Sure, the holiday season might be over but we wanted to share with you a new product we got to check out called the Twist and Seal Mini. The company behind the product, Twist and Seal, creates covers for electrical connections you make and the Mini is specifically designed for your holiday lights. The idea is that this cover around the plug points of your cords will prevent them from being exposed to rain, snow, and other harsh winter elements that can cause problems to your lights light electrical shorts.
As soon as we unpackaged the product, it was obvious that the plastic shell was very durable. There was also a firm black rubber seal surrounding the edges of the Mini that keep the cords inside safe and watertight. It was difficult to get the Mini open when we first received it, but in a way, this is somewhat a good sign considering this product is supposed to secure electrical connections. The only real problem with the Twist and Seal Mini’s durability were the plastic tabs that held the cord protector together. They were quite thin, and after repeated use, it felt like they would just fall off. However, since there are five tabs around the Mini and you’ll probably only use it once a year anyway, we don’t think this shouldn’t be too much of an issue. Overall, it was quite clear that the Mini would be able to protect against rain, snow-melt, wind, and other harsh weather conditions.
We measured the opening, and it was only about 3/16 inches wide and 1/16 inches tall. Twist and Seal advertises the Mini for “Holiday Light Cord Protection,” which is probably the biggest it can handle. If you need to secure wider cords, like an extension cord, you should purchase Twist and Seal’s Cord Protect. It has a significantly larger opening, so it’ll work great for any outdoor extension cords (plus it is advertised to be much more durable).
The Mini complies with U.S. Federal Hazardous Substances Act, CFR 1500.44, Standards 16 CFR 1500 (.48, .49, 51), and N.E.M.A. standards for part 250-3R, so it is definitely a reliable product for small cables. Its dark green color fits nicely with its intended use alongside holiday lights and will blend into grass quite well. You can buy it in packs of 2, 5, 10, 15, and 25.
Conclusion (tl;dr): In short, the Twist and Seal Mini is a good option for protecting small holiday lights, but not much else. Overall, the cord protector is very durable, but since the plastic tabs are quite flimsy, it is best to only use it every holiday season. If you live in an area that gets lots of snow or rain during the holiday season then spending a few bucks to make sure your house doesn’t burn down or at the least your lights don’t break is not a bad idea.