Best Extension Cords in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update December 31, 2020
You can have as many power sockets as you want at your house, however, there is a point at which you will inevitably need either a power strip or an extension cord. In this review we have picked the best extension cords available today, so you can find the one that suits your needs and the requirements of the appliances in your house. ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Sockets
Wire Length
Max Load
Extras
Dimensions
Warranty
 
PROS

The design of this extension block consists of 2 power switches instead of a single one. This way, you can control the power of the USB ports and standard sockets separately.

CONS

The sockets are quite tight.

OUR VERDICT

If your desktop is in desperate need of a power strip that can accommodate a couple of monitors, a PC, laptop, a gaming console and still leave enough room for other appliances then this model from SMALLRT will be the right pick for you.

detailed parameters
Sockets

8 x outlets, 4 x USB-A ports

Wire Length

5 m

Max Load

10 A / 2500 W

Extras

Made of flame-resistant materials, 2 power switches with LED-indicators, Surge and over-current protection

Dimensions

11 x 11 x 17 cm

Warranty

2 years

PROS

The multi-protect safety system boasts special lightning, overheating, output short-circuit and overload protection all in one package. Moreover, the housing of the power strip is made of flame-resistant materials, which firmly protects all connected devices from overheating.

CONS

The base is a bit unstable.

OUR VERDICT

This surge-protector power strip combination model will come in handy in case you need a decent stationary model that can accommodate a large number of high-powered appliances. Thanks to its excellent protection it will also protect the connected devices from the effects of sudden jumps in voltage or current.

detailed parameters
Sockets

10 x outlets

Wire Length

2 m

Max Load

13 A / 3000 W

Extras

Made of flame-resistant materials, LED-indicators, Surge and over-current protection

Dimensions

15 x 13.8 x 39.3 cm

Warranty

2 years

PROS

The braided power cord of this model is quite hard to cut, bend or deform in any way, which ensures a long service life of the device. What is more, the anti-slip mats of the main unit ensure that the cord extension will sit firmly on any surface.

CONS

The USB ports are placed too close to each other.

OUR VERDICT

The Addtam extension lead is different from other similar devices, thanks to its compact size. A good option for both stationary use at home and during travel. It features a set of USB charging ports on top of its basic two UK sockets.

detailed parameters
Sockets

2 x outlets, 3 x USB-A ports, 1 x USB-C port

Wire Length

1.8 m

Max Load

13 A / 3250 W

Extras

Made of flame-resistant materials, LED-indicator, Braided power cord, Over-current protection

Dimensions

11.6 x 10.6 x 3 cm

Warranty

Amazon's 30-day return policy

PROS

Each one of the 3 USB charging ports can deliver up to 3.1 amps. Thanks to this little feature you will be able to charge smart and mobile gadgets twice as fast, compared to standard USB Type-A ports.

CONS

The LED power indicator can be annoyingly bright.

OUR VERDICT

This power strip will be an excellent option to have at your house or flat in case you have small children or pets. All sockets feature safety doors that can be closed when they are not being used, which is a good aspect in terms of safety.

detailed parameters
Sockets

3 x outlets, 3 x USB-A ports

Wire Length

1.6 m

Max Load

13 A / 3250 W

Extras

Made of flame-resistant materials, Power switch with LED-indicator, Surge and over-current protection

Dimensions

28.2 x 5.8 x 2.9 cm

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The housing of the power strip features special mounting loops that enable installing the extension block on the wall or on any piece of furniture as you see fit. The slim design, on the other hand, provides decent headroom for bigger plugs.

CONS

Lacks decent surge and overcurrent protection.

OUR VERDICT

This masterplug with 4 sockets is quite an impressive extension block. Providing you with up to 3120 W of total throughput you are getting 13 amps on the other end of the cable no matter what, which is an excellent aspect for a budget-friendly model.

detailed parameters
Sockets

4 x outlets

Wire Length

3 m (models with 1 - 5 m optionally available)

Max Load

13 A / 3120 W

Extras

Made of flame-resistant materials

Dimensions

24 x 5.5 x 3 cm

Warranty

Amazon's 30-day return policy

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SMALLRT JW401

Extension Cord With a Switch

The SMALLRT doesn’t look like a standard extension model, but that said, that's not the main thing that makes it special.

First of all, the electrical power extender features 8 outlets and 4 additional USB type-A ports that together can power quite a few appliances and smart mobile gadgets simultaneously. The maximum load enables connecting quite a few devices that are high-powered. To throw in some numbers, this little extender can provide you with 2500 W of total power at 10 amps and not overheat at the same time.

By saying little we actually mean it is no bigger than your regular cord extender. Measuring 11 x 11 x 17 cm it fits very nicely in almost any room without taking up too much space, although you might want to leave some space for the plugs. The power cable, on the other hand, is 5 m long, which is plenty for a household model.

The only quirk of this extension model is that its sockets are rather tight, which makes unplugging appliances somewhat harder than with a regular power socket. That being said, if you are looking for a reliable stationary model, the JW401 will fit that role just right.

In the end, if you need a high-quality extension cord with a switch, then the JW401 from SMALLRT will be right up your alley.

Review of SMALLRT JW401 Extension Cord
Last updated price $0.00
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ASIN B07MGV17KJ

 

Duronic ST10B

VALUE FOR MONEY

Those of you who are looking for a quality surge protector but do not want to break the bank should definitely consider buying the Duronic ST10B surge protector.

