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Re: Shore Power-SmartPlug vs. 1938 (long post)
Not to be a Luddite or Neanderthal, but after seeing all those charred "proper marine" connectors, I don't feel any trace of guilt anymore, for having used a simple high quality heavy-duty extension cord to bring power aboard from a dock post, for occasional use.
The smartplug seems very nice, especially having the thermal breaker built in. Although I generally don't like "buried" devices like that and would prefer to see some glaringly obvious pointer to it, i.e. so that any idiot unfamiliar with it could figure out it was there and had tripped, even in poor light without reading glasses. Something like a big bright red flashing LED when it was tripped. Or a SonAlert, or both. (He can send me a couple after those are in production, thank you.)
Edison's competitors were apparently right after all. That mystical oscillating AC electricity is just lying in wait, leaping out of the sockets to kill you in the night.