Electricians often need to make lightning-fast technical decisions in the field to provide the best and most efficient service while keeping their customers safe.
Traditionally, electricians relied on reference books and manuals to look up electrical formulas and do on the spot calculations, along with physical invoices to scribble down what customers owed. But today, there are numerous electrician mobile and web apps that streamline these processes for you. These handy apps make it much easier to both manage your business and ensure you have all the reference and calculation tools you need right on your phone or computer.
But which apps are most useful for electricians and their businesses? We’ve compiled a list of the 15 best apps for electricians to run their business more efficiently, as well as to provide the best possible service to their customers.
The complete list is organized into four categories:
Business electrical apps: Business management, route planning, video conferencing, invoicing, and accounting
Reference apps: Electrician reference guides, and electrical engineering dictionary
Calculator electrical apps: Calculators for electronic applications, general construction calculator
Utility apps: Circuit prototyping and testing, sound pressure level meter, and electromagnetic detector
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We start off the list below by introducing our own app, ServiceTitan, which gives electrical contractors an all-in-one system to manage their entire business. Offering dispatch, scheduling, call booking, marketing, and reporting features in a single solution.
If you think ServiceTitan may be able to help you run your electrical business, you can sign up for a free demo here.
Business Electrical Apps
1. ServiceTitan Mobile
ServiceTitan is a cloud-based software platform that helps home services companies — including electrical contractors — run their business more efficiently, improve customer service, and increase sales.
We’re used by 100,000+ home services contractors across the globe. Contractors who use ServiceTitan have access to all the information they need from anywhere, whether they’re getting up to speed with technical details just before they arrive at a job, or back at the office deciding who is the best technician to send out for a specific service.
For example, by using the ServiceTitan mobile electrician app, your technicians get access to full customer details and job histories, as well as the most up-to-date information collected from the customer by your customer service reps (CSRs). Once the job is underway, ServiceTitan makes it easy for your office staff and electricians to:
Record Vital Information
As soon as a call comes in to your CSRs, ServiceTitan’s call booking software automatically takes down the most important customer information, such as name, contact details and the technical specifications of the job, along with recording the call itself.
As a result, CSRs can greet each customer by name as they answer the call, making for a much more personal and friendly service and reducing the time it takes to book appointments.
Automatic custom prompts ensure that CSRs ask all the right questions before they take a booking and assign an electrician to a job. CSRs choose questions and possible answers from a drop down menu — making it easier to record the information while still giving the conversation with the customer their full attention.
Out in the field, electricians can listen to the actual conversation the customer had with the CSR, which provides them with a record of exactly what information the customer has already provided about their electrical issue. This reduces communication problems and gives electricians a detailed insight into the problems the customer is facing before they arrive at the appointment.
In addition, recorded calls provide management (and business owners) with a record of how your CSRs deal with calls and where they can improve their approach to increase sales.
Build Estimates and Invoices
ServiceTitan helps you to efficiently create, send out, and track estimates and quotes. Quotes can be generated on both the ServiceTitan mobile app and web app, allowing both techs out in the field and staff in your office to send quotes to customers by email, in-person, or on a smartphone or tablet using the mobile app.
Our platform lets you give different quotes based on a variety of prices and grades of materials, so you can give customers options based on their available budget.
You can also use ServiceTitan to send electronic invoices out to customers by email and customize them to include:
Details of services and materials provided
Accepted payment methods
Online payment link
Our electrical invoicing software makes it easy to bill your customers for the jobs you’ve done. In just a few taps, you can convert estimates and quotes into invoices and send them out to customers. Our interface clearly shows outstanding payments and payments made, so you know which need following up.
Additionally, ServiceTitan’s add-on pricebook software allows you to easily manage your pricebook and keep every product detail up to date. It simplifies the process of creating estimates and invoices for customers using the latest listed prices, marketing descriptions, and recommendations. This helps avoid bookkeeping errors, wasting employee hours, and helps to maximize profit on every job. Your techs can show customers a picture and description of the products they recommend on their mobile app, making it easier for them to explain services and products to customers and helping them close more sales.
Collect Check or Credit Card Payments via Tablet Camera
Making it as easy as possible to pay for a service saves your team the time and effort of following up on invoices and calling customers about outstanding payments.
With this in mind, ServiceTitan’s app allows contractors to collect payments right on the job site:
You can collect payment by scanning a customer's credit card or check using a smartphone or tablet camera. Payments can be easily processed and tracked, so you always know where you stand financially.
Backup All Data to the Cloud
ServiceTitan backs up all data to the cloud, so office staff can always have real-time access to payment information no matter where they are. Every customer interaction and detail is saved to the cloud so electricians and office staff have access to it whenever they need it, and it provides a full customer history to make it easier to manage customer relationships.
