Sold by Woods under the YellowJacket brand, this little gizmo is the pinnacle of cube-tap evolution, plain and simple. It turns a single extension cord outlet into five, and locks itself onto the cord that feeds it. There’s one lock for the inlet and a second lock for one outlet, so you can insert this at the junction of two cords and they won’t come apart.
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The locking mechanism is deceptively simple, and works surprisingly well with a variety of cord diameters and jacket materials. The package explains it well:
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Curiously, the package says to use a cord having a “minimum wire size of 12 AWG” — despite the adapter’s 15-amp rating — which matches that of 14 AWG. I couldn’t bend my gonzo 10 AWG Genset cord tight enough to fit the locking mechanism, however.
Also of note are the little “web” areas between the outlets on either side. There are no electrical parts there, so they’re a natural place to drive screws if you want to secure the adapter to a mobile tool stand or something.
This adapter works well enough — and is sturdy enough — that I’ve almost stopped looking for user-appliable multi-outlet cord ends. Why is it that you can build your own extension cords with single outlets, but the triple-tap ends don’t seem to be available in do-it-yourself format? The bulky 4×4 box is hardly optimal, but it’s been my only option for building distribution cords — until now.
Street pricing starts around $11.