Reducing footprint of power cables / plugs

mivecboy

Standard Member
hi people,

i have just bought a really nice Soundstyle WG4 unit that i want to place flush against the wall, but will have around 7 items in it that all need power plugs. to have a whacking great 8 way powerplug sticking out the side will look messy, but having the 8 way placed behind the unit will bring it out a couple of inches from the wall.

has anyone got ideas what i can do other than have the power plugs inside the unit ? i remember using a multiblock adapter where you would chop the 3pin plugs off and wire on small 2 pin plugs. any ideas please ? dont want my install to look like spaghetti junction.

thanks in advance, phil
 

spl23

Well-known Member
You can get multiway adaptors that take IEC plugs rather than standard UK mains plugs, and then use IEC extension leads. Something like http://cpc.farnell.com/PL09688/elec...uct.us0?sku=powerdata-technologies-h15uiec-10 for example - that is a 10-way, but they come in smaller sizes.

Alternatively, you can buy mains plugs that take multiple bare cables, such as http://www.maplin.co.uk/Module.aspx?TabID=1&ModuleNo=25365&doy=7m5

Either of those will be tidier than a standard multiblock and will take less space.
 

mivecboy

Standard Member
Thats very helpful :)

Am thinking the maplins answer possibly. Would mean chopping the plugs off all my kit, including the plasma. Any risk doing that ?

Of course it would mean the setup would have to be pretty static once its all wired in lol
 

spl23

Well-known Member
Am thinking the maplins answer possibly. Would mean chopping the plugs off all my kit, including the plasma. Any risk doing that ?
None at all as long as you wire the resulting cables correctly into the multiplug. If you don't want to damage your original cables, just buy a bunch of IEC mains cables when you buy the multiplug and use those instead - you can then always go back to the original cables if they don't work out for some reason.
 

mivecboy

Standard Member
Are IEC plugs what we'd normally call kettle plugs ? I think a lot of my kit has the leads hard wired into it. Will have to check but good idea, rather not chop the plasma lead off if I can help it.
 

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