Add more – and safer – outlets to your home without requiring an electrician


If you’re reading this, you probably have a lot of gadgets – maybe more than you have outlets in your home.  Some of you also have young children, and you’ve probably spent a lot of money on gizmos to try to prevent the little ones from harming themselves by sticking things into the outlets you have.  There are a lot of new outlets on the market that you could have installed in your home that add USB jacks to the wall outlets and others that incorporate child-safe plug covers, but those all require you (or a hired electrician) to wire them into your home wiring.  You can increase the numbers of the outlets in your home and make them child-safe without unscrewing a single outlet cover with the INLET from LivingPlug.  The INLET plugs into an existing double outlet, covering the faceplate and sitting flush against the wall, and coverts it into a triple outlet plus one 2.1A USB jack.  The outlets have been designed to allow no power to flow when a metallic object is inserted into only one side of the receptacle to keep your child safe.  INLET has a surge protector inside and a power button on top to turn off all those power vampires.  Optional covers for the INLET are available, like the wooden or the wallpaper-covered examples above.  You will even be able to order custom faceplates with your own images on them.

An INLET is $25.00;  faceplates will range from $15 to $40.  Online ordering will be available soon; you can leave your email to be notified when it’s available.

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9 comments… add one
  • Andrew Baker October 14, 2013, 7:03 pm

    This is really a cool idea

  • sam October 16, 2013, 9:01 am

    Does not take it far enough, but a good start. If i would use them i would want a full enclosure that hides the cords also. Simply add sides to the cover and run it down to the floor imitating bothe walcovering or paint schemes to blend and hide everything. I hate it when some one does not think a gadgets purposes all the way through to offer something to the buyers that serves to eliminate all the problems or desires one would like to eliminate.

  • AnthonyL October 16, 2013, 9:37 am

    Not sure in the US, but here in Canada you can pick one up one that has 6 outlets with serge protector for the last 10+ years for the same price at local Home Depot, Lowes, Canadian Tire or Home Hardware.

  • Janet Cloninger October 16, 2013, 9:46 am

    @AnthonyL Are you talking about an INLET LivingPlug with six outlets and a surge protector or are you talking about a standard power strip?

  • AnthonyL October 16, 2013, 11:05 am

    @Janet Cloninger
    It the same shape and size as the INLET LivingPlug, but with six outlets. In the back you have 2 sets of 3 prongs (3 goes into top outlet and the 3 goes into bottom outlet) . The only difference you don’t have the faceplates.

  • Janet Cloninger October 16, 2013, 11:17 am

    @AnthonyL Nice! The only place I’d really need something like this is behind my desk, where nobody would see it anyway. It would be nice not to have a power strip, its cable, and all the other cables snaking around under my desk! I’ll have to see if we have anything similar in the US.

  • AnthonyL October 16, 2013, 1:14 pm

    @Janet Cloninger
    Here the same one that I got at Home Depot. It on site.

  • Janet Cloninger October 16, 2013, 1:27 pm

    Thanks, Anthony! This looks like what I need for my desk and maybe my TV setup.

  • Thomas July 6, 2014, 5:25 pm

    Maybe the writer should add in the “cover your ass” statement when writing about these. Just haphazardly adding outlets to a circuit without checking the load on the existing circuit *could* be bad. A regular 15 amp circuit is able to handle a certain amount of items plugged in that total up to the safe load before tripping the breaker (hopefully). Often times, we add power strips, extension cords and more to where we push the safe load for a circuit without considering the power draw.
    Yes, it would be safe if the other items in that same circuit are not drawing power (like if these were all over the house and you powered off the entire outlet). But adding 15 extra outlets to an existing circuit could spell disaster. Just be safe and never add more than 1 of these type of additional outlet items to a circuit and you may be safe(r). Or total up the power draw of the items on the circuit and ensure the total load is well below the safe power load limit.

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