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#66818 - 06/19/06 10:55 AM Spinning outlets, what next?
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I think that this topic was mentioned before but I just ran across this. I am till not sure if I like these or not. http://www.gizmag.com/go/5287/

What do you guys think?

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#66819 - 06/19/06 12:03 PM Re: Spinning outlets, what next?
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Seems like a good idea but would like to see the backside of the device before I would use them.

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#66820 - 06/19/06 12:16 PM Re: Spinning outlets, what next?
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Kinda makes the ground up/ground down argument a mute point, though

[This message has been edited by IanR (edited 06-19-2006).]

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#66821 - 06/19/06 01:24 PM Re: Spinning outlets, what next?
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Registered: 08/19/02
Posts: 1685
Loc: New York City
Well the article says it's "Backwired".

Hmmm......I'd have to take a look at one in real life.

I'm not to thrilled about it being a "residential grade" socket. That's just another name for Grade-F cheap-dung stuff. Look at those 50 cent light-sockets sold at Home Depot. After a few months of heavy use, they're worn out.

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#66822 - 06/19/06 07:57 PM Re: Spinning outlets, what next?
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Registered: 11/30/01
Posts: 739
Loc: Wharton, Texas, USA
I'm kinda disturbed by the statement "for the novice do-it-yourselfer, the callouts for hot, neutral and ground are clearly marked on the back (paraphrased)". That, plus I'm a little dubious of how the receptacle can carry a full 15a.

Mike (mamills)

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#66823 - 06/19/06 08:03 PM Re: Spinning outlets, what next?
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Registered: 08/13/05
Posts: 214
Loc: Seattle Washington USA
It'd seem to me that the contacts would get pretty worn down after a decade or so, meaning that if it were actually used for anything near a full 15 amps it might go up in smoke. I'd like to crack one open and see how it works.
-Will

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#66824 - 06/20/06 01:59 AM Re: Spinning outlets, what next?
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Registered: 12/08/05
Posts: 863
Loc: Titirangi, Akld, New Zealand
I have my doubts about the durabilty of those powerpoints.
I like to see what type of sliding contacts are used within them, or they just twist the supply cable behind them ?

It's more a sales tactic to make these ppt's look very practical, but I reckon that these ppt's will cause fires or poor contacts, when loaded near their maximum rating for a period of time.
You'll be replacing these every couple of years is my guess.
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#66825 - 06/20/06 07:21 AM Re: Spinning outlets, what next?
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Registered: 04/30/04
Posts: 349
Loc: Los Angeles, CA
Here's a link to the website: http://www.360electrical.com/

I see on there that the device is of UL-Compliant Design, whatever the heck that means. Count me in with the others concerned about long term heavy current use with questionable connections.

Radar
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#66826 - 06/20/06 02:51 PM Re: Spinning outlets, what next?
Larry Fine Offline
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Registered: 02/18/05
Posts: 684
Loc: Richmond, VA
That means that they resemble receptacles that are UL compliant.

Yeah, they have holes that plugs fit into.
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#66827 - 06/20/06 05:27 PM Re: Spinning outlets, what next?
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Registered: 02/21/04
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Their address is in Salt Lake City, UT. Maybe we should send Ryan J over there to get us a sample

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