Does every room in
your home have enough electrical outlets, or do you need to keep switching
plugs to get everything working at the same time? Thanks to the increasing
numbers of devices and chargers used in daily life, most homes now run short on
outlets from time to time.
Our selection of plug
adapters and outlet splitters at Ace Hardware can increase the number of
sockets you have safely and easily available. Learn what you need to consider
when choosing a multi-plug outlet or plug converter here.
It's important to buy
an outlet adapter that has an amp rating high enough for your plans. Good outlet
splitters will include a fuse to protect against electric surges. Choose one
with a high enough amp rating to cope with all the devices or appliances you
plan to plug into it.
Most outlet adapters
have a rating of 15 or 20 amps, which is more than enough for general devices
such as TVs, laptops, phone chargers and so on. However, if you need to plug in
washing machines, dishwashers or other high-powered appliances, make sure your
outlet splitter has a high enough amp rating to handle it.
It's important to
choose a multi-plug converter with the right number of outlets from the start.
Chaining two or more splitters together increases the risk of power failures
and even electrical fires, so work out how many outlets you'll need before
buying. We stock adapters with between one and six outlets to suit every need.
Also, consider the
size and shape of the adapter to make sure it fits in with the plugs you'll be
using. Some adapter shapes, such as cubes, can offer several outlets in a very
small space and are ideal for standard plugs.
chargers, power supplies and transformers often come in larger sizes and a
strip format will ensure you can plug them all in at once.
Increase your home's
safety by choosing an outlet adapter with built-in surge protection. For even
more reassurance, look for an adapter with a switch to cut all currents when
your devices aren't being used.
Depending on your
home's electrical installation, your outlets might have two or three holes. In
the first type, known as polarized sockets, there is no grounding feature and
these outlets are usually found in older buildings.
grounded type is more modern and offers increased safety. We carry splitters to
suit both outlet designs, so it's important to choose the right configuration
for your home's wiring.
We also stock outlet
adapters rated for outdoor use, which are protected from the elements to ensure
safety no matter the conditions.
When you're looking to
add a few more outlets to a room, our range of multi-plug adapters has the outlet
splitters you're looking for. Browse our selection of outlet converters and
adapters above, or visit your local Ace store where our expert staff will be
happy to answer any questions you may have.
Have a device or
appliance that just won't reach the outlet? Find extension cords of varying lengths for the perfect solution.