Inner Wire Color Breakdown

When handling electrical wire, it’s imperative to understand and differentiate the corresponding color codes. Knowing the electrical color code is paramount for your safety and the correct configuration of an electrical system. Making the wrong connections can prove to be dangerous or even fatal. It’s not a hard system to learn and the information is handy to keep close by whenever you’re working on an electric wire. I am going to give you the Inner Wire Color Breakdown:

Note: each of the wires serves a different function and the color code of the wires will tell you what that is. Be aware, however, that sometimes exceptions do wires Continue reading Inner Wire Color Breakdown

Your Power Cord Is Melting? Here’s Why!

It may not happen to everyone and it may not hmelting cordappen often, but you definitely don’t want it happening to you. Today we’re talking about power cords melting: the how’s and why’s and what to do if you suspect it happening to your electronics.

A while ago, for example, there was a recall in which HP laptop power cords were overheating and melting.  HP received 29 reports of melted power cords, some of which caused minor burns and property damage.

So what caused this? Continue reading Your Power Cord Is Melting? Here’s Why!

A Letter from The Office Hero

People seem to believe that office work is the safest work.  Perhaps the lack of explosions or the predictability lulls people into a false sense of security. However, sometimes office work can be very dangerous, even given the somewhat slower pace of work compared to NASCAR drivers or stunt doubles.  Office safety is extremely important and should be reviewed, especially when it comes to power cords and hero

The first major issue in office safety is using old and outdated surge protectors or power strips. While your old power plugs may seem to be working fine, it is extremely important to replace them regularly.  Power strips are often under an enormous amount of electronic pressure and are powering a lot of different devices. Continue reading A Letter from The Office Hero

Never Cut the Ground Pin

Now the title of this post may lead to some initial confusion.  Some of you may be asking, “what is a ground pin?”  For those of you who are more familiar with plugs may be asking, “why would you even cut one off?”  And, unfortunately, some may be asking,  “what’s the big deal with cutting it off?”

Let’s cover some basics.  For those of you who are not up to date on plug anatomy, we’ll start simple.

ground pinFirst, look at a 3-prong plug (this one is called a NEMA 5-15P).  Notice that there are two flat pins shaped similarly with a third rounded one.  The rounded pin is called the ground pin.  Now, look at your outlet.  If your house or office was built after the 1920’s, you should notice that there are three holes (the outlet for a NEMA 5-15P is called the NEMA 5-15R). Two are side by side and one is at the bottom, forming the “mouth” of the outlet’s face.  This mouth is referred to as the grounded hole and perfectly fits the ground pin.

You may notice that two-pronged equipment works just as well as 3-pronged equipment in these outlets.  Maybe you only have access to 2-prong outlets but are stuck with a 3-prong device.  Or perhaps you realized that you bought a 2-prong extension cord instead of one with 3-prongs.  You figure the equipment you are using will work just as well without the ground pin, and decide to cut it off.  What you are doing, however, can be very dangerous. Continue reading Never Cut the Ground Pin

Don’t Be Shocked What The Holidays Bring!

It is crucial to practice electrical safety. Especially during the holidays! Here is an easy way to remember to be extra cautious this year, “The Twelve Days of Christmas” style!

On the first day of Christmas, my true love said to me, “Check for bare wires… before you wrap the tree!”


On the second day of Christmas, my true love said to me, “Avoid overloading outlets… only plug one device… into each!” Continue reading Don’t Be Shocked What The Holidays Bring!

Why You Shouldn’t Buy Male to Male Cords

I’ve read several stories on why people choose to purchase and/or make these male to male power cords, but for some reason, they’re referred to as “suicide cables.”

male to male 1Why? See, power cords have two ends: the male and the female end. The male end is the plug and the female end is the receptacle. When you plug the male end into a wall outlet, the female end or connector is ready to be plugged into a device or equipment, which will allow the electricity to flow through. That is a safe connection. BUT, if you plug the male end into an outlet and have a male plug on the other end, this leaves an exposed conductor (which is the biggest NO-NO).

Continue reading Why You Shouldn’t Buy Male to Male Cords

Avoid The 12 Dangers Of Christmas

How To Avoid The 12 Dangers Of Christmas

Dangers of Christmas

  1. Do not use electronics near water.
  2. Never sleep with electronics under your pillow.
  3. Keep batteries safely stored in their packaging, they can be deadly if swallowed.
  4. Do not leave space heaters unattended when in use.
  5. Keep decorations at least 3 feet away from any open flame.
  6. Never play with fire.
  7. Do not run cords under carpets, rugs, furniture, or out of windows.
  8. Do not overload outlets.
  9. Sometimes less is more. Be careful not to over decorate.
  10. Always turn off decorations when you’re sleeping or leaving your home.
  11. Inspect all decorations and discard any that are damaged or worn.
  12. Keep you natural Christmas tree hydrated and water it daily.


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How to Protect Your Electronics

summerheatpalmtree-587117Ahh, Summer.  It’s already  one of the hottest years on record for much of California, and in light of  soaring temperatures, it’s an important time to closely monitor your valuable electronics and data centers.  You’ll want to make sure air-conditioning and water-cooling systems are working properly, but there are more steps you can take to ensure your electronics survive the heat.

Fact:  Electronic devices tend to run 10-20 degrees higher than room temperature. If temperatures become too hot, outside cooling and ventilation is needed to prevent overheating.  While air-conditioning may fit the bill, in some cases you may want invest in an environmental monitoring system to ensure your electronics keep safe. Continue reading How to Protect Your Electronics

Holiday Safety: Outdoor Decorations

lightsNow that the inside of your house is ready go, time to tackle the outside! There are several mistakes that people often make, and Quail Electronics wants to make sure none of those happen!

We’ve said it a million times, but we’ll say it again.  Check to make sure all the wires of your lights are not frayed.  It may seem basic, but it’s something that can be overlooked and lead to a major fire hazard. Christmas lights aren’t made to last a long time.  Also, perform a test run of your lights. Plug them in briefly to an outlet to check if any lights are burn out.  Mark the ones that are burn out with a small piece of masking tape. Then unplug the lights before replacing the bulbs. Continue reading Holiday Safety: Outdoor Decorations