Electrical Socket Tester £2.99 - Instore Aldi from Sunday 14th July
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Electrical Socket Tester £2.99 - Instore Aldi from Sunday 14th July

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Found 9th Jul 2013
Stay safe with the wiring on your electrical sockets in your home.

This Aldi electrical socket tester indicator lights will accurately denote no neutral, live and earth reversed, live and neutral reversed and no earth.

Could be an economical way of avoiding a potentially nasty accident?

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Hot ....

Great price but looks a bit cheap especially those led lights.

These things are a really good idea.

About a year ago the power company had to replace the main power connection into a couple of houses in my street. When they finished, one of their chaps used one of these to test my sockets. Low and behold, one socket had been fitted (not by me!) incorrectly with live and netural reversed, and was probably the reason the hoover blew up!!

Three quid seems a good investment, those who are put off by price can find a more expensive alternative in B&Q.

Original Poster

Over the years I've decorated a number of properties and replaced the power sockets and I've always found it fiddly with some of the wires, when I've tried to put the socket back on. So I've always used these plugs to check that the wires have stayed connected after I've scrunched them all back in.
Edited by: "perkypig" 9th Jul 2013

It's no martindale, mines a workhorse. But for 3 quid isn't bad value.

http://i.imgur.com/UIGQaAT.jpg

cool great price

Or use a lamp. Or toaster. Or telly. Or phone charger. Or the game Operation.

Just don't spend three quid.

Sorry but just a word of caution. If you do buy one of these and find you have problems, are you really skilled enough to fix them !

5lugger

Low and behold …


Low?

Incidentally, are these tested?

u0421793

Low?



Swing lo sweet chariot.

le_jaeger

Or use a lamp. Or toaster. Or telly. Or phone charger. Or the game … Or use a lamp. Or toaster. Or telly. Or phone charger. Or the game Operation. Just don't spend three quid.



How would that tell you if live and neutral are reversed or if you have no earth?

Banned

HOT.

I use something similar when testing phone lines (Martindale CP501, we need a good earth). They work OK, but sometimes will give a good earth indication even if only 1 stand is connected or it's a poor connection. I've chased a few phone line faults because of a poor earth in a customers power socket. I've also advised a few customers of faulty power sockets that they didn't know they had, so for £3 I'd say it's worth the price.
Edited by: "tommo111" 9th Jul 2013

It looks very much like a Silverline tester at Amazon for £6.71

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/518Av-q0CtL._SY450_.jpg

A few complaints on that one - and so potentially this one - about the earth pin not being very robust
Edited by: "gwapenut" 9th Jul 2013

le_jaeger

Or use a lamp. Or toaster. Or telly. Or phone charger. Or the game … Or use a lamp. Or toaster. Or telly. Or phone charger. Or the game Operation. Just don't spend three quid.


You complete and utter idiot.

good price, couldn't get one last time , they were all gone by midday in my local,

le_jaeger.I do do worry about people like you.Absolutely no common sense at all.Nice find op ,no Martindale but OK.

u0421793

Low?



Low indeed!!! Bloody swipey thingy..... Stands by blackboard writing "will learn to proofread"...

gerrykiddy

Sorry but just a word of caution. If you do buy one of these and find you … Sorry but just a word of caution. If you do buy one of these and find you have problems, are you really skilled enough to fix them !



Possibly not, but if you did find a fault, I'm thinking you'd be skilled enough not to use the socket??

Caravan(ers), campers and motorhome(rs) who connect to a campsite, use on of these to confirm your incoming power hasn't been wrongly or unsafely connected by the 'local' screwdriver wielding nupty

Disclaimer from ttxl21: I have never been a witness to this, but I have heard people finding these faults (_;)

We've been using one of these, looks identical for a number of years in our caravan to test the electric whilst holidaying in France. Unlike the UK other parts of Europe reverse the polarity and this highlights any problems, so simple to use, all light lit and the socket is OK, if any of the lights fail to light then there's a problem.

We've been using one of these, looks identical for a number of years in our caravan to test the electric whilst holidaying in France. Unlike the UK other parts of Europe reverse the polarity and this highlights any problems, so simple to use, all light lit and the socket is OK, if any of the lights fail to light then there's a problem.

witters21

le_jaeger.I do do worry about people like you.Absolutely no common sense … le_jaeger.I do do worry about people like you.Absolutely no common sense at all.Nice find op ,no Martindale but OK.



