Museum of Plugs and Sockets logo, small Overview of types of
domestic plugs and sockets
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The museum is primarily centered around domestic types of plugs shown around the world map.
Click on a plug for details.  Other types of plugs and sockets are listed below.
 
  World map with plug standards

Nearly each type of plug and socket is used in a number of countries. An inventory of countries with their types of plugs and sockets is given in the IEC list of World Plugs.
 
Most examples of classic material are displayed together with the related standard type.

More plugs and sockets can be found in
the following sections:

Classic, porcelain plug
Classic, continental European plugs
Plugs and sockets made in Germany and elsewhere including special and uncommon types (1910s-'70s).
Phased out plugs and sockets
Examples of outdated domestic types. Some
models can still be found in Britain and Greece.
Wylex plug
Terko socket Uncommon plugs and sockets
Material, used for special purposes, that deviates from standards shown in the above map.
Appliance couplers
Classic porcelain and Bakelite connectors, Bulgin plugs and modern IEC 60320 appliance couplers.
Krania appliance connector
Multi-standard adapter plug Adapter plugs
Useful when traveling; makes an alien outlet accessible for the type of plugs in your country.
Plug diversity and safety
Illustrated overview of factors that have resulted
in a large variety of plugs and sockets
.
DC - AC, 110V - 220V
Chinese multi-standard socket Multi-standard sockets
Sockets with outlets for different types of plugs.
See also 'Multiple standard countries', below.
Map of sockets in Europe
In Europe you may find six different standards.
A table summarizes their compatibility with
20 of the most commonly used plugs.
Small map of Europe
Niphan plug, small Depot
Plugs and sockets that doesn't match to
any of the categories mentioned above
.
Certification marks
Plugs and sockets may have certification marks which indicate that they meet the safety
standards as specified in the given country.
KEMA sign

 

Country-specific pages
For various reasons pages have been added that are devoted to a single country.
Click on a flag for details and images.
flag of Argentina
Argentina
flag of Brazil
Brazil
Flag of Chile
Chile
Flag of China
China
Flag of Japan
Japan
flag of Russia
Russia
Flag of South Africa
South Africa
Flag of Spain
Spain
flag of Uruguay
Uruguay

 

Tripoliki adapter outlet Plugs and sockets that are missing or unknown
A collection is never complete. The 'most wanted' items are summarized.
Other items in the museum collection are of unkown origin.
Have a look, it might be that you can help me. 

Question mark socket

 

The museum has a separate wing for ...
 
Heavy duty plugs
Single and three-phase plugs and sockets for non-industrial heavy duty applications

as electrical stoves, dryers etc., equipment in workshops, farms and outdoors.


Note that an adapted style of plugs is used for navigation in this wing (see and click example at right).
3-phase navigation plug

 


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 Occasionally domestic plug standards are indicated with capital letters A - N. This is an unofficial classification system. The museum does not use the system anymore, but for your convenience links between letter codes and corresponding pages of the website are given below.

Types A/B

Profile type B plug
NEMA
N.America
Type C

Profile type C plug
CEE 7/16
Europe
Type D

Profile type D plug
BS 546
UK, India
Type E

Profile type E plug
CEE 7/6
France
Type F

Profile type F plug
CEE 7/4
Germany
Type G

Profile type G plug
BS 1363
UK
Type H

Profile type H plug
SI 21
Israel
Type I

Profile type I plug
AS 3112
Australia
Type J

Profile type J plug
SEV 1011
Switzerland
Type K

Profile type K plug
107-2-D1
Denmark
Type L

Profile type L plug
CEI 23-50
Italy
Type M

Profile type N plug
BS 546
S.Africa
Type N

Profile type N plug
IEC60906
S.Africa

 

Disclaimer     This website is a digital museum. Legends to illustrations etc. are not to be regarded as instruction manuals. We refer to documentation that comes with plugs and sockets for information about the proper and safe use of these devices.
If in any doubt, consult a qualified electrician !
While every precaution has been taken in the preparation of this website, the author assume no responsibility for errors or omissions. Neither is any liability assumed for damages resulting from the use of information contained herein.

 


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