4 Way Extension Plug £1.00 @ Poundland
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4 Way Extension Plug £1.00 @ Poundland

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Found 29th Dec 2012
Turn a single plug socket into 4 with no trailing wires

102 Comments

you might wanna get a smoke alarm to go with it.

Always in poundland for this price.

J4GG4

Always in poundland for this price.



And always in the 99 pence shop for less.

I got one of these & it doesn't fit in my house,the skirting boards get in the way.

we have one. no problems.

these are always that price and stock items, while they are a good price how is this a deal?

Never seen these in our Leicester stores.

phillyboy

you might wanna get a smoke alarm to go with it.



I bought a similar, switched type adaptor to this, and the stress it puts on the main plug of the device, and the actual mains socket in which it is inserted, when inserting or removing other plugs into the 'extension' piece, seems far greater than what a normal plug and socket is designed to stand, so therefore, when inserting and removing plugs feeding other devices, this adaptor should be used very carefully by giving it extra support whilst doing so, and I agree with phillyboy on this, preferably with a smoke alarm, if left unattended.

I think that this is a very poorly designed item, and in my opinion, as an electrical engineer, it should not have been released on the market.

giltbrook

I bought a similar, switched type adaptor to this, and the stress it puts … I bought a similar, switched type adaptor to this, and the stress it puts on the main plug of the device, and the actual mains socket in which it is inserted, when inserting or removing other plugs into the 'extension' piece, seems far greater than what a normal plug and socket is designed to stand, so therefore, when inserting and removing plugs feeding other devices, this adaptor should be used very carefully by giving it extra support whilst doing so, and I agree with phillyboy on this, preferably with a smoke alarm, if left unattended.I think that this is a very poorly designed item, and in my opinion, as an electrical engineer, it should not have been released on the market.



Considered buying one of these for occasional use with my computer until queried with a family friend who regular services our home electrics. He was amazed this was on sale and stated that this was high risk false economy. If you want to have a occasional expansion you need properly multi fused, multi plug adapters. Yes they are more expensive but give you a bit more piece of mind.

Bought one of these when going away with work as hotel rooms never have enough plugs. Definitely not worth a quid, only plugged 2 things into it and hardly any power was actually getting to the things I had charging. Don't bother.

I bought two of these sorts of adapters about a year ago from one of the £ shops - I can't remember now which one. One of them melted and I was lucky I smelt it before house went up in flames. Don't take the risk. Get one with a British Standard kitemark.
Edited by: "traceyjack" 29th Dec 2012

Do not buy an extension plug without surge protection. Plug go boom.
Edited by: "Karuma" 29th Dec 2012

I tried one of these and it cant be used with a double socket if you want to use both sockets as it covers one. Mine hang too low and some plugs dont have room to fit in. Pita

hbandtr4eva

Bought one of these when going away with work as hotel rooms never have … Bought one of these when going away with work as hotel rooms never have enough plugs. Definitely not worth a quid, only plugged 2 things into it and hardly any power was actually getting to the things I had charging. Don't bother.



Don't know what you are charging, but as a test I've just connected a kettle, toaster DAB radio and kitchen Christmas tree lights to my poundland extension plug and all worked.

I cannot see how this adapter would slow down charging - it's only function is to take 240v; 50Hz and to deliver this to 4 sockets.

Most chargers only require 500 or 1000 Ma. I'd be more worried about the excessive power blowing the fuse in this adapter.

I'm also confused why you would need multi fuse adapters (though all out adapters in work are multi fuse). Surely the fact that in the UK all our plugs are fused negates the need for multi fused adapters - I look forward to being corrected on this while I enjoy my coffee and toast while listening to my radio and look forward to 6th January when I can take these f'n lights down.

BTW mymymy for a double socket you can buy an extension socket that sits above the plug allowing 8 appliances to be powered from the double socked, though I don't think that I would drive 4 kettles and 4 toasters from the double socket, (and I've never found one fro 99p).


Edited by: "corskey" 29th Dec 2012

can anyone answer why these cheap extension plugs always spark when plugging in devices?

Not worth the risk for the sake of saving a few pounds.
I wonder if any of these type of products are tested and approved for the uk market.

deb8z

I got one of these & it doesn't fit in my house,the skirting boards get … I got one of these & it doesn't fit in my house,the skirting boards get in the way.



Same here. One also slightly melted in a room we could use one in!

Avoid!



