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Horizontal power strip? Timers with plug on bottom?

I saw somewhere on here that someone had a horizontal power strip with the plugs sideways so that they would be up and down when the stip was horizontal and they were spaced a few inches a part. Perfect for mounting across the top of the inside of a stand with multiple timers. Where can I find such a thing? I'd love something about 24" long with 6-8 plugs.

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Just walk into any Target/Walmart/HomeDepot/Ace Hardware

They'll have DOZENS of different style power strips at most locations.

I have some power strips that have rotating outlets, but those are usually more expensive & I reserve those for my electronic gear.
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I want something like this that they have at Lowes, but this one is too long, I need something 24" to 30", this one is 36".
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I think I found it:
http://www.x1up.com/.sc/ms/dd/Power%...0Power%20Strip

The outlets are three inches apart, I hope that is enough room for timers placed side by side. I guess now I need to look for timers with plugs on the bottom instead of on the sides. Anyone have any ideas?
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I saw somewhere on here that someone had a horizontal power strip with the plugs sideways so that they would be up and down when the stip was horizontal and they were spaced a few inches a part. Perfect for mounting across the top of the inside of a stand with multiple timers. Where can I find such a thing? I'd love something about 24" long with 6-8 plugs.
I've got one of those, but there is no branding on it. This one has seven outlets so the spacing works for three timers. If anyone finds a specific model, I'd like to get a spare.

Home Depot caries a Belkin 10 outlet power strip. The case is metal and it runs about $30.00. I use those for multiple computer setups.
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Metal power strips are great, IMO, much safer than the plastic ones. I've heard of plenty of plastic strips failing, mostly due to poor connections which overheat and melt or burn the plastic but the metal ones seem to be much better built and not prone to the same problem... they might short out in a similar situation but since you are using a GFCI outlet/breaker (you are using one right?) it isn't really a big issue.

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Something like this?



They are ~ 2 5/8" at the widest point.
My personal search still continues - I still cannot find anything that I like for < $200

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Thesawguy, I don't know if this would fit in with what you're looking for exactly, but it has worked very well for me:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...FQ-f4AodazAAYg
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"...since you are using a GFCI outlet/breaker (you are using one right?)"

No I'm not actually, you called me out. I did install them in my kitchen and bathroom and I did read several advisories to use one for aquariums but I just ignored it. I do use drip loops though. You did however inspire me to search for these things which are about the same cost as the hardwired versions so maybe I'll budget this in for all my aquariums:
http://www.amazon.com/TRC-90033-Shoc...ords=gfci+plug
But this thought is a total drag since I have 6 aquariums. Thanks a lot.

And OVT,
I think the timer you posted is something like what I will have to go with, WalMart also has some analog timers with the plug coming straight down from the bottom which I might go with but I was hoping to find digital ones with battery backup.

What would be ideal is one timer that controls 4-6 outlets independently. Why does this not seem to exist?

"My personal search still continues - I still cannot find anything that I like for < $200 "

Is that what you mean that you are looking for too? If so keep me posted on any promising leads.
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"...since you are using a GFCI outlet/breaker (you are using one right?)"

No I'm not actually, you called me out. I did install them in my kitchen and bathroom and I did read several advisories to use one for aquariums but I just ignored it. I do use drip loops though. You did however inspire me to search for these things which are about the same cost as the hardwired versions so maybe I'll budget this in for all my aquariums:
http://www.amazon.com/TRC-90033-Shoc...ords=gfci+plug
But this thought is a total drag since I have 6 aquariums. Thanks a lot.
I got the same GFCI plug off ebay for less.
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And OVT,
I think the timer you posted is something like what I will have to go with, WalMart also has some analog timers with the plug coming straight down from the bottom which I might go with but I was hoping to find digital ones with battery backup.
Those timers can be found for ~$5 on the web. A battery will only help to save the programming, not power the timer , an analog timer will keep it's settings regardless. I'm using 3 of the above with minimal issues.

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Those timers can be found for ~$5 on the web. A battery will only help to save the programming, not power the timer , an analog timer will keep its settings regardless. I'm using 3 of the above with minimal issues.
But if power goes down time will be wrong. Mine seem to always wind up in the most inconvenient places for a reset. During DST my lights just come on later and turn off later.

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But if power goes down time will be wrong. Mine seem to always wind up in the most inconvenient places for a reset. During DST my lights just come on later and turn off later.
Good point. I need to trim less, think more
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I don't know if this is helpful, but reefers use this with power switches for each plug... The brand is called american dj.

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So I found these timers, had to get the dimensions from leviton, they are 2.75 inches wide:
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the little remote thing can be unplugged and could be handy for some future use.

The outlets on this power strip are 3" on center:
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This is to do 2 lights one just for a mid day burst, CO2, and airbubbler at night, then two outlets for heater and filter.
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