Socket Testers

A socket tester is a small, hand held device that is plugged into a socket to quickly confirm that an AC wall outlet is working and can provide the power that is needed to power the devise that will be plugged into it.


Socket testers are used to ensure that the wiring is the correct way round. It will detect when there is no earth but will not check if the earth is in good condition if it is there.


The lights on the front of the mains outlet tester will light up in different combinations, this will indicate if there is any type of fault.


There are different types of socket testers:

Simple testers can detect a number of different faults but they cannot indicate or measure effective the earth fault loop impedance. They are normally the same size as a 13A plug.


Advanced testers have the same normal functions that a simple tester has including reversed line and earth, or reversed line and neutral. They display the range of numerical values that the earth fault loop impedance falls.


Professional testers have the same normal functions that a simple tester has including displaying numerical value of earth loop impedance. They also be used to measure the values of earth loop impedance to certify or report on the installation that has been carried out.


Who would use a socket tester?


Electricians, maintenance personnel, DIY enthusiasts, handymen and equipment installers would general have a mains socket tester in their toolbox to check the safety of the socket and prevent shocks and accidents occurring.


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Description Price Current Rating Voltage Audible Alarm Earth Loop Impedance Test Number of Pins Wiring Check Display Type Safety Category Power Source Dimensions Weight Height Length Maximum Operating Temperature
RS Stock No. 467-4964
Mfr. Part No.SOK 40/16
MYR363.64
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16A 230V ac Yes - 3 Yes LED - Mains - - - - -
RS Stock No. 719-0885
Mfr. Part No.RSCP501
BrandMartindale
MYR127.39
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13A 200 → 250V ac - - 3 Yes LED CAT II 300 V Mains 65 x 65 x 47mm - 47mm 65mm +40°C
RS Stock No. 719-0891
Mfr. Part No.RSBZ101
BrandMartindale
MYR150.66
Each
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13A 230V ac Yes - 3 Yes LED CAT IV 300 V Mains 65 x 65 x 47mm - 47mm 65mm +40°C
RS Stock No. 253-535
Mfr. Part No.RSCP201
BrandMartindale
MYR296.57
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16A 230V ac - - 3 Yes LED CAT III 300 V Mains 65 x 65 x 47mm 195g - - -
RS Stock No. 719-3001
Mfr. Part No.SOK 32
MYR171.27
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13A 230V ac Yes - 3 Yes LED - Mains - - - - +40°C
RS Stock No. 467-5002
Mfr. Part No.SOK 65/16HD
MYR535.29
Each
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16A 400V ac Yes Yes 5 Yes LED - Mains - - - - -
RS Stock No. 719-0905
Mfr. Part No.RSEZ650
BrandMartindale
MYR767.08
Each
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13A 230V ac - Yes 3 Yes LED CAT II 300 V Mains 315 x 260 x 85mm 1kg 85mm 315mm +40°C
RS Stock No. 776-2014
Mfr. Part No.MARPC105/32
BrandMartindale
MYR606.63
Each
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32A - - Yes 5 Yes Front Panel CAT III 300 V Mains 131 x 94 x 54mm 292g 54mm 131mm -
RS Stock No. 776-1995
Mfr. Part No.MARPC104/16
BrandMartindale
MYR533.62
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16A - - Yes 4 Yes Front Panel CAT III 300 V Mains 131 x 94 x 54mm 292g 54mm 131mm -
RS Stock No. 704-7738
Mfr. Part No.SOK 34
MYR254.81
Each
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13A 230V ac Yes Yes - Yes LED - Mains - - - - -
RS Stock No. 253-541
Mfr. Part No.RSCP301
BrandMartindale
MYR306.83
Each
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30mA 110V ac - - 3 Yes LED CAT II 150 V Mains - 180g - - -
RS Stock No. 776-2008
Mfr. Part No.MARPC104/32
BrandMartindale
MYR566.98
Each
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32A - - Yes 4 Yes Front Panel CAT III 300 V Mains 131 x 94 x 54mm 292g 54mm 131mm -
RS Stock No. 471-3277
Mfr. Part No.P01101997Z
MYR78.04
Each
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- 230V ac - - 3 Yes - CAT II 230 V Battery 95 x 50 x 38mm 60g 38mm 95mm +55°C
RS Stock No. 776-2017
Mfr. Part No.MARPC105/63
BrandMartindale
MYR984.09
Each
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63A - - Yes 5 Yes Front Panel CAT III 300 V Mains 131 x 94 x 54mm 292g 54mm 131mm -
RS Stock No. 776-2001
Mfr. Part No.MARPC104/63
BrandMartindale
MYR943.65
Each
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63A - - Yes 4 Yes Front Panel CAT III 300 V Mains 131 x 94 x 54mm 292g 54mm 131mm -
RS Stock No. 180-9210
Mfr. Part No.CP201/32
BrandMartindale
MYR363.98
Each
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16/32A 230V ac - - 3 - - CAT III 300 V Mains 65 x 47 x 65mm 195g 65mm 65mm +40°C
RS Stock No. 776-2005
Mfr. Part No.MARPC105/16
BrandMartindale
MYR566.98
Each
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16A - - Yes 5 Yes Front Panel CAT III 300 V Mains 131 x 94 x 54mm 292g 54mm 131mm -
RS Stock No. 180-9212
Mfr. Part No.EZ165
BrandMartindale
MYR396.48
Each
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13A 230V ac - Yes - - - CAT II 300 V Mains 80 x 45 x 65mm 95g 65mm 80mm +40°C
RS Stock No. 704-7747
Mfr. Part No.SOK 36
MYR322.95
Each
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13A 230V ac Yes Yes - Yes LED - Mains - - - - -
RS Stock No. 180-9211
Mfr. Part No.CP301/32
BrandMartindale
MYR373.54
Each
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16/32A 110V ac - - 3 - - CAT II 150 V Mains 65 x 47 x 65mm 195g 65mm 65mm +40°C