What Should I Do If The Electric Socket Extension At Home Is Overloaded?

Many people may not know what it means when they hear this topic. You may not know what the overload of the electric socket extension means and what the excess will lead to. Can the power extension plug socket be plugged into any electrical appliance at will? This article will explain it to you in detail.

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In the family, we often rely on power extension sockets and insert the charger plugs of multiple mobile devices into one power extension plug in the room. Still, this situation is relatively common and not too much of a problem because our phone chargers charging power is low, basically about ten watts. However, some families plug some high-power electrical appliances into power extension outlets.

These appliances require much power that, when grouped, can cause the extension socket plug to overheat and possibly start a fire. Therefore, not all electrical plugs are suitable for plugging into extension sockets. When an appliance is plugged in that exceeds the maximum power rating of the extension socket, it will overload and blow the internal fuse, so those with high power are more suitable for wall sockets.

What happens to an electrical multi socket extension overload?

An electrical overload current is an excessive current relative to the standard operating current but is confined to the typical conductive paths of the circuit. Overloads are often between 1,35 and 6 times the average current level. When a socket is overloaded, the plasticizers in the insulation are vaporized over a long period, and the insulation becomes brittle. Continuous overloads can result from too many loads connected to one circuit or defective equipment. Protection devices must cut off excess before they damage the circuit. Fuses and circuit breakers protect a course against current overloads.

Our overloaded extension lead socket takes some preventive measures to deal with this situation: an overload protection button. When the power extension multi plug is overloaded, the overload protection button will pop up in time and cut off the power immediately to protect your safety to the greatest extent. However, this safety protection design does not mean that various high-power electrical appliances can randomly be inserted. There is still a chance of damage to the power extension socket, circuit tripping, fire, and other hazards.

To help you stay safe, we’ve listed the most energy-guzzling appliances below to help you wire things up correctly in the home.

Here are some examples of how much power an home appliance uses:

  • Mobile phone charger – 12 watts
  • DVD Player– 28 watts
  • Desk Lamp – 60 watts
  • Electric Blanket – 60 atts
  • Fridge – 150 watts
  • Microwave oven – 1550 watts
  • Electric Heater – 2000 watts
  • Toaster – 2000 watts
  • Dishwasher – 2200 watts
  • Vacuum cleaner – 2000 watts
  • Hair drier – 2220 watts
  • Washing machine – 2220 watts
  • Tumble drier – 2500 watts
  • Iron – 2800 watts
  • Electric Kettle – 3000 watts

It’s surprising how often these appliances are used in the home. Some seemingly inconspicuous devices consume a lot of electricity.

1) Microwaves
Microwaves are heavy machines. They have a rich heat system. Because we used the microwave for cooking, preparing, thawing, and reheating foods. The power used is immense.

2) Hairdressing Appliances
As we all know, hairdressing appliances require heavy energy to heat. Curling wand, hairdryer, and flat irons provide too much heat. Power strips are devoid of secure amperage, and they can put you in trouble if you attach them to them. These items that require too much energy to hot should be inserted into the wall outlets directly.

3) Vacuum cleaner
When the vacuum cleaner is in operation, the motor will rotate at high speed, and you will suck in the air from the suction port to generate a specific vacuum in the dust box. The dust enters the dust filter bag in the dust box through the straw, and the dust is left in the dust filter bag, and the filtered air is then filtered. The sheet enters the motor and then flows out. The power generated during this period is immense.

4) Washing machine
The working principle of the pulsator washing machine is that the motor drives the pulsator to rotate through the belt deceleration, and the timer or computer controls the pulsator to repeatedly turn, stir and rub the clothes to remove stains and wash the clothes, and the time is very long.

5) Electric kettle
The working principle of the electric kettle is that the temperature of the heating element at the bottom rises sharply, and there are two bimetallic sheets at the bottom of the heating plate. The temperature rises sharply because of the heat conduction, heating the water in the kettle and achieving a boiling effect.

As you can see from the above, the actual power consumption of the kettle is 20 times that of the refrigerator. The iron draws a staggering 2,800 watts, more than 200 times more power than needed to power a phone charger.

How many devices are too many when plugged into electric socket extensions?

It really depends on the device of your plugin. Always calculate the total power of all devices going into a multi power extension socket. If their sum exceeds the full force of the socket power extension, it is very unsafe, so try to use wall sockets for those high-power appliances to prevent damage to your equipment or causing a fire hazard.

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Hello, I’m Lisa Liu, the author of this article and the general manager of Jeostorm. I have been engaged in power strip foreign trade sales for more than 21 years, and I am very familiar with power strip products and the market. I like to share my knowledge of power strip to our company's website, hope this article can help you.

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