PCE Instruments

Cable Locator

Order no.: PCE-160 CB
The PCE-160 CT cable locator is a line locator for hard-to-reach cables and is used, for example, in the automotive sector. In addition to the line location, there is also the continuity test with the cable locator.

- Sensitivity adjustment
- Headphone jack
- Different beeps
- Cable tracking in walls and cable channels
- For mobile use
£ 12.00

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2 year Warranty

Order no.: PCE-186 CB
The cable locator PCE-186 CB consists of a transmitter and a receiver. The transmitter of the cable locator has many functions. For example, the cable locator can be used to find wires in walls or break cables.

- Voltage measurement AC / DC
- For detection of line interruptions
- Cable tracking in walls and cable duct
- Different beeps
- Resistance measurement
£ 44.00

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2 year Warranty

Order no.: PCE-191 CB

PCE-191 CB is a handheld, portable wire tracer, cable detector or cable fault meter used for locating wires and cables hidden behind walls and insulation.

- Power range: 220 to 240 V AC
- Frequency range: 50 / 60 Hz
- Acoustic alarm


£ 84.00

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Order no.: PCE-180 CBN

PCE-180 CBN is a handheld, portable, battery-powered wire tracer or cable locator that consists of an amplifier probe and acoustic signal or tone generator. This locating device is designed to detect wires or cables hidden behind walls or insulation.

- Uses an acoustic signal to detect wires and cables, including
  network and coaxial cables
- Features a 3-position toggle switch (and 3-color LED) for line
  polarity, continuity and voltage testing

- Comes with red and black test leads with alligator clips 


£ 102.00

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Order no.: PCE-LT 12
The cable locator is a versatile measuring instrument. In addition to the standard voltage and current measurements, the cable locator also has a network analysis. With this network analysis, the cable locator can be used to check, for example, LAN connections for their correct wiring and function.

Measurement function:
- AC voltage
- DC voltage
- AC
- DC
- Resistance
- Diode measurement
- Continuity test
£ 129.00

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2 year Warranty

Order no.: PCE-CLT 10
The Cable Locator PCE-CLT 10 is a multifunctional device which enables high accuracy and fast measurement results. If used appropriately, the Cable Locator can be used to measure cables that are installed and are still to be installed. 

- Measuring range cable length: 5 ... 3000 m / 16.4 ... 9842.5 ft
- Measurement Units: m, ft
- Resolution: 0.1 m / 0.3 ft
- Measuring principle: time domain reflectometer
- 20 pre-set cable types
£ 200.00

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2 year Warranty

Order no.: PCE-CL 20

The PCE-CL 20 is a cable locator used to detect live and voltage-free electrical wires. This cable detector also can be used to locate metallic and non-metallic gas or water pipes, identify short circuits, and follow lines inside walls or under flooring.

- Output signal: 125 kHz
- Compatible with one- or two-pole circuits
- Automatic, manual and UAC measuring modes 


£ 262.00

Price excl. VAT &. delivery
2 year Warranty

A cable locator is a practical tool for non-destructively determining the position and route of the concealed cables. Depending on what the cable locator is to be used for, there are great differences between the available models. In order to determine whether power, water or heating lines are located in a certain area, a simple cable locator with a material selector switch is often sufficient. Other types of devices make it possible to determine the exact position even of the deep-set cables, to locate short circuits or earth faults or to allocate individual cables in cable ducts or on switch cabinets.

Areas of application for cable locators
There are many compact cable locators on the market that give craftsmen and handymen a rough indication of whether there is an electrical cable, a metal pipe or profile or a wooden substructure in the ceiling, wall or floor at the location being examined. However, there are also many cable locators on offer that have been optimised for special tasks. For example, a suitable cable locator helps electricians, telephone and network technicians to assign a cable to a specific connection during new installations, repairs and extensions of systems. With the suitable cable locator, the exact position of the cable breaks or short circuits can also be found quickly and without time-consuming and costly destructive actions.

It is also often a good idea to use cable locators when working outdoors with the laid cables on public or private properties. If it is certain where which cable is located, it is usually only necessary to uncover the relevant area for repairs or new connections. This can significantly reduce the costs for uncovering and covering the cables again. In the case of the earthworks that do not affect the pipeline, prior testing with the cable locator can specifically prevent the supply lines in the affected area from being damaged by the construction work.

Selection criteria for the cable locator
Cable locator PCE-180CB applicationMany professional cable locators for electrical cables and metal pipes actively give signals to the line to be identified. These models consist of two devices, a signal generator and a receiver. With the signal generator a fixed high-frequency electromagnetic signal is produced and injected into the line to be located. The receiver picks up this signal and evaluates its strength. The closer the sensor of the receiver is to the cable, the stronger the received signal is. If the transmission channel for the signal can be set in such a cable locator, several transmitters can be used at the same time, as the transmission channel is also shown on the receiver's display. By changing the transmission strength, the signal can also be adapted to the ambient conditions.


Before comparing different models, it is useful to define some minimum requirements that the cable locator should meet. The following list can serve as a basis for this.

- Which cables or materials can the cable locator locate?
- Does the cable locator have a protection category / overvoltage category (CAT I to CAT IV) marked?
- How is the cable locator operated?
- What is the maximum search depth?
- Which optical and acoustic signals indicate the distance to the searched cable?
- Can a specific cable be selected via plugs, terminals or contacts?
- What is the range of functions provided by the cable locator?
  • Detection of cables in ceilings, walls and floors
  • Tracing underground cables located several metres below the surface
  • Determination of the location of water, gas, heating or protection pipes
  • orting and allocation of the laid cables
  • Locating line breaks, switches and fuses
  • Determining the position of short circuits
  • Locating earth faults in three-phase networks
Most cable locators that are used for professional positioning, cable assignment and fault location in the cables can be used for both live and voltage-free lines. It is therefore not necessary to disconnect all electrical equipment and consumers from the mains when using the cable locator. However, it is essential to observe the necessary safety measures. The detection of the cables and lines, but also of metal pipes and construction elements, works in masonry, concrete but also in drywall constructions. With an appropriately equipped cable locator, even cables laid deep in the ground can be reliably located.