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Be sure to check the cable's temperature...
on August 30, 2011
I got a couple of these power cords for use on some PCs. These machines had sat further away from their UPSs than the power cords provided by the manufacturer would stretch, so I figured I'd buy a few of these and not have to move the UPSs closer to the computers. I was totally stoked! I used them on two PCs and luckily I was rummaging around behind the computers and brushed up against the power cord. That sucker was HOT...as in burn your skin hot. They were limp and smelled like melting plastic. And it's not like those machines are power hogs. I immediately shut down the boxes and moved my UPSs closer and swapped out the cords for the ones included by the manufacturer. I didn't feel safe leaving this product plugged into my computer and I certainly didn't want to deal with the fire hazard it represents. I should've known: Resistance in a wire gets higher the longer the wire, and since resistance produces heat... I really needed a thicker gauge power cord for it to run cool. Perhaps these cords would be good for really light duty applications.
A word of advice: Be sure to check the cords after using them on whatever device you're plugging them into after a few minutes, a few hours, etc., to see how hot they're running. These cables could be a fire hazard.
UPDATE: I was just getting the cords ready to send back and I noticed something interesting where the cord touched itself. The sheathing was brittle, and the cord sort of fell apart. (It actually broke in half.) Perhaps I should say that this product is a DEFINITE fire hazard. (See photos)