Universal powerstrip with 6 USB charging ports £15.99 prime / £20.74 non prime Sold by COCOCI and Fulfilled by Amazon -
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Universal powerstrip with 6 USB charging ports £15.99 prime / £20.74 non prime Sold by COCOCI and Fulfilled by Amazon -

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Found 20th Dec 2017
Even cheaper now. I bought it a few weeks ago for £16.99 and it came with a proper UK fused plug. Really good, we use it to charge iPad, iPhone, Kindle 8 and Xperia phone at the same time, with no problems, all while an Echo is plugged in.
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Oh dear another unsafe device sold by Amazon, these don't meet the strict British safety standards that made the UK's plug and socket the safest in the world, these multi adaptors allow various plugs to be fitted, sounds great, a socket that takes any plug but that's the entire reason the UK socket doesn't do this, overriding all those great safety features that keeps us from being easily electrocuted.

A power socket is designed to accept a specific plug to ensure a safe connection, this multi adaptor accepts any plug and thus cannot ensure a reliable and safe connection. Mains voltage needs a reliable safe connection, this product cannot provide it.

Sorry for the lecture and I know some don't want to hear this (or care) but Amazon are breaking UK laws by selling these things.
Edited by: "spannerzone" 20th Dec 2017
jaymsn9 m ago

Ah, you expressed safety fears a few weeks ago but then it was about the …Ah, you expressed safety fears a few weeks ago but then it was about the plug on this device, though it turned out that part is fully up to British standard. As for the sockets, they seem OK and hold the pins firmly, but I'm no standards inspector... We use it for USB here at home and plan to take it with us when we travel abroad so that we don't carry those bulky adapters. Will let you know how it goes!


Yes I probably did, a lot of these deals appear. Your last deal you showed it came with a fused UK plug, but that doesn't mean it was actually to British standards, some are faked. I'm not some bored nerd (honestly) that tries to find fault with every deal, but these type of unapproved sockets do bug me as a former retailer of electrical products who had to adhere to selling safe products. So many people assume that Amazon would only sell safe products which simply is not the case unfortunately.

I've inspected a few of these UK fused plugs similar (but not necessarily as used on this product) and have found faked unsafe fuses (yes that is a thing) and underated cable. At a glance the plug and cables look fine, until you cut into them and look deeper.

If anyone cares, there's a whole load of info online about faked fuses, plugs, unsafe sockets. Most can't be bothered and probably will be ok. An unlucky few have a fire, get a spark or electric shock or a blown up iphone.
Edited by: "spannerzone" 20th Dec 2017
adr0ck4 m ago

So basically this is great if I want my kids to electrocute …So basically this is great if I want my kids to electrocute themselvesThink I'll give it a missGood price though for anyone that doesn't mind though

Well it has the potential to harm, fail or overheat, the sockets are able to take almost any worldwide plug, round, flat, square, - that means the socket cannot accept a UK plug properly and so could mean a poor connection that overheats, sparks or arcs. It might be fine but it simply is not designed to accept just a UK plug which is what all your household sockets do, accept one plug type properly.

The UK plug and socket is an ugly brute that was designed for safety first and foremost, when you use modified sockets like this you've thrown away 60 years of proven safety out the window.
drumboe5 m ago

One has to wonder how the rest of the world has survived all these years …One has to wonder how the rest of the world has survived all these years without the "superior" UK plug.I mean those Scandinavians, Germans and Frenchmen must be so backwards when it come to electrical safety.And don't get me started on those Japanese electrical engineers.


Well of course other countries survive with their inferior designs, the euro plug isn't that terrible. My point is that this particular device is a socket for all plugs and a master of none.

Simply put:, square pin, round hole = potential for problems.

As always, do your own research and make your own decisions.
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How dependable are these ?:/
Oh dear another unsafe device sold by Amazon, these don't meet the strict British safety standards that made the UK's plug and socket the safest in the world, these multi adaptors allow various plugs to be fitted, sounds great, a socket that takes any plug but that's the entire reason the UK socket doesn't do this, overriding all those great safety features that keeps us from being easily electrocuted.

