Museum of Plugs and Sockets logo, small Overview of uncommon types
for special purposes
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In some countries you may find sockets that either deviate from the commonly used standard type, or are fully different. Such alternative plugs and sockets, can be used for various reasons, for example:

(i) local networks meant for electronic or medical equipment that have to be protected against voltage spikes or power outage;
(ii) circuits that offer a different voltage, frequency or DC rather than AC;
(iii) outlets for equipment that do not tolerate changing line and neutral (a possibility when using Schuko or Italian type plugs);
(iv) connectors designed for special spaces (raised floors etc.).

These uncommon types are still on sale. The museum has the following examples:

 

Argentina flag
Argentina
 
Polarized Schuko plug and socket.
 
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Polarized Schuko



Australia, flagNew Zealand flag Australia and New Zealand
 
Three variant AS/NZ 3112 types, and special plugs and sockets designed for clocks.

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Non-standard type I (1) Non-standard type I (2) Australian 110V socket, small
Clipsal clock plug
Denmark flag Denmark
 
Special types of plugs and sockets for electronic equipent, for hospital use and for ceiling mounting.

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Danish EDB socket, small Danish hospital socket, small Danish twist lock socket, small
France flag
Sweden flag
France and Sweden
 
Special types of sockets and plugs for lamps (ceiling or wall mounting). See row above for Danish lamps socket.

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French DCL socket
Swedish Lamputtag Denmark ↑


 ←← France
    ← Sweden

Germany flag Germany
 
Two types of polarized alternatives to CEE 7/4 and a type of connector for limited spaces.

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HNA socket, small Terko socket, small Quick connector
UK flag Great Britain
 
Two variant BS 1363 types, a special plug and socket for clocks and EPOS key plug.

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UK, non-standard type G (1) UK, non-standard type G (2) UK, non-standard type G (3) EPOS plug, small
Italy flag Italy
 
Bticino series of polarized plugs and sockets, designed as alternative to
CEI 23-50.

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Italian irreversible socket (1)


Flag of Poland
Italian flag
Poland and Italy
 
Three Polish variant CEE 7/5 - 7/6 plugs and sockets, and one variant produced in Italy.

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Non-standard typ E socket, small (1) Non-standard typ E socket, small (2) Non-standard typ E socket, small (3) Vimar special type E
South Africa flag
South Africa
 
SANS 164-4 comprises three types of plugs and sockets for special purposes.


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SANS 164-4 dedicated socket



 

Request for help

There are definitely more countries in which non-standard or alternative plugs and sockets are on offer*.  Any information about such material is highly appreciated. Please contact me; see  home page  for the address.

 


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