Pifco 6 Gang 2m Extension Lead Surge Protected With x2 USB - £3.99 in store at Home Bargains
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Pifco 6 Gang 2m Extension Lead Surge Protected With x2 USB - £3.99 in store at Home Bargains

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Found 4th Dec
Seems a good deal for a surge protected extension and being able to charge some extra devices from the built in USB sockets.

4 way version also available for £2.99

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Has anybody ever had something damaged from a surge?

I get the opposite, fridge kicks in and the inverse spike sometimes makes my laptop charger go into some sort of safety mode when not attached to the laptop, and won't work when plugging back into laptop until you unplug it for a minute or two the plug i back in again.

Surge protection doesn't help this. Anyone knowledgable here able to explain this?

Could not find it or anything with the Pifco brand on the website.

ElBuc4 h, 51 m ago

Has anybody ever had something damaged from a surge?I get the opposite, …Has anybody ever had something damaged from a surge?I get the opposite, fridge kicks in and the inverse spike sometimes makes my laptop charger go into some sort of safety mode when not attached to the laptop, and won't work when plugging back into laptop until you unplug it for a minute or two the plug i back in again. Surge protection doesn't help this. Anyone knowledgable here able to explain this?


Xbox One X users have been warned not to use a surge protector as the power unit already had one built in. Two surge protectors in tandem can seemingly cause the device not to switch on. Could it be possible your laptop PSU also has surge protection built in and has a similar issue?

6.99 in Milford haven

£6.99 in my local, and £5.99 for the 4 way 😩

Presumably those USB sockets will be 'always on', like the wall sockets, so no thanks!

Besford1 h, 14 m ago

Presumably those USB sockets will be 'always on', like the wall sockets, …Presumably those USB sockets will be 'always on', like the wall sockets, so no thanks!


Same here, wasteful and dangerous.

MrBeatnik4 h, 7 m ago

Xbox One X users have been warned not to use a surge protector as the …Xbox One X users have been warned not to use a surge protector as the power unit already had one built in. Two surge protectors in tandem can seemingly cause the device not to switch on. Could it be possible your laptop PSU also has surge protection built in and has a similar issue?


Yes, the PSU does have a built in safety mechanism, I'm not sure how it works though. Maybe it treats -ve spikes (or whatever you call them, power drop-outs perhaps) the same as +ve spikes. I don't have any other surge protection in the mix AFAIK.

So USB chargers & sockets use power 24/7 even with nowt plugged in? Never knew that. Wonder how much.

Nothing on their site sadly

£6.99 in Stockton

David233 h, 19 m ago

Same here, wasteful and dangerous.



Bigclive doesn't like USB socketry of any description for those reasons, so I'll trust his judgement

woodface72 h, 12 m ago

So USB chargers & sockets use power 24/7 even with nowt plugged in? Never …So USB chargers & sockets use power 24/7 even with nowt plugged in? Never knew that. Wonder how much.


A couple of pence per year

I got one of these from Lidl (or Aldi, can't remember now!) and it works great HOWEVER.... It has a blue LED at the USB end. It's bright enough to light up my whole house. Not joking and not great when I'm using it in the bedroom to charge my watch/phone simultaneously. In fact, I hate it. I've covered the whole end in black Duck tape, multiple layers to be exact. Still doesn't stop it shining out of the ports but it's a damn sight better than it was. I know I could take it apart and remove the LED but the last time I took a multi-gang extension lead apart, the sheer amount of small plastic parts and springs that fell out, it ended up going in the bin as although I'd rate myself as 'very handy', I just couldn't be bothered to put it back together, my Lego days are long gone!

I got one of these from Aldi when they had them and my son used one for his room to use for his consoles etc and he also put a USB cable in direct to the port to charge his phone. For some reason in the morning the USB part of the extension was really hot and while not serious he burnt his fingers when he went to unplug it. Nothing a cold tap couldn't sort but I took it straight back and not touched them since. Don't know if this is normal or not but apart from the sore fingers I'm surprised the carpet (or heaven forbid the house) got burnt .

