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IDEAL Electrical™ Wins Product of the Year Award for VDV Tester

Professional Electrician honors IDEAL Electrical EMEA with ‘Top Product’ award distinction for its innovative VDV data tester, increasingly used as smart homes become more prevalent.


WARRINGTON, United Kingdom (1 December 2023) – The VDV (Voice-Data-Video) Tester from IDEAL Electrical (SKU 33-856) has been crowned a Professional Electrician & Installer 2023 ‘Top Product’ award winner.

The Top Product awards are recognition for manufacturers and suppliers that have made a real difference to the electrical contractor’s ability to get the job done efficiently, safely and professionally, whether this is in the form of innovative products, tools or time-saving solutions.


Professional Electrician Editor Richard Bowler discusses the awards selection process, “Our annual awards are a great way to reward those companies that have come up with excellent ideas to help electrical installers and businesses overcome common problems in their everyday work, to improve their workmanship or to open up new profit streams. As such, the 33-856 VDV Tester is a very worthy winner of one of our 2023 Top Product awards.”


The VDV Tester from IDEAL® is an all-in-one basic Voice-Data-Video tester for verifying correct wiring of low voltage and data communications cables. The primary function of the VDV is the wire map test and it is also suitable for testing continuity on twisted pair, coaxial and phone type cables. As smart home and data installs become more popular worldwide, the VDV tester from IDEAL Electrical is a must-have solution for busy electricians and data installers.


Recently tested and reviewed by Pete Monfort of Monty Electrics and Arena Training, Pete found the VDV extremely user-friendly and suitable for testing, as he was able to learn the functionality within five minutes. His takeaway was, “Although this product is a little more expensive than some of the cheaper testers that utilise sequences of illuminated LED indicators, this handy tool certainly won’t break the bank and gives the user a much clearer read out of the faults. If you’re involved with domestic or small commercial wiring of VDV systems, this unit will prove to be worth every penny.”


IDEAL Electrical™ is a leading manufacturer of tools and supplies for professional electricians. An IDEAL Industries, Inc. brand, IDEAL Electrical is a global leader in wire connectivity products, electrical installation tools and supplies and test and measurement equipment. As The Electrician's Champion™, IDEAL® has created products and technologies for professional electricians, facilities executives and electrical apprenticeship training centers for more than 100 years. 



IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC. is a global, diversified family-owned business designing and manufacturing superior products for the electrical, lighting and infrastructure industries. The 107-year-old company was founded in 1916 on the premise of forging ideal relationships with customers, employees, partners, and communities. The company has consistently grown and expanded under five generations of family ownership. For more information, visit 




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