Rated 4.8 out of 5 by 28
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Panaman Nice design and safe
This power box is designed with safety in mind. The construction of the box is made out of metal. The way the door open and closes prevents water from getting behind it making it safe when it rains. I installed mine on the side of my barn to add an outlet and to control an outside light. The system could be wired to so that the switch controls the GFCI outlet if required as so.
April 25, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by JohnS Heavy Duty.
Top-of-the-line outlet and switch box, for outdoor use.
It comes with minimal parts. You will need some additional electrical parts and wiring. The ground wires are pre-wired only. It will be easy if you are familiar with electrical wiring as the instructions are minimal.
There are a limited number of wiring hole plugs on the back, but 4 of the sides have knockouts. There is no way to back wire the outlet, and there are no pigtails, so you will need to wire the side lugs in the traditional way.
I found I had to remove the switch to wire it as there was no easy access to the lugs. I wish it was not preassembled.
I upgraded an outdoor yard sump pump switch to a switch with a GFCI Outlet. It works great. I wired the outlet to always be live, and the switch to operate the sump pump. You can wire the outlet to be switched if desired.
Be sure to caulk and seal the back of the box, and the top and sides of the box against the wall, once installed to be sure it is water-tight.
December 31, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by LosRubios Easy to install, plenty of room for wiring connections and looks great
We wanted to upgrade the exterior outlet on our garage to a switched outlet and this was a perfect solution. It was very simple to install, comes with clear concise instructions and took about half an hour to install, including removing the old exterior outlet. It also looks the part in a nice subtle dark green finish.
The box screws onto the exterior wall with 3-4 screws (not supplied) and you have the option to either wire the switch into the 20AMP GFCI outlet or just have the outlet permanently live by not wiring in the switch and wiring directly to the outlet. In our case, we have an electric water pump outside our garage that pressurizes well water to various hose outlets around the yard, so I was looking for a way to control the well pump. The ability to switch the outlet on/off was exactly what we needed and the GFCI outlet provides added peace of mind if the water pump springs a leak and sprays the electrical outlet.
Wiring up the outlet was very easy. I needed a couple of short 5" lengths of 12 AWG wire to connect the outlet and switch to the existing wiring in the garage wall that was there for the previous exterior outlet. My only gripe is that while there are plenty of knock outs in the sides and rear of the box, the knock outs for the supply wire to be run into the box were towards the bottom and in our case, the ribbing on our garage siding made it impossible to mount the box using these lower knock outs. It would be nice to see a couple of upper knockouts on the back wall of the box for optimal flexibility.
When it came to wiring up the switch and outlet, the instructions were excellent however the switch isn't marked with a 'Line' and 'Load' so I had to use an electrical meter to confirm which of the switch poles I needed to connect the incoming hot wire to and which pole needed to go to the hot side of the outlet. There are acres of space inside the box for running the connecting wires which made wiring it very easy.
September 28, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by edieb WELL MADE HEAVY DUTY
My husband is old school. He has installed several outdoor receptacles in his time and had a few things to say about this one. The materials used to manufacture this box are excellent! It is solid and should last a lifetime. He was not necessarily a fan of it being pre-assembled. The knock outs are on the bottom. He would have rather had knock outs on the back. He also likes flush mounted boxes. This one has a dimpled back so it does not flush mount. That being said, he is very pleased with this receptacle and gives it a whole-hearted thumbs up!!
April 6, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by PHnoD Good stuff
Midwest model #U010S010GRP 20amp GFI with switch
Out of the box, first thing I was very impressed by the heavy steel and tough paint. My use for this will be for an outside access outlet for a small travel trailer parked next to my tool shed. This box has a small hole for a small lock in the bottom right corner, I won’t need that, nice option though. I placed this box on a piece of PT wood to show how the back mounting holes are tight for blocking weather. Pictures also show the thickness of the box metal, easy access grounding block. I had hoped after all the years that Midwest would have come up with a design that would not allow bee’s to hide out where you can’t see, yes the cover can be looked under but when in the open position there is a ¼ to ½ “ gap that leads to the backside of switch and outlet. PRICE was very fair, break it up into pieces and the parts would be more than the retail cost of this whole unit. I am impressed with this as a whole, I’ll rate as a 5.
July 6, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Historian The Right Product For The Job!
I have a hot tub room that I am rehabilitating. In the room, are a outdoor ceiling fan, and a water fountain that both run on electricity. Since these electrical devices are near water, I wanted them both to be powered by a GFI outdoor circuit for the protection of my family and home. I originally got a Backyard Outlet with 2-20 Amp GFCI Receptacles made by this same company for the project. You can see my review for that product on Home Depot's website. It is a great product, but it only dawned on me when I went to install it that my only way to turn off power to the fan and fountain would be to either install a separate switch, or unplug them each time. Then I saw this 20 Amp Backyard Outlet with switch and GFI Receptacle, and an idea hit me. I'll use this to accomplish what I want in the hot tub room, and then use the other box to add an outdoor power source to my deck in the back yard. On the deck, anything I will use that needs power, can easily be unplugged when not in use. In the hot tub room, the idea is to leave the fan and fountain always plugged in, and just be able to turn them off & on with a flick of a switch. So, while I ended up with two boxes, they will both get put to the perfect use.
