Gadgets

Round power strip for India

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 the one seen below.

Custom made wooden power strip
Custom made wooden power strip having Type M for 16A sockets

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 sold in India, they have the so-called “Universal Sockets” that was designed to be compatible with the USA standards, but they are not friendly for India where the plugs have (2 or 3) pins that are round, based on BS 546 standard and are not thin & flat like in US.  In these universal sockets, when you plug in Indian Standard Plugs, they don’t firmly lock and sometimes if the pins in the plug are a bit thicker, they don’t get into the socket at all.

India uses Type C for two round pin 5A rating, Type D for three (with earth) round pin 5A rating, and Type M for three (with earth) round pin 16 A rating.

(For illustration purpose only, not meant to indicate a brand) The above two power strips (round and rectangle) shows the Universal sockets which are not followed in India but are the most popular in India.
(For illustration purpose only, not meant to indicate a brand) The above two power strips (round and rectangle) show the Universal sockets which are not followed in India but are the most popular in India.

When I do electrical repairs in my house or office, I insist on Indian standard (Type C, D or M) sockets. The other day I wanted to buy a power strip, only the Universal Socket types were available in shops, both online and physical stores.  After more searching, I found Anchor (owned by Panasonic) to be selling power strips with Indian sockets. The first one, the square outer and round inner, is called Dyna Flexicord made by Anchor India had Indian standard plugs (Type D for three rounds pins and Type C for two round pins) with round pins available online (Amazon and Flipkart) for about Rs.350-400 per piece. The second one, the rectangle model is called Anchor 22066 6A Spike Guard With 4 Socket, 1 Switch, sells in Amazon India for Rs 589.

Anchor Dyna Flexicord- 15289-3Pin 4 Meter 6A 240v
Anchor Dyna Flexicord- 15289-3Pin 4 Meter 6A 240v made for India with Type D and Type C sockets
Anchor 22066 6A Spike Guard With 4 Socket, 1 Switch - Cost Rs 589 in Amazon India
Anchor 22066 6A Spike Guard With 4 Socket, 1 Switch – Cost Rs 589 in Amazon India

Remember, to connect a US type charger in these Indian Power Strips, you will need a small conversion plug (flat to round) that are easily available and cheap – I like the ones made by MX or GM or Anchor for this purpose.

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