The lighter the instrument, the quicker the job gets done and this is especially true in high volume activities such as portable appliance testing (PAT). Martindale today launches the HPAT600, a genuine hand-held PAT measuring just 90 x 210 x 54mm, and weighing only 600g including rechargeable batteries.

The HPAT600 offers profitability gains for service companies and productivity gains for health & safety officers, premises & facilities managers and even school caretakers, for example. Supplied with mains leads and a car charger, it is crammed with features such as dual insulation test voltage, user selectable pass levels, easy or fast operating mode, IEC lead test and test data storage for up to 200 appliances – equivalent to a whole day’s testing.

Martindale’s HPAT600 tests both class I and class II appliances and power cords. It incorporates a 250V insulation test for sensitive IT equipment and appliances with mains filters. A 200mA DC continuity test is safe for all appliances and the HPAT600 complies with the code of practice for PAT testing. Offering simulated load test, backlight and test lead null out feature, so that users can accurately use their own leads, the HPAT600 is very competitively priced.

Key features include dual insulation test voltage (the insulation measurement test voltage can be set to either 500V or 250V), and appliance test pass levels that may be user defined.

The HPAT600 can be operated in easy (manual) or fast (automatic) mode. In manual mode, aimed at the newcomer to PAT testing, a connection diagram for the selected test type is shown on the display. Each step of a test requires user confirmation by a press of the OK button. In the automatic mode, for the experienced operator, the HPAT600 will routinely run through a selected test sequence without any further user interaction unless a failure is encountered.

The HPAT600 can also be used to check IEC leads for earth continuity, insulation, and polarity. It is able to store test data for up to 200 appliances into memory.

With the increasing number of prosecutions brought to court by Health & Safety Inspectors for failure to carry out routine inspections of electrical equipment, all these features will make Martindale’s HPAT600 the PAT of choice for implementing an efficient and cost effective portable appliance testing solution.