13 essential tools for electricians

Tool kits are the electrician’s faithful companions. They are present on every assignment and their reliable content serves to accurately and safely apply the hard-earned skills. However, with all the tools that electricians have to choose from these days, finding the right one can be difficult. In our guide, you can read which really every professional must have with them.

tools for electricians

1. Stripping tool

Stripping tools are used to easily remove the insulating outer sheath of cables in order to attach terminals or plugs to the inner wire by crimping or soldering. Some wire strippers also allow electricians to cut directly through the copper or wire in a cable.

Types of stripping tools

Wire strippers are also known as wire strippers. However, many other styles are available including:

Wire strippers are also known as wire strippers. However, many other styles are available including:

Adjustable Wire Stripper – these handy tools are particularly useful for irregular wire diameters and gauges.
Triple Action Wire Stripper – These wire strippers are designed for heavier gauge wire with heavy-duty insulation and are designed to perform rotary, linear or spiral cuts.
Wire Strippers – these feature V-shaped wire strippers for thicker, multi-wire cables.
Rotary Cutters – These are ultra-compact wire strippers that use a rotary motion for a clean cut.
stripping gun – thanks to their self-adjusting blade, these tools are particularly easy to use.
Semi-Automatic Wire Strippers – use a mechanism to strip insulation with a single squeeze of the handles, quickly cutting through the wire.
Manual Wire Strippers – are among the standard hand-operated models, but typically include a spring-loaded handle and safety latch.
Steel Armor Wire Strippers – This model is designed for use with copper, steel or aluminium sheathed cables. Click here for electrical training

Other designations:

⦁ wire stripper
⦁ Cable stripping tool

Insulated (VDE) screwdrivers

Screwdrivers are one of the most traditional tools and are still essential for most electricians as they often need access to screw-capped enclosures. Multiple sizes and shapes are available to accommodate the wide variety of screw types.

Screwdrivers work through the simple application of torque – turning force – transmitted through the head of the screwdriver to a mating slot on the screw. Electrician’s screwdriver features specially insulated handles that ensure electrical protection resistance. This is indicated by the VDE test mark of the association for electrical engineering, electronics and information technology. Insulated screwdrivers are therefore often referred to as VDE screwdrivers.

Screw drivers are differentiated based on the blade tip (drives) and the associated screw heads (drives). The most well-known include:

Insulated (VDE) pliers

Pliers are another tool that craftsmen have had for a long time. Their versatility allows them to be used for a variety of tasks that require “torque” such as gripping, turning or cutting. Forceps greatly increase the force required for this type of movement compared to bare hands. Today they are usually made of steel to add extra strength to the grip of the jaws. Like screwdrivers, insulated pliers for electricians often carry a VDE test mark.
Types of insulated pliers
Pliers in different designs are available for various special activities. These include: Needle

nose pliers-These have long, tapered jaws, making them ideal for gripping small objects.
Combination pliers– These are characterized by their multifunctional shape, which combines wire cutting, stripping and gripping in a single tool.
Water Pump Pliers – Also known as adjustable pliers (among other names), these tools feature a moveable lower jaw that allows the jaws’ span to be adjusted to the desired measurement. They are ideal for use with nuts, bolts and fasteners.
wire cutter– These tools are typically used to cut wire, hence they are also known as wire cutters. A variant called the diagonal cutter applies different surfaces to the cut wire.
Grip pliers -These have a locking function that leaves both hands free to work

Pliers are ideal for:

⦁ grass
⦁ rotate
⦁ to cut

Electrical tape

Electrical tape is used to protect wires or other electrically conductive objects from external environmental influences. It is self-adhesive, abrasion-resistant, heat- and moisture-resistant and thus protects the sensitive, conductive core within the electrical cables. There are a number of different materials that electrical tape is made from, including PVC, vinyl, copper foil, and glass cloth. There are different versions, which differ in colour, width, thickness, temperature tolerance, adhesive strength and insulating ability. The colours also make it easy to choose the right type and also allow electricians to colour code the cables they are working with. Black is arguably the most common colour, both for general insulation and to mark the low voltage neutral wire in a circuit.

Hand saws and hacksaws

Hand saws and hacksaws are fine-toothed saws that are primarily intended for cutting through metal. The thin blades are held taut in an adjustable frame between the saw head and the handle. Should the blade break or become blunt, it can be easily replaced at any time.

Cable cutters

Cable cutters should also not be missing in any electrician’s tool kit! These versatile tools feature steel blades that cut through standard wiring with ease. Stronger cable cutters are even able to cleanly cut even thicker cables. They can also be used to quickly strip the insulation before crimping and similar work in no time at all. Different models allow for different types of cuts, from simple multi-purpose tools to those specifically designed for flush cutting or bevel cutting. Insulated Wire Cutters are suitable for use with high voltage power lines, electrical equipment and high electrostatic discharge environments, making them essential for electricians. For ease of use, you should look for models with an ergonomic handle and use cable cutters that are really suitable for the hardness of the material to be processed. The cutting capacity, which ranges from 0.4 mm to 600 mm, provides information about this.


