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ADJ Products AC POWER STRIP (PC-100A)
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About this item
- CREATE AN ORGANIZED BOOTH: The ADJ A/C Power Center allows you to omit clutter and keep cords organized. Don't break your neck in the dark tripping over cluttered wires.
- CONNECT YOUR DEVICES: The A/C Power Unit is constructed with 8 120v 3-prong Edison sockets and a built in 15 amp circuit breaker that provide lasting power to your devices.
- SEE IN THE DARK: Each power socket contains a lighted rocker switch that makes it easy to see in dimly lit clubs. Never lose control of your lighting!
- HIGH QUALITY DESIGN: Constructed by industry professionals, the ADJ A/C Power Center is durably built and lightweight for easy portability and a design that will last years to come!
- EASILY CONTROL YOUR EQUIPMENT: Features 8 LED light rocker switches that make control of your fixtures simple and easy. Turn elements on an off with the flick of a switch. Each socket is individually controllable.
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The PC-100A from ADJ is a A/C power center with the intent to reduce the clutter of cords and wires. Make the PC-100A a part of your essential DJ equipment and save yourself the headache in the future. From ADJ this high quality component will serve you well.
The PC-100A is a creative product and ideally suited to switching out lights and sound equipment. Make sure that your next stage show, concert, or theatre event comes off without a hitch with the PC-100A from ADJ. Maximum Load is 15 amps or 1800 watts giving you plenty of power. The included 6 ft power cord is generally sufficient to reach your primary source of power, but remember to always get an extension cord as well. Make sure you make this high quality durable A/C switch the PC-100A part of your DJ supplies and save yourself a headache in the future.
8 Lighted Switches on Front Panel
Eliminate Extension Cords and Messy Wires
Eight 120V, 3-prong Plug Sockets on Rear of the Unit
A/C power center designed to eliminate extension cords and messy wires.
8 lighted switches on front panel.
15A resetable circuit breaker on front panel.
Eight 120V, 3-prong plug sockets on rear of the unit.
Ideal for switching lights and sound equipment.
6 ft. power cord.
Maximum load: 15 amps or 1800 watts.
Dimensions: 19" x 2" x 5" - single space rm.
Weight: 4 lbs..
120V/60Hz operation only.
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The PC-100A is a high quality A/C power switch that helps to keep your DJ booth wiring neat and organized with a central control point for you're A/C power cords.Ideal for switching lighting and sound equipment on and off.Control your dance floor like never before! This unit was designed with the professional grade materials to last for years and years.The lighted rocker switches make it easy to see in the dimly lit clubs.Also has a built-in 15 amp circuit breaker.
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NOT TO EXCEED 10A PER CHANNEL TOTAL
AMPERAGE ON POWER STRIP IS 15A TOTAL
If I ignore how the poor wording, punctuation, and newlines in the above statement create additional ambiguity, there is still a serious flaw. This is highlighted by the fact that the device is NOT certified by Underwriter Laboratories (UL rated). There's even a review which claims the device set itself on fire. I'm pretty sure, but not certain I know why these things are all true, and I believe they're all related.
So I took it apart.
The device starts with a 3x14ga heavy duty power cable. It enters the chassis, and the ground line is immedately bolted to the larger half of the chassis. There is a 2nd bolt near-by on the chassis which connects to a pair of 18ga wires, one of which goes to the top half of the chassis, and the other daisy-chains down the line of outlets.
the 14-ga neutral line dumps into the 1st switch and is bused down the row of switches. Similarly the hot line passes through the fuse then into the row of switches. Both hot and neutral buses are 14ga the entire length.
Switches are DPST, made by Lyadz, pn LY606, are rated for 20amp@125VAC, 16amp@250VAC. Sockets are rated 15a, 125VAC. Connections from the switch are 16ga. THIS IS THE FLAW!
Now I'm not an electrician or electrical engineer; I'm a software engineer, but It's my understanding that 16ga is sufficient for 15amp only over short distances, or 10amp over longer distances. This is a short distance, but because it's part of a longer run, I'm assuming that the problem is that the length of the entire path, times the gauge of the smallest current define the rating of the device. Therefore, this device cannot be certified at 15amp through a single channel, but it's probably safe to do so. So in reality you'll have a long circuit from your breaker panel, through this device, and back. It might easily be over 100ft, all in 14ga copper, except for two 1.5 inch segments that are 16ga. This was a really stupid decision that saved them a few cents per unit, but cost them certification.
But, at the end of the day, this device isn't intended to power a single circuit at full strength. Don't do it. You might overheat the 16 ga hot wire, melting the insulation, and short it to the chassis, causing a fire like that one guy did.
The real problem with this is that it depends on the user not being stupid. From an engineering point of view, that's not allowed.
Other than the big glaring problem above, I'd like a master power switch. Construction appears to be painted steel, and seems solid. All electrical connections except the ground bolts to the chassis are spade-type, crimped. There's a few spots where they've added extra insulation. Overall construction and workmanship is good. I would buy again, but I would be hesitant to recommend it. If you use it because you have a handful of light-load devices you like to control from one location, great. If you're using it because your devices can't all be on at the same time, you might get yourself in trouble.
Recommendation to manufacturer: discontinue product. Replace it with PC-100B, which has 14ga wiring from switch to socket. Seriously, it's like $0.10 more.... Don't make a Ford Pinto.
Two of these have been my solution to that. I have them mounted with zip ties on the back of the tank stand and I'm just waiting for the label maker so I can keep better track of what is what but so far I'm really happy.
The switches feel nice and tight, they all light up evenly when engaged, and plugs fit snugly in the back, just like they should (and their vertical layout is good for wall-warts.)
My only complaints are that it lacks at least one front faceplate mounted outlet (standard for most rackmount power strips/conditioners) and the rack ears are a bit thin (as noted by other reviewers as well.) These are not dealbreakers for me but did make me hesitant to rate it at 5 stars.
I’d say my only cons are the plug spacing on the back is a little tight so the blocky power packs some devices use don’t fit without crowding the outlet next to it. Easily solved with short 1ft extension cords. And the no ul listing.
I did modify it a bit. I used aquarium sealant to seal all of the seams and screw heads. After plugging in the equipment I painted the plugs and sockets with Plasti-dip from home depot. It is mounted high inside of my stand and is exposed to high levels of evaporation. Thats the reason for the water proofing. 10/10, would buy again.
Top reviews from other countries
Build quality and power ratings are good especially for the price. Perfect 1U fit. The only thing you might need to plan for is adapters that stick out above or below the unit - you may need a space above/below the unit to accommodate 'wall worts'.
Reviewed in Canada on November 12, 2019
The only thing keeping it from getting 5 stars is the colour of the switches. I ordered two of these at the same time and the colour of the red plastic switches is slightly different between the two. Not so noticable when powered on though.
I also wish the 8 receptacles were spaced a little wider utilizing some of the dead space on the back side by the cord. Plugging in multiple power adapters was difficult, I ended up having to bypass the PDU for some items I wanted to be switchable.
The individual switches are illuminated with what appears to be neon bulbs which should be long-lasting.