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Other universal or UK/US 3/4 gang lead

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by silk186, 1 Dec 2019.

  1. silk186

    silk186 Derp

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    I'm buying more and more stuff with US leads and I'm getting tired of using adapters.

    It would be nice to find a decent 3/4 gang lead that supports US and UK plugs and if possible, a few fast charge USB ports.

    Unfortunately, I don't know any of the brands on Amazon: Mscien, AUOPLUS, MOXOM, Hulfer, iBlockCube.

    Does anyone have experience with of these? Sometimes they have a really loose fit.
     
  2. Gareth Halfacree

    Gareth Halfacree WIIGII! Staff Administrator Super Moderator Moderator

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    Assuming the devices are 110/230V safe, which they must be if you're plugging them into a single trailing socket... Why not cut the US plugs off and wire UK plugs on?
     
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  3. silk186

    silk186 Derp

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    I don't have a soldering iron and this isn't an option with fast charge plugs. I could buy new ones but they are £30 each for the Huawei and Oneplus.
     
  4. adidan

    adidan Guesswork is still work

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    You don't need a soldering iron to wire a plug.

    If you can find a us extension that can deal with a uk supply you could just change the plug on the extension.

    Or buy one like this?

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Extension-...d&qid=1575231808&sprefix=us+to+uk+ext&sr=8-12
     
  5. silk186

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  6. adidan

    adidan Guesswork is still work

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    Apologies, my bad.
     
  7. wolfticket

    wolfticket Downwind from the bloodhounds

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    I'm not keen on universal sockets for regular use. Plugs sockets are tightly specified for a reason, especially UK ones.

    My weapon of choice when I can't/can't be bothered to cut swap plugs over are Poundland adaptors.
     
  8. silk186

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    I was hoping to find one that has UK and US plugs separately like in China, but no luck.
     
  9. Zoon

    Zoon Hunting Wabbits since the 80s

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    Personally, I took a UK extension bar, and chopped the UK wall plug off it, and fitted an EU plug to it. Could you do the same in reverse? Get a US extension bar and fit a UK plug to it?
     
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    yuusou Well-Known Member

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    I've got one of these buds. While they're not great they get the job done without being finicky with adapters, and take a kettle / PC lead to the wall.
    [​IMG]
     
  11. Jeff Hine

    Jeff Hine Nothing special

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    Only problem with this approach is plugging 110V eqp't into it... you'd need to make sure it was a grounded/earthed unit, too.
     
  12. wolfticket

    wolfticket Downwind from the bloodhounds

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    I think this could be quite neat, albeit with a nice bold "240V ONLY" written on it. Maybe cut the US lead short and daisy chain with a UK one for neatness (as long as you're sensible with overall cable length and power use).
     
  13. play_boy_2000

    play_boy_2000 It was funny when I was 12

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    Just as long as you get a power strip (don't get a surge protector, as it may be voltage sensitive) from the US, it works fine chopping the end off or using a travel adapter. I did it in Australia and my folks have done it on their last two trips to the EU/UK and it works fine.
     
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    was about to say buy a US plug power strip and change the end for a UK model boom dun
     
  15. Zoon

    Zoon Hunting Wabbits since the 80s

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    Yeah, I mean, most things are auto switching these days, but would need to do this for sure.
     
  16. edzieba

    edzieba Virtual Realist

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    This. Or if you think screwdrivers are icky, some of those enclosure-type plug adapters (e.g.). This way anything that can take 230V has a 230V plug, and anything that needs 100V only retains an obviously-not-230V plug.

    Having sockets that look like 110V outlets but are really 230V is just a summoning circle for the Magic Blue Smoke.
     
  17. silk186

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    I picked up one of these when I accidentally order a Philips LED lamp with an EU plug after relocating to the UK.

    I have a number of devices now, induction hot plate, HUAWEI 40W SuperCharge Charger and Oneplus warp charger. The drone came with a brick charger as well but I don't think it matters which it uses.
    The universal extension leads are fine to use. In fact, pretty all power strips sold in China are universal. The difference is that I can buy major brands like Philips and Bull, a major Chinese brand for adapters, surge and power strips.
    I lived in China for many years but I don't recognize any of the brands sold on Amazon.

    [​IMG]
     

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