Wrenches will almost certainly be an essential addition to your electrician’s tool kit, especially if you regularly need to loosen or tighten nuts, bolts or similar fasteners.
The variety of sizes of nuts and bolts requires a similar variety of wrenches to ensure a truly tight fit between the head applying the torque and the fixture in question.

Common wrench types include:

Adjustable wrenches -As the name suggests, these feature a movable jaw that can be adjusted to accommodate different sized bolts or nuts. The English man is the best-known form of the adjustable key. Open End Wrenches -These wrenches have different sized crescent-shaped clamps on each end and are useful in tight spaces

Voltage tester

Absolutely indispensable: With the help of voltage testers or “multimeters” you can check whether current is flowing through a line. They are primarily used for safety purposes when checking cables, switches, junction boxes or similar devices; if the voltage is present, the diode lights up. In this case, electricians must switch off the power before starting work, otherwise, there is a risk of death.

Most models with a voltage display have additional circuitry and overvoltage protection for increased safety.

Safety knives

Safety knives aren’t just a professional speciality tool – in fact, most of us are familiar with them. But whether carpet knife, wallpaper knife or cardboard cutter: the principle always remains the same. For safety reasons, the knife blade is shielded and is only pushed out when the tool is actually needed. This in turn minimizes accidents and injuries. Some models have spring-loaded sliders that automatically retract the blade after use.

Like all tools, safety knives come in different shapes and sizes for use in specific situations. Professional safety knives for electricians usually have aluminium, plastic or steel handles, the blade itself is made of stainless steel, carbon or tool steel for the best possible cut.In addition, a blunt or broken blade can be replaced at any time.

Allen key

Every now and then one hears or reads the short form “Imbus”. What is the correct spelling now? The correct answer is: “Allen”. This is the abbreviation for the brand name Allen screw Bauer and Schaurte. Allen keys are made of steel or nickel, sometimes bronze or copper alloys. There are four main types: straight hexes, L-shaped foldable hexes, and T-handles. Straight Allen keys are inserted into screwdrivers to adapt them for hex fasteners.
L-shaped keys have identical heads at two ends of different lengths. The asymmetrical shape results in a different leverage effect depending on the end use: If the shorter end is used for turning, less force is required. The longer end, in turn, enables use in hard-to-reach angles and corners.
Last but not least, the handles of the T-handle variant are more ergonomic, so you can grip them tighter.

Claw Hammers

Claw Hammers have a head that serves two functions: one end is for hammering nails, and the other has a double steel claw for pulling nails out. For electricians, claw hammers are quite handy tools, allowing them access to tightly locked areas, such as panelled fuse boxes.


Chisels are another tool that has been used since ancient times – who would have thought that even electricians could use them! Whether wood, stone, brick, concrete or other hard materials, a chisel breaks through all of these with ease. On these, it gives access to electrical wires or can be used to chisel channels for wiring in walls. Modern chisels are made from different steel alloys.

Available sizes include:

⦁ 5mm
⦁ 10mm
⦁ 16mm
⦁ 18mm
⦁ 20mm
⦁ 50mm


Flashlights are another household staple that is essential for electricians and other professionals. They come in many different styles, with professionals preferring smaller flashlights that use LEDs instead of traditional incandescent bulbs – after all, they’re lighter and easier to carry, so you always have a light with you. Because electricians often have to work in darkened areas, such as in a building where the lights are out or the power is off, flashlights are still essential. Helmet-mounted or headband-mounted headlamps may be necessary when electrical contractors need two free hands for precision work.

Frequently Asked Questions

What tools do master electricians and trainees need?

There is no general answer to this question because it depends on the type of activity. However, the basic equipment of every electrician certainly includes:

⦁ Appropriate insulating tape
⦁ Insulated screwdriver
⦁ Insulated pliers
⦁ wirecutter
⦁ voltage tester

Which are the best cordless screwdrivers?

Electricians should always use screwdrivers that are also fully insulated to avoid the risk of electric shock. Look for tools that meet the quality standards of the German Association for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies (VDE).
In principle, this also applies to all other tools used by electricians.

How much do electrician tools cost?

RS Components are an international distributor of quality equipment and can offer expert advice on all your toolbox needs and even custom tool kits and bags if required. Of course, it’s not necessary to buy a complete kit – your equipment can also grow over time and you can buy additional tools whenever your finances allow and the job requires it.