You should really turn the power off when inserting plugs into any socket.


gobby88

can anyone answer why these cheap extension plugs always spark when … can anyone answer why these cheap extension plugs always spark when plugging in devices?

hbandtr4eva

Bought one of these when going away with work as hotel rooms never have … Bought one of these when going away with work as hotel rooms never have enough plugs. Definitely not worth a quid, only plugged 2 things into it and hardly any power was actually getting to the things I had charging. Don't bother.



Completely correct. These will have a 13a fuse in them, every plug you plug in should also have the correct rating of fuse in it although it's common for people to replace fuses with a higher rating which can be risky.

deedee001

Not worth the risk for the sake of saving a few pounds. I wonder if any … Not worth the risk for the sake of saving a few pounds. I wonder if any of these type of products are tested and approved for the uk market.



Product is marked as conforming to BS1363-3/A and BS5733/A. Who knows if this is through testing or self certified?
Edited by: "nickbooth" 29th Dec 2012

Been warned off these before, just get a trailing lead, MUCH SAFER
Edited by: "vit0" 29th Dec 2012

We recently had free smoke detectors fitted by our local fire service. While they were here they took a look around all our electrical outlets and told us these type of adapters and the block adapters are very bad to use and a fire hazard. Get a proper extension lead with a separate switch for each socket. Not worth the risk imo.

These are very poor as no switches, the ones with switches are way better and seem a better build, will pass on these

deedee001

Not worth the risk for the sake of saving a few pounds. I wonder if any … Not worth the risk for the sake of saving a few pounds. I wonder if any of these type of products are tested and approved for the uk market.




Very pertinent answer.

I was stupid enough to buy one of these once - a death trap if you ask me.

Poorly made, thin plastic, and god knows what it may do. You are spot on - spend a few pounds (look at the deals on here in the last couple of days - this one I posted for instance with surge protection made by Masterplug - £6.99 at Argos, or the other one posted at Argos a couple of days ago).

There are some things you can skimp on in this world, and some things you can't.

Are lives seriously worth saving a fiver on?

Sorry cold.
Edited by: "Phila4" 29th Dec 2012

Or this one also at Argos at just £4.99 and individually switched, also with surge protection.

saw it last week,looks so thin and badly made decided not to buy

wow... didnt know these were a death trap thanks to all for the warnings, I got one operating at the moment but will definitely go get a lead one with surge protection from Argos tomorrow.

These things are a danger to you and anyone else in your house, how they're still permitted to be sold here in the UK is beyond me. As has been said before, spend the extra couple of quid and buy a decent quality, trailing lead style adapter.

Cold.

Just the thing for those chilly winter nights... Should get the house nice and warm!

I've used one of these in good faith for several years when I travel abroad as it means that I need to take only one adapter with me - all the chargers fit straight into this block and are all low amp devices. I always assumed that anything of this nature that is openly sold would have to meet certain standards and be considered safe to be sold to the public. Hmm...........

Very good deal. And for all the people moaning... Wise up.

Heat added!

matt101101

These things are a danger to you and anyone else in your house, how … These things are a danger to you and anyone else in your house, how they're still permitted to be sold here in the UK is beyond me. As has been said before, spend the extra couple of quid and buy a decent quality, trailing lead style adapter. Cold.



Presumably they're allowed by people who know the physics involved in electrical fires, rather than a bunch of internet forumites who think they do, or has a brother in law, who has a friend who knew someone who burnt down a house.

If you actually look into any of this type of device you would actually see there's very little difference between one set of metal contacts distributing power to any other. What causes fires is devices pulling too much current or because of a component failure (not that there are any components in a gang socket unless it's surge protected) not because it cost 99p.

The BS1363-3/A is to do with shutters, 13A fuse and a few other design aspects, BS5733 is to do with fused spurs, which I guess this is effectively what any extension lead is.

Whether this device is capable of allowing 13A I don't know, I can't test it, but I've got one that has been plugged in for a couple of years, it doesn't get warm and other than it not feeling particularly rigid in the socket due to the socket shape, it's never shown any signs of problems.

On the other hand I have had a premium Masterplug surge protected lead melt due to a fault, which could have potentially caused a fire. The real risk is people not putting batteries in smoke alarms, people who leave devices in standby and high power devices such as kettles and heaters.

mike
Edited by: "mbuckhurst" 29th Dec 2012

Not compatible with skirtings

Not a 'deal'. They're always this price and they sell them at all the pound shops; besides which they also sell the four way trailing lead adapters at Poundland so I don't understand why anyone would buy this stupid thing as it covers any spare sockets on double plugs.

Local firestation were doing free home checks a while back and they said to NEVER use these along with the cheap 3 way ones.

