ECN Electrical Forum - Discussion Forums for Electricians, Inspectors and Related Professionals

ECN Shout Chat
Top Posters(30 Days)
Admin 19
Recent Posts
Anyone hiring inspectors?
by gfretwell. 03/27/17 01:36 AM
Old decora style outlets
by Admin. 03/25/17 11:40 AM
ESA Arc flash course
by TheShockDoctors. 03/24/17 10:15 AM
fuse rejectors
by HotLine1. 03/24/17 07:53 AM
Another Forum Update
by Admin. 03/22/17 03:04 PM
New in the Gallery:
SE cable question
Popular Topics(Views)
231,551 Are you busy
166,289 Re: Forum
160,676 Need opinion
Who's Online Now
0 registered members (), 43 guests, and 10 spiders.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Previous Thread
Next Thread
Print Thread
Rate This Thread
#148475 - 05/16/05 02:35 PM UL Warns of Hazardous Counterfeit Extension Cords  
Admin  Offline

Administrator
Member
Joined: Oct 2000
Posts: 3,437
NY, USA
UL Warns of Hazardous Counterfeit Extension Cords
Quote
May 10, 2005 - Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL) is notifying inspection authorities, retailers, and consumers that certain 9, 12 and 15-foot extension cords bear counterfeit UL Listing Marks on the cord and/or packaging, do not meet UL safety requirements and pose a risk of fire and electric shock.

Name of Product: 9, 12 or 15-foot extension cord.

Units: Unknown quantity.

Manufacturer: The manufacturer of these products has not been identified.

Hazard: These products employ undersized electrical wires, posing a risk of fire and electric shock. In addition, the cord, plug and receptacle have not been evaluated by UL.

Identification: The cord is white or off-white in color with a plug on one end and a three-plug receptacle on the opposite end. The cord may have a counterfeit UL holographic label attached near the plug that has the description "E-174825," "CORD SET," "BV-5508" and "13A 125 V" and "1625 W" or "1825 W."

The orange, black, yellow and blue packaging is marked "HOME ELECTRICAL PRODUCTS," with the words "Made in China" and a counterfeit UL Listing Mark. The packaging may also have the trademark "POWER" on the label.

What you should do: UL recommends that users stop using the extension cords immediately and return them to the place of purchase.


[This message has been edited by Webmaster (edited 05-16-2005).]


Arc Flash PPE Clothing, LOTO & Insulated Tools

#148476 - 06/01/05 12:07 AM Re: UL Warns of Hazardous Counterfeit Extension Cords  
Trumpy  Offline


Member
Joined: Jul 2002
Posts: 8,211
SI,New Zealand
Crikey!.
Here we go again. [Linked Image]


Let's face it, these days if you're not young, you're old - Red Green grin

#148477 - 06/01/05 12:14 AM Re: UL Warns of Hazardous Counterfeit Extension Cords  
renosteinke  Offline
Cat Servant
Member
Joined: Jan 2005
Posts: 5,316
Blue Collar Country
Holograph or not, there is only so much that can be done when things like this are made with the tolerance, or even actice assistance of dysfunctional, corrupt, or hostile governmemts.


#148478 - 12/07/06 12:41 PM Re: UL Warns of Hazardous Counterfeit Extension Cords  
SvenNYC  Offline
Member
Joined: Aug 2002
Posts: 1,691
New York City
I've seen extension cords that are labelled #16 gauge when in fact the wires are obviously #18 (with the thin insulation).

Another day I saw a stubby extension cord (about a foot long) in a paper sleeve that proudly proclaimed "#12 gauge!"

When I took a look at the cord itself, it was embossed with #16. Very thick insulation, though. It would have passed on sight for #12.

Or was it, in fact, a #12 cord that had been mis-stamped?

This is why I make my own extension cords! [Linked Image]



Member Spotlight
Lostazhell
Lostazhell
Bakersfield, CA (Originally Orange Co.)
Posts: 1,428
Joined: February 2004
Show All Member Profiles 
Featured:

2017 NEC and Related
2017 NEC
Now Available!

Shout Box
Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.6.0
Page Time: 0.015s Queries: 14 (0.003s) Memory: 0.7611 MB (Peak: 0.8922 MB) Zlib enabled. Server Time: 2017-03-27 08:40:13 UTC