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One Huge Design Flaw for 3-prong transformers,
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The idea behind this is great, with the rotating outlets for transformers. However, look carefully and you'll see that they've blown it. On each side there are 4 rotating outlets, which are very close to each other. No problem, you might think, since you can rotate them. So let's assume you'll try to alternate one transformer with the outlet stick straight up with the next rotated 90 degrees so that the alternate transformer is plugging in at a 90 degree angle to the first one.
This works, except that if you have a 3-prong transformer there is only one way they will plug in, and that's with the cord sticking out/down, which means that the Belkin won't sit flat but will have cords pointing 'down', forcing it up in the air and putting stress of the cords running from the transformer. If many of your transformers are only 2-prong then you may be able to insert them so that this isn't an issue.
Belkin makes another 12 outlet device that's similar except that it's flatter and doesn't have rotating outlets. It only handles six transformers (3 per side) but they are very widely spaced. Also, it is heavier and seems of much higher quality.
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Initial post: Sep 17, 2009 12:12:26 AM PDT
SLIM JIM says:
if you position the transformers on each side, every other outlet you can comfortably house about four on the belkin. but i know what you are saying... that is why i bought several. besides it is still the best (in my opinion) surge out there!!!
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2009 6:56:53 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 26, 2009 6:58:55 PM PST
Posted on Sep 8, 2010 12:10:11 PM PDT
Put a 6" 2x4 under the unit, and it should have the clearance it needs so the transformers aren't hitting the ground. Won't look too nice, but it's most likely behind your TV stand anyway, so that shouldn't matter.
Posted on Oct 17, 2013 8:58:17 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 17, 2013 8:58:43 AM PDT
Definitely an astute observation, but 3-prong transformers are relatively uncommon, so I can understand why this was not a priority for Belkin. I'm not sure this warrants 2 stars, but to each his/her own. ;)
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