Don't worry mate, I've bumbled through OK so far; a few minor shocks never hurt anyone.

In all seriousness, I was trying to say this £3 Siverline copy isn't much better than a lamp - if you're thinking of taking on home wiring, you might be better spending a few more quid and getting yourself a decent multimeter.

le_jaeger

Or use a lamp. Or toaster. Or telly. Or phone charger. Or the game … Or use a lamp. Or toaster. Or telly. Or phone charger. Or the game Operation. Just don't spend three quid.


And what is the lamp going to do if there's no earth or if the live and neutral are the wrong way round? Tell us please, we'd all love to know.

le_jaeger

Don't worry mate, I've bumbled through OK so far; a few minor shocks … Don't worry mate, I've bumbled through OK so far; a few minor shocks never hurt anyone.In all seriousness, I was trying to say this £3 Siverline copy isn't much better than a lamp - if you're thinking of taking on home wiring, you might be better spending a few more quid and getting yourself a decent multimeter.



But this isnt about people taking on home wiring, it's about people checking if their wiring has been done properly. They can then get an electrician to fix it if it isnt.

Mccririck,is it just me and you with the brains."A FEW MINOR SHOCKS NEVER HURT ANYONE"come on that's why I use a multimeter, socket tester and multifunction tester !

le_jaeger

Don't worry mate, I've bumbled through OK so far; a few minor shocks … Don't worry mate, I've bumbled through OK so far; a few minor shocks never hurt anyone.In all seriousness, I was trying to say this £3 Siverline copy isn't much better than a lamp - if you're thinking of taking on home wiring, you might be better spending a few more quid and getting yourself a decent multimeter.



For 3 quid it does 4 tests safely, while a lamp will only do 2 of those. A mulitmeter is a completely different tool, and dangerous in the wrong hands when used on the mains.

Nice got a dodgy socket, was wondering how to test it, so I an prove to landlord it needs fixing... ty

You may not be skilled enough to fix the fault but to identify a fault is better than putting your fingers in your ears and closing your eyes. More dangerous not to know.
As for a multimeter, yes I own one but a voltage indicator is far better to own. It's easy to think a cct is dead with a multimeter. A voltage indicator used on a known live source, then used on your cct, followed by a further test to check your indicator is still working is the correct way of determining isolation.
Surprisingly few people know this.
I also own one of these polarity testers, easy to use and peace of mind.

amazon.co.uk/Gre…ter for £1 more and looks better quality. Cant really call this one hot sorry

Original Poster

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Green-Mains-Socket-Safety-Tester/dp/B003337BLM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1373401555&sr=8-1&keywords=plug+tester for £1 more and looks better quality. Cant really call this one hot sorry



You can actually buy this one from CPC Farnell for £1.96 here

skykid3

Show this to all your young kids to warn them not to do that,should work?

how do you tell if live and neutral are reversed and why does it matter with alternating current?

timmonaghan1

how do you tell if live and neutral are reversed and why does it matter … how do you tell if live and neutral are reversed and why does it matter with alternating current?

if you don't know it will take too long to explain, but please believe me it is classed as a C1 fault or a TOFO (turn off and f@€k off).

Surely these are pointless to the general public, no one self installs wall sockets (it will have been done by an electrician correctly) and once its been done someone would probably know instantly its not done correctly because stuff will be plugged in right away.

Even if you house is new it probably has had stuff plugged into it before you even bought it and once it works people don't touch sockets for like 40 years! However if your an electrician its a necessary tool.

Bought one of these having made one 40yrs ago
It uses 3 neons to identify live /neutral swops along with no earth
it works fine but the earth plug connection may may fall off.. and it wont physically "plug in"
Don't fool with electricity..
40 years in the trade..

Nah there not pointless. Some of us can't afford electricians and so have to bumble through wiring jobs ourselves. I recently installed 4 plug sockets (and a light) in the loft and this would have come in handy. They are all fine but it would have been nice to not have to wince the first time I switched each of them on!
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