By Anthony Capkun
April 30, 2013 – UL is warning consumers, electrical installers and authorities having jurisdiction (AHJs) that the duplex receptacle identified below may pose a fire or shock hazard. It does not comply with UL’s safety requirements and is not authorized to bear the UL Mark.
Referred to as a Universal X-Plug 120-240V receptacle, the duplex receptacle is employed in lighting controllers sold for use in greenhouses, indoor gardening and hydroponics applications. The receptacles may also have been sold individually.
The receptacle can accept plugs for either 120V or 240V products. A potential fire or shock hazard exists when the receptacle is not wired to match the voltage rating of the device plugged into the receptacle.
This warning involves about 2000 units manufactured by Zhejiang Trimone Co. of China in 2012.
The receptacle is a duplex outlet with both slots having a T-shaped opening. The receptacle can accept 120V and 240V, 15A and 20A plug types. It can also accept a polarized type two-prong plug, in either orientation. The receptacle may have E243553 stamped into the metal mounting tab.
The product bears an unauthorized UL Mark and the following:
The receptacles are known to be sold by Titan Controls as part of a lighting controller, but may have been sold by other retailers. (Photos courtesy UL)