Elrod EPS 3 / Electraglide Grounding Concerns


Having read that the Electraglide Epiphany X is not grounded in several posts on Audiogon, I am wondering if the Elrod EPS 3 is grounded or not as well. I ask this only because the Electraglide and Elrod are both of the ribbon style power cord. I currently have my Elrod EPS3 connected between the wall socket and my Audio Magic Eclipse power conditioner. I just want to ensure that my equipment is being surge protected. If the Elrod is indeed not grounded, can it be safely used between my power conditioner and another component (provided I swap in a grounded power cord between my wall socket and my power conditioner). Any advice would be appreciated.
calgarian
calgarian5355
I have owned both cords. It's my understanding that the EPS 3 is grounded, and my experience with the cord supports this view, as every ungrounded cord I have installed in my system caused a ground loop buzz, and the EPS 3 did not. However, I don't have a definitive answer. You could use the EPS 3 to feed a power conditioner, and then use an inexpensive AC line tester to check the power conditioner's outlets to see if they test as grounded ot not.

It'd be fairly easy to contact David Elrod and ask him this question.
Tvad...
Thanks for your reply. Is there a website for Elrod Cables where I can contact him? I've yet to find it if that is the case. Please let me know.

I'll also borrow my friend's AC line tester to see if the outlets are grounded. I 'think' the simple plug in tester has the ability to see if it's grounded but not sure.

Thanks again!
I'll also borrow my friend's AC line tester to see if the outlets are grounded. I 'think' the simple plug in tester has the ability to see if it's grounded but not sure.

Calgarian5355 (System | Threads | Answers)
I believe that is the case.

This review has Elrod Power Systems contact info at the bottom.

You're welcome.
Thanks for the information Grant! Hmm..looks like I should be upgrading to the STATEMENTS based on that review! I'll let everyone know what I find out....I've sent an email to the email link.

calgarian
A quick update....David Elrod did reply to my inquiry and advised that his Elrod EPS3 (as well as all his power cords) is indeed grounded. :)

calgarian5355
You can check this easily using a multimeter (if you have it) or even using a flashlight bulb and a flashlight battery.
IF you don't feel comfortable doing this don't do it. You proceed under your own responsability if you do something wrong.
FIRST :
Disconnect the power cord from both the equipment and the wall. Just put your multimeter for diode testing or continuity and put one test lead to the third (round)pin in the "male end" and the other in the middle slot in the female end. If you get continuity you have a grounded power cord.
You can do the same using a small cable piece the battery and the flashlight bulb. I think you get the picture and should be easy to do. i.e. round male pin to battery bottom (-) put bulb to battery (+) and small cable from middle slot in cable female end, touch the metal part of bulb, you get light there's continuity therefore grounded cable
Disconnect the power cord from both the equipment and the wall. Just put your multimeter for diode testing or continuity and put one test lead to the third (round)pin in the "male end" and the other in the middle slot in the female end. If you get continuity you have a grounded power cord.
Sol322, that's a very cool trick. Thank you.
Tvad:
You're welcome. Hope you find it handy as it has served me well.
Luis