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Extension Leads Explained: Factors to Consider in Picking the Right Extension Leads

Having a hard time choosing the right extension lead? This article will help you find the perfect match for your devices.

By iBlockCube Team

Finding an extension lead or extension cord is like finding a perfect partner, you consider various factors in deciding what type of extension is suited for your devices. You look into its price, device compatibility, and its usage.

Picking a shabby unit may lead to unwanted accidents such as fire and shock. Likewise, using an old extension lead will cause you these accidents due to lack of modern safety features or wear-and-tear from its parts. But how do you really choose the right extension leads? Here are the sets of questions you need to ask yourself in order to select your perfect extensions.

Does price comes with quality?

Beware of extension leads that compromise quality through materials. Hence, it could be more expensive for you when these leads don't last or cause you unwanted injury.

Where and How are you going to use it?

Parts of an extension lead vary depending if you are using your extension lead indoors or outdoors. Plugs, sockets, and voltage requirements may also vary depending on what part of the world you are using it.

Again, voltage requirements also differ per country. In the UK, appliances often require 220 to 240 Volts. In contrast, US Appliances often use 110 to 127 volts.

It would be best if you’d pick a versatile extension lead that would be able to handle 110 to 250 volts, and other types of plugs. 

Read more about the benefits of having a universal plug here: Get Rid Of Plug Adapters For Once And For All.

To learn more about plug and socket types, we have a photo of them in this article:
Here is Why You Need to Own a Universal Travel Adapter

Do you need a power strip and an extension reel?

You can buy a power strip that has a short cord but can sustain power to your devices. Or an extension reel if you need to use a device outdoors. Yet, extension cords with extensive cord length can deliver less power. It is also a fire and shock hazard when you use its cord coiled.

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Does it have a surge charge protector?

An electrical surge is an increase in voltage beyond designated levels. Power outages, lightning strikes, short circuits, and tripped circuit breakers often cause this.

In turn, this can damage your gadgets and devices.

An extension lead with Surge Charge Protector detects and diverts excessive current to the grounding wire. This helps protect your devices from receiving excess voltage.

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Does it have USB Ports?

USB cables power and connect most of our devices today.

Get an extension lead that can quick charge your devices, having 2.1 amperes up to 3.4 amperes. They often exceed the normal .5 ampere of your factory phone chargers.

To learn more about the benefits of having USB Ports, you can read our article on why is USB-C is increasingly important

What kind of devices are you going to plugin?

Check if your appliances’ power requirements match with the socket's/extension lead’s capacity. Sockets and extension leads often has 13A/3000W capacity.

For example, heating devices and large appliances require great electric power that is too much to handle for an extension lead. This includes:

  • Electric kettles and coffee makers
  • Heaters and Air conditioners 
  • Tumble dryer and Washing machine
  • Dishwasher 

These appliances are advised to be plugged alone in a wall socket that has the compatible power rating.

Does it have certification marks in the product?

Scan if the extension lead has markings such as RoHS, CE, and FCC. RoHS, CE and FCC are certifying bodies that make sure your product is safe for use before being brought out of the market. Make sure that these markings are not counterfeited or tampered.

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Conclusion

Ask these questions to yourself, the next time you look for a perfect extension leads for your home. To avoid misuse of money and more importantly, avoid accidents.  Just keep in mind the essentials —Safety, Convenience, and Usability. 

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