Review: WedgEZ Outlet Plug Remover for No-Hassle Babyproofing

Photo of my wife's hand gripping the WedgEZ claw as it pries out an electrical socket plug. An inset photo shows the gadget stored attached to a wound vacuum cleaner cord.

I wasted a lot of money and personal strife on babyproofing products with our first child. What I really needed was The Electric Claw. Okay, it’s called WedgEZ by For Our Future LLC, but my wife pronounces it "wedgies." The Claw sounds cooler than a high school prank.

Here’s how our babyproofing went:

Step 1: Buy a couple dozen standard electrical socket plugs, then realize that when you need to remove a plug you have been doomed to your own personal hell.

Step 2: Buy advanced plugs with two buttons you press to remove, then realize you need Herculean finger muscles to make them work.

Step 3: Buy suction-style plugs that claim easy removal by adults, then realize you may pull the socket screws clean off the wall before the damn plug ever dislodges.

Step 4: Buy entirely new socket plates with swiveling covers, then realize you don’t want to redo every socket in your house and then be annoyed every time you plug something in.

Step 5: Switch back to standard plugs and let your fingernails grow long.

Say hello to WedgEZ, a plastic outlet plug remover. It’s an orange sickle or claw-shaped piece of hard plastic that acts like one badass fingernail. In another life it may have been a pumpkin-carving tool.

Slide the thin edge between the plug and socket, and pull. The plug goes flying. The two words that describe this gadget are "easy" and "effortless."

Sure, I don’t want to go running for a gadget every time I plug a device into the wall. But it’s easier and cheaper than the alternatives, and the WedgEZ has four gripper prongs that allow you to attach it to a vacuum cleaner cord. Stash two extra claws around the house out of your toddler’s reach.

It’s priced right at $4 or three for $10. Standard no-frills socket plugs are dirt cheap at prices like 36 for $3, and combined with WedgEZ, you are set. I like simple solutions.

[A WedgEZ was sent to Thingamababy for review. My only mistake, with a second child due in 4 months, was not asking for more.]

Comments

7 Responses to “Review: WedgEZ Outlet Plug Remover for No-Hassle Babyproofing”

  1. Kaely says:

    I like the whole plate covers personally, though we have the ones that slide side to side instead of swiveling.

    They were especially helpful during the 6 months where we were living with my parents (we were hurricane refugees) who could not be trusted to put the cap back on after they were finished using the outlet.

    November 21st, 2007 at 4:57 am

  2. Mama Peach says:

    Our entire house is covered in those darn two-button plugs and wouldn’t you know, it prevents me from using ANYTHING that requires my little fingers getting those things out (like vacuuming, what a shame!)

    I feel like a kid myself sometimes.

    I will definitely be checking this tool out with number 2. I hope it’s available in Canada.

    November 21st, 2007 at 6:46 am

  3. James Carrington says:

    Thanks for the recommendation! I have been dealing with these outlet plugs for 6 months. I am buying a WedgEZ today!

    And I will take your advice… 3-pack all the way.

    November 22nd, 2007 at 4:17 pm

  4. Lisa says:

    Hmmmm………..I have 36 of these plugs on my walls. And if i want them off i just ask my 3 year old son. He’ll take them off lickety split! No wedgeez needed.

    November 24th, 2007 at 6:17 pm

  5. Jamie says:

    When I need to remove a safety cover from an outlet, I insert the metal prong on whatever electrical device I plan to use (typically the vacuum) into the small gap and pry off the cover. We’ve purchased a couple of different brands of electrical outlet caps and each brand has featured a small gap located on one side of the cap that’s just about the width and diameter of the prongs of an electrical plug – I just assumed that this was an intentional design feature.

    November 27th, 2007 at 2:27 pm

  6. AJ says:

    Jamie, that makes sense, however…

    1) Many plugs don’t have dimples for being pried out with an electrical plug prong.

    2) Some of my plugs have the dimple, but half the time I insert plug upside down and the dimple faces inaccessibly down instead of up.

    3) When I do have the dimple in the correct position and I pry the plug out using the plug prong, I end up seriously bending the prong… and not in a leaning sort of way, but at the prong’s midpoint bending it in half — which makes it much harder to bend back into position.

    4) pry… plug… prong… I hate alliteration. I’m sticking with WedgEZ.

    December 13th, 2007 at 10:52 am

  7. Jamie says:

    Ah, good point, AJ. It is tougher to remove the plug covers when they’re upside down (as I recently discovered). Glad that the WedgeEZ makes things simpler!

    January 5th, 2008 at 12:22 pm

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