This is one of the simplest gadgets I am writing about here. It is about the ubiquitous power strips or (as called in India) extension box. These are boxes that you use to plug a gadget to power when the cord doesn’t reach the wall outlets, or you want to connect more than one appliance to wall socket.
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Till about two decades ago, I remember seeing our electrician or the local electrical shop making these extension boxes by hand – they start by cutting a mica-board for individual sockets and switches, then fixing it on top of a wooden box to make one like what is seen below.
After the arrival of Chinese imports the power strips were easily available off-the-shelves for very low-price. But the problem with (almost) all the extension boxes that are available in India, are that they sport the so-called “Universal Sockets” that I guess was done to be compatible with the UK & US standards, but they have forgotten that in India the plugs have (2 or 3) pins that are round, based on BS 546 standard and are not thin & flat like in US. As a result, I find myself unable to connect most of the appliances I have in my house to these Universal Socket power strips.
After much searching on online and offline stores, last year this one model called Anchor Dyna Flexicord seen below made by Anchor India (owned by Panasonic) that had Indian standard plugs with round pins available online (Amazon and Flipkart) for about Rs.350-400 per piece. This is a three-pin (with a pin for ground) model. Anchor also has a two-pin model called Anchor 5219 Flexicord costing about the same. I purchased one each of the two models, both feel sturdy and well-made, I will recommend you get it.
Remember, the Anchor power strips support Indian style round pins, so if you want to connect a charger made by a US firm or bought outside India then you will need a small conversion plug (flat to normal Indian socket) that are cheap and easily available – I like the ones made by MX or GM or Anchor.