Before I got this 20 Amp Backyard Outlet with switch and GFI Receptacle, I was a little concerned that perhaps I might have to rewire it for what I want it to do. However, the only wiring it contains is the ground wires leading from the switch and receptacle to the ground lug on the box itself. Perfect! Not only to they leave it for you to configure how you like, but they even provided wonderful instructions in both text and diagrams!
I like the way Midwest Electrical Products makes this box! There are knock-outs on the back, both sides, and the bottom to route your wiring. It is designed to keep rain, snow and most normal moisture at bay, yet ventilate, be easy to access, and lock to prevent tampering. And for people like myself, another feature I really like is they provide GE switches and receptacles that are approved for aluminum wiring! Most people are not aware, but back in the 1970's when our house was built, copper prices were high, so many cheap builders used aluminum wire for house wiring. That was a big mistake, because if not wired correctly, it can cause fires. So, if you are one of those unlucky people who has a house wired in aluminum, you need switches and receptacles that are rated CU/AL, which means they are safe with copper and aluminum wire. Sometimes you have to pay more for such devices, or they are harder to find, but this company was very thoughtful in providing them inside this box! As it happens, I will be wiring this box with copper, but it is worth mentioning the CU/AL rating on these!
All in all, I am very happy with this product, and the other box I got from them earlier. Thanks Midwest Electric Products and Home Depot!
June 24, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by GaryDoug Works just fine
First, let's set the record straight, this product in not made in the USA. It is made in Mexico as stated on the box. The GFCI outlet is made in China. Only the switch is made in the USA, by Cooper Electric. The parent company of Midwest Electric Products is GE.
Second, I do have some issues with the terminology used in the descriptions as "waterproof" or "weather resistant". The GFCI outlet has a label indicating it must be used n a "waterproof enclosure" with gaskets and caulking sealants. This enclosure has neither. In fact, with the cover fully lifted, any rain falling will be "funneled" inside the enclosure and directly onto the GFCI unit and switch. That is a concern to me as it can disable the GFCI resulting in it not protecting the circuit. The design of some other brands enclosures do not allow the cover to be lifted as far, and thus are less liable to this happening. I suggest placing a small self-adhesive rubber "foot" to the cover in a position to block fully opening it. See the attached photos.
The enclosure does come with the ground wires to the outlet and switch pre-installed, so that is good. Just remember to skip the steps in the procedure about adding them. The rest of the wiring is simple.
Tip: Every complaint GFCI module must provide a supplementary protection mode (Grounded-Neutral protection) that disconnects the circuit power if the load side of the neutral wire is grounded. If it is grounded, some of the leakage current through the shock victim will be routed back through the GFCI, balancing out the line leakage current that is being sensed. To check this function do the following once after installation. Turn on the power to the GFCI, reset it, and short together the line neutral and load neutral terminals. The unit must trip and disconnect power. If not, it is defective. If for some reason the load wiring has been done incorrectly, this can also prevent the GFCI from being reset the first time. The troubleshooting procedure does not make this clear. The push button self test does not do this test.
All-in-all this enclosure is a good one if you remember to close the cover.
p.s. At least one of the photos is of another almost identical item with two GFCI outlets instead of one GFCI outlet and a switch
May 6, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Palaranda Military strength
As not everyone that wants to buy an outside outlet is aware of what a GFCI is, a condensed explanation, then this is for you. That outlet is called a ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI). It's there to protect people from electrical shock, so it is completely different from a fuse. GFCI monitors the amount of current flowing from hot to neutral. If there is any imbalance, it trips the circuit. It is able to sense a mismatch as small as 4 or 5 milliamps, and it can react as quickly as one-thirtieth of a second, making the safety of the user much better than simply using an outlet.
This Leviton smartlockpro GFCI receptacle measures 7 inches by 3 inches with the door open and 7 X 5 with the door shut, giving the unit a lot of room inside and has the ability to use as a simple `line` or as a line and load. This can be wired omitting using the enclosed attached switch rendering the outlets always live, or as having it as a switched outlet. I am using mine for my garage door opener, therefore it suits my purpose to have it wired as `always live`.
At 4Lb weight, this is indeed a heavyweight receptacle. The design makes for only one screw to secure the metal plate to the base that holds the switch and outlets making very easy to remove to be able to wire it and replace. The door when closed makes for an all-weather protection. I did actually try this by spraying it using a hose pipe and then found that was still dry inside the cover. A well designed and solidly made unit with a strict safety code applied. The heavy duty paint should ensure many years of protection against the elements.
March 27, 2015