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Switch-per-outlet outlet strip

Discussion in 'Electronic Design' started by Norm Dresner, Feb 15, 2004.

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  1. Norm Dresner

    Norm Dresner Guest

    Before I drive myself crazy designing and building a one-off outlet strip
    with a switch-per-outlet, I'd like to ask if anyone knows of any such
    products that are commercially available. I've looked at the so-called
    "power controllers" or "power-centers" that are made for computer systems
    and every one I've found is designed to be placed under a monitor and
    therefore takes up a square foot or more of table space. Since the intended
    application isn't a computer room but a workshop with limited wall and table
    space, I can't really use one of these.

  2. Sure. We have some old(er) strips with 6 outlets and switches. No
    filtering or protection but solid and reliable. See the SL Waber
    model UL25PCB, Shape model UL208 or UL209, etc.

  3. Or, if you are into DIY, you can make out out of parts
    from any well-stocked vendor of electrical parts.

    A duplex unit with one outlet and one switch has been
    available for decades. And you can mount in conventional
    enclosure(s) of whatver size (1, 2, 3, 6) you can find back-
    boxes and trim panels for.
  4. Norm Dresner

    Norm Dresner Guest

    I was hoping to find something more compact that that.

    Considering the cost of the Waber strips (~$75) I may hack up a $15
    power center by cutting the middle out of it and bringing the two ends
    closer together.

  5. Michael

    Michael Guest

    Sounds like you'll be plugging and unplugging stuff quite a lot. In
    that case you'll want quality sockets, not ones with contacts made out
    of puny, weak tin-can strips such as many cheap power strips use. Back
    in 1969 I built a switch-per-outlet power strip using quality round
    sockets that dropped into holes I cut with a Greenlee punch. The
    sockets cost more than everything else. This strip with its original
    sockets is still in use today.
  6. N. Thornton

    N. Thornton Guest

    See Argos, £10. Of course that depends what country youre in.

    Regards, NT
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