• Clear and Unique Circuit Impedance Indication for added safety
  • Front dual; high visibility, colour coded LED display of voltage and hi/lo impedance
  • Secondary base display for safe arms-length indication
  • Interchangeable straight and right-angled GS38 compliant test prods
  • Order code: SOC/VIPESI
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Socket & See VIP ESI 2-Pole Voltage Indicator

The Socket & See VIP ESI is the culmination of over two years’ worth of development and field trials within several of the UK’s leading SMART Metering and Utility companies. Metering companies all face similar problems when checking the installation at the Meter.

Possible Problems

During meter installation the engineer does not know if the new meter has created a dead short which could lead to significant danger when energising the system.
An engineer arrives to find the main service cut out fuse has blown. He can’t see any other issues so the fuse is replaced. If a further problem is present then there is again significant danger when re-energising.

The Distribution Network Operators (DNO) face similar problems: They may be left to make the final connection to a newly built property, or where a new supply is to be connected to a new intake position. They might also need to reconnect a newly installed meter following an upgrade to the main supply cable and / or the cut-out.
The engineer arrives to fit a new consumer unit. How are the checks carried out to ensure it has been connected correctly and that there are no dead shorts in existence prior to energising at the meter?

The Solution

The Socket & See VIP ESI solves all of the above problems and creates much safer working practices than are currently available with any other known 2 pole testers. It can carry out a physical Impedance check to indicate hi or low Impedance on the circuit being worked upon, therefore indicating that the item under test has no dead short connections. The Red LoZ LED illuminates to indicate an Impedance of less than 100 ohms has been detected. The operative would immediately know not to proceed and to conduct further investigation. The Green HiZ LED illuminates to indicate a high Impedance of more than 100 ohms ensuring that the engineer is safe to re-energise the meter.

Ghost or induced voltage can be an additional problem. Most 2 pole testers that allow you to test for ghost voltages do this by varying the load on the circuit by depressing two buttons, one on the main tester and the other on the passive probe. The Socket & See VIP ESI does this automatically and has no buttons to depress.

Key Features
  • Developed from over two years of trials with UK’s leading metering companies
  • Detects high or low impedance to identify safe conditions
  • Red LoZ LED signals impedance under 100 ohms
  • Green HiZ LED signals impedance over 100 ohms
  • Automated ghost voltage detection without manual button pressing
  • Enhances safety during meter energising processes
  • Prevents accidents by identifying dead shorts
  • Designed for use by Distribution Network Operators and engineers
  • Simplifies checks during consumer unit installations
  • Promotes safer working practices compared to other 2-pole testers

Technical Specifications
  • Impedance Check: Physical detection
  • LoZ Indicator: Red LED (<100 ohms)
  • HiZ Indicator: Green LED (>100 ohms)
  • Voltage Detection: Automated ghost voltage testing
  • Safety Feature: No manual buttons for testing
  • Application: SMART metering, utility companies, and DNO operations
  • Development: Over two years with field trials

What’s Included
  • Socket & See VIP ESI


Product Downloads

REACH Certificate of Compliance
RoHS Certificate of Compliance
Socket & See Smart Meter Installation Kit
Socket & See VIP ESI Best Practice Guide
Socket & See VIP ESI Datasheet
Socket & See VIP ESI Manual
Socket & See VIP-ESI Application Note
Socket & See VIP ESI Meter Engineers Guide

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