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  1. Wall warts shouldn’t be any more of a problem than usual, it’s just that when you aren’t using them, you have that extra socket… I do wonder though, if they’re all just a bit too close… Seems like three heavy duty plugs would be struggling to fit…

  2. Well, wall warts will only block the other two plugs if they’re polarized. Not all wall warts are polarized. (Meaning, they can plug in “upside down.”)

  3. @#1: How is that any better than just building an on/off switch into each outlet? It’s like a solution in search of a problem…

  4. @ #3: “If you had one of these, why the fuck would you use a wall wart?”

    Wall warts are adapters to adjust the voltage coming out of the socket for any certain piece of electronic’s power needs, not strips of addition plugs..

  5. I’m waiting for Underwriters laboratories to kill the frankenstein they have created with a larger monstrosity, six well spaced outlets at every wall drop.

  6. what’s the most common, large current household appliance? All this does is move the former multi-tap/extension cord fire threat into the wall-box. Better? NOBODY looks at wattages, they just keep plugging until a breaker trips or fuse blows. Hopefully.

  7. This triple outlet (“Triplex”) is Leviton’s new Acenti line. Since 2004, it’s been pushed for high-end architectural wonderlands.

    Advantages? They sure look cool! And the wall switches butt against each other, so faceplates align with switches, and do not have any vertical risers. Switches come with built-in blue LED locators.

    Disadvantages (other than high price) include a non-standard set of switches and outlets. Ten years from now, when you need to replace that triplex outlet, good luck getting a replacement at the local Ace Hardware! Also, Leviton’s installation instructions insist that the drywall must be dead-flat around the electic box. But oftentimes, the drywall has been mudded near the outlet cutouts (that’s where the joists are!). This non-flat wall makes for a wobbly wall plate.

    IT isn’t the first triplex receptacle; older electricians will recall stacking three Despard outlets in a standard triple strap. And the tightly packed Despard recepticles had the same problem: one wallwart would cover all three!

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