Making a decision on an extension lead can be daunting — here we make it a little easier

Choosing the right extension lead can often be difficult. There are so many options out there that choosing the right one can be hit and miss. However, there is no need to worry, we’ve put together a guide to help you pick the right lead for your needs. Read on to find out how you can make the correct choice.

Where will you use your extension lead?

This is a vital piece of information when it comes to choosing the lead you want to use. If you are using the lead in a home setting, then you will not require the same kind of specifications that you would need in an industrial setting. This is the first factor that needs to be taken into account.

For home use

When using an extension lead at home, the first thing you will want to clarify is whether it has a shock protector built in. A shock protector will ensure that if there is a power surge, any devices that are plugged into the extension lead will not be fried. No matter where you intend to use your extension lead around your home, a shock protector is vital.

Next, you will need to decide on how you intend to use the extension lead around the house. If you intend to use it indoors and rarely move it, then a standard vacuum wire extension lead should be fine for you to use. If you want to use your extension lead outdoors, then a thick outer covering is vital, and you should also take precautions to ensure that you keep the lead dry.

If you have small children in the house, then you may need an extension lead that offers safety measures in regard to the sockets. These are usually shutters that can be closed up when the lead is not in use. This will make sure that the extension lead will not cause any nasty accidents if your children get their hands on them.

For industrial use

Here, you will need to purchase a specialist lead. The exact specifications you require will all depend on the work you intend to carry out. For example, you can get fire and heat-resistant extension leads. If you are going to be working in an environment where there is the potential for the temperature to become very hot, or if you are working with naked flames, then this will definitely be an important feature for you. You will also need the thickest wire possible as the devices you will be using will most likely be more-heavy duty than the devices that people would use in the home. Having a heavy-duty extension lead is also important because the prospect of damage is much higher in an industrial setting. If you choose a heavy-duty extension lead, then it will be more resistant to any potential damage and will, therefore, last a lot longer. This is very important when you are carrying out a job and require a specific tool to finish the task.

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