It's back! Home Bargains. 4 way Switched Extension Socket with 2 USB ports. £5.99
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It's back! Home Bargains. 4 way Switched Extension Socket with 2 USB ports. £5.99

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Found 15th Mar 2016
Been on the look out for this since the last time it was posted. Finally managed to spot it in store (Eastleigh).

Four socket extension with a couple of USB ports too.
(selling for £15 odd on eBay)
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whats the specifications?
IT'S BACK!

Thank the lord above, I have been bereft looking for these, heartbroken, devastated and all the sad emotions possible combined but IT'S BACK, IT'S BACK!
what's the length on these please?
Good.
It's back?

But we had the funeral...and a lovely service.

You weren't meant to return..................
Figo_Rulz11

whats the specifications?


It's got pointy bits on one end and loads of holes at the other. What exactly can one expect from a £6 switched extension - it's not likely to have Qualcomm Quick Charge (_;)
Just when you thought it was safe enough to plug in two vibrators! It's back! and this time you're getting white finger!

!
Edited by: "fishmaster" 15th Mar 2016
Does anyone know if this can be opened and rewired, or is it a sealed unit?
Rather than make a special trip and be disappointed, I'd appreciate some knowledge.
Is this a decent brand or is it likely to set fire to my house?
i alway wonder, is those usb socket safe? dont they need fuse or some sort of transformer?
Looks the same as one on ebay. The one on ebay is 2m and 2.1A shared for the USB.

Can anyone confirm if this is definitely these specs?
Very tempted to vote cold just for the use of "it's back!" X)
Guess who's back, back again. Socket's back, tell a friend.
Branksome, Poole had loads at the weekend.

Waldolf

Guess who's back, back again. Socket's back, tell a friend.



You created a monster!
Its the JON SNOW of wall sockets!
what's the obsession with the usb ports in wall sockets?? you have to use a cable anyway to charge your device, doesn't really makes a difference whatever you use a proper charger or an usb charger since it's still a cable you have to use?
Mains wired USB ports are extremely dangerous (because of cheap transformers), can't believe people even buy integrated wall sockets ones! and you can't switch them off (no individual USB switches) so it's always ready to burn down your house. I would have preferred this without the USB's TBH.
I have one of these & came across an unusual issue

Firstly I have my laptop PSU plugged into one of the normal sockets

If I then try to plug my smartphone into one of the USB ports I find I end up with some sort of weird feedback on the headphones I have attached to my laptop

perhaps some budding electrical engineer can explain that
bayhabourbutcher

I have one of these & came across an unusual issue Firstly I have my … I have one of these & came across an unusual issue Firstly I have my laptop PSU plugged into one of the normal socketsIf I then try to plug my smartphone into one of the USB ports I find I end up with some sort of weird feedback on the headphones I have attached to my laptopperhaps some budding electrical engineer can explain that


Google "Usb ground loop" and see if you think it's that. It's a real annoyance.

Does anyone consider auto-downvoting any deal with

It's back!!!!111oneone

in the subject?!
Edited by: "monkey_uk" 16th Mar 2016
Kudos to the OP in this case though; s/he actually used an apostrophe!
David23

Mains wired USB ports are extremely dangerous (because of cheap … Mains wired USB ports are extremely dangerous (because of cheap transformers), can't believe people even buy integrated wall sockets ones! and you can't switch them off (no individual USB switches) so it's always ready to burn down your house. I would have preferred this without the USB's TBH.



Agree about the mains wall sockets, but at least with one of these, you can plug it into a switched mains socket and effectively control power to the USB ports.
David23

Mains wired USB ports are extremely dangerous (because of cheap … Mains wired USB ports are extremely dangerous (because of cheap transformers), can't believe people even buy integrated wall sockets ones! and you can't switch them off (no individual USB switches) so it's always ready to burn down your house. I would have preferred this without the USB's TBH.



I think you mean they can be extremely dangerous. There are reputable ones out there from big suppliers like Deta.

Houses have had shaver sockets with built in transformers for years. And there are plenty of potentially dodgy devices like cheap phone chargers people happily leave plugged in. As always just buy a decent one.
haybr

Is this a decent brand or is it likely to set fire to my house?



​we had one catch fire, but the other 5 have been fine!
looks like a good deal but...
From the picture above it seems that USB sockets are always on - which means it drowns some power. Depending on efficiency of such down-converters it may take little or even a nominal power.
Some of badly designed wall plugs take the same amount of energy regardless if there a device being charged or not.
I personally prefer extension lead like this, where you can switch off power supply for USB circuits as well:
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/251942699348
(I have no connections with the seller)
Graham1979

Its the JON SNOW of wall sockets!



Knows nothing?
Duelling Duck

Google "Usb ground loop" and see if you think it's that. It's a real … Google "Usb ground loop" and see if you think it's that. It's a real annoyance.


I've also read somewhere on the internet (so it must be true), on the AV forums, that switched extensions should be avoided if using for AV equipment as they tend to cause interference, USB or not.
IT'S BACK.

OMG.

IT'S BACK

OMG111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Figo_Rulz11

whats the specifications?



indeed, I wonder what the standby current of the transformer that powers the usb sockets is.
I'll Be BACK
monkey_uk

Does anyone consider auto-downvoting any deal with in the subject?!



Yes, it's the second-most annoying phrase used on this site.
UncleWilly

Yes, it's the second-most annoying phrase used on this site.


Whats the first ?
universe1992

Whats the first ?



I was hoping someone would ask me that!

It's "Heads Up", which some people insist on putting in their deal titles and is completely superfluous. As the definition of "Heads Up" is "an advance warning of something." then every deal on here is a "Heads Up"!
David23

Mains wired USB ports are extremely dangerous (because of cheap … Mains wired USB ports are extremely dangerous (because of cheap transformers), can't believe people even buy integrated wall sockets ones! and you can't switch them off (no individual USB switches) so it's always ready to burn down your house. I would have preferred this without the USB's TBH.


But they are no worse than a plug in USB charger made for 10p in China.
David23

Mains wired USB ports are extremely dangerous (because of cheap … Mains wired USB ports are extremely dangerous (because of cheap transformers), can't believe people even buy integrated wall sockets ones! and you can't switch them off (no individual USB switches) so it's always ready to burn down your house. I would have preferred this without the USB's TBH.



I have bought two usb sockets from screwfix to fit in my new house... Are they dangerous? Bit concerned now and wondering if I should return them (not fitted yet)
glasgowgirl

I have bought two usb sockets from screwfix to fit in my new house... Are … I have bought two usb sockets from screwfix to fit in my new house... Are they dangerous? Bit concerned now and wondering if I should return them (not fitted yet)



Me to, but wouldn't they have recalled them or given out some kind of notice if they were dangerous?
horsepills

You created a monster!



but nobody wants to see sockets no more, without usb ports
And there was me almost about to throw myself off a bridge, such has been the torment of never knowing if or when my beloved extension lead would return.
229mel

what's the obsession with the usb ports in wall sockets?? you have to use … what's the obsession with the usb ports in wall sockets?? you have to use a cable anyway to charge your device, doesn't really makes a difference whatever you use a proper charger or an usb charger since it's still a cable you have to use?


a) It doesn't tie up a socket, and b) It's tidier.
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