Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) Zealotry

This pedal was brought in for repair, and I noticed that some jobsworth had stuck a PAT sticker to the outside.

Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) is carried out on electrical portable appliances to verify that they are safe to use. However class III devices that are powered by an external power supply less than 50VDC (like a pedal for example) do not need testing.


PAT Zealots


The owner of the pedal was rehearsing at a studio and some there insisted that all their gear was tested, including this pedal!!

Now the regs state that PAT should be carried out be a “competent person”;  I would have thought that testing a pedal clearly demonstrats that you aren’t a competent individual.

The only redeeming feature of this episode is that the band weren’t charged for the testing!

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