What is a PAT Tester?

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What is a PAT Tester?

PAT tester is short for Portable Appliance Tester. A PAT Tester is an electrical safety testing device that tests any appliance in which a plug top is fitted. The idea behind the PAT test is to ensure that the electrical safety parameters i.e earth continuity/insulation resistance that were embedded by the product manufacturer have not been compromised while the equipment is in service.

PAT Testers are available as entry level pat testers and more advanced top-of-the range models. Entry level pat testers tend to be small and lightweight and cannot auto record test results. In this case, the test result is displayed on screen and recorded by the test technician into a PAT test log book. More advanced PAT testers can automatically record the tests inside the PAT tester’s firmware memory, which can be then be electronically transferred to an assiocated software PAT program for creation of a asset register.

Suitability of a PAT tester really depends on the voltages of the equipment to be tested and equipment quantities. PAT testers are  designed to ensure that the pat test does not damage the portable equipment during the test procedure. After the visual inspection has been conducted the patest technician plugs the appliance to be tested in to the pat testers socket to conduct the electrical safety tests prescribed by the IEE Code of Practice. Learn more about How to PAT Test.

Take a look at our range of PAT Testers from leading manufacturers Megger, Seaward and Fluke.

If you are interested in attending a PAT Test Course to learn from an expert on a one-to-one level, take a look at our PAT training courses. PAT Test Courses can be carried out the comfort of your office, or at our premises. Courses can be booked as group booking or individual sessions.

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