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On his travels around the world, Vince the crew chief kindly bought me a suitably shady looking death-daptor to examine. The first and strangest fail was the wrongly colour coded pins.
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13 thoughts on “Red sea mall death-dapter teardown”
  1. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Graham Langley says:

    No fuse and connections that rely on thermoplastic parts for their integrity? Recycle.

  2. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Cooking With Cows says:

    The arabs are trying to kill us all.

  3. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Franko Walker says:

    A better class of death-dapter danger. 🙂

  4. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars cncshrops says:

    My 2 thoughts : firstly the hidden surprise with these devices is the use of thermoplastic that softens with heat to give a runaway failure. Secondly, why would you buy an UK adaptor abroad?

  5. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Billy Ponsonby says:

    Does Jedda have the UK’s outlets?

  6. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Grumpy Cat says:

    "Everything is made in China, the good stuff, and the bad stuff."

    But mostly the bad stuff.

  7. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Okurka says:

    All the good stuff is made in Japan.

  8. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars John the Fact Fddict says:

    well honestly I think a simple HRC fuse in ANY cord/flex is a good idea and should be MANDATED
    mainly that every device that connects to a normal AC circuit has a fuse for the rated power of the device
    inside the device when hardwired
    inside the removable flex either via an inline holder or in the plug for removable plugs (Like an IEC c13 cord used for most PC supplies)
    the fuse should ALWAYS be user replaceable and should be rated for the highest power of the device/flex and be capable of breaking the power of the maximum of it's rated voltage circuit(30-50a peak 120v in the usa ~60a 240v in other countries)
    I am actually quite angry at the lack of ANY fused plug replacements in USA electrical connectors as we have so many obvious fires caused by overloaded cords especially with old-fashioned tungsten "holiday lights"
    the data is wishy-washy over exactly how many instances that is but if we cared at all to fix the issue the number can easily drop to nearly 0 (yes stupid people will bypass blown fuses but at that point it is no longer a flaw in the system but stupidity in people)
    so this comment is a "shame on you" to the NEC who stubbornly try to make people not fall into the flaws of our electrical system rather than just fixing the flaws
    NEC just mandate all new cordsets have a user replaceable fuse rated for the power of the cordset or device
    sure we will still have some devices that will cause fires but over time we will slowly lose all those devices as normal wear and tear will have older cordsets be damaged to the point new ends need to be added or damaged sections of wires removed and then they can only buy fused ends so then those old cords will become safe compared to the previous versions
    you can even allow use of "micro breakers" for cordsets as long as they are rated properly
    just stop ignoring the only real practical solution because it will take a few generations to be fully implemented as even a partial implementation is better than nothing

  9. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Velvet Aeon says:

    We don't get these fun adapters here in the states 😢

  10. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars CyberWomble says:

    Not sure if it's based on a Mexican wrestler's mask or a Tiki god. Either way the cover would do in a pinch as a handy Halloween mask for my Action Man.

  11. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Bert Blankenstein says:

    In North America we have plenty of plugs with no insulation on the legs, and there is no fuse or switch at the outlet/cord. It is amazing we are still alive. Lol. The adapter shown seems ok, although I would rather do away with the screws and have a solid connection. Maybe some conductive thread locking compound?

  12. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars J. M. says:

    Got a good laugh from the thumbnail… The device looks like a sad robot.

  13. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Frogz says:

    i would actually trust those contacts for 13 amps without worry, they are nice and chonky, you should see the USA version, it literally has 2 flat blades that swivel
    …..okay maybe i wouldnt, i just saw the screws being used as a contact…. lol

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