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General Chat Thread, Improvements made to UK Plug in General; Originally Posted by FN-GM But the Australian plug is useless. The pins are very thin and so easy to bend. ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by FN-GM View Post
    But the Australian plug is useless. The pins are very thin and so easy to bend. The british plug is one of the best. It is very robust.

    I have always wondered why all the countries didn't go for the same design.
    Not sure what you do with your plugs but been aussie a few times myself and ive not as yet bent or damaged an Au plug or the pins.

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    What I'm waiting for is 13A, 240volt power over wireless Ethernet.

    EDIT: And a mobile that supports it, with a built in charger.

    EDITEDIT: That isn't an iPhone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mac_shinobi View Post
    Not sure what you do with your plugs but been aussie a few times myself and ive not as yet bent or damaged an Au plug or the pins.
    Myself i havent. They look flimsy. I have a relative who has been there 35 years now and he has gone through many plugs.

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    Two points I've come across in the world of theatre; 1) Aussi plugs do bend if you look at them, but they do stack. No need for 4-way strips. 2) An Australian commented that you need to be licensed to change plugs there, which is why they are not so available to mere mortals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by K.C.Leblanc View Post
    What I'm waiting for is 13A, 240volt power over wireless Ethernet.

    EDIT: And a mobile that supports it, with a built in charger.

    EDITEDIT: That isn't an iPhone.
    I'd be more interested in the UK getting to similiar speeds that Japan and the east have using fibre optics as streaming blu ray / HD movies / Games etc to my house along with subscribing to a cloud company where you can pay a monthly fee and play any games for any platform whether it be Nintendo / Sony PS 3 etc

    I think its onlive that I am thinking of website wise

    OnLive: The Future of Video Games

    Once people have got there own HD possibly 3D projectors or 3D HD TV's would be good if they did the same for cinema movies where you subscribe to it and can watch all the movies that are in the cinema in a similiar fashion.

    Gigabit internet connection would be awesome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew_C View Post
    Two points I've come across in the world of theatre; 1) Aussi plugs do bend if you look at them, but they do stack. No need for 4-way strips. 2) An Australian commented that you need to be licensed to change plugs there, which is why they are not so available to mere mortals.
    They are available to us mere mortals... most hardware stores stock them (if not bunnings/cjnet are guaranteed to have them).

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    Quote Originally Posted by RabbieBurns View Post
    Bit off topic, but can you buy plugs and wire them yourself here? Everything seems pre-moulded, but Ive got a surge protector I need to put a plug on, but havent seen any plugs to buy anywhere!
    Yes, but you technically need to be a registered electrician to carry out the work other wise your insurance and stuff is out the window.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew_C View Post
    Why would you try to get 2.5mm into a 13A plug? 1.5mm is rated for 15A!
    My dad's 240 - 110 transformers, they all have 2.5mm^2. I would also use 2.5 if I were running a long distance (50M) to a bunch of audio amps. Mainly cos the voltage drop/sag isn't good for them. The 1.5mm^2 i use is rated to 16A.

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    Quote Originally Posted by p858snake View Post
    Yes, but you technically need to be a registered electrician to carry out the work other wise your insurance and stuff is out the window.
    The law states a 'competent person' can do some things, changing of plugs included. It doesn't void any of my insurance and I make up my own cables from scratch and do some wiring, where i am aloud to do so, in buildings.

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    Why would transformers need cable that size on the input? Output cables could need bigger cable, but the input?

    Better bet for the long cables would be a short jumper of 1.5 to a 16A CEEform, do the long run in 2.5, then jumper back down. That way you don't have problems with cable clamps, terminals too small, and no appreciable extra volt drop.

    The 15A figure was just the first I found, I thought 16A, but checked.

    Re. The licensed electrician - It is different in Australia!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mjs_mjs View Post
    The law states a 'competent person' can do some things, changing of plugs included. It doesn't void any of my insurance and I make up my own cables from scratch and do some wiring, where i am aloud to do so, in buildings.
    he is from Australia so it wont be the same

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew_C View Post
    Why would transformers need cable that size on the input? Output cables could need bigger cable, but the input?
    No idea - it's just what it came with, i just replaced the plug as it had been smashed in transit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mjs_mjs View Post
    The law states a 'competent person' can do some things, changing of plugs included. It doesn't void any of my insurance and I make up my own cables from scratch and do some wiring, where i am aloud to do so, in buildings.
    The person asking was inquiring where to buy the parts in Australia, so its safe to assume that is where they are going to be doing the work as well so i pointed out the Australian laws.

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    I dont have any insurance to void ;p

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