A power socket is designed to accept a specific plug to ensure a safe connection, this multi adaptor accepts any plug and thus cannot ensure a reliable and safe connection. Mains voltage needs a reliable safe connection, this product cannot provide it.

Sorry for the lecture and I know some don't want to hear this (or care) but Amazon are breaking UK laws by selling these things.
Edited by: "spannerzone" 20th Dec 2017
HSG19 m ago

How dependable are these ?:/


If you have good household insurance and enjoy pastimes like Russian roulette and don't value you or your family's safety then these are fine.
Sorry, fat fingers gave a minus by accident, apologies OP. Actually looks quite good, depending on output with multiple things plugged into USB?
So basically this is great if I want my kids to electrocute themselves

Think I'll give it a miss

Good price though for anyone that doesn't mind though
spannerzone1 h, 24 m ago

Oh dear another unsafe device sold by Amazon, these don't meet the strict …Oh dear another unsafe device sold by Amazon, these don't meet the strict British safety standards that made the UK's plug and socket the safest in the world, these multi adaptors allow various plugs to be fitted, sounds great, a socket that takes any plug but that's the entire reason the UK socket doesn't do this, overriding all those great safety features that keeps us from being easily electrocuted.A power socket is designed to accept a specific plug to ensure a safe connection, this multi adaptor accepts any plug and thus cannot ensure a reliable and safe connection. Mains voltage needs a reliable safe connection, this product cannot provide it.Sorry for the lecture and I know some don't want to hear this (or care) but Amazon are breaking UK laws by selling these things.



Ah - yes, you expressed safety fears a few weeks ago but then it was about the plug on this device, though it turned out that part is fully up to British standard. As for the sockets, they seem OK and hold the pins firmly, but I'm no standards inspector... We use it for USB here at home and plan to take it with us when we travel abroad so that we don't carry those bulky adapters. Will let you know how it goes!
Edited by: "jaymsn" 20th Dec 2017
adr0ck4 m ago

So basically this is great if I want my kids to electrocute …So basically this is great if I want my kids to electrocute themselvesThink I'll give it a missGood price though for anyone that doesn't mind though

Well it has the potential to harm, fail or overheat, the sockets are able to take almost any worldwide plug, round, flat, square, - that means the socket cannot accept a UK plug properly and so could mean a poor connection that overheats, sparks or arcs. It might be fine but it simply is not designed to accept just a UK plug which is what all your household sockets do, accept one plug type properly.

The UK plug and socket is an ugly brute that was designed for safety first and foremost, when you use modified sockets like this you've thrown away 60 years of proven safety out the window.
jaymsn9 m ago

Ah, you expressed safety fears a few weeks ago but then it was about the …Ah, you expressed safety fears a few weeks ago but then it was about the plug on this device, though it turned out that part is fully up to British standard. As for the sockets, they seem OK and hold the pins firmly, but I'm no standards inspector... We use it for USB here at home and plan to take it with us when we travel abroad so that we don't carry those bulky adapters. Will let you know how it goes!


Yes I probably did, a lot of these deals appear. Your last deal you showed it came with a fused UK plug, but that doesn't mean it was actually to British standards, some are faked. I'm not some bored nerd (honestly) that tries to find fault with every deal, but these type of unapproved sockets do bug me as a former retailer of electrical products who had to adhere to selling safe products. So many people assume that Amazon would only sell safe products which simply is not the case unfortunately.

I've inspected a few of these UK fused plugs similar (but not necessarily as used on this product) and have found faked unsafe fuses (yes that is a thing) and underated cable. At a glance the plug and cables look fine, until you cut into them and look deeper.