This saves time tracking down vital information and passing it on to each team member that comes into contact with any given customer. Customers also benefit because they don’t have to keep giving the same information to different people.
Scheduling and Dispatching
ServiceTitan takes into account traffic conditions, and other potential scheduling issues so jobs can be extended, shortened, or rescheduled as soon as delays happen.
Automatic customer notifications by text message and email keep homeowners informed of when their assigned electrician is due to arrive, so they don’t have to wonder how long to wait. This also reduces the time your business wastes on no-shows because customers know exactly when they need to be at their address for the job to get done and are more likely to be there when you arrive.
Tracking Employee Performance
Electrical contractors can also use ServiceTitan’s field reporting software to keep an eye on employee performance. It counts and displays performance of your technicians, CSRs and other team members based on various indicators.
These include jobs completed, sales made, revenue generated, customer satisfaction score, and more. This information helps you check on performance across your team and identify employees who may need extra training.
You can also track your business’ revenue and other trends by day, week, or month. Filter transactions by team or business unit to see where your strengths and weaknesses are.
Beyond managing the day to day tasks that an electrical business involves, ServiceTitan also gives you the tools you need to get to grips with marketing your home services, so you can make more sales and know exactly where to focus your marketing and advertising investments.
For example, it tracks which of your marketing campaigns are most successful by calculating exactly how much revenue each one brings in. Whether you launch an email marketing, social media, or direct mail campaign ServiceTitan will rank them in real time by how much revenue they bring your business. You also get a breakdown of the type of jobs certain campaigns are attracting and the profile of the customers booking them.
By assigning a unique phone number to each of your ad campaigns, ServiceTitan can also track exactly how many incoming calls you receive from each of them.
Financing and Accounting
Providing customers with financing options is easy with ServiceTitan. If your customer needs to finance a new
ServiceTitan partners with top financing providers including GreenSky, Service Finance, Turns, and Financeit to make it simple for your electrical business to offer financing. You can customize each financing plan to make sure that every financed job is profitable for your business.
Customer financing is proven to bring in more revenue for your company because it makes electrical jobs more accessible to every customer, by splitting payments over a longer period.
On the accounting side, ServiceTitan includes a Quickbooks accounting software integration so if you’re already using Quickbooks you don’t have to change. You carry on using Quickbooks as before and ServiceTitan records transactions out in the field and automatically exports them to Quickbooks. You don’t have to input information manually, or deal with inputting it twice over.
How Bryant Electric Increased Revenue by Over 100% in a Year Using ServiceTitan
Before they started using ServiceTitan, Bryant Electric Services, based in Austin, Texas, was experiencing many of the same inefficiencies that nearly every other home services company faces.
“Before with paper and all that stuff, [customers] gave us a call, okay good, we wrote a note down, stuck it on someone's desk, two days later we called them back,” owner Jef Bryant explains, “We have to go find a box with something or try to find it on the old version of QuickBooks... and see what we wrote in,” he says.
In just a year after he started using ServiceTitan to run his electrical business, Jef saw revenues more than double. “We have customers that we’ve gone to their house ten time in a year and we’re able to look and see what we did last time … and I can give them a call and be like, ‘Hey, is everything still okay?’” Jef explains. So, the tracking ability of ServiceTitan just concisely puts it all on one page… it’s really efficient and it’s really practical.”
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ServiceTitan has created a free interactive web app for you and your techs to easily create invoices via our website. Our online invoice generator includes the following fields:
An invoice number, date, and payment due date
Contractor and customer contact information
A space for a description of services and materials
Price and total amount columns, including for sales tax and discounts
Lines for dated names and signatures for techs and homeowners
Techs working out in the field can create and save invoices and email them directly to customers and/or their office directly on a mobile device.
One of the most important factors for HVAC companies in setting their prices is calculating the right labor rate. If you sell yourself short by undercharging, your bottom line is affected even as your techs get busier. In order to avoid costing mistakes, like forgetting to take unbillable hours into account, you can use ServiceTitan’s Labor Rate Calculator to figure out how much it costs to run your business and ensure you charge your customers enough to remain profitable.
4. Route4Me Route Planner
If you’ve ever experienced a day with multiple service calls on 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 the best routes for your entire team every day.
Just load in each of your service stops, key in the number of team members, and hit the OPTIMIZE button. The app automatically finds the most efficient division of stops among team members and charts out the fastest route for each technician.
The best part? It all happens in just 10 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 ranks among the best apps for electricians, as it allows techs to invoice customers and capture expenses on-the-go.
