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#66818 - 06/19/06 12:55 PM Spinning outlets, what next?  
IanR  Offline
Joined: Dec 2004
Posts: 328
Palm Bay FL USA
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.

What do you guys think?

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#66819 - 06/19/06 02:03 PM Re: Spinning outlets, what next?  
steve ancient apprentice  Offline
Joined: Mar 2005
Posts: 169
west springfield,mass
Seems like a good idea but would like to see the backside of the device before I would use them.

#66820 - 06/19/06 02:16 PM Re: Spinning outlets, what next?  
IanR  Offline
Joined: Dec 2004
Posts: 328
Palm Bay FL USA
Kinda makes the ground up/ground down argument a mute point, though [Linked Image]

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

#66821 - 06/19/06 03:24 PM Re: Spinning outlets, what next?  
SvenNYC  Offline
Joined: Aug 2002
Posts: 1,691
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. [Linked Image]

#66822 - 06/19/06 09:57 PM Re: Spinning outlets, what next?  
mamills  Offline
Joined: Nov 2001
Posts: 745
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)

#66823 - 06/19/06 10:03 PM Re: Spinning outlets, what next?  
Elviscat  Offline
Joined: Aug 2005
Posts: 214
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.

#66824 - 06/20/06 03:59 AM Re: Spinning outlets, what next?  
RODALCO  Offline
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Posts: 854
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.

The product of rotation, excitation and flux produces electricty.

#66825 - 06/20/06 09:21 AM Re: Spinning outlets, what next?  
Radar  Offline
Joined: Apr 2004
Posts: 349
Los Angeles, CA
Here's a link to the website:

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.


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#66826 - 06/20/06 04:51 PM Re: Spinning outlets, what next?  
Larry Fine  Offline
Joined: Feb 2005
Posts: 693
Richmond, VA
That means that they resemble receptacles that are UL compliant.

Yeah, they have holes that plugs fit into.

Larry Fine
Fine Electric Co.

#66827 - 06/20/06 07:27 PM Re: Spinning outlets, what next?  
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Bakersfield, CA (Originally Or...
Their address is in Salt Lake City, UT. Maybe we should send Ryan J over there to get us a sample [Linked Image]

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