If anyone cares, there's a whole load of info online about faked fuses, plugs, unsafe sockets. Most can't be bothered and probably will be ok. An unlucky few have a fire, get a spark or electric shock or a blown up iphone.
Edited by: "spannerzone" 20th Dec 2017
spannerzone17 m ago

Oh dear another unsafe device sold by Amazon, these don't meet the strict …Oh dear another unsafe device sold by Amazon, these don't meet the strict British safety standards that made the UK's plug and socket the safest in the world, these multi adaptors allow various plugs to be fitted, sounds great, a socket that takes any plug but that's the entire reason the UK socket doesn't do this, overriding all those great safety features that keeps us from being easily electrocuted.A power socket is designed to accept a specific plug to ensure a safe connection, this multi adaptor accepts any plug and thus cannot ensure a reliable and safe connection. Mains voltage needs a reliable safe connection, this product cannot provide it.Sorry for the lecture and I know some don't want to hear this (or care) but Amazon are breaking UK laws by selling these things.


He's right. I personally wouldn't risk burning my house down for this. You don't know what the wiring is like inside, with something that is kite marked you do know because to get certified someone who knows about wiggly amps has pulled it apart and checked it over. 240v is dangerous, don't plug anything in that you don't 100% know the background of.
mspen7 m ago

He's right. I personally wouldn't risk burning my house down for this. You …He's right. I personally wouldn't risk burning my house down for this. You don't know what the wiring is like inside, with something that is kite marked you do know because to get certified someone who knows about wiggly amps has pulled it apart and checked it over. 240v is dangerous, don't plug anything in that you don't 100% know the background of.


It doesn't help that some come with fake certification stamped on them as well..... They love ROSH (and doubt they know what it means in the factory) - my faked plugs had convincing looking plugs and fuses until you found you could pull the fuse apart easily and the wire in the thick looking cable was nasty thin wire with bulked out thick rubber.
Edited by: "spannerzone" 20th Dec 2017
Agree with Spannerzone poor design leading to potential issues.
I agree too with Spannerman. Not to pour cold water on the op (nowhere near an electrical outlet of course). It's simply a gripe against Amazon. Any company can sell stuff cheaper than competitors if they are not adhering to legal standards. It's not the consumers job to be an expert in all fields. They should be safe buying from reputable retailers, but this simply is not the case with things these days. It's also getting worse!
I had one with a similar look to this about a year ago. Seemed to get really hot really quick with just a MacBook charger and one usb cable attached. After this I decided the risk wasn't worth the price and bought a masterplug, it doesn't have the usb connector but it never gets hot. Wish I'd seen the posts that spannerzones posts before it went to landfill.
spannerzone17 m ago

It doesn't help that some come with fake certification stamped on them as …It doesn't help that some come with fake certification stamped on them as well..... They love ROSH (and doubt they know what it means in the factory) - my faked plugs had convincing looking plugs and fuses until you found you could pull the fuse apart easily and the wire in the thick looking cable was nasty thin wire with bulked out thick rubber.


Can you give a couple of examples on Amazon for what to buy? Extensions etc and what signs to look for
spannerzone45 m ago

If you have good household insurance and enjoy pastimes like Russian …If you have good household insurance and enjoy pastimes like Russian roulette and don't value you or your family's safety then these are fine.


Sweet Lord Jesus...
the way you said it... makes me not even click that link and have a look.
Thanks though
The broken English in the description is a bit worrying. Reminds me of scam emails.
Has anyone reported this product to Amzon or I dunno BBC's Watchdog?
Aside from the safety (or lack of it) of this device, I can't see the point. Who has multiple non-UK plug equipped devices they need to plug in? Surely a standard UK multi-extension is better for use in the UK (either with USB built in, or probably better, a decent multi-port charger plugged into it)?

I can see this being useful for, say, a foreign student bringing their devices to the UK, but not for someone who lives here permanently that should already have the correct plugs on everything.
One has to wonder how the rest of the world has survived all these years without the "superior" UK plug.

I mean those Scandinavians, Germans and Frenchmen must be so backwards when it come to electrical safety.

And don't get me started on those Japanese electrical engineers.
drumboe5 m ago

One has to wonder how the rest of the world has survived all these years …One has to wonder how the rest of the world has survived all these years without the "superior" UK plug.I mean those Scandinavians, Germans and Frenchmen must be so backwards when it come to electrical safety.And don't get me started on those Japanese electrical engineers.


