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4 types of appliances to avoid blowing your socket extension

Using high-voltage electronics on socket extensions can be a recipe for disaster that can damage your property and even cause fire

A socket extension

While socket extensions are convenient for connecting multiple devices to a single power source, not all electronics are suitable to be plugged into them.

Some high-voltage electronics can pose a serious risk, potentially causing the socket extension to blow up or even result in a dangerous electrical fire.

Let's explore the high-voltage electronics that you should avoid using in your socket extension:

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Devices that generate significant heat, such as electric heaters, electric irons, and space heaters, require a direct and robust power connection.

Most space heaters use about 1500 watts and connect to a 120-volt outlet while many socket extensions cannot contain such power.

Plugging them into a socket extension can overload the circuit and lead to overheating, damaging the extension or even causing a fire hazard.

Always connect these high-power heating appliances directly to a wall outlet to ensure proper and safe operation.

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Air conditioners and refrigerators are heavy-duty appliances that draw substantial power when starting or running.

Most air conditioners and refrigirators use an average of about 240 volts which can only work when plugged directly to a socket.

Plugging them into a socket extension with other electronics can overload the extension and compromise its safety.

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Always connect air conditioners and refrigerators directly to a dedicated wall outlet to prevent overloading and ensure they function efficiently.

Kitchen appliances like microwave ovens, electric cookers, and electric grills consume a significant amount of power during operation.

An average microwave uses about 120V which many socket extensions cannot support.

Plugging them into a socket extension shared with other devices can cause an electrical overload, leading to potential hazards.

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Always connect these high-wattage kitchen appliances directly to a wall outlet with the appropriate voltage capacity.

Entertainment systems comprising of large televisions, gaming consoles, audio systems, and home theatre setups can consume significant power.

Plugging all these devices into a single socket extension can overload it, leading to potential malfunctions or electrical hazards.

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Consider using separate power strips or wall outlets to distribute the power load effectively.

Here are tips to ensure that your are socket-extension does not blow up due to overheating :

  • Always read the user manual that comes with your socket extension to understand its load capacity and limitations.
  • Never daisy chain or plug one socket extension into another. This practice can lead to overloading and increase the risk of fires.
  • Invest in high-quality socket extensions from reputable brands, and ensure they are rated to handle the power requirements of your devices.
  • If you need to plug in high-voltage electronics, distribute them across multiple socket extensions, avoiding overloading a single outlet.
  • Regularly inspect your socket extensions for signs of wear or damage. Replace them immediately if you notice any issues.
  • When not in use, unplug high-voltage electronics from the socket extension to prevent any potential accidents.

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