Our laptops are currently being PAT tested by an outside company and weve had 2 fail so far because the earth pin has a plastic shield at the top of it (half insulated). These are official HP and Compaq mains leads, I was wondering if anyone else had come accross this?
If the earth pin is shielded that means it does not conform to BS1363 which makes it as i understand, not legal for use in the country....the only way you would get away with it is if its a figure8 cable and therefore does not require the earthpin
The bottom two pins have to be half shielded. It doesn't matter about the top pin.
Check it has BS1363 though
It has moulded into it BS-1363/ALP-60L.
Just found it odd that a UK plug would be made that wasnt legal, and used by HP.
this sounds like a chinese-not-understanding-ism
"So, these two lower pins need a plastic shield so people don't zap themselves whilst puting the plug in... Ok, then lets put one on the other pin too, you can't be too safe."
Pyroman (27th June 2012)
First plug I checked on my desk has the same on the earth pin, and our stuff was all PAT tested not long ago (and didnt fail)
Have a look here BS 1363 Plugs and Sockets
Picture on the second row of pictures down shows why they should be failed and replaced. Not sure if its an official part of the regulations, but that picture alone is enough to convince me!
As that lead clearly has an Earth then there should be no form of plastic shielding on the earth pin as earth grips in wall-plugs are close to the base of the pin when its inserted....if the plastic is in the contact point...how is it earthing? answer: it is not an is dangerous
Maybe my post wasn't too clear. Fully insulated earth pin, on Class 2 appliance or Telefunken cable = fine. Any of these 1/2 sleeved abominations ≠ fine.
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