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Note that in the list below 'plugs' refer in most cases to both plugs and sockets.

 

General information
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Plug diversity and safety
Origin of US flat blade plugs
Origin of Schuko plugs
pre-IEC 60320 appliance connectors
Manufacturers (
links to 24 countries)
 
Three-phase AC generator
Three-phase transformers
Split-phase wiring
Radial and ring circuits
Knob and Tube (classic US wiring technique)
Locking plugs (
links to different types)
Socket safety shutter (3 types explained)

Bakelite molding marks (MPAD, DAMW, PF)
Certification marks
DDR quality marks

Plug standards*

* Standards may occupy two or
more pages. Links are given
on the first page.
AS/NZS 3112
BS 546
BS 1363
CEE 7/1, 7/2 (7/1 = socket; 7/2 = plug)
CEE 7/3, 7/4
CEE 7/5, 7/6
CEE 7/7
CEE 7/16
CEE 7/17
CEI 23-50
GOST 7396
IEC 60309 (CEE 17)
IEC 60320
IEC 60906-1
IEC 62196
IRAM 2063, 2071 and 2073
IS 1293
JIS 8303
NBR 14136
NEMA ...

SB 107-2D1

TIS 166-2549

Australia, New Zealand, China, Argentina, ...
UK and (former) countries of British commonwealth
prime UK standard but also used elsewhere
European not earthed devices other than 7/16 and 7/17
European earthed devices, also known as Schuko
European earthed devices; socket has an earth pin
Plugs that fit in 7/1, 7/3 and 7/5 sockets
European 2.5 Amp plug; fits in all European sockets
Not earthed 16A plug; fits in both 7/3 and 7/5 sockets
Italy, Chile, ...
Russia and countries of former Soviet Union
International industrial plug standard
International standard for appliance couplers
International standard for 230 Volt domestic plug
International standard for electrical vehicle plugs
Argentina
India
Japan
Brazilian variant of IEC 60906-1
Series of US standards, also used in Canada, Mexico
South Africa
Denmark
Israel
Thailand
Special plugs
and sockets
Adapter plugs
Locking plugs (
page with links to ...)
Multi-standard sockets
Uncommon plugs (
links to ...)

Making plugs accessible to a non-matching socket
Child safety measure
Sockets in countries that use several plug standards
Plugs used for various types of special purposes
Country specific pages Argentina   Brazil   Chile   China
Czech Republic   Greece   Japan   Russia   Slovakia   South Africa  
Spain   Uruguay


Classic plugs*

* Links to obsolete plugs can
also be found on standard and country specific pages.

Appliance connectors (links to ...)
Continental European plugs (links)
Former GDR (DDR)
Greek Tripoliki plug
Wooden plugs

British phased out plugs:

Bayonet Cap
Bulgin and Belling Lee (connector p;ugs)
Britmac
BS 372 Part I (not earthed plugs)
Crater
Dorman & Smith
Fitall
Walsall
Wylex

Heavy duty and three-phase plugs
Current and classic plugs in ...:
Perilex


Australia / New Zealand   Belgium   Denmark   France  Germany   IEC 60309   IEC 62096   Italy   Japan
North America   Poland   Spain   Switzerland 
Other pages About the collection
About the collector
Acknowledgments
Classification of standards (A, B, C ... N)
Compatibility (re. European sockets)
Depot
Disclaimer
Links to other museums
Unknown plugs
Pages showing a single device in detail:

Academy Cube (US)
Crater adaptable plug (UK)
Easy-Pull plug handle (South Africa)
Fitall 5 in 1 plug (UK)
Kontakt AG 3-phase plug (Germany)
Maehler & Kaege locking plug (Germany)
Neutrik PowerCON (Liechtenstein)






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