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What To Look Out For When Purchasing Extension Sockets?

Posted on7 Months ago

When buying an extension socket in Singapore, there are several factors to consider to ensure safety and compatibility with local electrical standards. Here are some key considerations:

  1. Socket Type and Compatibility:

    • Ensure that the extension socket has the correct type of sockets for your devices. In Singapore, the standard socket type is Type G (British BS-1363 / SS 145-3). Make sure your extension socket has the appropriate sockets for your plugs.
  2. Voltage and Current Rating:

    • Verify that the extension socket is rated for the local voltage and current. In Singapore, the standard voltage is 230V, and the frequency is 50/60Hz. Check the product's specifications to ensure it can handle the electrical requirements of your devices.
  3. Number of Outlets:

    • Consider how many devices you need to connect and choose an extension socket with an appropriate number of outlets. Ensure that you don't overload the extension socket by connecting too many high-power devices.
  4. Cord Length and Thickness:

    • Check the length of the extension cord to ensure it reaches the desired location. Additionally, consider the thickness (gauge) of the cord, especially if you plan to connect high-power devices. Thicker cords can handle higher currents without overheating.
  5. Safety Features & Safety Mark:

    • Look for safety features such as overload protection, surge protection, and thermal cut-off. These features can help protect your devices from power surges and prevent overheating. Purchase only products with Safety Mark logo, you may find that extension without the safety mark logo can be cost effective however the consequences of electrical hazard caused by such prohibited product can be costly. (i.e Home Insurance does not cover products that doesn't have the safety mark)
  6. Build Quality:

    • Choose extension sockets from reputable brands with a focus on quality and safety. Check for certifications such as the Singapore Safety Mark to ensure that the product meets local safety standards.
  7. Grounding:

    • Ensure that the extension socket provides proper grounding for devices that require it. Grounding is important for safety and helps prevent electrical shocks.
  8. Indoor/Outdoor Use:

    • Determine whether you need an extension socket for indoor or outdoor use. Outdoor extension sockets should be weatherproof and designed to withstand environmental conditions.
  9. Cable Management:

    • Some extension sockets come with cable management features such as cord reels or cable organizers. Consider these options if you want to keep your cables tidy and organized.
  10. Warranty:

    • Check the warranty offered by the manufacturer. A longer warranty period may indicate the manufacturer's confidence in the product's quality.

By paying attention to these factors, you can choose an extension socket that meets your needs and ensures the safety of your devices and electrical system in Singapore.

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