The best feature of this accounting software allows users to directly integrate with ServiceTitan software — making it painless to stay on top of your finances. Instead of manually importing your accounting data, this app updates all transactions booked by your techs in the field, allowing for superior financial visibility for your office staff. It’s just a no-brainer.
6. Video Conferencing apps
As companies trend toward remote work and communication, apps such as FaceTime, GoToMeeting, Skype, Zoom, and other similar video conferencing services are becoming more relevant for electricians and other home service industries.
“We use FaceTime,” says Chris Walton, owner of CW Electrical Services in Pittsburgh. “We’re still trying to navigate the best way to get everyone in one room. With the office staff, it’s pretty easy. We also use GoToMeeting. With the electricians, it’s just meeting in a group chat or calling them individually."
Electrical Apps for Reference
7. Master Electrician Reference
Many electricians consider the Master Electrician Reference (MER) to be the best electrician service app on the market. Widely used by engineers, mechanics, and electricians, MER is specifically designed for professionals who perform residential, commercial, and industrial work.
This electrician service app offers a wealth of information, 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 thumbing through pages of irrelevant information. It even includes a scientific calculator, allowing you to directly apply on-page formulas instead of working out sums manually.
8. Electrical Engineering Dictionary
While MER works great for general reference purposes, the Electrical Engineering Dictionary is one of the best free apps for electricians when it comes to electrical terminology, calculations, and more.
With more than 3,000 terms divided into 18 distinct categories, this electrician service app covers concepts ranging from units and measurements to standardized protocols to specialized devices and materials.
A unique component of this electrical 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, then presents 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. It’s a great way to brush up on your knowledge in the field.
9. Ugly’s Electrical References
This electrician service app features at least 12 calculators, video tutorials, and more. It offers HD images and interactive tables, allowing users to zoom in for better detail.
Other popular features include an Ohm’s Law Calculator, NEMA wiring configurations, and conversions for area, length, temperature, time, volume, and weight. You can reference Ugly’s Electrical References eBook through the app as well.
Calculator Electrical Apps
10. Electrodoc Pro
Electricians often need to make many complex calculations on the go. In the past, they consulted multiple different reference manuals, then manually punched formulas into a scientific calculator. This time-consuming and cumbersome process greatly increased the risk of human error.
Today, electricians operate much more efficiently by using electrician apps for Android or iOS, such as ElectroDroid PRO. As the most established and comprehensive electrical calculator app on the market, ElectroDroid ranks among the best apps for electricians because it includes a powerful suite of tools and calculators for all types of electronic applications.
The main features include:
Capacitor charge calculator
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11. DeWalt Mobile Pro™
ElectroDroid might be the king of electrical calculator apps, but most electricians 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 of its basic functionality, plus in-app purchases for package deals ranging from 99 cents for a “Finish Materials Pack” to $24.99 for the “Master Pack.” It gets high marks for comprehensiveness, and for giving electricians the option to choose exactly which calculations you want to pay for.
In addition to the pure calculator function, the electrician service app also includes integrated reference materials to explain key terms, as well as visual examples of the specific measurements you need to take. This helps reduce the risk of making mistakes, as you fill in the various fields.
12. eTools Lite
(iOS - Free)
App Store reviewers tout eTools Lite for its easy-to-use format and vast array of available references, including chip resistor code, capacitor value, voltage divider, frequency converter, and other features.
In addition, eTools Lite is a good one-stop shop for electricians who are looking for an electrician service app that assists with calculations as well as other reference materials. The app’s user-friendly format and versatility make it a solid choice among free apps for electricians.
EveryCircuit’s tagline says it all: “Circuits are better animated.” Not only does this electrician service 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 displays the sinusoidal voltage and current phase over time, giving you an instinctive “sense” for when someone turns on a given lightbulb, 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.
14. Decibel X
Decibel X — one of the free apps for electricians available for both Apple and Android devices — 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 you can easily save and export in CSV or PNG format or upload via iCloud Sync on an iOS device.
15. Electromagnetic Detector EMF
These free apps for electricians are designed to detect EMF radiation in the field. While not at the same level of accuracy and versatility as a professional EMF meter, these electrical apps can be a convenient tool for quick surveys. They’re quite reliable at detecting EMF spikes as you walk around a house.
It’s important to understand 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 same magnetic sensor on your phone to align its digital compass to display readings of magnetic fields around it.
Note: Older Android models without a magnetic sensor do not show any readings.
ServiceTitan Electrical Software
ServiceTitan is a comprehensive electrical business software solution built specifically to help service companies streamline their operations, boost revenue, and achieve growth. Our award-winning, cloud-based platform is trusted by more than 100,000+ contractors across the country.