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CordLatch Product Review

Have you ever had a power tool or other electrical appliance unplug itself from the end of an extension cord as you tug on the cord?

It's happened to me and it's frustrating.

In the past I simply tied the two cords in a knot. This is not a good thing to do with the cords and the stress of the knot often partially unplugs the plug exposing dangerous energized plug prongs that can short out or electrocute someone or something.

This is why I was intrigued to test the CordLatch device.

The yellow piece of plastic is the CordLatch. It connects to a bump you find on the end of just about any extension cord. The CordLatch ROTATES out of the way if you want to plug the cord into a standard wall outlet.

The yellow piece of plastic is the CordLatch. It connects to a bump you find on the end of just about any extension cord. The CordLatch ROTATES out of the way if you want to plug the cord into a standard wall outlet. Photo credit: Tim Carter

The CordLatch is a very simple accessory you attach to the male end of a plug.

Most female ends to extension cords have a bump that you've probably ignored for years.

The blue arrow points to the bump on the end of the extension cord. Photo credit: Tim Carter

The blue arrow points to the bump on the end of the extension cord. Photo credit: Tim Carter

The CordLatch accessory you add to the male end of your plugs in just a minute or two hooks onto this bump and locks the two cords together.

It's magic, it's simple and it's ingenious!

The CordLatch kit comes with everything you need to adapt four male plugs.

Each CordLatch kit contains:

  • Four Yellow CordLatches
  • Re-useable alignment tool
  • drill bit
  • Four threaded pins
  • Four optional washers
Here's what you get in a standard CordLatch kit. Photo credit: Tim Carter

Here's what you get in a standard CordLatch kit. Photo credit: Tim Carter

Each kit comes with easy-to-follow instructions on how you have to drill a small hole into the end of the male plug. The handy alignment tool that comes with the CordLatch makes this idiot proof as the alignment tool can only be placed on the plug one way when there's a grounding prong on the plug. 

All you need to do is align the letter "B" on the alignment tool with the larger of the two prongs on the male end of the plug.

Even the dullest caveman could do this.

If you want to end extension cord frustration, get yourself some CordLatches now!

Here's the CordLatch in action. You can see clearly how the yellow latch snags the bump on the extension cord. Photo credit: Tim Carter

Here's the CordLatch in action. You can see clearly how the yellow latch snags the bump on the extension cord. Photo credit: Tim Carter

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5 Responses to CordLatch Product Review

    • Based on my experience with plastics, it appears to be VERY DURABLE. Now, if you snag it and it's -10F outdoors, maybe you'll crack the latch. That could happen with any thin plastic.

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