How To Buy High quality Aftermarket Plugs
When the plug of your favorite Makita power tool wears out, you start the hunt for original Makita repair parts so you can replace the bad one with the new shiny one. But sometimes you aren’t lucky enough to find what you want and you have to settle for aftermarket plugs and receptacles that may or may not be as good as the original ones. Lucky for you, there are few pointers that will help you to determine whether the product you are buying belongs in a fine range of high quality aftermarket plugs and receptacles or not. Like any other great product, a high quality plug shall feature the perfect duo of reliable performance and lasting durability.
An ideal combo of vigilant engineering, smart design, select materials and sophisticated manufacturing process is needed harvest great products that can harmoniously replace brand name plugs and receptacles giving end consumer the same feel, quality and performance they are accustomed to. Following factors define the quality of the plugs/receptacles.
High Grade Copper – Prongs and receptacles are made of premium grade copper, a high-purity copper that contains oxygen as an alloying agent, which is best suited for bulk of electrical conductor applications because of its high electrical conductivity and improved annealability.
Galvanized Steel – Internal posts of all plugs and receptacles are manufactured with galvanized steel that offers many advantages over other coatings:
· Low Maintenance – Galvanized steel is resistant to wear and tear and quality degradation rate is almost negligible.
· Toughest Coating - A galvanized coating has a unique metallurgical structure which gives outstanding resistance to mechanical damage in transport, erection and service.
· Long Life – Because of its ultra resistance to almost any type of environmental deterioration, galvanized steel has an extremely long functional life.
· Low Cost – Galvanizing isn’t only quick but also an economical process that keeps the manufacturing costs low increasing the margins of our dealers.
Grounding Pin –Plugs and receptacles come without a grounding prong/socket. Although the products are well insulated, the additional prong goes extra mile to ensure the safety of you and your appliances. If the insulation fails for some unfortunate reason, the third grounding pin will act as a safeguard.
NEMA stands for National Electrical Manufacturer Association. NEMA ratings are standards that are useful in defining the types of environments in which an electrical enclosure can be used. Make sure that the plug or receptacle you’re buying is NEMA compliant.
As a basic rule, ratings for non-hazardous locations are as follows: enclosures for indoor locations include, Types 1, 2, 5, 12, 12K, and 13; and enclosures for indoor or outdoor locations include, Types 3, 3X, 3R, 3RX, 3S, 3SX, 4, 4X, 6, and 6P.
While for hazardous locations the rating goes this way: enclosures for indoor locations include, Types 7 and 9 and enclosures for indoor or outdoor locations include, Type 8; and enclosures for mining applications include Type 10.
If there is an L before a NEMA rating (i.e. L5, L6), it indicates that the plug or receptacle features a twisted lock that adds to the safety factor of the product.
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