In regard to the writeup: No, I can’t see any real benefit to having 3 outlets on a fixed swivel.
The usual issue faced with power strips is not being able to plug all of your wall warts into them. This would do pretty much nothing to solve that issue. Power squids, or that Quirky pivot strip you’re peddling on Sidedeal address those challenges. This is just odd.
What I wonder is if these would stay put plugged into the wall or if they’d end up loose? I know at least one other larger plug into the wall to make multiple outlets meh has sold has that problem (per the reviews anyway of those older ones meh sold).
@Kidsandliz Much depends upon how many times things have already been plugged into that socket, and how big the blades were on those plugs. I have run into so many outlets in hotels and motels that were just plain worn out that it is no longer unusual at all.
@DKBingham No. That doesn’t necessarily mean they are junk, it just means that UL has not tested them. The manufacturer may have decided that the ETL certification was enough. On the other hand, the ETL could be fake and these could be substandard in fact. That’s the big gotcha in stuff from a country that has a culture which is often shaped by “if it works at all, it’s good enough.”
Too bad they don’t have a scew in the middle to secure them to the outlet plate. When you pull the vacuume cleaner plug and the whole things comes off the wall, everything else plugged into it loses power. Ugh.
@Kidsandliz And it’s still only rated for 15A, so the real capacity is less than three quarters of an an amp per socket if they were all in use with similar loads. Useless for powering the Ultimate Belt Sander Derby, but probably excellent for charging an entire average classroom’s worth of cell phones at the same time.
@werekong Minimally sufficient according to some sources, not sufficient at all according to others. 300 is certainly a low-end figure for surge suppression, and won’t be adequate for really large spikes.
So they asked for the users to tell them what’s useful about a half-swivel-half-sidesocket multiplier…
My answer: Aside from the merely-acceptable level of surge protection, not a heck of a lot. Really, the swivel’s mostly a gimmick here. The only place where it might really be useful is if the location where it would be used is sort of half behind something heavy that obscures the side-sockets but exposes the swivel half. And even then, it’s only “useful” if you’ve also got up to three things that need to remain plugged in 24/7/365. The items that need to stay plugged in can occupy the three side-sockets, and the three swivels can point in the usual direction for ease of plugging in things that only need power temporarily.
Otherwise, it’s as meh as a thing sold here can be.
This was actually pretty perfect timing for me. We’d just decided to rearrange things in our living room, and found that the new location of the computer desk made the sideways-facing capabilities of this outlet extender perfect.
So after a reasonable wait, they arrived today. (and shape-wise work wonderfully so far)
However, the box says it includes:
1 Wall Mount Surge Protector
1 User Manual
But I didn’t find a user manual in either of mine. But really, it’s dead simple to plug it into a standard outlet, so I’m wondering what the user manual says.
Did anybody get a manual with theirs, or is that how they ended up in the Mediocre warehouses? (the Meh writeup did not mention a user manual, so no foul play there)
@giffodb I was wondering the same thing… but ended up too tired to bother asking.
I don’t see any reason for two separate lights that appear to be identical. Unless each side was on a different circuit or something weird, but then … I dunno.