$2 Chicom Combo Conventional/Powerlet Plug

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by duck, Jan 2, 2013.

  1. duck

    duck Banned

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    Was cruising Fleabay a couple of weeks ago and stumbled across this $2 plug that works for both conventional and Powerlet applications. Being crap from China I did not have the highest quality expectations and figured it was worth risking a whopping $2,50 shipped to check it out but when it arrived today I must admit that it's actually a nice little gizmo. It's made from decent, apparently durable plastic and has a pretty good design.

    So, here's what it looks like:

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    For Powerlet use, the red ring twists off. The red ring has a right angle locking mechanism similar to how a turn signal bulb locks into the socket so it stays on firmly and won't just fall off.

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    Then came the moment of truth. What does it look like inside? Actually pretty good IMO. A couple of little screws for attaching wires to the terminals and a little fuse at the tip. The Fleabay listing says 8 amps but the fuse says 250W on it. Unlike some other plugs like this the fuse and a spring don't come flying out when you open it up. Since the copper band serves as the spring the fuse stays right at home.

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    I tired it in a car lighter socket and it works fine. I tried it in a BMW Powerlet socket and it's a snug fit that clicks at the end upon insertion. It certainly won't be falling out.

    I give it two thumbs up.

    That's my review and I'm sticking to it.

    Linky to Fleabay item: http://www.ebay.com/itm/160931520245?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2649
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  2. ggoytia

    ggoytia Mobile Fatso

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    Thanks in for two been looking for a couple.
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  3. FatBob

    FatBob aka blinkerbob!

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    Looks handy. ordered 2.
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  4. Hughes500Pilot

    Hughes500Pilot Adventurer

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    Saw these last month on eBay. Ordered a couple and they arrived last week. Look good and work great. -Steve
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