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8 Gang 1 Metre Individual Neon Switched Extension Lead less than half price £4.99 @ Argos
8 Gang 1 Metre Individual Neon Switched Extension Lead less than half price £4.99 @ Argos

8 Gang 1 Metre Individual Neon Switched Extension Lead less than half price £4.99 @ Argos

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* Child resistant sockets.

* 13 amps.

* Neon power indicator and switch indicator.

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Individually switched.

Managed to get some 4 ways from ebuyer recently but in the absence of that especially this is good..

H&R

Are these things able to handle a Plasma TV, AV Receiver, Blu Ray player, Sky +, Subwoofer, WD HD TV, Media PC, Telephone?

Is the fact it hasn't got surge protection a major problem with the amount of expensive equipment plugged into it?

This is super good deal. I can't find cheaper anywhere for 8 gangs extensions sockets. Cheers

thanks just what I needed.

fleetingmind;7467999

Is the fact it hasn't got surge protection a major problem with the … Is the fact it hasn't got surge protection a major problem with the amount of expensive equipment plugged into it?



What is a SURGE,has anyone had one & survived it with a cheap Chinese made Protector

A great find - a good price for individual switched one.
H&R added

fleetingmind;7467999

Are these things able to handle a Plasma TV, AV Receiver, Blu Ray player, … Are these things able to handle a Plasma TV, AV Receiver, Blu Ray player, Sky +, Subwoofer, WD HD TV, Media PC, Telephone?Is the fact it hasn't got surge protection a major problem with the amount of expensive equipment plugged into it?



It'll handle all that equipment, if you want to have it non surge protected is your choice, chances are you'll be ok but then again there's also always the chance a surge might damage your equipment if you happened to have one.

Can't say I've ever had a problem with any equipment being damaged by a surge even before surge protection was available but that's not to say it won't happen.

fleetingmind;7467999

Are these things able to handle a Plasma TV, AV Receiver, Blu Ray player, … Are these things able to handle a Plasma TV, AV Receiver, Blu Ray player, Sky +, Subwoofer, WD HD TV, Media PC, Telephone?Is the fact it hasn't got surge protection a major problem with the amount of expensive equipment plugged into it?



You do not need surge protection unless you live in a location where you often get mains spikes.

The UK has a clean power grid and spikes are quite rare.

Most modern kit is designed for use in a global market and other countries have much less stable power lines than the UK.

In most cases you will not need surge protection.

Also modern houses have RCB and earth leak detection so when spikes and shorts do occur these devices shut off the power before it can damage items in the house.

Bargain - reserved for collection!

hot hot hot, cheers!

why would you need surge protection when just about everything is fuse protected? I can't think of anything that doesn't have a fuse.

nice deal by the way - ordered one

checked customer review and one states that :

"This did not resemble the picture.
Instead of being 8 in-line sockets it was two rows of 4 sockets with four inverted.
This means it will not work with socket type power supplies (example cordless phone charger) which have the power lead in the direction of the earth pin which then obscure the socket above and prevent its use."

fleetingmind;7467999

Is the fact it hasn't got surge protection a major problem with the … Is the fact it hasn't got surge protection a major problem with the amount of expensive equipment plugged into it?



"Swtched" and "Surge Protection" never go well together. I had several different makes and after a while, although the switch still works, the on/off lights don't. My "non-surge-protected" socket bars keep working without problem. You're probably better off getting this (and as pointed out above, the surge protection in those cheapos doesn't really protect).

I have once had a surge, caused by plugging in a cheap maplin soldering iron. This then caused a surge on the washing machine that had the mains switch on but was not running. I caused an small explosion and then melted the wiring. The trip swtiches went at the same time but not quite quick enough to same my washing machine!

It was not surge protected but a surge protector may well have saved it.

mps500;7468274

checked customer review and one states that :"This did not resemble the … checked customer review and one states that :"This did not resemble the picture.Instead of being 8 in-line sockets it was two rows of 4 sockets with four inverted.This means it will not work with socket type power supplies (example cordless phone charger) which have the power lead in the direction of the earth pin which then obscure the socket above and prevent its use."



