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Power Strip Rating

  1. Sep 16, 2013 #1

    Does anyone know how to rate a power strip?

    I read somewhere that the rating is based on the gauge of the cord. However, this does not seem to be very accurate because if the cord is very good but sockets are of poor quality, the socket board could overheat. Also, if the cord consists of metal strands rather than a single copper cable, the gauge-based rating would probably not apply.

    Thank You.
  2. jcsd
  3. Sep 16, 2013 #2
    They are typically only 15A TOTAL - some are less like 10A, however the gauge of the cord is a pretty good indicator- since they want to make them as cheap as possible - each component will typically be just sufficient to meet the rating.
    If there is smoke coming out it is being used over / beyond its rating.......
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