Well of course other countries survive with their inferior designs, the euro plug isn't that terrible. My point is that this particular device is a socket for all plugs and a master of none.

Simply put:, square pin, round hole = potential for problems.

As always, do your own research and make your own decisions.
Just going to bed, will try tomorrow!
spannerzone51 m ago

Yes I probably did, a lot of these deals appear. Your last deal you …Yes I probably did, a lot of these deals appear. Your last deal you showed it came with a fused UK plug, but that doesn't mean it was actually to British standards, some are faked. I'm not some bored nerd (honestly) that tries to find fault with every deal, but these type of unapproved sockets do bug me as a former retailer of electrical products who had to adhere to selling safe products. So many people assume that Amazon would only sell safe products which simply is not the case unfortunately.I've inspected a few of these UK fused plugs similar (but not necessarily as used on this product) and have found faked unsafe fuses (yes that is a thing) and underated cable. At a glance the plug and cables look fine, until you cut into them and look deeper.If anyone cares, there's a whole load of info online about faked fuses, plugs, unsafe sockets. Most can't be bothered and probably will be ok. An unlucky few have a fire, get a spark or electric shock or a blown up iphone.




Pls do not let anyone make you not post a subtle warning where you think is necessary .. you are doing it for a good reason.

Respect that !
adr0ck18 m ago

The broken English in the description is a bit worrying. Reminds me of …The broken English in the description is a bit worrying. Reminds me of scam emails.


60 years of proven safety you say. And because of safety I assume, there are no sockets in the bathrooms. Is that correct? Just like 12V lights installation in the bathrooms I presume. Or maybe is not safety but precaution against stupidity among English people? Just asking, as I come from country where having 230V lights installation, as well as sockets in bathrooms, is actually normal and proven to be safe for more than 60 years. I had lived most of my life in flats where bathrooms were equipped with these electrical installations and this is where we keep our washing machines - in a bathroom. Something, which typical English person will not understand and would most likely crucify me for even writing about it.
In all fairness I agree with spannerzone as I too have worked in the industry these are dangerous and a fire hazard - AVOID
lilbeastie30 m ago

Aside from the safety (or lack of it) of this device, I can't see the …Aside from the safety (or lack of it) of this device, I can't see the point. Who has multiple non-UK plug equipped devices they need to plug in? Surely a standard UK multi-extension is better for use in the UK (either with USB built in, or probably better, a decent multi-port charger plugged into it)?I can see this being useful for, say, a foreign student bringing their devices to the UK, but not for someone who lives here permanently that should already have the correct plugs on everything.


I sometimes meet up with many US folk at once, this would be kinda useful for that, but then buying 10 x US plug to C5, 6, 8, 13 etc that a laptop's power brick might take is also fairly cheap. Comes in handy when buying cheap stuff from China too.
spannerzone28 m ago

Well of course other countries survive with their inferior designs, the …Well of course other countries survive with their inferior designs, the euro plug isn't that terrible. My point is that this particular device is a socket for all plugs and a master of none. Simply put:, square pin, round hole = potential for problems.As always, do your own research and make your own decisions.


I have, and I notice that most of the world use non-UK plugs without any safety issues.
spannerzone1 h, 25 m ago

Well it has the potential to harm, fail or overheat, the sockets are able …Well it has the potential to harm, fail or overheat, the sockets are able to take almost any worldwide plug, round, flat, square, - that means the socket cannot accept a UK plug properly and so could mean a poor connection that overheats, sparks or arcs. It might be fine but it simply is not designed to accept just a UK plug which is what all your household sockets do, accept one plug type properly.The UK plug and socket is an ugly brute that was designed for safety first and foremost, when you use modified sockets like this you've thrown away 60 years of proven safety out the window.



