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Pifco 6 Gang Extension Lead with 2X USB and Surge Protection £6.99 @ Home Bargains (Instore only?)
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Pifco 6 Gang Extension Lead with 2X USB and Surge Protection £6.99 @ Home Bargains (Instore only?)

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Posted 3rd JanAvailable: National
Pifco 6 Gang Extension Lead with 2X USB charge sockets, Surge Protection and 2 Metre cable. Spotted in Home Bargains yesterday and today. None mentioned on their Website so possibly instore only. Plenty are available in Telford. Rather strange that I can find only the 4 Gang version but no mention of this 6 gang version available on the net anywhere including ebay. Not a Mickey Mouse brand and it is an excellent price for these.
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Ah, Provincial Incandescent Fittings Co. Ltd. Which was indeed not a Mickey Mouse Brand. However, the Pifco brand is no longer used by Russell Hobbs, but was licensed for use by KB (Import and Export) Ltd in 2007. I tend to avoid extension leads other than those make by companies like MasterPlug. I've never known one to fail a portable electrical equipment test. Unlike many cheap extension leads, that could easily leave equipment live, in the event of a fault.
Good plug,good price,good spot.
Just the job for plugging everything in behind the tele. Great price
I bought this the other week and it is working fine - one thing to note is the power light (and one around the USBs) are bright... i'd intended to use this in the bedroom for charging phone overnight but had to rethink as it was lighting up the room. Could always put some masking tape over it i suppose.
Grrrrrrrrrrr4 h, 41 m ago

Ah, Provincial Incandescent Fittings Co. Ltd. Which was indeed not a …Ah, Provincial Incandescent Fittings Co. Ltd. Which was indeed not a Mickey Mouse Brand. However, the Pifco brand is no longer used by Russell Hobbs, but was licensed for use by KB (Import and Export) Ltd in 2007. I tend to avoid extension leads other than those make by companies like MasterPlug. I've never known one to fail a portable electrical equipment test. Unlike many cheap extension leads, that could easily leave equipment live, in the event of a fault.


Wilkos ones are re-branded master plug ones, even have the mp name marked on the back somewhere. Not sure about pricing currently, but worth a look.
b-gold03/01/2019 16:39

I bought this the other week and it is working fine - one thing to note is …I bought this the other week and it is working fine - one thing to note is the power light (and one around the USBs) are bright... i'd intended to use this in the bedroom for charging phone overnight but had to rethink as it was lighting up the room. Could always put some masking tape over it i suppose.


How well it works when connected to a safe load is quite interesting - but how well would it respond if, say, an electric heater plugged into it developed a short between heater element and (metal) case? In theory, a huge fault current should flow into the protective conductor (earth wire). This should near-instantly blow the fuse in the plugtop, clearing the fault and making everything safe. I've seen extension leads where the earth wire wasn't connected to anything. Others where the thin bendy metal making a brushing contact with the mains plug earth pin made so bad a connection that it just went open circuit when a large fault current tried to flow - leaving the equipment live and users unprotected. That's the problem with cheap imports (I'm not saying that this lead necessarily falls into that category) - how they respond when a fault happens, not how they work when all is well.
Grrrrrrrrrrr18 h, 19 m ago

How well it works when connected to a safe load is quite interesting - but …How well it works when connected to a safe load is quite interesting - but how well would it respond if, say, an electric heater plugged into it developed a short between heater element and (metal) case? In theory, a huge fault current should flow into the protective conductor (earth wire). This should near-instantly blow the fuse in the plugtop, clearing the fault and making everything safe. I've seen extension leads where the earth wire wasn't connected to anything. Others where the thin bendy metal making a brushing contact with the mains plug earth pin made so bad a connection that it just went open circuit when a large fault current tried to flow - leaving the equipment live and users unprotected. That's the problem with cheap imports (I'm not saying that this lead necessarily falls into that category) - how they respond when a fault happens, not how they work when all is well.


I see where you are coming from but it is stated on these that they are for office equipment use only. This should also cover most low current domestic electrical devices etc. Although electric heaters or other high current appliances shouldn't be plugged into these type of extension leads really, modern domestic consumer units and correctly fused mains devices/appliances should be able to cope with the rather unlikely event potentially dangerous scenario picture you may be painting for this lead.
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