Cable Reel for Extension Leads, Cords, Ropes, Straps, LEDs and more
One simple design uniting ease of use, anti-tangling, compact stacking and longevity
Store your cables in a Flat Out Multi-Reel and it is tangle free every use.
Originally designed to protect and store Flat Out hoses, Multi-Reels are also sold separately to accommodate your own power leads, cables, cords and more.
While Flat Out may have been soothing tangle tantrums in the RV world for 20 years, many other sectors are now discovering the time saving and gear protecting qualities of the Flat Out Multi-Reel, here are some ideas:
- Trades and Contractors - Extension leads, Air hose
- Musicians - Mic leads/guitar leads, Patch Cords
- Mining & Industry - Strip LED lighting, Power cords
- Mobile Audio Visual Teams - Coaxial cable, Power leads, patch leads
- Food Vans - Extension leads, flexible hoses
- EV users - extension lead for charger
- Marine - washdown hose, power cords, tank filling hose (yachts)
- RV - power leads, hoses, satellite dish cables
- Emergency Services - extension leads
- Australian Made with 3-year warranty
- Front to front stacking for compact storage
- Constructed from heavy-duty impact-resistant plastics
- Free standing or wall-mountable
- Fast and easy to wind and release
- Superior power lead storage and protection
Tangle Free solution
Until you’ve tried it you probably won’t understand exactly how easy Flat Out Multi-Reels are to use. It takes the same amount of time to pack up a lead onto our reels as it would to wind it around your elbow but when it comes to setting back up, you will really feel the difference. You may be a pro at winding your long lead but it only takes one moment of lost concentration when getting it back out (or someone else put it away badly) and you have a tangled mess to unravel, knots to undo and so on. With a Multi-Reel you just; anchor the lead at one end, walk away holding the Multi-Reel handle and allow it to unspool, unclick your other end from the reel, plug it in and you’re done!
Enjoy your gear lasting longer
Multi-Reels are made tough (here in Australia too!) - The plastics are UV stabilised and impact resistant. We put every effort into making you gear that will last, and regularly meet loyal fans who tell us about the one they’ve had over 15 years that’s been well used and still going strong! 💪🏻
But it's not just the Multi-Reel that lasts... it's also the gear stored inside it!
Using a Multi-Reel will ensure additional lifespan of your lead - twisting that can easily happen with hand bundling of cords, cracks the inner copper wire. With a Multi-reel the cord coils around, but doesn't twist.
The rear petals spin as your product winds in, so it will not rub or wear.
The outer shell protects your product from other items in your toolbox while in transit.
On the safety front, Flat Out Multi-Reel is here to help.
- - Twists that develop in poorly managed leads don't lay flat and create trip hazards. A Multi-Reel mitigates lead twisting so your cord will lay flat on the ground when released from the unit.
- - Leads drawing high current generate heat, when coiled the heat can't escape - and your cord can melt. In severe cases this can lead to fire. As a deliberate design feature of the Flat Out Multi-Reel, you (or inexperienced staff) physically can’t use your lead until it is completely removed from the Multi-Reel as the plugs won't fit, thus mitigating the fire/damage risk.
Save time at work = Save Money!
For business use, the Multi-reel’s operation is so intuitive your team will not need instructions. Hand a loaded Multi-Reel to any staff member, they will figure out how to use it. This saves you time in training, and each subsequent team member ongoing time, as each time the item is used, it stays tangle free!
Product failures such as that of an extension lead, can incur more than just replacement costs.
Say for instance you run a food truck, you go to set up for the breakfast crowd and your lead isn't working. This can take an hour to trouble-shoot, resolve and then find another lead - this is all lost trading time at your busiest moment and can potenitally cost thousands.
If your extension-leads are well cared for, your chances of failure and thus big losses are significantly reduced!
Freedom to be less careful
Multi-Reels are impact resistant. Once your lead is safely wound into the reel you can accidentally drop it, toss it into the back of the ute, bury it in the shed or slide it into that hard to reach cavity on your motorhome that wasn’t good for storing much else. It is a bit like the freedom you get when you put a drop-case on your mobile phone.
