We are on Holiday

The office and website will be closed for orders from 3:00pm 14th September until Tuesday 3rd October. If you need to get in touch about a recent order or have an enquiry then you can email and we will get in touch upon our return.

If you need to return an item please email first. There will be nobody available to accept deliveries and your item will be returned back to you.

Christmas Trading Times 2016

Christmas Trading Times 2016

The office will be closed on the dates below but the website will be available to take orders. On working days orders will be dispatched the same day if ordered before 3:00pm.

If you need to get in touch about a previous order or have an emergency then please contact us using the contact page and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

We would like to wish all our customers a very merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

Saturday 24th – Closed All Day
Sunday 25th  – Closed All Day
Monday 26th – Closed All Day
Tuesday 27th – Closed All Day
Wednesday 28th – Open 9:00am – 4:00pm
Thursday 29th – Open 9:00am – 4:00pm
Friday 30th – Open 9:00am – 4:00pm
Saturday 31st – Closed All Day
Sunday 1st – Closed All Day
Monday 2nd – Closed All Day


MEM Memshield 2 RCBO POD

MEM Memshield 2 RCBO PODThe MEM Memshield 2 rcbo pod was a fantastic device that clipped onto an existing Memshield 2 MCB and basically converted it into a rcbo. The pods are not actually obsolete and are available from Eaton (who bought out MEM) but expect to pay around £70+ VAT at your local wholesaler. Eaton have mentioned discontinuing the item but I don’t see that happening any time soon as there is still a lot of old breakers in use and I would imagine they are making good money on the item. Basically they have you over a barrel, unless you know where to get them cheap and that’s where we come in 🙂

Not all pods are the same, some have long leads for triple pole boards and some have short leads for use in domestic boards. Also worth mentioning that the pods will fit the Memera 2000 range of MCB’s as well but only the part numbers that start ALB or ALC.

Pods on their own as usually referred to as ‘Field Fit’ which basically means you have to fit the pod to the mcb on site. Not a hard task but worth taking a look at the instructions of you have not done one before as they can be fragile and easily broken if you’re not careful.

You can also buy MCB’s pre-fitted with a pod in both the Memshield 2 and Memera 2000 ranges. These are usually just the 30mA size but field fit versions are availble is the following sizes:

MR10 – 10mA
MR30 – 30mA
MR100 – 100mA
MR300 – 300mA

Fitting instruction for pods can be downloaded form our Technical & Catalogue page.

Stock sells out really fast on the MEM Memshield 2 rcbo pod but to see our current range please click here.





Obsolete Square D Circuit Breakers

obsolete square D circuit breakersIf you’re looking for obsolete square D circuit breakers then we usually have something in stock to help. Square D was initially an American company founded in 1902 in Detroit. It’s best known in the UK for it’s range of plug-in or push-fit circuit breakers.

Square D was bought out by Schneider in 1991 and although they changed the appearance of the circuit breakers the later versions will still fit the older boards.

Qwikline – This is the most common Square D breaker and the part numbers will always start QO. Available in types 2,3 & 4 with M6 or M9 breaking capacities for early BS3871 breakers or types B,C & D with 6kA or 10kA breaking capacities. These styles have the push-fit electrical connection and push-fit mechanical connection. These are available in single, double and triple pole.

Qwikline II -This range superseded the original Qwikline but the range was not as broad with only types B & C available and a breaking capacity of 6kA. These only come as single pole. Later versions were branded as Schneider but are identical to the Square D. They will also fit Loadcentre boards.

Loadcentre – This was a new range introduced by Schneider but using the brand name of Square D. This is more of a commercial range with types B,C & D available (B type only in single pole). They have a breaking capacity of 10kA and. Later versions were branded as Schneider but are identical to the Square D. These will also fit the Qwikline II boards.

Domae – This was the final range of MCB’s branded as Square D. Unusually they are not the push-fit type which was what Square D was really known for. This range just uses a standard din-rail clips and was a ‘competitive’ product aimed purely for the domestic market. Later versions were branded Schneider but are identical to the Square D.

As well as stocking a range of obsolete square D circuit breakers we also keep main switches, RCD’s and RCBO’s.

Obsolete MEM Circuit Breakers

Obsolete MEM Circuit Breakers

MEM first started manufacturing circuit breakers in 1965 and were one of the UK’s biggest names in circuit protection. Now they go under the trade name of Eaton but still use the MEM name on some products.

Some ranges of MEM are still available to buy new from Eaton but most wholesalers don’t stock these products and Eaton have for some reason chosen to charge silly money. Expect to pay around £400 + VAT for a 32A m9 triple pole breaker! That’s probably why MEM is our best seller.