I absolutely aprove your caution, better safe than sorry. It's just that most of the stuff we buy here (and abroad) is made in China, so we should probably start checking every wire on every gadget...
spannerzone1 h, 43 m ago

Oh dear another unsafe device sold by Amazon, these don't meet the strict …Oh dear another unsafe device sold by Amazon, these don't meet the strict British safety standards that made the UK's plug and socket the safest in the world, these multi adaptors allow various plugs to be fitted, sounds great, a socket that takes any plug but that's the entire reason the UK socket doesn't do this, overriding all those great safety features that keeps us from being easily electrocuted.A power socket is designed to accept a specific plug to ensure a safe connection, this multi adaptor accepts any plug and thus cannot ensure a reliable and safe connection. Mains voltage needs a reliable safe connection, this product cannot provide it.Sorry for the lecture and I know some don't want to hear this (or care) but Amazon are breaking UK laws by selling these things.


I live in India where safety is 100% neglected. We transmit electricity using wet fingers and I am fine. I think British Safety is always too much. I don't know if "over-safe" is a word.

Safety is good, but this is over.
Spannerzone is bang on. Others if you want to marginally increase the risk of dying/burning down your house/electrocuting your kids then crack on.

My knowledge is scant but I do know roughly speaking if it doesn't have shutters it's not legal here and these definitely won't have shutters. Then you're asking yourself what other shortcuts have been taken with something that potentially can cause death.

<edit> hmmm. seems this does have shutters, now I'm intrigued but still wouldn't have one in the gaff
Edited by: "tin" 20th Dec 2017
tin39 m ago

Spannerzone is bang on. Others if you want to marginally increase the risk …Spannerzone is bang on. Others if you want to marginally increase the risk of dying/burning down your house/electrocuting your kids then crack on.My knowledge is scant but I do know roughly speaking if it doesn't have shutters it's not legal here and these definitely won't have shutters. Then you're asking yourself what other shortcuts have been taken with something that potentially can cause death.<edit> hmmm. seems this does have shutters, now I'm intrigued but still wouldn't have one in the gaff


It has the shutters that the live and neutral pins simply push through. Rather than the shutters that only retract on the deeper earth pin hitting first. ie, a child can insert any metal object and make contact with live parts. The UK plug cannot be entered without two tools in tandem, or an actual plug. It may sound like nit picking, but if it's obvious on the surface that the product is not compliant with safety standards, what's it going to be like under the hood?
lilbeastie3 h, 37 m ago

Aside from the safety (or lack of it) of this device, I can't see the …Aside from the safety (or lack of it) of this device, I can't see the point. Who has multiple non-UK plug equipped devices they need to plug in? Surely a standard UK multi-extension is better for use in the UK (either with USB built in, or probably better, a decent multi-port charger plugged into it)?I can see this being useful for, say, a foreign student bringing their devices to the UK, but not for someone who lives here permanently that should already have the correct plugs on everything.


I can, If it were safe it would kinda be brilliant. Should you ever need to power foreign devices you can without thinking about finding a travel adapter and if you never need to well you can just use it as UK power strip.
This guy again...safety-brain washing. I recommend to enjoy this and other unsafe crap as we still can. What you guys would do if you wouldn't have anyone to tell you what is safe and what is not? Shutters...who need them? I literally dismounted them from any socket I have, who would need that crap? Just remember - DO NOT put your finger or tong inside! Do you really need regulations for that? Geez... yeah yeah I know, I will burn in my house someday (probably due to some portelgeist evil actions) and I will take all neighbourhood down with me
lilbeastie8 h, 5 m ago

I can see this being useful for, say, a foreign student bringing their …I can see this being useful for, say, a foreign student bringing their devices to the UK, but not for someone who lives here permanently that should already have the correct plugs on everything.