We don’t recommend you deliberately try to destroy your reel, obviously it will stay nicer if you are kind to it, but we did have a customer tell us he accidentally drove over his, it cracked a bit but still works!
Just for fun... (better with sound)
Benefits of Multi-Reel
Compact stacking for our caravan/camper/motor home users
The most compact caravan connections kit on the market. Stack three of our products to achieve Sullage, Power and Drink Water.
Compact Multi-Reel space consumption
(or lack thereof)
This setup contains:
- 6 m sullage (25 mm ID)
- 20 m power lead
- 10 m drink water
Multi-Reel space consumption
This setup contains:
- 9 m sullage (25 mm or 32mm ID)
- 35 m power lead
- 15 m drink water
How to Stack
To achieve the compact stacking you see above, reels must be stacked front to front as shown below. Align the winding knob of one reel with the petal of the other as you close them in together.
How To Operate
The winding and unwinding process is the same whether you are rolling a power lead or hose, or any other application you have for Flat Out Multi-Reel or Compact Multi-Reel.
How To Wind Up
How To Unwind
Multi-Reel Capacity Guide
This is a tricky conversation because limits on what will fit into the different Multi-Reel sizes depends on the volume of the cable, not the length. The thicker the lead, the less length will fit.
In order to give you a guide, we have measured items fitting into the Compact Multi-Reel. The rule of thumb after that is the Multi-Reel Narrow has 1.5x capacty of the Compact, and the Original is 2x the capacity if the item in question can double/triple up on iteself vertically before expanding wider on the diameter of the spool (ie an extension lead has double the space, but not a flat hose).
Using Multi-Reels for Extension Leads
For Power Cords/Extension leads, every brand has a different thickness insulation. The phrases 'Heavy Duty' (10 or 15 Amp) and 'Extra Heavy Duty' (15 amp with extra thick insulation) seen on most commercially available
power lead packaging do not come with standardised dimensions, even within the same brand the leads can have different insulation thicknesses.
We have measured cable diameters and winding lengths to produce the following approximate capacity guide:
|Cable Size↓ Multi-Reel Size→
|Household (~8 mm)
|Heavy Duty(~9 mm)
|Extra Heavy Duty(~10 mm)
All commercially made 30m extension leads we have tested so far, fit inside the Original Multi-Reel. For example, this is the "Tradesman Extra-heavy duty" Extension lead is the largest lead available at Total Tools, and it fits into the Original Multi-Reel without force. This means anything smaller will also fit comfortably.
If you wish to use the Compact Multi-Reel and yet have the longest possible lead to fit it, we have tested and can confirm the following leads will work for you:
We stock the Coast to Coast 22m lead, while the Arlec Caravan lead can be found at Mitre 10. The HPM 15m lead shown is found at Bunnings. Please note, the 20m Arlec leads found at Bunnings are not the same as the Mitre 10 ones, and do not fit the Compact Multi-Reel.
Storage guide for other uses
As you know there are a myriad of possibilities of what you can store in a Multi-Reel. Sometimes to work out the best solutions it is trial and error but here are some items we have tested and the results. You can always contact us to ask and we will do our best to recommend a good Multi-Reel size for you.
The following tests are for the COMPACT Multi-Reel
Multiply x1.5 for NARROW or x2 for ORIGINAL Multi-Reel capacities.
- Air Compressor Hose: 8.5m
- Mic-Leads: 5x5m (stacked or connected end to end)
- Double ended Springy Tent Ropes: 6 sets (stacked)
- LED Light Rope: 15m
- Medium Duty Polyester Rope: 20m
- Cat5/Cat 6 Network Cable: 30m
- Green Sprinkler hose: 15m
If uncertain, we recommend using a larger Multi-Reel than you think you need, however if you are happy to pay return post, you can consider ordering one of each potential size, and then post back the one/ones that didn't work, we will refund your product price completely.