From: John Woodgate
Subject: Re: American vs foreign electrical parts and installations
Date: Tue, 17 Sep 2002 03:28:09 +0100
Organization: JMWA Electronics Consultancy
Reply-To: John Woodgate
NNTP-Posting-Date: Tue, 17 Sep 2002 02:32:08 +0000 (UTC)
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I read in sci.electronics.design that AC/DCdude17 wrote (in <3D85C4ED.C0B8C995@prontoREMOVETHISmail.com>) about
'American vs foreign electrical parts and installations', on Mon, 16 Sep
>> Take a look at the European "Schuko" plugs (their AC plugs) if you want to
>> see how a plug and socket should be made. They are solid, well made, and
>> unlike AC plugs here, it is absolutely impossible to touch the prongs when
>> they are live. Prongs are screw-machined out of solid brass, not stamped out
>> of flimsy sheet metal.
>Do you mean the two round prongs or three rectangular?
Schuko plugs have round pins. But both the Schuko and the UK plug with
rectangular pins are now available with formed pins instead of machined.
I can't find anything wrong with them, and the test schedule for the UK
plug is *vicious*; third-party testing and certification is mandatory.
Regards, John Woodgate, OOO - Own Opinions Only. http://www.jmwa.demon.co.uk
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