The Holiday season is upon us, as Thanksgiving and Black Friday are just days away. Now’s the time to take a look at our “Best Gifts for Electricians” buying guide and eliminate that last minute run to Home Depot.
I have a full set of tools but that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t mind receiving a few new gifts this Christmas. My wife is always asking, “What can you use? I don’t want to get you any more nick nacks.”
I told her to pick one from this list.
2016 Best Gifts For Electricians
Light up the way and overcome any darkness by using this Streamlight ProTac flashlight which is designed for use in any environment.
It’s small enough (about as thick as your pinky) to fit in a shirt pocket, safety vest, or in a tool belt.
The flashlight operates on two AA batteries. The LED is rated at 155 lumens and it’s intensity is unmatched. It has an aluminum casing and is really easy to use. The design and material make this flashlight small and light enough to carry to around.
The ProTac sells for around $40.
Not many flashlights can match the versatility and performance of this flashlight. The MicroStream C4 is rated at just 20 lumens, but is strong enough to lighten up even the darkest of hallways or confined spaces.
Powered by a single AAA alkaline battery, the C4 is designed to perform in literally every condition. The aluminum casing assures you the durability can withstand even the toughest of elements.
It has a great design, is light weight, and can fit into any pocket and sells for around $20.
This headlamp is powerful. It’s compact, light and uses three AAA batteries that offers about 12 hours of use.
It’s highly durable and comes with an adjustable strap that will fit on a hard hat. The LED has 4 beam intensity levels which you can toggle between using a single switch.
It also has and IPX5 rating meaning it’s water and shock resistant. This is a plus for me because all my tools and hardware get abused.
You can pick one up for less than $15.
This is the ideal pocket knife for day to day use. It features a one-handed press-and-flip operation which helps you to open the knife faster – right when you need it.
The large wire clip on the side has strong tension for maximum hold, but still makes it easy to slide the knife inside your jeans pocket with the clip on the outside versus having to use a case.
It’s currently selling around $20 on Amazon.
The stubby screwdriver is a necessity when working in confined or hard to reach places. This 6 in 1 stubby has an interchangeable shaft that holds 4 universal tips and converts to 2 nut driver sizes (1/4 and 5/16).
You can pick one up for less than $12.
Why buy four different screwdrivers when one can get all the 4 jobs done? The 4 in 1 contains 4 different bits – the #0, #00 Philips, 1/8 inch and 3/32 slotted tips.
It has a cushion-grip and the top cap rotates to enable more precision when tightening or loosening screws.
The 4 in 1 is selling for around $10.
When working with high voltages and electrical repairs that have very little room for error, you need to have quality screwdrivers that offer guaranteed protection from any harm.
These Milwaukee screwdriver set has three insulated screw drivers which can offer insulation to voltage of up to 1000V.
They are light in weight and the tips are made from grade 1 material that lasts for a lifetime. They have comfortable handles that provide required grip when you are working.
This is a great set for less than $30.
Wire Strippers and Pliers
Strip wires, cut them into pieces, cut bolts to desired lengths and achieve almost anything a pliers can do by using this Milwaukee pliers.
Made from military grade material, this monster is easy to use and will always perform beyond expectations.
The handle is textured for increased grip and comfort when you are working with. The one handed locking mechanism means that the pliers will remain intact and always locked when in pouch.
It’s rust protected and will last for a very long time if well maintained.
These will set you back $35.
Knipex are the BMW’s of pliers. All Knipex tools can be up there in price, but you will never need another tool – this is one you pass down to your children.
The push button jaw adjustment are better and easier to adjust than the traditional Channel lock brands. And with the built-in pinch guard that special electrician in your life won’t be coming home with blood blisters on their hands.
The Knipex Cobra’s are selling right at $30.