Simplest example: You renting apartament and there is no socket wall in your bathroom (again stupid safety). You want to charge your Phillips sonicare toothbrush - where you want to plug your charger with simple 2 pin european plug (a.k.a. shaver plug)?
spannerzone8 h, 53 m ago

Well it has the potential to harm, fail or overheat, the sockets are able …Well it has the potential to harm, fail or overheat, the sockets are able to take almost any worldwide plug, round, flat, square, - that means the socket cannot accept a UK plug properly and so could mean a poor connection that overheats, sparks or arcs. It might be fine but it simply is not designed to accept just a UK plug which is what all your household sockets do, accept one plug type properly.The UK plug and socket is an ugly brute that was designed for safety first and foremost, when you use modified sockets like this you've thrown away 60 years of proven safety out the window.


60 years?? I'm only 49 and remember unfused 3 pin (round pin) plugs being the norm when I was small
gazdoubleu2 h, 50 m ago

60 years?? I'm only 49 and remember unfused 3 pin (round pin) plugs being …60 years?? I'm only 49 and remember unfused 3 pin (round pin) plugs being the norm when I was small


I am 59 and they were far from the norm when I was a kid, they were old and had long before stopped being installed in new jobs. Just the sort of thing to find in your Grandparent's houses. Much more deadly than you know too, as they were double-pole fused, meaning a fuse at the distribution board can blow on the neutral and leave the socket not working but still capable of delivering a fatal shock.

The reality is round pin plugs are still in use now, but installed to modern standards for lighting only
Ahmed.Shumayal10 h, 29 m ago

I live in India where safety is 100% neglected. We transmit electricity …I live in India where safety is 100% neglected. We transmit electricity using wet fingers and I am fine. I think British Safety is always too much. I don't know if "over-safe" is a word.Safety is good, but this is over.


Hilarious!

9606 deaths in 2016
community.data.gov.in/acc…14/

I doubt many of them are even reported, and only 80% of households has electricity!

Deaths from electrocution are very low in this country for a good reason. There were 8 in 2016/17.
Edited by: "nihcaj" 21st Dec 2017
kroe99 h, 43 m ago

It has the shutters that the live and neutral pins simply push through. …It has the shutters that the live and neutral pins simply push through. Rather than the shutters that only retract on the deeper earth pin hitting first. ie, a child can insert any metal object and make contact with live parts. The UK plug cannot be entered without two tools in tandem, or an actual plug. It may sound like nit picking, but if it's obvious on the surface that the product is not compliant with safety standards, what's it going to be like under the hood?



I think those kind of shutters are legit if they act only when both pins push at the same time. It's then down to the construction of the aperture for the pins (just not possible to be legit by my understanding) and the construction of the metal that contacts the pins (not very easy to be safe by my understanding).
don_darko14 h, 12 m ago

60 years of proven safety you say. And because of safety I assume, there …60 years of proven safety you say. And because of safety I assume, there are no sockets in the bathrooms. Is that correct? Just like 12V lights installation in the bathrooms I presume. Or maybe is not safety but precaution against stupidity among English people? Just asking, as I come from country where having 230V lights installation, as well as sockets in bathrooms, is actually normal and proven to be safe for more than 60 years. I had lived most of my life in flats where bathrooms were equipped with these electrical installations and this is where we keep our washing machines - in a bathroom. Something, which typical English person will not understand and would most likely crucify me for even writing about it.



Hey I'm not arguing that other countries have less safer electical systems, some do and many don't. I'm putting an arguement that THIS item is dangerous as it circumvents safey measures that the UK system enjoys.

And yes, people do need some protection from danger, that's why we have good electrical safety systems that are probably overkill but safer is better I'd have thought.

My posts are not a bash at other worldwide electrical standards whatsoever so please don't take offence as non was intended.
gazdoubleu6 h, 19 m ago

60 years?? I'm only 49 and remember unfused 3 pin (round pin) plugs being …60 years?? I'm only 49 and remember unfused 3 pin (round pin) plugs being the norm when I was small


You're right, it wasn't 60 years ago it was 70 years ago - the BS1363 UK 3 pin plug/socket was implemented in 1947, my apologies for not being accurate enough....

I also remember 2 and 3 pin round plugs and I'm a mere 46 years old.
Edited by: "spannerzone" 21st Dec 2017
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