UL, ETL & CSA - Results
1. General test (UL 355 C1-17) The cordreel internals should be compliant with the proper type of electrical fitting and components so no shorting can occur.
2. Endurance Test (UL 355 C1-18) The reel was attached to a machine which cycled the cord in and out of the reel 6,000 times at right angles to the opening. There could not be any signs of wear at the end of the test.
3. Temperature Test (UL 355 C1-19 and CSA C1-6.12) The blades of the male fitting are connected to each other with 38mm of copper wire, one end soldered to each blade, and then sujected to a current equal to the acceptable ampacity of the cord. It should be capable of carrying the rated current of cord without a temperature rise of more than 30 Degrees Celsius.
4. Dielectric Voltage Factory Test (UL 355 C1-20) The equipment at the conclusion of manufacture, before shipment, shall withstand for one minute without breakdown, the application of 1000V ac between live parts and exposed non-current-carrying metal parts. The factory test may be made at the existing room temperature. As an alternative, a potential of 20% higher may be applied for one second.
5. Dielectric Strength Test (CSA C1-6.18) The cordreel must withstand, without breakdown, the application of 1000 V ac volts for a period of 1 minute plus twice the rated voltage applied between any two conductors.
6. Strain Relief Test (CSA C1-6.240 The cordreel internals were checked so ensure that a pulling force of 133 Newtons exerted on the cord would not be transmitted directly to binding screw terminals of a fitting.
7. Impact Test (UL 746C) The cord reel was cooled to -35 Degrees celcius +/- 2 degrees and secured to a piece of plywood laid on a concrete floor. While the unit was still cold, a steele sphere 2 inches in diameter weighing .74 kg (1.18 lbs) was dropped from a height of 1.5 meters on to three places on each side of the cord reel. No cracks could result.
8. Crush-Resistance Test (UL 746C) The reel was placed on its side on a concete floor over top a sheet of plywood. A plywood square 1 foot by 1 foot was placed on the reel and a weight of 220 lbs. was lowered on to the plywood. No breaking or cracking could result.
9. Flame test (UL94-94V-2 Rating) 6 inch by 6 inch plastic samples were subjected to 5 inch flame with a 1.5 inch inner blue cone for 5-5 second intervals. The time of flaming and flowing was recorded after the 5th interval. This test determines if flaming material drips from the specimen and whether burn through occurs. Self-extinguishing must occur in less than 25 seconds on the average of all 5 tests.
10. Freezing Rain Test (CAN/CSA - 22.2 #94-m91) (CSA/UL Special Purpose Enclosures Sleet and Formation of Ice Test) The cordreel was laid on its side in a -7 degree celsius room and sprayed for one hour with a fire hose. After 20 mm of ice had accumulated on a horizontal control bar the reel was tested to ensure that the mechanisms operated normally under this ice laden condition. Afer trawing, the reel was checked to ensure that no water was inside.
11. Heating test (CSA C 1-6.15) The reel is subjected to a 60 Hz current equal to the current rating of the cord until constant temperatures are attained. It should not at any point attain a temperature high enough to constitute a fire hazard.
12. Abnormal Heating Test (CSA C1-6.16) The cordreel was placed on four plies of cheesecloth with four more plies of cheesecloth placed on top. With a third of the cord left in the case, an electric flow 110% over the cord's rated capacity is applied for a period of 7 hours. Normally, heat builds to the point of reducing the reel to a charred mass before the test time is completed, however, with the breaker installed, the electricity flow is regulated and no fire hazard results.
13. Hosedown test (CSA 6.8.2) The cordreel was secured to a piece of plywood attached to the concrete floor. A 1 inch hose issuing 60 gallons per minute was played on the reel for 5 minutes. The stream was directed at the joints and cordreel opening from a distance of 3 meters. The reel was then cut apart and no water must have entered inside.