We keep in the stock the following ranges of obsolete MEM circuit breakers :

Memera 21 – These are M6 Type 1 MCB’s. Usually used in domestic installations.
Memera 2000 – There are several different styles of MCB’s in this range but all will fit any Memera 2000 board.
Memera 2000AD – These have a narrow terminal and only fit boards specifically marked Memera 2000AD. They won’t fit in older boards.
Memshield 1 – These are a commercial breaker and come in various types (Type 2,3,B,C & D) depending upon the age. Most are M9 rated.
Memshield 2 – These are also a commercial breaker and come in types B,C & D. These also will fit into all Memera 2000 range boards.

As well as keeping a range of MCB’s we also stock RCD’s, Main Switches and RCBO’s.

Fantastic Service from Royal Mail

postman-patWell Done Royal Mail!

Royal Mail get slated quite a lot but credit where credit is due. The vast majority of our orders are sent via Royal Mail using their 24 hour service (like 1st class but the business equivalent) and the delivery rate is quite good at around 95% being delivered next day. But we also offer Special Delivery to customers who need their goods guaranteed next day. In the past 12 months we have sent 756 special deliveries and all but one has arrived on time. The one that was late was because of a pile up on the motorway causing a huge traffic jam so not their fault really. Well done Royal Mail!

Special Delivery is available on all our products and prices start from £6.95 for delivery before 1:00pm.



Christmas Trading Times

Christmas-opening-hours-clock-530pxThe website and office will be closed from December 24rd and will open again on January 4th. If you need to get in touch about a previous order or have an emergency then please contact us using the contact page and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

We would like to wish all our customers a very merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

Back Soon!

Closed-signJust a heads up that the website & office will be closed until Monday 30th November. If you need to get in touch about a previous order then email us

A Few Site Enhancements

Firstly a huge thanks to all the customers that have supported us since we went live in June. It really is appreciated 🙂

We have been busy adding a few new bit to the site to make it a but easier to navigate. As our range is growing (daily) it’s sometimes difficult to track down the exact item you need. So we have added a nifty filter on the shop page with some drop down menus. You can filter by most attributes like manufacturer, model, brand, amperage voltage or a combination of them to filter down to the exact item you are after.

Two other things we have added are a saved list and a product comparison feature. The saved list will allow you to add your favourite items that you buy regular or items that you may want to save for viewing later to a list. Every product will now have a link saying save this item.

The product comparison will allow you to add several items to a list and compare the item specifics in a row. This can make it easier to get the right product. Every product will now have a link to add to the compare list.

Both the saved list and item compare feature can be accessed from the links next to the search bar.

New Consumer Units and BS7671:2008 Amendment 3

17th-amd3-coverI was in a well know electrical wholesalers today and overheard the lad behind the counter say to a customer “No mate, plastic boards are illegal. Everything has to be metal”.

Had to bite my tongue a bit as this is not true and looking around some of the electrical forums it seems as though a lot of electricians are under this impression as well.

Amendment 3 came into affect 1st July 2015 but implementation is not until 1st January 2016. Basically this means if you have stock or wholesalers have stock then it can still be used up until this time. It would be prudent though to start using metal as soon as you can but don’t go throwing out your old stock, just use it up before 1st January 2016.

Here’s the exact wording from the IET web page that specifically deals with the new amendment concerning consumer units:

Implementation date

As stated in Note 2 to the new regulation, the implementation date for the regulation is 1 January 2016.  This is six months later than the effective date of Amendment 3 as a whole.

The purpose of the delay in implementation is to allow a period of co-existence of both metal- and plastic-enclosed consumer units and to allow time for manufacturers to work existing and new products through their supply chains.  Nevertheless, as is also indicated in Note 2, the delayed implementation does not preclude compliance with the regulation prior to 1 January 2016.

Why Metal or Non-combustible Consumer Units?

This new amendment is supposed to stop the spread of fire if something is not terminated correctly in a consumer unit. Personally I think this is not adressing the root cause of the problem and that is poor workmanship.

I think the rise in fires caused by loose terminations and sloppy work has been a direct result of too many people going on a 6 week course to become ‘Part P’ and then claiming they are an electrician. Very few of these ‘6 week wonders’ have site experience or the knowledge on exactly how a consumer unit should be terminated.

Whilst the governing bodies allow this to continue we will just see more sloppy work, more fires and potentially more deaths. Changing consumer units to metal is not going to solve the problem. What’s next, mandatory metal switches & socket? Self extinguishing junction boxes? Tackle the root problem and get these cowboys off site!

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