Looks like it might have had the wrong picture in the past but the correct one now

mps500;7468274

checked customer review and one states that :"This did not resemble the … checked customer review and one states that :"This did not resemble the picture.Instead of being 8 in-line sockets it was two rows of 4 sockets with four inverted.This means it will not work with socket type power supplies (example cordless phone charger) which have the power lead in the direction of the earth pin which then obscure the socket above and prevent its use."



Good point. Need to check in store and return if not suitable. Rep added.

bargain!! thanks.
although thinking about it the transformers may be an issue... lol. Tho its a good price for a 4 gang switchable.

ma6jrp;7468281

I have once had a surge, caused by plugging in a cheap maplin soldering … I have once had a surge, caused by plugging in a cheap maplin soldering iron. This then caused a surge on the washing machine that had the mains switch on but was not running. I caused an small explosion and then melted the wiring. The trip swtiches went at the same time but not quite quick enough to same my washing machine!It was not surge protected but a surge protector may well have saved it.



Bad Luck mate!

wow brilliant deal, will try grab one later

RESERVED .......Heat added.........:thumbsup:

reserved the last one at Kilmarnock .... will it still be there when I go to collect? Quite a few times my reserved items have not being available due to a 'stock discrepancy' or in lay mans terms, the staff had it.

crazymacaque;7468267

why would you need surge protection when just about everything is fuse … why would you need surge protection when just about everything is fuse protected? I can't think of anything that doesn't have a fuse.

Fuses and surge protection are quite different things. Surge protection protects against voltage spikes, which can easily damage equipment without blowing fuses. Fuses may blow as the result of the equipment being damaged by the surge - this at least prevents fires, but the equipment is already broken. Similarly, these surges are very unlikely to bother the RCDs/MCBs in your consumer unit, which would take far too long to open even if they detected them. RCDs and MCBs are not designed to detect this sort of problem.

However, I have absolutely no faith that "surge protection" in extension leads means anything at all. There's usually nothing which indicates whether the protection offered is anything more than the absolute minimum to prevent them being sued for misdescribing the product. Even these "connected equipment guarantees" I bet, if you read the small print, are virtually impossible to claim on.

I'm glad that the people posting on this thread seem not to have been conned either.

So just rest easy that, just as there are no monsters under the bed, there isn't a horde of "surges" just waiting to eat all your electrical equipment alive if you don't waste money on a so-called "surge protected" extension lead. Equipment that is susceptible and actually has a guarantee you can claim on will contain surge protection that works effectively enough to offset its cost against the cost of claims under guarantee.

ma6jrp;7468281

I caused an small explosion and then melted the wiring. The trip swtiches … I caused an small explosion and then melted the wiring. The trip swtiches went at the same time but not quite quick enough to same my washing machine!It was not surge protected but a surge protector may well have saved it.

I think that pretty unlikely.

ma6jrp;7468281

I have once had a surge, caused by plugging in a cheap maplin soldering … I have once had a surge, caused by plugging in a cheap maplin soldering iron. This then caused a surge on the washing machine that had the mains switch on but was not running. I caused an small explosion and then melted the wiring. The trip swtiches went at the same time but not quite quick enough to same my washing machine!It was not surge protected but a surge protector may well have saved it.



Sorry, that makes no sense! The worst that could happen if you plugged in some dodgy piece of kit would be a dead short on that circuit - which should blow the fuse or trip the breaker in the consumer unit, although possibly not before the item or the circuit cable suffered some damage. You could not induce a surge current elsewhere in this way - that will only happen if overvoltage arises externally from the power station. I think you must have had some weird circuitry or circuit protection in your house but I cannot see how connecting the soldering iron led to the washine machine damage unless that item was also faulty.

Inductance can cause voltage spikes: if you disconnect an inductor which has current flowing through it, the inductor will try to keep the current flowing by increasing the voltage across it. Things like motors have a lot of inductance, but even mains wiring can be significant if the current is high enough. It is possible, say, that the soldering iron was a dead short, causing a huge current to flow in the ring main connected to it. When the RCD tripped, interrupting this current, a voltage would develop across the wiring due to its inductance, and this could have damaged something on the same ring main nearer the RCD.

