Connecting electrical devices to power strips is super practical and economical.
But did you know that it can carry certain risks?
Indeed, plugging in very energy-intensive devices or overloading the power strip can lead to real failures.
It can damage household appliances, cause power cuts, but also start fires !
How can I say that? Well simply because it happened to me.
I can tell you that since then, I’ve been extremely careful about what I’m doing…
Discover 9 devices to never plug into a power strip. Look :
First, look at the maximum power of the power strip
Before giving you the list of electrical appliances not to be connected, you should know one thing.
On all power strips , the maximum power they can withstand is indicated on the power cable.
So the first thing to do before plugging in your electrical appliances is to look at this information.
Then it’s very simple.
You must add the power of each device that is plugged into the power strip.
How to know what is the power of this or that device, will you tell me?
Well as for the power strip, this information is written on each electrical device.
I’ll give you a concrete example.
Imagine that your power strip tolerates a maximum power of 3500 W.
If you plug in your oven at the same time, which consumes 2,500 W.
Your vacuum cleaner which consumes 800 W and your kettle which consumes 250 W.
You exceed 3500 W (2500 + 800 + 250) = 3550 W.
There is only one solution in this specific case.
Unplug one of the electrical devices from the power strip to drop below its maximum power threshold.
Otherwise, it can be very dangerous.
Now let’s look at all the devices that should not be plugged into a power strip.
1. The oven
The oven is without doubt one of the most energy-intensive household appliances .
Even if you don’t use it regularly, you absolutely must not plug it into a power strip!
It is better to provide an individual wall socket to avoid the risk of dangerous overheating.
2. The refrigerator
So I know what you’re going to tell me.
The refrigerator is not the household appliance that consumes the most among all household appliances.
Since it is not too energy-intensive, we think it’s good.
It can easily be plugged into an extension cord.
Well no !
Let’s not forget that a refrigerator is electrical voltage sent 24 hours a day to the power strip.
So, connecting this type of device to an extension cord, we forget.
And then I’m talking about refrigerators, but freezers are also concerned.
3. The washing machine
A washing machine consumes an average of 1150 kWh per year.
It is therefore a very energy-intensive device and therefore not recommended at all for a power strip.
Connecting the washing machine to a wall socket avoids any risk of short circuit and overheating of the extension cord.
Same for clothes dryers.
They consume far too much electricity to leave them plugged into a power strip.
4. Auxiliary heating
Another very very energy-intensive device, the auxiliary heater.
I’m not telling you that you shouldn’t use it, but remember to plug it directly into a wall outlet.
Never on an extension cord , because this device overloads the power strip very quickly.
5. The microwave
Do not believe that this small metal box is not energy-consuming.
A microwave can consume an average of 70 kWh per year.
You see, it’s not nothing.
Avoid plugging it into an extension cord.
6. The coffee maker
Same as the microwave.
One might think that a small machine like the coffee maker consumes nothing.
In reality, it is quite greedy in electricity with an estimated consumption of 165 kWh/year.
Plug this device into a wall outlet.
7. The toaster
Do you toast buns every morning?
This means that you consume between 500 and 1000 W per year!
Yes, that’s a lot for such a small device.
All this to tell you that you should avoid plugging it into a power strip.
8. Another extender
Do you have a lot of electrical devices to plug in?
You therefore use several extension cords connected to each other.
By doing this, the maximum authorized power of the power strip can very quickly be exceeded.
This kind of bad practice is also the cause of many domestic fires!
9. The internet box, computer and TV
So the internet box, the computer and the television do not consume a lot of electricity.
On the other hand, these devices are particularly sensitive to any electrical problem (overvoltage, etc.).
So, avoid plugging them into a power strip or equip yourself with a surge protector.
That’s it, you now know which electrical devices you should not plug into a power strip.
Even if the chances of fire are fortunately quite low, prevention is better than cure!
Because the risks of overheating are very real. On good terms…