Gadgets & Gizmos

From the staff of the Tampa Bay Times

Keep holiday lights bright in the rain with Wet Circuits

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December

Every year it happens. We spend a bunch of time putting out the Christmas lights and then when it rains, no lights. Water gets into the connections and trips the ground fault circuits. I have tried taping them, putting plastic baggies on them and nothing works. But now there's a gadget for that.

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The Wet Circuits power strip is advertised as the world's first water-resistant strip. It's designed for continuous use in rain, snow or in other wet environments. Other features include:

  • “Touch Protection” feature makes Wet Circuits completely children and animal safe – sticking tweezers or other foreign objects in the outlet won’t cause electric shock
  • Smart fuse and circuit breaker can sense excess overheating (231-249º F) and discontinue any electric charge to prevent residential fires
  • Life-expectancy is four times that of normal power strips

Below is a demo video from Wet Circuits. If you can get past the cheesy beginning and the feeling that you're actually watching a vintage Godzilla movie, you can watch as the woman pours water on the outlets while a nightlight stays lit.

In addition to use outdoors with holiday lights this would be a good gadget to use by the pool, in the kitchen or on a boat. Pretty pricey at $70 but as far as I know, it is the only power strip of its kind.

[Last modified: Monday, December 13, 2010 11:11am]

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