In this guide we’ll look at the best extension leads.
We’ve compared style, features, cable length and cost
to give you our top recommendations.
What Is The Best Extension Lead?
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Duronic ST10B 10 Way Extension Tower Review
We consider the Duronic 10 Way Extension Tower for UK Plug Sockets one of the best extension leads on the UK market thanks to its stand-up design, surge protection and large number of plugs.
This tower extension lead has a stand that supports the plug section of the extension lead. This enables you to easily tuck it out of the way. It takes up less space than a traditional extension lead that lays flat on the floor.
On top of being space-friendly, the tower extension lead comes with surge protection. This ensures your appliances and devices are protected in the event of a power surge. It also meets all standards for the UK for extension leads.
This tower extension lead comes with 2 m of cable. It also offers 10 sockets, allowing you to plug lots of appliances in one place.
Overall we think this is the one of the best extension leads on the market thanks to its stand-up design, surge protection, long cable and plenty of sockets.
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Masterplug Four Socket Open Cable Reel Extension Lead Review
The Masterplug Four Socket Medium Open Cable Reel Extension Lead with Handle is one of the best extension reels on the market thanks to its 25 m cable, its comfortable handle and its safety/usability with high amp electronics.
This outdoor extension cable unravels to a length of 25 m which is very useful as you can reach places with no plug with ease. It is ideal for working in the garden, shed or loft or any place with no power. The extension cable reel has a comfortable handle that allows you to easily transport it to wherever you need it.
The extension cable reel also meets all safety standards in the UK giving you peace of mind. It’s also designed to work with electronics up to 13 amps. This is ideal if you plan to use it with power or garden tools as it can cope with their higher power needs.
Overall this 25 m extension lead is the best option for you if you need a power reel that can extend to long distances, can be transported easily with its comfortable handle and meets all UK safety standards.
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Tisdlip Extension Lead Switched 4 Way Extension Cable Review
The Tisdlip Extension Lead Switched 4 Way Extension Cable is the one of the best power strips. Each plug has an individual switch. It can also be wall-mounted and meets all UK safety standards.
This 1.8 m extension lead is the four-plug option, but it comes in 5 and 6 plug variants too. Each of the plugs has a switch on the strip, allowing you to turn off individual appliances without turning off the whole strip.
The extension plug can also be wall mounted. This helps to keep it secure and in one position, making it easier to keep things tidy and organised. It also makes it easy to access as you can position it in a convenient spot.
Overall, this extension lead with switches is a great option that can also be wall mounted.
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Masterplug Four Socket Extension Lead Review
The Masterplug Four Socket Extension Lead is a good quality yet inexpensive 5 m extension lead.
This is a good inexpensive option that gets the job done. It provides four extra plugs from one plug socket. Although it is inexpensive it still meets the UK safety standards. For a cheap extension lead, it has a surprisingly long 5 m cable. This means you can access most corners in a medium to large-sized room.
This is a good option for you if you want a no-frills inexpensive extension lead that is safe to use and has a nice long cable.
Extension Lead Buyer’s Guide
Styles of extension lead and their uses
There are many different styles of extension lead designed for different situations and applications.
The classic 4 plug extension lead like the Tisdlip and Masterplug examples in our review lie flat on the floor and simply extend and increase the output of your wall plug socket (often described as a number of “gangs”). This is great if you need to get power from one side of the room to the other or need more output sockets in one location. This type of internal extension lead is also ideal as it can be tucked away out of sight behind a desk or under a bedside table for example.
Another option for an internal extension lead that is increasingly common these days is an extension tower or tower extension lead. This is a unit that stands upright rather than lying flat The Duronic 10 Way Extension Tower is a great example. The tower extension lead is ideal when floor space is at a premium.
Extension reels like the Masterplug Four Socket Open Cable Reel are more for external use. They can accommodate a very long cable that is wound up inside the reel. These are perfect for covering large distances such providing power to the end of the garden or difficult to reach places.
Another recent innovation is designed to sit on top of the desk or workspace. This type of internal extension lead includes USB cable inputs to charge or plug in your appliances. This type of extension plug often looks quite sleek and does not look out of place on a desktop.
Extension leads allow you to connect multiple appliances to a power outlet situated further way than the length of the appliance’s built in power lead.
Additional options include extension leads with switches allowing individual appliances to be turned on and off rather than everything that is plugged in to the extension lead. More expensive extension leads also have LED indicators to indicate if an appliance is drawing power or not.
Secondly some extension leads feature USB sockets so you can charge your electronic devices without taking up plug space.
All extension leads on our list conform with UK safety standards. Furthermore there many extension leads with surge protection available. You should nonetheless be mindful not to overload your extension lead with too many power-hungry appliances.
Cable length is probably the most important factor when determining what internal or external extension lead to choose. A 5 or even 10 metre extension lead is not uncommon for internal use (1 m to 5 m are most common), whilst a 25 m or 30 m extension lead or cable reel is a typical choice for a garden extension lead.
How to PAT test an extension lead?
PAT stands for portable appliance tester. To perform a PAT test, you will need a special piece of equipment often referred to as a PAT tester. This device is simply plugged into the first port on an extension lead. It is then set to run. It tests the earth continuity and performs an insulation test and a polarity test.
Once completed it will display scores that determine whether the extension lead passes the PAT test and is safe to use, or indeed fails, in which case the extension lead should be replaced as soon as possible as it would constitute a safety risk.
Extension leads are versatile pieces of equipment that let you increase the number of plugs you can have in one location or provide power to a different location. Extension reels allow you to reach hard to reach places that don’t have power, such as the end of the garden.