GE Heavy Duty 3-Outlet Tap, 54203
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55 of 60 people found the following review helpful
There are alot of cheapo outlet expanders for sale at the 99 cent store but they wear out and don't hold on to the wires plugged in nor do they get a good grip on the outlet they are expanding. General Electric makes a better quality unit with a stronger grip to prevent heat buildup and larger thickness plugs that keep it in the socket.

You do pay a little more for the GE product but it will last longer and have a lower chance of creating a fire condition (where a moderate load, say 10A, heats up because the adapter has fallen out of the socket and only touches the contacts at one point - if this happens it is time to toss out the plug expander and buy a new one before conditions ripe for a fire are present. If the outlet is bad then it's time to remove it and buy a commercial quality outlet from the home improvement store (they are about four bucks vs the sixty five cent ones) - what you get for the money is a well designed spring system that grips the plug well and does not buildup heat.

Some people think you need to plug multiple devices in to create a fire hazard - that's not the problem so much as when plugs don't stay in their outlets well or the total wattage is more than the outlet can handle. Most home outlets are rated for 1850 watts, and most devices are rated to max out at 12 amps so as to be less than the outlet's maximum. With poor quality adapters. heat builds up rapidly even with just one adapter.

You could have 4 adapters plugged into each other with small loads like 10 adapters each 10 watts and only have a 100 watt total, but if you plug in 3 1500 watt items, you have a 4500 watt potential load, which far exceeds the outlet's rating if more than 1 is turned on at a time. HOPEFULLY the breaker will blow but they can be slow to trip on minor overloads (like 2000 watts) and that is more than enough to generate alot of heat at the outlet (and potentially a fire).

I have a large (about 25) number of devices plugged into a UPS but it tracks the load total so that if I exceed the 20A outlet rating it will alarm and shut down if the problem is not corrected. Most of my devices are 7-10 watts so its not a problem.

When expanding with adapters just sum up the wattage of the items plugged in - if it exceeds 1800 it's best to split the load across more than one outlet and one circuit (a circuit can span more than one outlet - like my original house wiring which had 2 outlets for "lights" and "plugs" all into one 20A breaker for each.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on May 27, 2010
It seemed like I was always unplugging one piece of equipment so that I could plug in another. The adapters that I found in stores were light duty. This adapter does the job.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on April 25, 2010
I liked the first one I bought so much I bought another. It's truly heavy duty and the individual outlets are well spaced.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on March 17, 2010
This is a well made outlet expander. It is actually heavy duty, and the plug connections are far enough apart that you can plug in AC adapters in adjacent slots, unlike most others.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on July 7, 2012
It gives 3 outlets out of one, and they are fairly well spaced. If you plan to use it for multiple cell-phone chargers or big plugs like that, this may not be big enough. The outlets are not too tight, so it's not really hard to plug things in it. It says it's heavy-duty and it tolerates up to 15 amps, which is kind of standard. Nevertheless, 15 amps is not that much, so it will really only hold up to 3 devices, so I wouldn't recommend stacking it or putting other stuff on it to get more outlets through it. If you use it on a kitchen, for instance, a microwave oven at full power, a decent blender at full power and a coffee maker brewing all at the same time is already a bit too much for this thing. Then again, it would be too much for a lot of home wires too. Also, the color really is extremely different from what you see on amazon (i.e.: not white/ivory at all)! It's so dark it's almost brown!! I'm posting pictures in an attempt to make this color problem more visible (I'm not sure it's any better...).
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on August 11, 2010
This adapter is truly heavy-duty. It has a rubberized finish on the outside, making it easy to grip. The connections are all solid - when you insert a plug, you feel the connection has been made and won't pull out easily.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on December 9, 2010
15A so it gets the job done. UL listed. Was a bit disappointed to find out that it says for indoor use only on the product. You won't find that anywhere in the description.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 6, 2014
This is a THREE prong adapter and it works. I took off one star because the color is not ivory, but strange beige color -- very ugly. Luckily, I'm using it in back of my wall so no one will see it. Other than that, it's as advertised.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 13, 2014
I understand that the picture makes it hard to see a third prong but considering it's listed as grounded it should be there and if it were not there I wouldn't trust three plugs that need to be grounded going into it!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on February 11, 2014
When I bought this, I thought the plug in part was just two slots. That is what I needed. I needed the front part to be three plugs. All my sockets in my house are just two plugs, so I thought getting this would help. Basically, it is useless for me. Otherwise, it doesn't really look like the photo. It is a off white, ugly colour.

The biggest thing I suggest, is they should add a photo of the backside of the plug, so people are more aware. If this is what you're looking for, for a plug, go for it. I would buy it, if it was what I wanted...
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