PAT testing for muscians

Important notes:

  • PAT testing for musicians is free with all serviced equipment – just ask to include it. If you’re not bringing your equipment for service, please read on…
  • This service is only available for musicians and DJs
  • OK, its open to drummers too. *wink*

Why PAT test?

If you’re playing live with a band, you’re going to need your equipment PAT testing. PAT testing, or Portable Appliance Testing, is the examination of your musical equipment to make sure its safe.

PAT testing is essential for all function bands these days – wedding and function venues always ask to see your PAT certificate – they won’t be fooled by a fake label from eBay!. Many pubs are asking for PAT details too now, as pub managers become more aware of the Health and Safety legislation. A venue has every right to cancel your performance if you can’t provide a PAT certificate, so be prepared.

How much does PAT testing cost?

Sample PAT testing PA equipment and musical equipment
I offer a PAT test service for £3 per item. There’s a minimum charge of £30 (or 10 items), so you might want to club in with a mate or do the whole band at once. PAT testing is done at my office in Newark – convenient for Nottingham, Lincoln, Mansfield, Grantham and the East Midlands.

You’ll receive a PAT test certificate that looks something this. I’ll provide a paper or PDF copy.

If you need PAT testing PA equipment, please get in touch via my contact page.

More PAT testing reading:

PAT testing Jargon Buster:

  • Class: Is your appliance’s case earthed?
  • Earth resistance: how good your Earth connection is. Should be <0.1 Ohms
  • Insulation: Barrier between live mains and your earth connection. Should be 1MOhms or greater.
  • Load Current: How much current the unit draws. Variable.
  • Leakage Current: Powered up unit test that tests. Limits vary, but should be 3.5mA or less.