Important notices

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Before you begin
Thank you for your interest in Radiodetection’s RD8200®cable and pipe locator.  
The RD8200 delivers the latest in locating technology in a powerful yet ergonomic and light-weight design.
Please read this user manual in its entirety before attempting to use the RD8200 system.
Radiodetection products, including this manual, are under continuous development. The information contained within is accurate at time of publication; however the RD8200, this manual and all its contents are subject to change.
Radiodetection Limited reserves the right to modify the product without notice and some product changes may have taken place after this user manual was published.
Contact your local Radiodetection dealer or visit for the latest information about the RD8200 product family, including this manual.


The performance of any cable and pipe locator may be affected when used in close proximity to ferrous materials such as manhole covers, steel-toe boots, mobile phones and nearby vehicles. Keep a distance of one or two meters from these objects when taking critical measurements such as depth and current readings.
This instrument, or family of instruments, will not be permanently damaged by reasonable electrostatic
discharge and has been tested in accordance with IEC 61000-4-2. However, in extreme cases temporary
malfunction may occur. If this happens, switch off, wait and switch on again. If the instrument still malfunctions, disconnect the batteries for a few seconds.



WARNING! Failure to comply with safety warnings can cause serious injury or death.

CAUTION! Failure to comply with safety cautions can result in damage to equipment or property.

This equipment shall be used only by qualified and trained personnel, and only after fully reading this Operation Manual.

WARNING! Direct connection to live conductors is POTENTIALLY LETHAL. Direct connections to live conductors should be attempted by fully qualified personnel only using the relevant products that allow connections to energized lines.

WARNING! The transmitter is capable of outputting potentially lethal voltages. Take care when applying signals to any pipe or cable and be sure to notify other technicians who may be working on the line.

WARNING! Ensure the TX transmitter is switched OFF before making a connection and before disconnection of the direct connection lead to a service.

WARNING! Reduce audio level before using headphones to avoid damaging your hearing.

WARNING! This equipment is NOT approved for use in areas where hazardous gases may be present.

WARNING! Before removing the transmitter battery pack, switch off the unit and disconnect all cables.

WARNING! The mains PSU supply cable is the disconnecting method for isolating the unit from the main supply.

WARNING! Do not position the equipment so it is difficult to disconnect the unit from each supply.

WARNING! Protection will be impaired if used in a manner not specified.

WARNING! The RD8200 locator will detect most buried conductors but there are some objects, including live objects, which do not radiate any detectable signal. The RD8200, or any other electromagnetic locator, cannot detect these objects so proceed with caution. There are also some live cables which the RD8200 will not be able to detect in Power mode. The RD8200 does not indicate whether a signal is from a single cable or from several in close proximity.

CAUTION! The battery cover, the accessory cover and the headphone cover protect the locator’s sockets from debris and water ingress. If they get damaged or lost, contact Radiodetection or your local service representative for replacements.



WARNING! Only use charging equipment provided by Radiodetection. The use of alternative chargers may cause a safety hazard and/or reduce the life of the battery.

CAUTION! Do not let your battery completely discharge as this may reduce its life or damage it permanently. If you are not using your equipment for a long period charge it at least once a month.

CAUTION! thoroughly check batteries for any signs of damage prior to first use.

WARNING! Batteries can get hot after prolonged use at full output power. Take care while replacing or handling batteries.

WARNING! Do not tamper with, or attempt to disassemble the battery packs.

CAUTION! If battery failure is suspected or if the battery shows any sign of discoloration / physical damage, contact an authorized repair center to have the units returned for investigation and repair. Local, national or IATA transport regulations may restrict the shipment of faulty batteries.
Check with your courier for restrictions and best practice guidelines.
Radiodetection representative will be able to direct you to our authorized repair centers.


This symbol on the product, accessories or literature indicates that the product and its electronic accessories (e.g. charger, headset, USB cable) must not be treated as domestic waste, but must be disposed of professionally. It is your responsibility to dispose of your waste equipment by
handing it over to a designated collection point for the recycling of waste electrical and electronic equipment. The separate collection and recycling of your waste equipment at the time of disposal will help to conserve natural resources and ensure that it is recycled in a manner that protects human health and the environment. For more information about where you can drop off your waste equipment for recycling, please contact your local city office, your disposal service or product supplier.
Please dispose of this device in a manner appropriate to the relevant legal requirements at the end of its product life
Batteries should be disposed of in accordance with your company’s work practice, and / or the relevant laws or guidelines in your country or municipality.

Special Bluetooth®notice
RD8200 locators and transmitters contain a Class 1 Bluetooth device that can emit radio frequency energy
during the operation of certain product features. While the Bluetooth device is busy, pairing or sending iLOC™ commands from the locator to the transmitter, or sending survey measurements to a paired device, always ensure a minimum separation of 200mm (8 inches) between the Bluetooth antenna and your body. The location of the antenna is shown in Section 3, figure 3.1.

Wireless technology compliance
Use of iLOC wireless technology where applicable may be subject to national telecommunication regulations. Check with your local government authorities for further information.