...or at least the area around my desk.
Having bought a new desk I decided to sort out the mare's nest of
cables that had accumulated behind the old one over the years. I was
amazed to find that I had 8 wall warts just for this relatively small
area. This does not include the 7 chargers used elsewhere in the
building for mobiles etc.
I really wanted to rationalise the various extension strips I have
under the desk and arrange to put the sockets somewhere more
accessible. The only options I can think of at the moment are either
two 6 gang switched extension leads fastened to one end of the desk or
four MK 3 gang switched socket outlets recessed into the end panel of
the desk. At least these would cover current needs and allow for a
couple of spare outlets.
I have 12-way Olsen strips screwed to the back of the (3) desks and 2
20-way ones screwed to the shelving unit that acts as a server rack in
my study, for a grand total of 76 sockets. They aren't all in use. :o)
Keep an eye on eBay, they come up regularly, although the only one on there
at present is this one;
Olsen also have sales at regular intervals.
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Thanks for the suggestion.
The Olson stuff is good quality and their site was the first place I
checked but unfortunately the 'square' range do not come with
individual switches per socket and the switched 6 gang strips are a
bit too wide for the location I have in mind.
I would be surprised if you were unusual in that. I can't get through
the tangle of wires to count them, but I know I have 2 x 6 way and 1 x 4
way socket strips in use and the computers and monitors only take one of
those sockets, to feed the UPS.
IME, no matter how many sockets you have, you will always need more.
Mine are all of good manufacture, switched and protected by 5A fuses,
both in the strip and in the plug feeding them. Not that much of what I
have plugged in ought to be switched off at any time.
Tch. Have you no idea at all?
Over five amps of fault current can flow and start a fire before it blows.
A fuse can't discriminate betwen what is a fault and what is not.
There is no 100% protection of any sort against faults and even 10w can
start a fire.
In the real world we deal with what is probable. A 1.5mm three core PVC
flex is rated at 15 amps and will sustain a 50% overload for an hour. A
5 amp cartridge fuse will disconnect the circuit in 5 seconds at the
flex continuous current rating and in 0.4 seconds at its one hour
overload current. As I said, the flex is not going to overheat.
Horrible things for many reasons. The big heavy ones keep falling out the
socket and the cheaper switch mode ones fail and also create rfi in huge
amounts, so no radios will work anywhere near the place.
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