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Out of all the wiring devices in the Philippines, extension cords are probably one of the most flexible, and not just because they are usually quite long. Extension cords are considered to be flexible because unlike other wiring devices, you can take them anywhere! You can use them in any area of your house, and are also useful outside of your home.

Extension cords are very helpful but they too have limits. Without proper maintenance, you can damage your extension cords and, worse, put your life at risk. In order to avoid falling victim to electrical hazards, take care of your extension cords by following the safety tips below.


No Overloading

There are a lot of dos and don’ts when it comes to extension cords. One of the major don’ts is overloading, meaning plugging in too many devices at the same time. One could argue that this is exactly what it’s made for, but to be on the safe side avoid overloading your extension cord anyway. If you are not careful, overloading can lead to electrical fires.

Use it For Temporary Wiring

Rearranging appliances and furniture can be tricky, especially when you consider the wiring. Let’s say for example that a party will be held at your house and you want to place a certain appliance on a specific area, but since its cord is too short, you end up using an extension cord. This is fine if the arrangement is temporary.

However, extension cords are not recommended for permanent wiring arrangements. If one of your appliances has a short plug, you should install sockets instead of using extension cords.

Make Sure It’s Safe

There are plenty of extension cords in the market but be careful when shopping for one. Before making a purchase, make sure that the extension cord you choose is rated for the appliances that you plan to plug on it. You also need to ensure that your new cord is marked for indoor and outdoor (some extension cords are not safe to use outdoors). An unsafe extension cord might be cheaper, but it increases the risk of electrical threats – when you think about it, it’s not really worth it.  

Beware of Damaged Cords

Improper use of extension cords can cause damage. Through time, you might notice that the wire of your cord has become frayed, exposing the strands inside. This can be dangerous because contact to the exposed wiring underneath the sheath insulation can cause electric shocks and burns. To avoid this, make sure not to run your cords through doorways and avoid using staples or nails to attach the cord to any surface. Aside from frayed wires, you also have to watch out for other damages like overheating and short circuit.

Don’t Run Cords Under Carpets

This is pretty basic although plenty of people still refuse to follow this: do not run extension cords under carpets or cover them with rugs. Why? When current passes through your cord, electrical resistance causes two things: voltage drop and heating of the wire. If you cover your extension cord with rug or carpet, it might trap the heat and result to overheating. In turn, overheating will not only damage your cord, it can also lead to electrical fire!

Like any wiring device, it’s important to take care of your extension cords. Follow the safety tips above to make sure that your extension cords are in good condition at all times. This will not only prevent you from buying new cords often, it will also keep you and your appliances safe from electrical problems.

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One of the basic needs in a household is an extension cord. Normally, one couldn’t accurately estimate the number of outlets to be used in a room, house or kitchen. So when you need more for the newly bought appliances or you need to have an appliance working nearer one place but its plug is too short, you know you need an extension cord! So then you go to the nearest hardware or dealer store and get for yourselves the cheapest extension set! Then you go off talking to yourself, “This is okay right? I’ll only be using this to plug-in my fan anyway.” Now my question is, “Can you not use it for others? Was the time, effort and money you spent, worth-it?”

I can’t blame you for always wanting to choose the cheapest. The cost of living in our country is getting higher and higher every year. And adding another expense of an extension cord to your daily budget does not necessarily top the list.  This article is here not to convince you otherwise, but to better acquaint you of the different types of extension cords in the market that are most probably more cost efficient and effective than what you are using.

Be sure you have in mind the items you will plug into your extension cord

Before you dive in to the market, expect to be bombarded with the numerous designs and merchandisers who will promote their own respective brands of extension cords to you. As tip number 1, be sure you have in mind the items you will plug into your extension cord and their corresponding wattages. Second, how long do you need to extend your cord wires, and third, how much are you willing to pay. Try your best to remember ALL 3 so you wouldn’t be too easily swayed by the savvy talks of the greatest merchandisers or sales agents who are in dire need to meet their sales targets. Or worse, for you to be lured with the cheap prices and cool features you don’t really need!


In Meiji’s Classic Extension Cord Series consist of a model called MES-3011. It has 2 socket outlets in front and an outlet at the back. It has 3 meters wire, has 6 Amperes capacity, working at 250V and has the ability to withhold 1,200 Watts for only P100.00! It’s also available in green color to match the designs and decors of your home especially during the Christmas season. Given the price, its capacity, length and non-fading glossy white appearance; you would really find it worthwhile.


In addition to the Classic Extension Cord Series is the one I personally use everyday. It has 3 outlets too but this one is vertically lined up. We have been using it for our electric fan, and flattening iron at home for quite a long time, model MES-2027. I also use one for my computer monitor, CPU and UPS in the office. It has the capacity of 15 Amperes, 3,500 Watts with 3 meters wire for P150! They also came out with a 5 meters for those who need their cords extended for a much longer area. Meiji calls it MES-2028 and is being sold at P195 only! So for your simple appliances that need extensions, this is a very wise and cost effective solution.

Extension Sets 3M with Surge Protection13 series

Recently, Meiji has added another series to their line of Extension cords, they call the13 series. It is available in 3, 4, 5 and 6 socket outlets having 3 meters wire. What makes it different from the rest of their extension sockets in the market is its triple safety feature protection!

This series has individual fuses for each outlet that blows to signal you that the items plugged-in have exceeded the allowable wattage of your extension cord. Second, these extension cords consist of a circuit breaker that would automatically ‘trip’ or shut off when shorts or over-voltage occurs. And third, each socket has a child protection “shutter” device that prevents children from putting their fingers inside the extension cord and getting shocked. Don’t be surprised, it really happens.

choose safety and peace of mind

So for higher rated appliances such as your Plasma TV, Blu-ray DVD surround sound systems and others, choose safety and peace of mind. You wouldn’t want to risk those appliances just because you opted for the cheapest extension set, right? Besides, the prices Meiji offers are very competitive. For the triple safety feature, fire retardant plastic and its 3 meter wire, it’s a bargain!

You’re sure to get your money’s worth!

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