the instructions. It will let you know if the circuit has a problem and how to fix it.


A black multimeter on a white tabletop with other electrical devices in the background.

A multimeter is an essential tool for an electrician. Not only can you use it to measure voltage, current and resistance, but you can also use it to test for continuity.

Connect the multimeter’s leads to the two points you wish to test to test for continuity. If the multimeter beeps or the needle on the display moves, there is continuity.

The multimeter has several settings that allow you to use it for various purposes. For example, it can be set to measure AC or DC volts and amperes. It’s even possible to use the multimeter as a tester for batteries.


A screwdriver is crucial for many electrical projects. It allows you to tighten or loosen screws. Screwdrivers are also helpful in removing old wires or other materials.

Additionally, screwdrivers are handy in prying open electrical panels and other equipment. This can be helpful when you need to access the inside of an electrical panel. Prying open electrical panels is one way to avoid damaging the equipment.


A close-up of orange and black pliers holding a bronze screw upright.

Pliers allow electricians to grip and twist wires. This is important when connecting or disconnecting wires. Use pliers for cutting, gripping, twisting, straightening or bending wires. 

There are different types of pliers on the market, including:

Continuity Testers

Electricians need continuity testers to check for electrical shorts and breaks. Use continuity testers to find problems in electrical circuits. In addition, continuity testers are also helpful in:

  • Wiring
  • Finding the source of an electric shock
  • Monitoring power supply

Continuity testers make finding and fixing electrical problems much easier.


Electricians often need to examine the wiring in crawl spaces, attics or tight spaces. A flashlight can illuminate these areas so that you see what you’re doing.

You can use flashlights for a variety of purposes, such as:

  • Lighting dark or dim areas
  • Signaling for help in an emergency
  • Inspecting equipment 
  • Wiring in difficult-to-reach places

Safety Glasses

A person with shoulder-length brown hair wearing safety glasses, a white hard hat, and an orange safety vest.

Safety glasses protect the eyes from flying debris, dust, and sparks. In addition, they’ll help enhance the sites you’re working on. Wearing safety glasses generally improves your safety while you’re working.

Labeling Equipment

Labeling equipment is vital because electricians need to identify equipment when working. It would help if you labeled your electrical tools to pick the correct equipment for a specific job.

Labeling equipment is critical when working with multiple tools at a time. By labeling these tools, you can quickly and easily identify which tool you need for a specific job – this prevents mistakes and can save you time.

Circuit Analyzer

Circuit analyzers come in handy in understanding how electrical circuits work. The tool can help you find and diagnose problems in electrical circuits. You can also use it to design and build an electrical circuit.

With the Analyzer, you’ll be able to determine the best way to connect the circuit components. You’ll also be in a better position to identify potential circuit problems and correct them.

Electric Drill

A person wearing navy blue cargo pants holding a yellow drill by their waist.

Electricians often need to drill through wood, concrete, metals and plastics. An electric drill makes working with these materials much easier.

An electric drill allows you to make a precise hole, which is necessary for a proper electrical connection. It’s also suitable for working in tight spaces.

Electric drills are available in a variety of sizes and power levels to suit any of your needs. From small, lightweight models (perfect for maneuvering in tight spaces) to heavy-duty drills for powerful drilling, there is an electric drill out there to suit every need.

When choosing an electric drill, it’s essential to consider the size and power level you need. Also, be mindful of the specific features that will make your job easier.

Fish Tape

A fish tape pulls wires and cables through a wall or ceiling without damaging the surface. In addition, most fish tapes come with LED lights attached to them so you can work more efficiently in dark areas or cramped spaces.

Tape Measure

A yellow and black tape measure with a black numbers on a white background.

A tape measure is a must-have tool for any electrician. Use it to quickly and accurately measure distances to install electrical wiring correctly.

A tape measure is also helpful for determining the size of electrical boxes and other components. In addition, it helps to find the right length of wire, conduit and cable.

Circuit Finders

A circuit finder is an AI-powered tool that helps you find the electrical circuits in your work area. It uses sensors to detect the presence of electrical circuits. It then displays a site map so you can easily find and avoid them.

A circuit finder reduces the time and effort needed to locate the circuits, making your job more efficient. In addition, this tool makes finding switches, outlets and other devices much easier.

Besides, with a circuit finder, it’s much easier to prevent accidents and injuries when doing electrical work.

Cable Ties

As an electrician, having a good selection of cable ties can help with various tasks. From organizing and bundling wires to securing equipment, cable ties are incredibly versatile and handy. In addition, they’re relatively inexpensive, making them an excellent value for an electrician.

Cable ties consist of durable materials, and you can reuse them multiple times. Use them to secure cables and wires to prevent them from becoming tangled or damaged. Cable ties are easy to use and are very strong, so you can trust them to keep your wires and cables in place.

Even more, cable ties are available in various sizes and colors so that you can choose the right one for your job.

Electrical Tape

Electrical tape is a general-purpose insulating tape. It can resist moisture, abrasion and corrosion.

Electrical tape is handy in:

  • Insulating electrical wires and other materials that conduct electricity
  • Repairing minor damages on wires
  • Protecting wires from rubbing against each other or from being pinched together
  • Providing a good grip when pulling wires or cables

Pay attention to the tape’s maximum and minimum temperature ratings to avoid using the wrong one for insulation. Also, note that electric tapes can’t replace wire nuts. They can’t apply as permanent connection insulators.

Self Bonding Electrical Tape

Using a self-bonding tape achieves superior moisture resistance in your projects. This tape bonds to itself, creating a waterproof seal that is perfect for protecting against moisture and humidity. Self-bonding tape is also an excellent choice for high humidity environments, as it will not loosen or fail over time.

Using the self-bonding tape in conjunction with electrical/insulating tape can provide an even higher level of protection. 

 Insulated Gloves

 Insulated gloves help prevent burns and other injuries. These gloves are ideal for safety – they’ll:

  • Protect your hands from an electrical shock
  • Keep your hands warm during cold weather
  • Prevent burns, cuts and other injuries

There are two types of insulated gloves: rubber gloves and gloves with mechanical properties.

Rubber Gloves are elastic materials that can stretch and deform when heated or cooled. They are also resistant to water, oil, grease, acids and alkalis. 

Conduit Bender

A conduit bender can be a huge time-saver. This tool comes in handy in performing tasks such as:

  • Bending conduit; with the tool, you can create gentle, gradual bends in the conduit
  • Installing connectors and fittings
  • Cutting tube ends off of a pipe
  • Cutting pipe segments off of tubing and more

A conduit bender helps to protect the wire from being damaged by sharp bends. It’s also vital when the wiring is routed around obstacles or tight spaces.

A conduit bender comes in two types (EMT and Rigid conduits) and sizes:

  • EMT conduit ½”, ¾,” 1″ and 1-¼”
  • Rigid conduit ½”, ¾” and 1″


An electrician needs various tools to safely and effectively perform electrical jobs. These tools include wire cutters and strippers, voltmeters, circuit finders, multimeters, insulating tapes, conduit benders and more.

If you’re an electrician, invest in the right tools. There are wide varieties to choose from, so be sure to do your research to buy tools that best suit your job, skills and interest. Sign up for our newsletter to learn more about the latest trends in all construction areas.

About the author Steve Coffey

I am passionate about the building materials industry helping companies all throughout the channel see success and exceed the expectations of their audiences

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