Designed to protect SmartPlug connectors when not in use, the cover locks onto the face of the connector and snaps into its side levers, creating a waterproof seal. It is also designed to keep water out if the connector is dropped overboard.
The cover retails for $19.99 and is compatible with all SmartPlug 30- and 50-amp connectors.
The release of the cover follows the introduction in July of SmartPlug’s 50-amp retrofit kit. The kit, which retails for $350, includes a stainless steel inlet and a 50-amp connector and is designed to fit on 125- or 250-volt systems. Two separate cord seals are included and allow for installation on a 125V or 250V cable.
SmartPlug was launched in 2007 with the goal of providing a safer type of shore power plug than the twist-lock variety that has long been the marine standard. Its patented system uses straight pins, a sleeve configuration, weatherproof seals and a multiple locking system to ensure a stable connection. An internal thermostat cuts power if the plug overheats, and the plug’s asymmetrical shape makes it easy to align the pins and connect it, with no twisting required.