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The Doktor:
I don't know that it will be effective when installed at the outlet. But such a thing DOES work fine on a power cord. I've got a Farberware 3qt. deep fryer, purchased within the last 5 years, which uses a magnet to attach the power cord to the fryer. The contacts on the cord are pretty well recessed, you would need to make an effort to get shocked. Never had a bad connection, but it is easy to knock the cord off when you move it. But the big positive to the design is that if you, or perhaps a small child, accidentally tugs on the cord, it simply pops off and you need to stick it back on. And this happens without spilling 3qts of 375° F oil, which can cause discomfort if it gets on your skin  :'(

Ed

JolyGoodDay:
The site is a bit doggy but it is not a safety hazard. Not sure if allot of these comments are meant to be taken seriously since they can all be torn apart by logic, and seem to be along the lines of "you got to connect the black/red wire first or your car will blow up"

A plugs existence is the single biggest safety concern.
(Like the wall outlet)

CopperCone:
I think its cool but it sticks out of the wall too much. It should be recessed more, if the magnet bit was embedded in the wall I would like it.

I'm not sure if there is a fundamental flaw with it, but I feel rather unsafe having to reach my hand so close to the outlet prongs when I unplug things. You also have the situation where the screws on the outlet cover can be loose and the whole thing tries to push in.

Personally I would like switchable outlets with contactors in them so you don't have to deal with a extension cord when its energized if you don't want to. I believe this is unthinkable though because of how fucking cheap people are.  :palm:

I am guessing the design parameters for a traditional outlet are
-distribute clamping tension over a wide enough area to ensure some tug force requirement is met
-have a large enough electrical contact area to prevent heating (idk how well excess area helps with corrosion)

you can use these statements logically to construe an answer if the tugsafe thing is a bad idea, since your clamping tension area requirement is completely gone because you are entrusting this job to a magnetic field.

amyk:

--- Quote from: The Doktor on April 17, 2018, 09:43:14 pm ---I don't know that it will be effective when installed at the outlet. But such a thing DOES work fine on a power cord. I've got a Farberware 3qt. deep fryer, purchased within the last 5 years, which uses a magnet to attach the power cord to the fryer. The contacts on the cord are pretty well recessed, you would need to make an effort to get shocked. Never had a bad connection, but it is easy to knock the cord off when you move it. But the big positive to the design is that if you, or perhaps a small child, accidentally tugs on the cord, it simply pops off and you need to stick it back on. And this happens without spilling 3qts of 375° F oil, which can cause discomfort if it gets on your skin  :'(

Ed

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Yes, that's what I thought of too, and also what I thought of when Apple introduced the "revolutionary" MagSafe many years ago --- deep fryers, electric kettles, and various other kitchen appliances have had magnetic mains plugs for decades before that. A good safety feature, and definitely can handle the current since these are used in high-power devices, but probably not meant to be frequently disconnected under load.

https://appliancebuyersguide.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/zojirushi-water-boiler-plug.jpg

Why preorder when you can already buy them. They've been in production for decades.

http://www.weiku.com/products/5853527/UL_Power_Cord_Plug_magnetic.html

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