Side Socket Swivel Tap | Review

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Side Socket Swivel Outlet Adapter

Yes, it’s one of those “On TV” things that caught our eye while wandering the aisles of Target. Interesting, but does it really work? Could I use it in the shop? Am I stupidly throwing good beer money out the window? Why am I so drawn to gadgety things like this? Who are all these voices in my head? What can I say…I like gadgets – especially those that end up working.

Side Socket

The Side Socket is designed with one fixed set of 3 outlets and another set of 3 that swivels 90 degrees. Imagine the possibilities!

Not to be confused with the ‘original’ Swivel Tap with Surge Protection, the Side Socket has only one swiveling set of sockets, but gets the job done just the same. And it has built-in surge protection, although I wouldn’t buy it for that feature anyway. No, the beauty of this device is that it allows me to clean up some cord clutter in the shop.

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Technically, they designed these to be used behind couches and other heavy things that would give you a hernia if you had to move them simply to plug in a lamp.

Electrical Cord Clutter Problem

My issue was that cords plugged into the sockets along the back wall tended to get in the way of other things I needed in that area. Plus, since there were only 2 sockets, I was constantly unplugging one tool to plug another in and, well…you get the picture. Yup, I’m a little lazy when it comes to that sort of thing, so I figured I might have found a solution.

Side Socket

While not the end of the world, cords extending from these outlets tended to sprawl out. They got in the way of stuff – not good.

The $10 Solution

By installing (OK, plugging in is more accurate) the Side Socket in this area, I tripled socket availability and can now direct cords in a more convenient manner. Now before you go scolding me for having to much draw on the circuit, let me explain that these are not tools I use concurrently. I may have a palm sander and a vacuum in use at the same time, but generally nothing that takes more than hands to operate.

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The 2 cords along the bottom stay plugged in and tucked out of the way. That leaves 4 additional sockets for transitory use.

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Installation is a snap. Seriously though, I just figured you’d like a look at the back out of curiosity.

Side Socket Conclusion

I try to never take life or gadgets too seriously. They’re both supposed to be fun, right? This just happens to be a useful, helpful gadget – at least so far.

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I almost forgot – it has very Christmas-colored lights. Looks like we’re protected…

While I’m generally suspect of things I find with the “On TV” label on them – they tend to not work at all or give out shortly after purchase – I think the Side Socket may have found a place in the shop. I’ll let you know how long it lasts, but for $10, it’s an experiment that won’t cut deeply into the beer fund.

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Brad Staggs

Contributing Writer/Producer at Tool Skool
Brad has worked in and around the home improvement and tool industry most of his life. He was host of Talk2DIY Home Improvement, Co-produced DIY Tools & Techniques and is the author of Spend a Little, Save a Lot Home Improvement.