Rated 4.7 out of 5 by 21
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
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 4.0 out of 5.0 by GaryWasher 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 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 5.0 out of 5.0 by Rusty High quality heavy duty outlet box
The color is great fits right in with nature. I am using the switch for a light we have outback and the outlet to control our water fountain and bug zapper. Or you can wire the switch to control the outlet that is in the box that way you can plug something in and just turn it off with the switch. I am very please with this box it is water proof and lockable. There is plenty of room when the lid is closed so your cords can exit freely. Its made out of galvanized steel so you could stand on it ( if you wanted to).
March 30, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by JMRoch exactly what I needed
My house is old and falling apart, just like me. Of the four electrical outlets that should be accessible from my back yard, none have GFCIs, one doesn't work at all, and the other two are practically inaccessible because of plantings that have spread a lot during the past 60 years (so I don't even know if they still work or not).
The only one I can use is several feet back inside an ancient shed about 50 feet from the house, so I have to open the door, move stuff around (whatever outdoor power equipment is out of season at the time) so I can get to the outlet, and then undo all that when I'm finished. In the winter, I often can't get to it at all without shoveling several feet of snow off the ramp in front of the shed door, which I have never yet been sufficiently motivated to do (I enjoy resting a lot more than working). As soon as I saw this product, I thought, "Aha!", so I ordered it.
It's exactly what I needed. I just drilled a hole in the shed wall, ran wires to the outlet inside, and mounted this on the outside where I can get to it easily any time I need it, and maybe not get electrocuted as a bonus. The cover is huge, with way more room inside than the itsy-bitsy plastic covers that are advertised as "in-use" but will accommodate only the daintiest cords and plugs. They may be okay for Christmas lights, but this one has plenty of room for two huge all-season 12- or even 10-gauge extension cords--even with the cover closed. The switch I don't really need, but maybe I'll discover a need for it later. I'm delighted with this box.
By the way, another reviewer made a big deal about rain funneling straight onto the outlet if you leave the cover jacked all the way open, but I can think of a solution to that problem that's a lot easier than mounting a bunch of gaskets and bumpers on the box: just close the cover! It's actually hard to get the cover open far enough to do what he described anyway, so it looks to me like a problem that was practically forced to happen.
June 26, 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 Tano Great receptacle for my outddoor lighting projects
This outdoor weatherproof receptacle box was just what I was looking for to install some exterior lighting in my back yard. The box is well built and of a very nice quality. I was not sure if I was making a mistake by selecting a box with an on-off switch, but have since found it to be quite handy. This type of box would be perfect for someone installing a water feature where you may want the ability to turn off a pump for routine maintenance versus unplugging everything. I liked this so much I purchased and installed a send of these on the other side of my yard.
May 21, 2015