Summary: Learn how to wire a multi-socket mains adaptor.
A multi-socket mains adaptor eliminates the safety risk caused by trailing flexes. The multi-socket unit can accommodate six plugs and has a maximum power load of 3kw. However, the multi-socket mains adaptor must not be used for appliances that have heating elements such as hairdryers, irons etc, as they will cause an overload.
- Fit the adaptor in a suitable position on the wall or skirting board, if required.
- Remove the first mini-plug from the unit and take off its cover.
- Remove the old plug from your first appliance and cut three cores to the same length. Ensure there is enough wire exposed to fit into the terminal.
- Connect the cores to the correct terminals: brown to live (L), blue to neutral (N) and green-and-yellow to earth (E).
- Tighten the terminal screws, secure the flex under the grip bar and replace the cover.
- Repeat this process with any other appliances.
- Insulated screwdriver
- Wire cutters/strippers
- Trimming knife
- Multi-socket mains adaptor
The colour-coding system for electric cable changed in 2006, make sure you read Electric cable and flex to view the new information.