Also £6.99 near me (Bedworth). Still bought one though.

£6,99 in bristol

ElBuc15 h, 54 m ago

Has anybody ever had something damaged from a surge?I get the opposite, …Has anybody ever had something damaged from a surge?I get the opposite, fridge kicks in and the inverse spike sometimes makes my laptop charger go into some sort of safety mode when not attached to the laptop, and won't work when plugging back into laptop until you unplug it for a minute or two the plug i back in again. Surge protection doesn't help this. Anyone knowledgable here able to explain this?


My dad had problems with his Sky broadband dropping out constantly for months, they sent spare micro filters, then a new router, in the end they sent an Openreach engineer out who did all sorts of tests and couldn't figure it out until he suggested plugging the router directly into the wall, problem fixed. Why on earth a surge protector could cause all those problems I have no idea.

ElBuc16 h, 39 m ago

Has anybody ever had something damaged from a surge?I get the opposite, …Has anybody ever had something damaged from a surge?I get the opposite, fridge kicks in and the inverse spike sometimes makes my laptop charger go into some sort of safety mode when not attached to the laptop, and won't work when plugging back into laptop until you unplug it for a minute or two the plug i back in again. Surge protection doesn't help this. Anyone knowledgable here able to explain this?


Yeah, I've had a computer nuked before, when there was a massive thunderstorm right above my house… the shop down the road got struck by lightening & caught fire… it was a while ago now, but I think the pc was surge protected, but the router wasn't… either way, it fried the ethernet bits on the board, which was displeasing.

Besford10 h, 23 m ago

Presumably those USB sockets will be 'always on', like the wall sockets, …Presumably those USB sockets will be 'always on', like the wall sockets, so no thanks!


Just got one similar, that has switches for each plug..

Enet13 h, 30 m ago

Could not find it or anything with the Pifco brand on the website.


" Ditto" Dude,
For that reason ! " I'm Out "

ElBuc18 h, 17 m ago

Has anybody ever had something damaged from a surge?I get the opposite, …Has anybody ever had something damaged from a surge?I get the opposite, fridge kicks in and the inverse spike sometimes makes my laptop charger go into some sort of safety mode when not attached to the laptop, and won't work when plugging back into laptop until you unplug it for a minute or two the plug i back in again. Surge protection doesn't help this. Anyone knowledgable here able to explain this?


From an EMC perspective, you're talking about different phenomena.

High frequency spikes from switching electrical items, like a condenser on a fridge, is a transient. A transient is a switching effect on top the AC signal that can emanate as 'crackle' noise.

A lighting strike that propagates along the mains network (from a nearby strike) is a surge. This burst of current can easily exceed the protection rating of your device, hence the additional offering included in some extension cables. It's protection against over-current basically.

even at £6.99 they are a steal. I needed one urgently and went to B&M - cheapest i could find was £12.99 for a surge protected 4 gang with 2 USB. Thought that was quite expensive for a place like b&m

KingRichard223 h, 38 m ago

Just got one similar, that has switches for each plug..


I don't think you understand. I'm talking about the USB sockets with the transformer(s) behind them.

carlos777uk8 h, 3 m ago

From an EMC perspective, you're talking about different phenomena.High …From an EMC perspective, you're talking about different phenomena.High frequency spikes from switching electrical items, like a condenser on a fridge, is a transient. A transient is a switching effect on top the AC signal that can emanate as 'crackle' noise.A lighting strike that propagates along the mains network (from a nearby strike) is a surge. This burst of current can easily exceed the protection rating of your device, hence the additional offering included in some extension cables. It's protection against over-current basically.


Thanks, yes I'm aware of the difference and roughly how each happens, just wondered how I can avoid my laptop power supply shutting off when fridge condenser kicks in. The solution is obviously not a surge protection device, but other than rewiring my place I'm not aware of anything else that might be worth trying.