The main problem with any extension arrangement is that you get a lot of idiots plugging high power appliances into them like kettles, toasters, hairdryers, dishwashers, washing machines etc. Even an expensive socket multiplier won't get round that and can potentially lead to melting / fire. Basically if you try to draw more than 3000w from one single socket (it gets slightly more complicated from double socket as it depends how they are installed) you are asking for trouble. The fuse should blow however if overloaded (presuming it's a 13amp one), although this doesnt stop them getting warm if drawing close to their rating for extended periods (eg using an immersion heater / fan heaters etc..I had to give my parents a ticking off as they had plugged a 3kw "one cup" and a 3kw kettle into a socket doubler recently in the kitchen. If they were used together the likely result would be only a blown fuse though.

mbuckhurst

Presumably they're allowed by people who know the physics involved in … Presumably they're allowed by people who know the physics involved in electrical fires, rather than a bunch of internet forumites who think they do, or has a brother in law, who has a friend who knew someone who burnt down a house.If you actually look into any of this type of device you would actually see there's very little difference between one set of metal contacts distributing power to any other. What causes fires is devices pulling too much current or because of a component failure (not that there are any components in a gang socket unless it's surge protected) not because it cost 99p.The BS1363-3/A is to do with shutters, 13A fuse and a few other design aspects, BS5733 is to do with fused spurs, which I guess this is effectively what any extension lead is.Whether this device is capable of allowing 13A I don't know, I can't test it, but I've got one that has been plugged in for a couple of years, it doesn't get warm and other than it not feeling particularly rigid in the socket due to the socket shape, it's never shown any signs of problems. On the other hand I have had a premium Masterplug surge protected lead melt due to a fault, which could have potentially caused a fire. The real risk is people not putting batteries in smoke alarms, people who leave devices in standby and high power devices such as kettles and heaters.mike


No offence, I'll take the advice of the Fire Brigade over some bloke on a forum. I know nothing about how these things work, but I'm willing to take the advice of trained fire professionals, who deal with house fires on a regular basis, over some bloke (aka, you) any day of the week.

mymymy

I tried one of these and it cant be used with a double socket if you want … I tried one of these and it cant be used with a double socket if you want to use both sockets as it covers one. Mine hang too low and some plugs dont have room to fit in. Pita



... wobble to and fro?

mbuckhurst

Presumably they're allowed by people who know the physics involved in … Presumably they're allowed by people who know the physics involved in electrical fires, rather than a bunch of internet forumites who think they do, or has a brother in law, who has a friend who knew someone who burnt down a house.If you actually look into any of this type of device you would actually see there's very little difference between one set of metal contacts distributing power to any other. What causes fires is devices pulling too much current or because of a component failure (not that there are any components in a gang socket unless it's surge protected) not because it cost 99p.The BS1363-3/A is to do with shutters, 13A fuse and a few other design aspects, BS5733 is to do with fused spurs, which I guess this is effectively what any extension lead is.Whether this device is capable of allowing 13A I don't know, I can't test it, but I've got one that has been plugged in for a couple of years, it doesn't get warm and other than it not feeling particularly rigid in the socket due to the socket shape, it's never shown any signs of problems. On the other hand I have had a premium Masterplug surge protected lead melt due to a fault, which could have potentially caused a fire. The real risk is people not putting batteries in smoke alarms, people who leave devices in standby and high power devices such as kettles and heaters.mike





You've got one of these???

Jeez, remind me never to come stay round your place!

It should start fizzing any time now..............................................................

corskey

Don't know what you are charging, but as a test I've just connected a … Don't know what you are charging, but as a test I've just connected a kettle, toaster DAB radio and kitchen Christmas tree lights to my poundland extension plug and all worked. I cannot see how this adapter would slow down charging - it's only function is to take 240v; 50Hz and to deliver this to 4 sockets.


Surely kettle +toaster used simultaneously would be greater than 13 amp/3kw and would overlad the socket ?

matt101101

No offence, I'll take the advice of the Fire Brigade over some bloke on a … No offence, I'll take the advice of the Fire Brigade over some bloke on a forum. I know nothing about how these things work, but I'm willing to take the advice of trained fire professionals, who deal with house fires on a regular basis, over some bloke (aka, you) any day of the week.



These sockets are fused at 13a. If the fuse blows and you remove it and cover it in tin foil (which a lot of people do) then it can be dangerous if overloaded. If used correctly these are no more of a hazard than any other piece of electrical equipment in a house.
I am an Electrician who has performed 1000's of portable appliance tests and it is unbelievable the amount of fuses I encountered wrapped in tin foil.
This socket adaptor will have been independently tested for safety.
I Have a similar socket (Home Bargains) plugged in at the moment and have no concerns.
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