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    'Power strips' in BrE?

    Hi,
    May I know what is the most common name for this device in both BrE and AmE? Thanks a lot!
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    Re: 'Power strips' in BrE?

    I (BrE) call it an extension lead. If I wish to be precise/technical, and indicate that it has (for example) four sockets, I will call it a four-gang extension lead.
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    Re: 'Power strips' in BrE?

    "Power strip" is AmE. Typically there are 6 outlets in a row.

    File:US-power-strip-rotated.jpg - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    Re: 'Power strips' in BrE?

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Typically there are 6 outlets in a row.
    In my flat, I have German, French and English extension leads with anything from one to four sockets, though I have seen six-gang leads.

    ps. I have also heard them called wandering leads. I have no idea how common that term is.
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    Re: 'Power strips' in BrE?

    I have a local extension lead and it has six sockets- it's more than I am used to.

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    Re: 'Power strips' in BrE?

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    In my flat, I have German, French and English extension leads with anything from one to four sockets, though I have seen six-gang leads.

    ps. I have also heard them called wandering leads. I have no idea how common that term is.
    I didn't realize French and German were different. They do make these clever power strips that will take anybody's plug.

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    Re: 'Power strips' in BrE?

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    I didn't realize French and German were different.
    Sorry, I meant 'Czech' I have no idea how I came to write 'French'.
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