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Old 10-19-2013, 03:29 PM   #1
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I have a normal 3 prong outlet and wondering if it's safe to plug a non-polarized adapter in to it?

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Sure you can, what is it for?
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Nothing unsafe will happen by plugging an adapter into it. The question is, what are you going to do then?
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I had some incandescent rope lighting I wanted to plug in to the adapter.
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Interior?
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Yes interior
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Should be fine.
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is this what is commonly called a "wall wart"? otherwise what would you need an adapter for?
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It is not a "wall wart". A wall wart converts high power AC current into lower power DC current.

Now that you mention it though, I don't see why a non-polarized plug wouldn't fit into any standard 3 prong outlet.
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It is not a "wall wart". A wall wart converts high power AC current into lower power DC current.

Now that you mention it though, I don't see why a non-polarized plug wouldn't fit into any standard 3 prong outlet.
exactly my point, when he said adapter that was the first thing that poped into my head. btw they can also have AC outputs.
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When I lived in an apartment here in NJ, I was using a polarized and grounded outlet adapter (1 to 3 tap), and was told by the super that I needed to change it to one with an integrated circuit breaker - a power strip. They were having inspections of the units, and that was one of the things people were failing for. So I went to RS and purchased some good surge protectors with circuit breakers. That was fine. I guess they were concerned about overloading. The simple ones don't have any means of limiting current.

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When I lived in an apartment here in NJ, I was using a polarized and grounded outlet adapter (1 to 3 tap), and was told by the super that I needed to change it to one with an integrated circuit breaker - a power strip. They were having inspections of the units, and that was one of the things people were failing for. So I went to RS and purchased some good surge protectors with circuit breakers. That was fine. I guess they were concerned about overloading. The simple ones don't have any means of limiting current.

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That logic makes no sense, just saying.... SOOOOOO, if you have 3 devices plugged in that equal 15 amps, this is bad vs one item that draws 15 amps? See my point?
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That logic makes no sense, just saying.... SOOOOOO, if you have 3 devices plugged in that equal 15 amps, this is bad vs one item that draws 15 amps? See my point?
I don't see a point in it either, but at the time I had no choice other than to replace the tap.
I suppose that some of the residents were stacking the taps so that more than 3 devices could be connected, creating a "rat's nest" of wires. Still, if the breaker is rated at 15A, and the tap is rated at 15A, there shouldn't be any problem, regardless of how many taps and devices are connected.
The real issue is with extension cords, since not all of them are rated for the full 15A (or 20A) the breaker is rated.

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