10amp cable 13amp plug...


Postby nowdue » Mon Apr 07, 2008 9:57 am

is it safe to attach a 13amp plug and 13amp double socket to either end of a 3 core 10amp cable to make a short (5m) extension lead?
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Postby ericmark » Mon Apr 07, 2008 6:33 pm

With a 10 amp fuse in the plug yes but what is 10 amp cable? I will assume 1mm²? Where you can be certain the right fuse is always used but is it so hard to use 1.25mm² ratted at 13 amp?
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Postby nowdue » Mon Apr 07, 2008 7:07 pm

thanks for the reply. the cable in question is from sparkpak - CP26 / 1.0 3183Y / 10 AMP / ROUND FLEXIBLE CABLE / 3 CORE.

that's all it says on the label. bought it because the assistant at the local DIY store said it would be ok for a table lamp which is what i need the extension for. only later realised there was an incompatability between ampages of cable and plug / twin sockets...
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Postby ericmark » Tue Apr 08, 2008 9:48 am

Although it is under the maximum rating as long as you fuse to correct size I would not really worry. There are loads of pre-made extension leads only rated at 5 amp so the only difference between yours and theirs is sticker saying 5 amp.
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