Wednesday, November 21st, 2007
Review: WedgEZ Outlet Plug Remover for No-Hassle Babyproofing
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.
[A WedgEZ was sent to Thingamababy for review. My only mistake, with a second child due in 4 months, was not asking for more.]