I would like to get opinions for a new type receptacle that has temperature sensing built into it. I have invented this and am in the process of UL Listing. It is a new catagory for receptacles. More information can be found on My web site www.FFProducts.com. I am looking to raise the bar on electrical fires, any input would be appreciated.
Greetings Bob This sounds like something that would better serve than AFCIs. To be accepted costs are going to have to be controlled. If these item add up to the current cost of GFCI receptacles, it would be a much easier sale than the expensive AFCIs. Of course reliable and easily understood technology ( missing from AFCIs)will make all of our safety efforts more acceptable to our customers. Good luck
#14804 - 10/02/0209:00 PMRe: Overheating outlets and fires
I've had a look at your website. The product in itself is exactly what I was looking for some time ago.
What I do question is the fact that you have put the protection in the receptable with a manual reset (switching off the circuit breaker) Isn't it better to make quality receptables? (More stringent UL, CSA or CE requirements)
I would have thought it to be all those worn out and overfused old receptables that ran the risk of starting a fire. Wouldn't this product be of more use if put in the plug? The user will then have to pull the plug out of the socket, let it cool of and then (hopefully) plug it in somewhere else.
By the way: There is market you may not have thought of. In the US there is only one type of plug/socket. In Europe there are several, more or less compatible. (Which plugs are compatible with which sockets depends on the amount of force and ingenuity used)
Personally I'd love to see a version of the Europlug (a flat plug with flexing pins small enough to fit all sockets) with overheat protection.
Is it also possible to include short-circuit or overcurrent protection in your device? (I'm thinking of plugs for the British market)
[This message has been edited by C-H (edited 10-03-2002).]
#14807 - 10/03/0207:30 PMRe: Overheating outlets and fires