Europlug in Britian
January 14, 2012 11:30 AM   Subscribe

I stupidly left my European CEE 7/* power strip back in the U.S.  How could I buy a CEE 7/* power strip in St. Andrews or Edinburgh, Scotland?

I happily mostly avoided purchasing any equipment that used British plugs while living in England because frankly they're really horribly designed, especially for mobile equipment.

I've every plug type and adapter for my critical mobile equipment of course, but various desk toys like powered hubs, long mac cables, etc. all require CEE 7/* style plugs.

I'll surely visit the continent within a couple months anyways, but acquiring a European style power strip sooner might help. Any ideas who might sell them around Edinburgh?
posted by jeffburdges to Travel & Transportation around Scotland (8 answers total)
Best answer: You should be able to find a vendor on who will ship to the UK. The term you want is "Mehrfachsteckdose"
posted by koahiatamadl at 11:47 AM on January 14, 2012

Response by poster: I suppose that's the easiest solution. If anyone knows a local shop let me know, but whatever.
posted by jeffburdges at 11:57 AM on January 14, 2012

Isn't that the kind of thing that Radioshack would sell.. do they have those in Scotland?
posted by empath at 12:08 PM on January 14, 2012

I was going to say that RadioShack has no international locations, but lo and behold they do.

None in the UK, though.
posted by dfriedman at 12:21 PM on January 14, 2012

I would suggest Argos. You can search online for items and use the store finder to find your closest store.
posted by Laura_J at 12:55 PM on January 14, 2012

There are certainly restrictions on selling electrical items which don't have BS1363 plugs on in the UK, so I suspect that it wouldn't be legal for a UK retailer to sell one to you. Go for the option, I'd say.
posted by ambrosen at 1:44 PM on January 14, 2012 [1 favorite]

The closest thing the UK has to Radioshack is Maplin - there is of course an Edinburgh branch. I'd be surprised if Maplin didn't have what you're looking for.
posted by cincinnatus c at 4:38 PM on January 14, 2012

Response by poster: Interesting point ambrosen. I'd agree that selling an American NEMA 5* plugs could/should reasonably be outlawed in the U.K. I've consciously never brought a NEMA powerstrip into Europe because I'd fear starting a damn fire. CEE 7/7 plugs are however rated for the same voltage and amperage as BS 1363 plugs. And Iv'e never seen any argument that they're any less safe than ridiculous BS 1363 plugs. Argos actually lists a CEE 7/7 power cord for 20 gbp, but no powerstrip.
posted by jeffburdges at 6:22 PM on January 14, 2012

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