Despite being quite an affordable model, the Duronic surge protector is suited for a whole bunch of devices. You can use it for Audio Visual, Hi-Fi, computers and laptops, home cinemas, TVs, Multi-Media, PS and Xbox consoles, monitors, PCs, laptops peripherals, and many other devices. The dual-rack sockets of the power extender also make it simpler to connect multiple devices simultaneously. Not to mention that having only two sides to plug in the cables saves quite a lot of space. Thanks to the tower design of the surge protector (there is a special stand included), you can place it in the corner of the room or even on your desktop and it won't make it look cluttered, however, some cable management on your behalf will still be welcome.

As a neat bonus, the surge protector features two LED power indicators, allowing you to see if the device is in working order, which helps in poorly-lit conditions outdoors and in the dark.

Not only is the Duronic ST10B economical, but it is also a space-saving solution perfect for small homes and offices, which ultimately makes it a valid investment into your household electric grid and is definitely among the best extension cords for the price.

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Last updated price £15.99
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ASIN B000OV0CEY

 

Addtam PS-UKW23C

Simple Yet Efficient

Although it has a relatively simple design, this electrical power extender provides unprecedented protection to all of your connected devices.

Contrary to similar models in the same price range, the PS-UKW23C from Addtam comes equipped with a braided cable. Owing to this, the cable is almost impossible to cut accidentally as well as to deform. On top of that, the cord is heat-resistant just like the main body of the multi-plug extension cord.

Specifications-wise, the total power that the extension cord can handle is rated at 3250 W. Coupled with a 13 amp total current throughput, you are getting an impressive cable extender that can be used in pretty much any room of your house or flat.

The thing that we didn’t really like is how close the USB ports are to each other, which makes it a tad bit harder to connect and unplug multiple mobile or smart gadgets simultaneously. The only exception to this is the single USB Type-C port that is located on the right side of the front panel and is easier to reach.

In the end, this Addtam PS-UKW23C power extension will be a good option for users that need a simple cord extender for a PC or a laptop, and which also has USB charging ports for additional mobile gadgets.

Review of Addtam PS-UKW23C Extension Cord
Last updated price $0.00
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ASIN B07ZGDK9L5

 

HULKER P33U-UK

A Perfect Balance

The HULKER P33U-UK is one of the more modern extenders for power cords on our list due to the fact that it features a few USB charging ports on top of the set of regular plug connectors.

Right off the bat, the body of the extender is rather long, measuring 28.2 cm, which makes it a designated floor extension. The width and height of the appliance are 5.8 and 2.9 cm, respectively so there’s plenty of headroom for plugs and USB connectors even if there’s not a lot of free space around.

When it comes to the specifications, the P33U-UK can handle up to 3250 W while maintaining a solid and stable output of 13 amps, which is not bad at all. The number of standard plugs is capped to 3 UK-style sockets with 3 additional USB Type-A charging ports for mobile and smart gadgets and other USB-powered devices.

As far as safety is concerned, the body of the extender is made of heat- and flame-resistant plastic, which will protect the connected plugs from surges and sudden jumps in both voltage and amperage. For added convenience, the appliance is equipped with a power LED indicator, however, it can appear a bit bright for some users, especially if no other light sources are turned on.

Finally, if you need a reliable yet inexpensive extension cord for your PC, TV, monitor or any other appliance, this HULKER model is a decent option for this purpose.

Review of HULKER P33U-UK Extension Cords
Last updated price $0.00
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ASIN B07WXR9HP9

 

Masterplug BSG3-MP

Simplicity is Key

The Masterplug BSG3-MP is yet another multi-plug model on our list, but this time around it doesn’t feature any needless bells and whistles.

To start off, this cord extender is made of flame-resistant plastic that firmly protects all of the four connected plugs that you can plug into it. Even though there are no USB ports the appliance can effectively power the smaller smart gadgets as long as you have the appropriate AC adapters. With dimensions of 24 x 5.5 x 3 cm, you won’t have too many issues with cable and plug management, since the power strip won’t take a lot of space.

The thing that we didn’t really appreciate about this power strip is the lack of any surge protecting panels or elements on its housing. Due to this, we advise you not to overload the appliance by connecting more appliances or power splitter plugs than the extension can handle.

Fortunately, the strip can provide you with 3120 W in total while maintaining a stable current of 13 amps, which is no small feat at all, especially considering that the strip has only 4 power sockets. The power cord of the actual extender is 3 m long, while 1 - 5 m variants are optionally available.

Wrapping things up, the BSG3-MP proves to be a great appliance among other similar extension cords in the same price range. Reasonably priced, it provides a good power throughput.

Review of Masterplug BSG3-MP Extension Cords
Last updated price $0.00
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ASIN B0030WRXDM

 

What Are Extension Cords?

Cord extensions are not something you could call fancy. That said, they are one of the most essential pieces of electrical equipment especially in a fairly modern house that has a few or a lot of appliances that need powering but have limited access to the actual power sockets.

A standard multi plug extension cord model features 2 or more power sockets while the modern ones also have USB and USB Type-C charging ports on top of the regular 220 V docks. More often than not, power strips are also equipped with some kind of surge and over-voltage protection to help keep your devices safe.

Although most of these appliances are designed for stationary use at your house, some of these power extenders can be used outdoors, as long as they have the appropriate housing protection rating against elements.

In order to protect your electrical appliances and hardware from the harmful effects of power surges and over-voltage, it is never a bad idea to get a surge protector that will negate the risks related to rapid changes in current and voltage. Alternatively, you can control the connected devices with a smart plug that can be accessed via phone from virtually any place where cell coverage exists.

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Publish Date: 2020-12-31 10:46:57