The £1 Solution to Lack of Electrical Sockets in Hotels

Written by Karen Bryan

Just as well I brought my own strip socket so can charge phone,netbook & make cup of tea at same time in room at County Hotel LondonI used to be constantly frustrated by the lack of electrical sockets in hotels. I’d have to unplug my phone or netbook charger to boil the kettle, and/or have to constantly grovel around on the floor fiddling with plugs.

Then my husband spotted a four socket strip adaptor for £1 in a discount store. I bought two. Now when I’m travelling in the UK, I always carry an adaptor, so I can plug in everything at the same time.

The adaptor is quite light. When I travel in the UK, I usually either drive, so the car carries my luggage, or take my medium wheely case on the train, so the bulk isn’t really an issue. ‘The appliances which I connect are generally low-energy use, so they should not cause overloading. The strip adaptor does have a fuse and conforms to BS 1362,(the British Standard Specification for general purpose fuse links for domestic and similar purposes).

I love a simple, cheap solution to a problem.

3 Responses to “The £1 Solution to Lack of Electrical Sockets in Hotels”

  1. I would be careful when pluggin in a laptop or something of high value just in case of a surge it might fry your stuff if it only cost £1!

  2. Fred – the strip adaptor does have a fuse and conforms to BS 1362,(the British Standard Specification for general purpose fuse links for domestic and similar purposes).

    I will add that information to the article now.

    Therefore is there any more risk of damage to electronic equipment using the adaptor, than plugging in directly into the wall socket?

  3. You can get surge protectors which also double as adapters with 2 – 3 extra sockets. I got mine free from eon a few years ago and always will take it with me if plugging my laptop into someone else’s mains supply.