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Wemo Mini Smart Plug, WiFi Enabled, Works with Alexa, Google Assistant & Apple HomeKit

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    user9045

    September 28, 2018

    7 of 7 people found the following review helpful

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Why this one, March 17, 2018

    By 
    (VINE VOICE)
      

    PhotoGraphics (United States) –

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    This review is from: Globe 7732001 Home Appliance Six-Outlet Swivel Surge Tap (Tools & Home Improvement)

    I have a box full of similar 6-way multiple outlet boxes, what could possibly motivate me to buy another? Maybe it’s better? Let’s see. By the way, they call it a “tap” so that’s what I will call it here.

    This tap is intended to plug in to an existing standard duplex wall outlet with a typical plate cover or a decora plate cover. Unlike some similar taps it does not have to be attached to the outlet box. Its target market is for place where it is difficult or impossible to use a multi outlet tap in which the plugs stick straight out, possibly because of furniture placement, possibility of tripping or in my case because the outlet is at a kitchen counter and I don’t want plugs sticking out into the work space. It accomplishes its task by being able to swivel the outlets 90 degrees to the side so there is nothing projecting from the front. Unlike other multi outlet taps though, you have your choice whether all outlets face front, all face to the sides or three face front and three face to the side.

    PROS

    1. Individually rotating banks of 3 outlets can either face front to the side
    2. Works with most chargers for phones, cameras, etc in either front or side facing position
    3. In an example of good design when you face the outlets forward they snap into place with a reassuring click

    CONS

    1. Not for split switched outlets – unlike some similar multi-outlet boxes, on this one all six outlets plug in to only one of the wall plug, the other plug is unused
    (a plastic stabilizer pin plugs in to the unused outlet). So if you have a split wall plug in which one outlet is live and one outlet is wall switched, when using this adapter ALL outlets will either be live or switched

    2. Not for high draw appliances – things like microwaves, toaster ovens, coffee makers and other appliances that draw a lot of power should be plugged directly into a wall outlet without an extension cord or a multi-tap outlet tap like this. Because of the rotating mechanism the potential for fire hazard increases somewhat.

    I question the value of the variation model of this tap sold with the built-in USB ports at the top. I’m not saying it’s a bad idea, there are several things I own like lights, aroma diffusers, clocks, etc that plug into USB ports and this tap (with the optional USB ports) would be ideal for those. But I personally would not use it for expensive high-tech things like smartphones, tablets, digital cameras, digital readers, etc. Those are usually sold with their own power adapter which has built-in circuitry to prevent overload and sometimes monitor the condition of the device’s battery and are (probably) better than the unknown circuitry in this adapter box for such sophisticated devices. The good news is that most such power adapter transformers will fit this tap even with the outlets are rotated to the side.

    I would have really liked if they also offered this same design without any surge protection. Things that already have built-in surge protection shouldn’t be plugged in to another surge protector and the way surge protectors are designed is that they take the hit if there is a surge, in other words, they blow out, which means replacing the entire adapter. Not every device benefits from surge protection, I would like to see a model that doesn’t have it offered.

    As far as retail presentation and documentation there is minimal to none. You get it tossed into a plastic bag with a tiny pictorial drawing that it must only be used with duplex outlets. That’s just FYI, it’s not really an issue.

    Overall, this is better made than most, if not all, of the similar adapters I have paid much more for at the local home improvement store and it is very versatile. I would normally give it a 4 but because of the very budget friendly price I think it earns a 5.

    user933

    September 28, 2018

    10 of 10 people found the following review helpful

    1.0 out of 5 stars
    Good plan- they saved 5 cents executing it., March 3, 2018

    By M&D

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    This review is from: Globe 7732001 Home Appliance Six-Outlet Swivel Surge Tap (Tools & Home Improvement)

    There are two sets of male prongs, one for each receptacle in a standard duplex receptacle. The “active” or live prongs are standard metal and the “fake” ones are made of the flimsiest plastic junk one could imagine. If the “dummy” prongs weren’t made of such cheap plastic, this product would be worthwhile. Upon pushing this into a standard receptacle, the plastic prongs immediately broke off without even entering the receptacle. This made the device flop down at a 30^ angle since the only thing holding it in place where the metal prongs on the bottom in one receptacle. Needing this device to actually work, I reversed the receptacle (top to bottom) so that the active “prongs” would be on top. This actually works fine, except if you plug anything into it that is oriented (like a night light), it will be upside down due to the polarity of the receptacle (neutral and hot) being reversed.

    What a dumb way to save 5 cents by making such a junky part.

    user9506

    September 28, 2018

    269 of 282 people found the following review helpful

    1.0 out of 5 stars
    A serious design flaw, January 5, 2016

    By Robert M. (Michigan) –

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    This review is from: Globe 7732001 Home Appliance Six-Outlet Swivel Surge Tap (Tools & Home Improvement)

    This wall outlet seemed like the perfect solution for my needs, but once I received it I quickly learned it was unusable for one very odd reason. The device plugs into both outlets in your wall, but only the bottom plug actually draws current while the top one is just made out of plastic and fits into the holes. The problem is, the “stems” (I have no idea what the technical term is) of that fake plug are shorter than normal plugs (see attached photo) which allows the device to tilt out from the top a bit and no longer flush with the wall, which wouldn’t be a huge deal except that the weight of the device slowly pulls it further away from the wall, eventually unplugging the unit entirely. Short of adhering the unit to the wall, i couldn’t come up with any way of getting it to stay plugged in and am ultimately going to have to return it.

    It’d be a good device, but that design flaw makes it unusable for me.

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