If you’re an electrical contractor, any tool that makes your job easier/more efficient is a good tool. Derek Singleton of Software Advice shares this guest post with us reviewing Smartphone apps designed specifically for electrical contractors.
Derek researches the best mobile apps for various industries and is considered an expert in the mobile app world. Enjoy, and be sure to leave a comment if you have any favorite apps not mentioned here!
At Software Advice, we spend a considerable amount of time reporting on construction technology and trends such as electrical estimating programs. Every now and then, however, we like to take a look at the lighter side of the construction industry. This time, we decided to report on apps. In today’s mobile world, an app can save an electrician, engineer or student precious time and is a helpful tool in the field or the classroom.
I recently scoured the iTunes and Android markets in search of the best apps for the electrical industry. I came up with 20 apps – 10 for each operating system (OS). Here are the top three apps that I came across for each OS.
Electrodroid – 5 stars with 11,071 ratings | Free
This is far and away the most popular electrical app available on the Android market. It can do everything from calculate voltage divides to determine the PCB trace width. To run the app, users will need Android 1.6 or later.
This app is best-suited for determining the proper wire size needed for a particular job. All tables are based off of NEC 2006, 2008 and 2011 standards. It will run on Android 1.5 and later.
There are a ton of Ohm’s Law apps out there but this is the best rated one I was able to find. Users running on Android 1.6 or a more recent version can use this app to quickly find the proper resistance, voltage, power or current.
This app has a calculator for everything from capacitive and inductive reactance to resistor color codes. The app is compatible with iPad and iPhone running on iOS 3.0 or after.
iCircuit – 4 stars with 234 ratings | $9.99
iCircuit allows you to test MOSFETS, digital gates and can model analog as well as digital circuits. It’s recommended that users run this app on an iPhone 4 or iPad because it’s a hardware intensive app.
This app is preloaded with more than 180 different formulas. Helpful conversions included in the app are BTU conversions, kilowatts and lumens conversions and several others. The app with run on any Apple device with iOS 3.1 or later.
To check out the rest of the apps that I profiled on my blog, you can visit: The Best Android, iPhone and iPad Apps for Electrical Contractors.