The top 5 apps that will make electricians’ lives easier

Electricians are used to transporting a full toolbox from job to job, but increasingly the most important tool you’ll need for a job fits in your pocket.
With approximately 66% of adults in the UK owning as smartphone, we are no stranger to knowing how handy they can be. However as well as the emergency phone calls and texts, your mobile phone can now play host to an incredible variety of apps, some of which are specifically designed to make electricians’ lives easier. Electricpoint.com has scoured the internet to find the apps every electrician should download.
EPiCertifiICertifi – Available on iOS
This app describes itself as “a revolution in electrical certification”, and as bombastic as that sounds it might be justified. iCertifi produces high quality BS 7671 electrical certificates, previously only possible with expensive desktop software. As well as taking the hassle out of repetitive form filling by pre populating key information, the certificates can be personalised with brand colours and logos. Each certificate has a unique serial number, making them easy to identify, and if that wasn’t enough, the beautiful, sleek design will appeal to any professional craftsman.
Energy Cost Calculator – Available on iOS and Android 
A quick and easy way to calculate the operating cost & energy usage of electric equipment or machinery by day, week, month or year. As well as totting up your own costs, it can be used to advise clients on how much their new equipment is going to cost them long term. Plus the latest addition to the app calculates your yearly carbon emissions, hopefully leading to more responsible energy consumption!
Capable – Available on iOS
In the spirit of quick and easy shortcuts, Capable is another must have app for electricians. Instead of spending time manually calculating appropriate lengths and type of cable, it can calculate electrical cable sizing in accordance with BS7671 wiring regulations. Plus its voltage drop calculator means a safe and easy cable measurement in the blink of an eye (or the flick of a switch).
ElectroDroid – Available on AndroidEP ElectroDroid Ohms law calculator
ElectroDroid is less an app and more a portable electrician’s bible. It’s packed full of electronic tools such as an Ohm’s Law Calculator, Resistor colour code decoder (3-6 bands), voltage divider and voltage drop calculator. It also has a range of resources for reference including symbols and abbreviations, and an ampacity table. Its slick navigation also makes it incredibly easy to work your way around, so you are never more than a few clicks away from a quick answer.
The free version does have ads, but you can upgrade to the pro version for £2.29
SumUp – Available on iOS and Android
Ideal for freelance electricians, this nifty little app allows you to turn your smart phone into a card machine and accept card payments from your customers. All you need to get going is a Sumup account and card terminal to allow you to take payments quickly and easily, with an affordable 1.95% fee per transaction. What’s more, it’s completely secure, accepts all major debit and credit cards and will send a receipt by text message or email, so the customer has access to important information straight away.
So whether you are calculating resistance, taking a payment, or creating a certificate, there is an app out there to do the job for you. While there will always be jobs that only a well-trained Electrician and his experience can achieve, a few hints along the way to make the job a bit easier can only be a good thing.