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    Improvements made to UK Plug

    RCA student radically improves the UK plug | ICON MAGAZINE ONLINE

    Pretty impressive, wish I could think of stuff like this!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CSNM-Carl View Post
    RCA student radically improves the UK plug | ICON MAGAZINE ONLINE

    Pretty impressive, wish I could think of stuff like this!
    Looks pretty good - UK plug sockets are quite chunky and big , been Australian plugs are quite small

    http://rsc.anu.edu.au/watoc08/images/plug.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by CSNM-Carl View Post
    RCA student radically improves the UK plug | ICON MAGAZINE ONLINE

    Pretty impressive, wish I could think of stuff like this!
    I saw this about a year ago and thought something was going to come of it but still waiting

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    looks interesting

    looks interesting but what is the current rating on the plug... i doubt it could take a full 13A continuous and how would i fit it to my custom made cables - it doesn't look like there is room for 3 terminals of 2.5mm^2... but i like the idea of the plug folded, very neet and sensible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by timbo343 View Post
    I saw this about a year ago and thought something was going to come of it but still waiting
    been waiting longer than that for the egg cooker.!!!

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    Looks like a promising idea, but the main problem as I see it is they don't look hugely robust. Adding moving parts to the plug increases safety problems too, as bits will eventually get worn down etc...

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    Quote Originally Posted by mjs_mjs View Post
    it doesn't look like there is room for 3 terminals of 2.5mm^2...
    Why would you try to get 2.5mm into a 13A plug? 1.5mm is rated for 15A!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mac_shinobi View Post
    Looks pretty good - UK plug sockets are quite chunky and big , been Australian plugs are quite small

    http://rsc.anu.edu.au/watoc08/images/plug.jpg
    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.

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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.
    Its amazing that countries have just one type of plug... Back when we started with electricity there was something like 20 different plugs, with different providers running production at different voltages, different frequencies for AC, and some running DC. Be happy with what we have I say.

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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.
    On the cheaper aussie plugs maybe, but i have never bent a pin on anything decent quality wise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FN-GM View Post
    I have always wondered why all the countries didn't go for the same design.
    Giz Explains: Why Every Country Has a Different F#$%ing Plug

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    Simply our plugs are big as we need to house a fuse. We need to house the fuse as when Britain was rebuilding after the last war, the ring main system was introduced to save on copper.

    We don't have just the one plug; in industry and other special cases, there are a plethora of designs. What we do have is a fairly consistent scheme, this is lacking in some other countries. USA for example where they have a variety of voltages available. A friend was in the States earlier this month setting up a manufacturing centre for his product, and the factory has transformers on trollies for stepping up or down as required.

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    Quote Originally Posted by p858snake View Post
    On the cheaper aussie plugs maybe, but i have never bent a pin on anything decent quality wise.
    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!

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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!
    I don't know if you have bunnings warehouse in NSW, but i went in QLD and they had some there. I had a UK strip plug, like this one, I changed the plug for the socket with an Australian one. Now i have a 4 way adapter UK > AU adapter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FN-GM View Post
    I don't know if you have bunnings warehouse in NSW, but i went in QLD and they had some there. I had a UK strip plug, like this one, I changed the plug for the socket with an Australian one. Now i have a 4 way adapter UK > AU adapter.
    theres a bunnings on the way to work ill pop in tomorrow, cheers.

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