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Cable shorted out with crackling and smoking
on June 11, 2014
After 6 months of periodic use, this cable failed in the most surprising fashion. With one end plugged into the outlet and nothing plugged into the female end, I heard behind me a crackling and sizzling sound. I turned around to see the female end of the wire smoking and blackened. I quickly moved to the breaker and shut off the outlet. Upon closer inspection, I can see that the wire leads inside the plug are loose and work back and forth when the cable is flexed near the plug. A nice feature is that the plugs are clear so the wires are not difficult to inspect. This cable worked perfectly until this point and I really like the power indicator lights in each plug end. Luckily the end of the cable that shorted was in a safe area and I was nearby to hear it and turn off the power. I'd like to emphasize that there was no current being drawn through the cable until the short, so it was not an occurrence I would have predicted. I'd hate to think what could have resulted had this happened with the end sitting in dry grass or any other fuel source.
The return period for this item is only 3 months, so I am 3 months beyond the end of my luck. I will replace the defective plug with an aftermarket version.