Is this too dangerous?

Discussion in 'Cables & Switches' started by tony kop77, Jan 21, 2008.

  1. tony kop77

    tony kop77
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    I have made my cables and wires a bit neater today but a little bit worried with how many plugs I have connected.
    I have a room with a wall socket plastic case it has a 3 way wocket one on the left another on the right both into the same case so what I have done is I have a power surger and connected 8 plugs to the power surger which are Nintendo Wii, 360 console, HD player, Sky HD, Playstation 3, Amp and Sony 900NV dvd player while in the other plug I have connected a modem, router and should I need it a laptop charger.
    Is that safe or are there too many connections? I will post a picture a bit later and the most I will ever have on is tv, modem, router, wii on standby, 360, HD, modem charger and amp.
     
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    Generally from a fire safety perspective you should put one appliance into each plug as the ideal and they should draw no more power than the socket is rated for.

    However, not many of us live in an ideal world and the 'rules' one appliance per socket are based on the premise that the protection to the circuitry is not that good, eg re-wireable fuses or similar.

    Generally now, our electrical circuits are protected in a more reliable fashion eg MCBs and RCDs although this is not guaranteed.

    Does this mean we can load up the sockets with various adaptors and appliances?

    I suppose it depends on who you ask, if you know the loadings of the kit and are confident about the integrity of the adaptors then you can make an informed decision about the risks.

    If Ohms law is a mystery to you, then its probably best to stick to minimising the number of appliances you plug into the sockets. Fused adaptors are best IMHO, I prefer the use of specialist plug bars with a type of plug which guarantees what you can plug into it, ensuring you don't overload it (I cant remember the name of the plug, its the same sort used for connecting power leads to PCs). These plug bars allow you to connect several items to it with a max load of 13Amps i think with each socket rated to carry no more than 3 or 5 amps.

    Anyway point is, its best to use kit made for the job, the plug bars i have for my TV/DVD/Wii,ps2,V+ box is one of the specialist items and i have never had any trouble.

    JMHO

    Glenn

    PS I'm not an electrical engineer, i a fire engineer, so if anyone electrical engineers thinks i have made a faux pas ill be pleased to amend my comments.
     

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