15 amp remote plug for $2.68 at lowes if in stock in my area

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Forum topic by JerrodMcCrary posted 12-27-2015 03:54 PM 1219 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-27-2015 03:54 PM

Lowes has this utilitech remote plug for $2.68 if it is in stock at the stores around my area. I know some say it will work with the harbor freight DC, so I bought a few of these today to try on different things around the house.

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#1 posted 12-27-2015 04:18 PM

Am I reading that right…that is, it turns on/off by a sensor and the remote is just another switch? Seems like you would want to disable the sensor part for shop use.

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#2 posted 12-27-2015 04:31 PM

Timer for Christmas lights is how they market it I believe but it has different settings and you can turn the timer off and just use the remote to turn power on and off. The plug has a setting for it to power on at dusk and turn off at dawn, that part has a sensor to activate the power. I am going to try it with the Harbor Freight Dust collector and see how it goes. I bought a few of them so I could have a remote at each tool and attach it to the tool and not worry about losing it like I do my tape measure or pencil all the time. Some say the harbor freight dc only draws 15 amps even though it is rated at 20.

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#3 posted 12-27-2015 04:41 PM

IMHO that plug would never be in my shop, check out the thread on unplugging saw for blade change. I am sure that for under $3.00 you are getting the finest quality China can produce!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#4 posted 12-27-2015 04:44 PM

Instructions say not to use a load greater than 12A… and I would be careful, as it’s not designed for an inductive load such as a DC motor, but for resistive loads only. I imagine that if using it for something like a DC, the switch contacts will burn up pretty quickly… but they are cheap, so replacing them every now and then won’t set you back much :)


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#5 posted 12-27-2015 04:44 PM

That remote outlet is only rated for resistive loads such as lights at no more than 15A. I’m not sure how long that remote outlet will last with the peak amps that the HF DC pulls on startup, which is far more than 15A.

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#6 posted 12-27-2015 04:48 PM

Any switch can go bad and you should always unplug your saw when doing blade changes. A few threads popped up when I searched uplugging saw for blade change. I am not using this on a saw just a Dust Collector, so I can easily turn it on and off at each piece of equipment when I make a cut. After reading I can see how I worded it about being at each tool, but that is for using the dust collector only.

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#7 posted 12-27-2015 04:56 PM

It may not even work, I have just read the some have had good results using one of these on them. Ill update later as I use it, I don’t even have the Dust collector installed yet. I got alot of clean up to do in the shop before I can install it. Thanks for all the info everyone.

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#8 posted 12-28-2015 11:49 PM

It will not work with HF DC but will work with your shop lights. In case you forget to turn them off you can do it conveniently while drinking beer after a hard working day in the shop.

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#9 posted 12-29-2015 05:27 PM

Well I just plugged it up and it worked like a charm. Don’t know how Iong it will last but working now.

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#10 posted 12-29-2015 05:54 PM

I’ve been using one for the past two years now. You should be fine. If it craps out like mine did, I just a bought a new one. Also have one for the shop vac with a long hose

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#11 posted 12-29-2015 07:20 PM

I have either this same one or one very similar (bought at after Christmas sale a few years ago) in use as a remote switch/timer for my older JDS air cleaner (pre-remote/timer equipped). It has been working fine for me in that role for the past few years. I have it set at four hours and just press the remote one time when first going out into the shop and let it turn off on it’s own after the four hours elapse. If it so happens I get lucky enough to be in the shop for more than four hours I’ll just press it again.

One issue I did have is that the day after I installed it my air cleaner magically turned on when the garage door was shut. It turns out that when using the timer function it would either turn on when the photo-voltaic sensor was triggered or the remote was pressed with no way to disable one or the other. A couple strips of electrical tape over the sensor solved that problem well enough.

Now, I also at one time had an older remote switch (no timer or photo cell) that I had hooked up to my Harbor Freight DC to use in the same fashion you are planning. After installing it worked for about a year before either the transmitter, receiver or contacts just up and quit. Couldn’t get it to turn on for anything anymore. In the end I swapped it for a long ranger and have been much happier with it. It is a much more robust remote with much greater range.

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