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Thread: Crock Pot Sparks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adamjamma View Post
    My own opinion is that the reason why the british designed their outlets with on off switches in them is because they felt that the act of unplugging the cords would lead to the cords eventually breaking from the strain of unplugging them improperly while in a hurry. You want prove this is possible? Own IPads and have grandkids using them... see how many IPad cables you go through yearly. Now imagine it was not 5volts 2Amps but was 120volts 15amps...
    I was going to suggest that you make those kids replace the cables with their own dime, but then I see you said 'grandkids'. That changes everything. Continue on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by charlie b View Post
    I am concerned about this. The panel was replaced right after we bought the house, about 12 years ago. I do not know whether it is a type that can accept AFCI breakers. In one sense, the receptacles are not being replaced, in that they are essentially being relocated (from wall to under cabinet Wiremold). But the old ones won't be reused, so this is a weak argument. I will discuss with the assigned electrician, but only if he or she mentions it first.

    If it was replaced with something "new" 12 years ago, it has AFCI's that are listed to work in it. Same product lines being made today were available then.

    Quote Originally Posted by Adamjamma View Post
    My own opinion is that the reason why the british designed their outlets with on off switches in them is because they felt that the act of unplugging the cords would lead to the cords eventually breaking from the strain of unplugging them improperly while in a hurry. You want prove this is possible? Own IPads and have grandkids using them... see how many IPad cables you go through yearly. Now imagine it was not 5volts 2Amps but was 120volts 15amps...
    I don't see how a switch effects the strain put on the cord when pulling on the cord instead of pulling on the plug itself, unless this switch also would have a mechanical "jaw release" for the receptacle.
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    with the switch in place, you turn off the switch but leave the device plugged in... no current draw...
    unlike those devices plugged in with no switches to use. they stay using a small amount of electricity on standby.
    Most days here in UK I use less than 4 pence electricity per minute, except when heating stuff, and sometimes it is less than 2 pence per minute... for a three floor home with kids, adults, all electric.

    So, I prefer the built in switches like the UK uses but only have that if I use specialty switch/outlet devices. But, considering it yet wife says it is OTT..lol... Which is why I spend so much time trying to figure out what the standby current is for the battery systems... off grid gets tricky that way...lol...

    But, when connected to grid, not too worried about the minimal draw of leaving the microwave plugged in all the time.
    Student of electrical codes. Please Take others advice first.

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