Nice price - reserved the last two at Luton Arndale - thanks very much, heat and rep added.

pibpob;7468492

Fuses and surge protection are quite different things. Surge protection … Fuses and surge protection are quite different things. Surge protection protects against voltage spikes, which can easily damage equipment without blowing fuses. Fuses may blow as the result of the equipment being damaged by the surge - this at least prevents fires, but the equipment is already broken. Similarly, these surges are very unlikely to bother the RCDs/MCBs in your consumer unit, which would take far too long to open even if they detected them. RCDs and MCBs are not designed to detect this sort of problem.However, I have absolutely no faith that "surge protection" in extension leads means anything at all. There's usually nothing which indicates whether the protection offered is anything more than the absolute minimum to prevent them being sued for misdescribing the product. Even these "connected equipment guarantees" I bet, if you read the small print, are virtually impossible to claim on.I'm glad that the people posting on this thread seem not to have been conned either.So just rest easy that, just as there are no monsters under the bed, there isn't a horde of "surges" just waiting to eat all your electrical equipment alive if you don't waste money on a so-called "surge protected" extension lead. Equipment that is susceptible and actually has a guarantee you can claim on will contain surge protection that works effectively enough to offset its cost against the cost of claims under guarantee.I think that pretty unlikely.



Cheers for the info dude

Handy this just reserved 2.cheers

Thanks op reserved one =] H&R

Great find, just ordered one. Thanks

fab find, ordered one, many thanks:-D

HOT HOT HOT!!!!

Awesome deal, never got enough sockets these days.. we're such technology freaks now!!

HOT HOT HOT, Thanks OP

Nice one its hard to find individually switched at this price whatever the layout.

killie99;7468471

reserved the last one at Kilmarnock .... will it still be there when I go … reserved the last one at Kilmarnock .... will it still be there when I go to collect? Quite a few times my reserved items have not being available due to a 'stock discrepancy' or in lay mans terms, the staff had it.



ha ha nice one - I've had the same problem in the past.

reserved last one at Cheshire Oaks so we'll see what happens.

H & R to OP - good spot, great deal.

Hi heat added, none instock but can pick it up on 11th-14th so get it next week.

Graet find - thanks

crazymacaque;7468267

why would you need surge protection when just about everything is fuse … why would you need surge protection when just about everything is fuse protected? I can't think of anything that doesn't have a fuse.



fuses take quite a long time to blow (perhaps as long as a second), as the current needs to get high enough to melt the protecting element inside. This is long enough for excess current to damage electronics.

pibpob;7468492

Fuses and surge protection are quite different things. Surge protection … Fuses and surge protection are quite different things. Surge protection protects against voltage spikes, which can easily damage equipment without blowing fuses. Fuses may blow as the result of the equipment being damaged by the surge - this at least prevents fires, but the equipment is already broken. Similarly, these surges are very unlikely to bother the RCDs/MCBs in your consumer unit, which would take far too long to open even if they detected them. RCDs and MCBs are not designed to detect this sort of problem.However, I have absolutely no faith that "surge protection" in extension leads means anything at all. There's usually nothing which indicates whether the protection offered is anything more than the absolute minimum to prevent them being sued for misdescribing the product. Even these "connected equipment guarantees" I bet, if you read the small print, are virtually impossible to claim on.I'm glad that the people posting on this thread seem not to have been conned either.So just rest easy that, just as there are no monsters under the bed, there isn't a horde of "surges" just waiting to eat all your electrical equipment alive if you don't waste money on a so-called "surge protected" extension lead. Equipment that is susceptible and actually has a guarantee you can claim on will contain surge protection that works effectively enough to offset its cost against the cost of claims under guarantee.I think that pretty unlikely.



plugged an external power supply into a switched on wall socket once and had a loud bang and flash - does that cause a voltage spike/surge?

didn,t seem to do any harm, wondered if the DC power supply would isolate it?

the shop also sent the mains lead with the wrong13A fuse (i think) instead of a 3A.

To consider how safe running your whole living room off one plug is. A plug is designed to run 13A, UK plug sockets run at a voltage of 230V on average, giving you ~3000W of power to play with before you're gonna start getting into a fire hazard.

Surge protection will not save you from the current causing increased resistance in the cabling, heating it up and catching fire. If it was me I'd just make sure I don't have that much power running through for a prolonged period of time (like you are likely to do with home theatre). Hairdriers and irons aren't so much a hazard as it is for short periods of time although they use a greater amount of power.
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