Besford4th Dec

Presumably those USB sockets will be 'always on', like the wall sockets, …Presumably those USB sockets will be 'always on', like the wall sockets, so no thanks!


Are those USB sockets usually always powered on, on every trailing socket. They should tell people about this. Thanks

you_gotta_be_kidding21 h, 21 m ago

My dad had problems with his Sky broadband dropping out constantly for …My dad had problems with his Sky broadband dropping out constantly for months, they sent spare micro filters, then a new router, in the end they sent an Openreach engineer out who did all sorts of tests and couldn't figure it out until he suggested plugging the router directly into the wall, problem fixed. Why on earth a surge protector could cause all those problems I have no idea.


Surge protector could be slightly faulty or badly designed. It happens.what was the make of the surge protector.

ElBuc4th Dec

Has anybody ever had something damaged from a surge?I get the opposite, …Has anybody ever had something damaged from a surge?I get the opposite, fridge kicks in and the inverse spike sometimes makes my laptop charger go into some sort of safety mode when not attached to the laptop, and won't work when plugging back into laptop until you unplug it for a minute or two the plug i back in again. Surge protection doesn't help this. Anyone knowledgable here able to explain this?


Have you tried plugging the fridge into a surge protector. How old is it and what brand is it.
Could be the fridge or your charger thats faulty.

KingRichard2219 h, 42 m ago

Just got one similar, that has switches for each plug..


What is it called and where did you get it.
Thanks

9.99 in Dudley. 7.99 was the none usb version

JMac_D3 h, 54 m ago

Are those USB sockets usually always powered on, on every trailing socket. …Are those USB sockets usually always powered on, on every trailing socket. They should tell people about this. Thanks


Well, yes - what would turn them off? Same on the wall mounted sockets. Several downsides:

They use a small amount of power all the time
They are another fire/safety risk
You're stuck with them as the USB standard changes

JMac_D6 h, 28 m ago

Have you tried plugging the fridge into a surge protector. How old is it …Have you tried plugging the fridge into a surge protector. How old is it and what brand is it. Could be the fridge or your charger thats faulty.


I haven't tried that as I don't think that the fridge receives a surge, it draws a large current as it is supposed to. I think the problem is that the circuit in my place isn't shielded properly, or something like that. But I'll give it a try

Besford4 h, 53 m ago

Well, yes - what would turn them off? Same on the wall mounted sockets. …Well, yes - what would turn them off? Same on the wall mounted sockets. Several downsides:They use a small amount of power all the timeThey are another fire/safety riskYou're stuck with them as the USB standard changes


I hadnt really thought about it or how the usb part works. Prisumed it was like a normal socket, if nothing plugged in then no electric being used. Will have to look at you tube videos and the info on the back of the extensions. Back to the normal samsung charger then. I do have a solar charger as well.

Got to spend over £50 for free delivery.

Has anyone bought from this site before it has no padlock.
Edited by: "JMac_D" 6th Dec

As far as I can see no one has found/bought this thing yet it's reached over 800 degrees of heat - HUKD strikes again!

£6.99 in Rochdale branch

Heat anyway as OP found this for a bargain price.
Edited by: "Savaholic" 6th Dec

Seems to be a bit of disparity across branches. £5.99 in my local (Keighley) with 6 gang non-usb £3.99 & 4 gang £2.99 but they're a bit mixed up together on the shelf. Not as good as £4 price, but still well worth it at an ill octopus I'd say.

Enough sockets for all my gang! Heat op.

JMac_D5th Dec

Surge protector could be slightly faulty or badly designed. It …Surge protector could be slightly faulty or badly designed. It happens.what was the make of the surge protector.


It was a belkin one.

you_gotta_be_kidding15 h, 56 m ago

It was a belkin one.


Belkin is really good, phone them up. Get it tested etc or you could try a different one first. You get them from 4 quid
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