Next time I need to actually buy an extension cord, I might get one of these…“A simple method for distributing power in a workshop, these heavy-gauge extension cords have multiple outlets spaced along their length. The outlets have integral dust covers and anchor holes to allow temporary fastening to a wall or exposed studs. The sheathing is abrasion resistant and remains flexible in cold weather.” – [via] – Link.
12 thoughts on “Multi-Outlet extension cords”
These things are really nice to have, especially when it comes time for Halloween and Christmas decorating outdoors. I also keep one hanging horizontally across one wall of my shop so I always have an outlet close by. Love them!
yes! these things are great, i work as an audio tech and use them to run across the front and back of stages so bands can have easy access to outlets all around the stage.
yes! these things are great, i work as an audio tech and use them to run across the front and back of stages so bands can have easy access to outlets all around the stage. also i believe orchestras use them as an easy way to power lights on their music stands and call them orchestra strips.
Arlec (available in Australia and NZ) make a similar “power chain” which has 4 or 6 individually switchable outlets spaced 2m apart along an extension cord. They’re not mentioned on the Arlec site, but the model number is DES12 (“6 Outlet Power Chain”). I originally found them at bunnings and have been giving them to people as gifts, they rock!
I’ve been making my own multi-outlet extension cords for several years now for my Christmas lights, and I haven’t burned down the house yet (knock on wood). You can find a couple of pictures of one I made last year at the address below. The cord you see there is a 25 foot long cord from Home Depot and cost me about $5. The outlet cost me less than $2. I often cut a cord to length and put on my own outlet which cost even less.
I tried one of the arlec ones, I got mine from the warehouse here in NZ, anyway, they have incredibly crap switches on each outlet. my 2×500 watt floodlight burned out the switch on one of them within a day. I say avoid the arlec ones.
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