Electricians are often required to make complex, technical decisions in the field. Paired with the operational challenges of running a small business, things can quickly become overwhelming.
Fortunately, there are a number of apps out there that take advantage of the tiny computer in your pocket that’ll make any electrician’s life easier. Even better, we’ve compiled a must-have list of the 11 best mobile apps for the modern electrician.
Electrical Reference Apps
1. Master Electrician Reference
The Master Electrician Reference (MER) is considered by many to be the best electrical reference app out there. Widely used by engineers, mechanics, and electricians, MER is specifically designed for professionals that perform residential, commercial, and industrial work.
MER offers a wealth of information that’s presented with comprehensive and clearly designed formulas, tables, charts, and pictures. Its handy search functionality makes it easy to find the facts you need without having to thumb through pages of irrelevant information. It even includes a scientific calculator that allows you to directly apply on-page formulas, instead of having to work out sums by hand.
2. Electrical Engineering Dictionary
While MER is great for general reference purposes, the Electrical Engineering Dictionary is a heavy hitter when it comes to electrical terminology, calculations, and more. With over 3,000 terms divided into 18 distinct categories, this app covers concepts ranging from units and measurements to standardized protocols to specialized devices and materials.
A unique component of this app is its quiz feature, which tests your familiarity with industry-related technical terms. Essentially, the app gives you a definition or a sentence with a blank in it and presents you with four multiple choice options. For every correct answer, the app gives you a point.
You can also choose between various types of quizzes—such as “Brain Buster” and “Do or Die”—and adjust the total number of questions in each quiz. All in all, it’s a great way to brush up on your knowledge in the field.
3. ElectroDroid PRO
Electricians often have to make many complex calculations on the go. Back in the day, this would have to be done by consulting multiple different reference manuals, then manually punching formulas into a scientific calculator. Not only is this process time-consuming and cumbersome, but it also greatly increases the risk of human error.
Today, electricians can bypass all that by simply using ElectroDroid PRO. As the most established and comprehensive electrical calculator app on the market, ElectroDroid includes a powerful suite of tools and calculators for all kinds of electronic applications.
The main features include:
Capacitor charge calculator
4. DeWaltⓇ Mobile Pro™
ElectroDroid might be the king of electrical calculator apps, but most electricians will also need a general construction calculator for computing square footage, measurement conversions, and foot-inch math.
DeWaltⓇ Mobile Pro™ fills that gap nicely. It offers a free version with all its basic functionality, plus in-app purchases for specific calculations for electrical, business and finance, site work, and more. While it’s not the cheapest option available, it gets high marks for comprehensiveness and the fact that it gives you the option to choose exactly which calculations you want to pay for.
In addition to the pure calculator function, the app also includes integrated reference materials explaining key terms as well as visual examples of the specific measurements you need to take. This helps reduce the risk of making a mistake as you fill in the various fields.
EveryCircuit’s tagline says it all: “Circuits are better animated.” Not only does this app make it effortless to prototype, test, and debug circuits, it also allows you to visualize how each component of the circuit works—dynamically illustrated with interactive graphs.
For example, if you switch to the AC mode, the app will display the sinusoidal voltage and current phase over time, giving you an instinctive “sense” for when a given lightbulb will be switched on, relative to the activation of other components in the circuit.
At any time, you can also adjust various circuit parameters while the simulation runs and see the effect on the circuit in real-time. This, combined with the responsive touchscreen interface, almost makes it feel like you’re building a circuit by hand.
6. Decibel X
The Decibel X app turns your mobile device into a professional-grade sound pressure level (SPL) meter. It offers a standard measurement range of 30 to 130 dBA, and records the SPL in a real-time, scale level chart, which can be easily saved and exported in CSV or PNG format or uploaded via iCloud Sync on an iOS device.
7. Electromagnetic Detector EMF / Ultimate EMF Detector
The Electromagnetic Detector EMF and the Ultimate EMF Detector apps are able to detect EMF radiation in the field. While they do not achieve the accuracy and versatility of a professional EMF meter, they can be a convenient tool for quick surveys, as they are quite reliable at detecting EMF spikes as you walk around a house.
It’s important to understand that the two apps work in different ways. The iOS app uses your smartphone’s radio frequency communication capabilities to determine when your phone is picking up other radio frequencies separate from its own and then displays the appropriate reading.
By contrast, the Android app uses the magnetic sensor your phone uses to align its digital compass to display readings of magnetic fields around it.
Note: older Android models without a magnetic sensor will not show any readings.
8. ServiceTitanⓇ Mobile
Trusted by over 50,000 home service professionals, ServiceTitanⓇ provides an all-in-one system for electrical contractors to run their entire business. Offering dispatch, scheduling, call booking, marketing, and reporting features in one unified solution, ServiceTitan makes it easy to manage your team and effectively coordinate between the field and the office.
ServiceTitan’s mobile app builds on these strengths by streamlining in-field tasks. Prior to starting a job, the app provides your technicians with detailed customer profiles and job histories, as well as the most up-to-date information collected by your CSR when the service request was made. That way, technicians can approach any job with confidence—and make it a successful one at that!
Once the job is underway, the app makes it easy to:
Record vital information
Build estimates and invoices
Capture check or credit card payments via a tablet camera
Seamlessly back up data to the cloud (made available to office staff in real-time)
These improvements add up to a more efficient workflow for your technicians and a superior customer experience.
9. Route4Me Route Planner
If you’ve ever had a day with multiple service calls on the opposite ends of town, you know how important—and challenging—efficient route planning can be. Route4Me automates the entire process, making it easy to plan out the best routes for your entire team every day.
All you have to do is load in each of your service stops, key in the number of team members, and hit the OPTIMIZE button. The app will automatically find the most efficient division of stops between team members and chart out the fastest route for each technician.
The best part? It all happens in just ten seconds, even for large-fleet optimizations. Last minute service requests? No problem! Rescheduled appointment? It’s easy with Route4Me.
When it comes to small business accounting software, QuickBooks™ is hard to beat. In particular, the QuickBooks mobile app is ideal for home service professionals as it allows you to invoice customers and capture expenses on-the-go.
The best feature of this accounting software is that it can be directly integrated with ServiceTitanⓇ software—making it painless to stay on top of your finances. Instead of having to manually import your accounting data, all transactions booked by your techs in the field are updated in the system in real-time, which allows for superior financial visibility for office staff. At that point, it’s a no-brainer.
ServiceTitan is the cloud-based, industry-leading software solution for home service professionals. Not only has our all-in-one platform helped thousands of HVAC, plumbing, garage door, and electrical shops improve customer service and supercharge operational efficiency—but it has also helped businesses increase their revenue by an average of 25% after just one year, as well.
To learn more about what our field service business software can do for you, contact ServiceTitan today to schedule a demo.