Philips Power Squid - £4.97 Reserve and Collect @ Currys
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Philips Power Squid - £4.97 Reserve and Collect @ Currys

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Found 28th May 2009Made hot 4th Jun 2009
* Convert one power outlet to five
* Flexible arm allows for easy positioning
* Arms are flexible in length

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Looks a bit stupid tho the flexible length might be useful to some....

What's wrong with a normal block ?

This is worth it just for its name.

"What's that Billy?"

"Oh, it's just my Power Squid."

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tallpete33;5338115

Looks a bit stupid tho the flexible length might be useful to some.... … Looks a bit stupid tho the flexible length might be useful to some.... What's wrong with a normal block ?



I've not picked mine up yet but one benefit mentioned in the cdiscount thread is that it's good for large power adapters where on a normal block the adapter would block access to the neighbouring connection.
I think a good quality adapter for under a fiver is a good deal whatever type.

tallpete33;5338115

Looks a bit stupid tho the flexible length might be useful to some.... … Looks a bit stupid tho the flexible length might be useful to some.... What's wrong with a normal block ?



Some adaptors, especially transformers, are too wide to allow other plugs to be inserted next to them on a standard block.

On my squid, I have a Netgear X104 (4 port powerline adaptor) that normally doesn't allow anything to be plugged next to it, as well as a coupl eof plugs that have wide sides.

It looks a bit odd, but works briliantly!

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mminghella;5338189

Some adaptors, especially transformers, are too wide to allow other plugs … Some adaptors, especially transformers, are too wide to allow other plugs to be inserted next to them on a standard block.On my squid, I have a Netgear X104 (4 port powerline adaptor) that normally doesn't allow anything to be plugged next to it, as well as a coupl eof plugs that have wide sides.It looks a bit odd, but works briliantly!



Thanks mminghella, I've a place for it already.

Anyone who is picking one, depending on the store, it might be worth checking out the game section if you have a console there's been some good deals recently. There's also plenty stock of a learning to drive pc-dvd for reserve and collect for £1.97 as well as some lexibook kids laptops for £8.97 (less stock), I think the mp3 players are all gone though.
Might make the trip more worthwhile.

mminghella;5338189

Some adaptors, especially transformers, are too wide to allow other plugs … Some adaptors, especially transformers, are too wide to allow other plugs to be inserted next to them on a standard block.On my squid, I have a Netgear X104 (4 port powerline adaptor) that normally doesn't allow anything to be plugged next to it, as well as a coupl eof plugs that have wide sides.It looks a bit odd, but works briliantly!




Good shout, I feel guilty about dissing the OP's electrical cephalopod now :-D

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tallpete33;5338287

Good shout, I feel guilty about dissing the OP's electrical cephalopod … Good shout, I feel guilty about dissing the OP's electrical cephalopod now :-D



lol

It doesn't look it from the picture, but is it definately not individually switched?

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Maxib0y;5338304

It doesn't look it from the picture, but is it definately not … It doesn't look it from the picture, but is it definately not individually switched?



I don't think so, seems to have decent surge protection though.

The user manual is here.

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sillycib;5338345

I don't think so, seems to have decent surge protection though.The user … I don't think so, seems to have decent surge protection though.The user manual is here.]http://www.p4c.philips.com/files/s/spr4500_05/spr4500_05_dfu_eng.pdf



Ok thanks. I'm going for the 6 way individually switched Masterplug on Argos. £15 delivered for two, a good deal if you don't mind the lack of squidiness.

tallpete33;5338287

Good shout, I feel guilty about dissing the OP's electrical cephalopod … Good shout, I feel guilty about dissing the OP's electrical cephalopod now :-D



Electric Cephalod sounds like a great name for a band!

sillycib;5338345

I don't think so, seems to have decent surge protection though.The user … I don't think so, seems to have decent surge protection though.The user manual is here.]http://www.p4c.philips.com/files/s/spr4500_05/spr4500_05_dfu_eng.pdf



Are you sure that is the same product?. It looks like that's a manual for a standalone surge protector. There's no mention that the power squid has this function.

Tony Harrison;5338665

Are you sure that is the same product?. It looks like that's a manual for … Are you sure that is the same product?. It looks like that's a manual for a standalone surge protector. There's no mention that the power squid has this function.



It doesn't have surge protection. I think there is a more expensive model that does

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Tony Harrison;5338665

Are you sure that is the same product?. It looks like that's a manual for … Are you sure that is the same product?. It looks like that's a manual for a standalone surge protector. There's no mention that the power squid has this function.



Sorry Tony, as mminghella has mentioned, it's probably for another model, confusing though as the page on the Philips website that links to the manual is the spr4500 which is the model currys has.

consumer.philips.com/con…-05

got 2 from cdiscount, very ugly but if you have a need for this kind of thing the build quality and on/off switch is very good for a fiver

now that looks CooL :thumbsup:

Technically if it were a true emulation of a Squid...it should have 10 outlets..ie 1 for each tentacle. I have emailed the manufacturer asking they rename it the 'power demi-Octopus' but they don't seem keen.. ;-(

I got one last week at that price, but the till person could not believe the price and called the manager. He said it was a misprint of the price and took off the price label off after I got the one I had

BTW, yes it has surge protection, but no individual switches.

Cheers - reserved one

tallpete33;5338115

Looks a bit stupid tho the flexible length might be useful to some.... … Looks a bit stupid tho the flexible length might be useful to some.... What's wrong with a normal block ?



I saw one of these in the Curry's store the other week --- and my first thought was 'what dumb ass would think that looked ok?' --- probably some Dutch dumb ass, because the Dutch aren't noted for their style Nothing against the Dutch, but you only have to look at their general design of everything to see - functional, maybe - but never aesthetically pleasing.

I may just get one, because they're so damn ugly, they're sort of desirable for their novelty value.

I've just reserved one - on the basis you can't lose much for a fiver

jhw;5395858

I've just reserved one - on the basis you can't lose much for a fiver



No, only a fiver.

It's not a surge protector ?!?! Why bother then

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flashpanther;5399261

It's not a surge protector ?!?! Why bother then



I'm still not sure about this , I didn't get a chance to pick up my reservation.
But Ramnee earlier in the thread has stated it does have surge protection.

Hi can anyone help? Has anyone worked out if this has surge protection? Would it be safe to plug this into my 6 multiplug board which has surge protection? I am very restricted on plug sockets in my room, I only have the 6 mentioned and need a very cheap solution which remains surge protected!!

At my Curries there were 2 models. Not sure the model number (might have been 5400), but it had power surge and was retailing for £29.xx. The £4.97 is the one without power surge. If you get the power surge for £4.97 then it is a misprice..... good luck hunting.

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