Electrical Plugs & Sockets

Electrical Plugs & Sockets

Description
Description

Electrical plugs and sockets are essential tools that allow us to safely connect electrical devices to power sources. Think of them as intermediaries: plugs are attached to the cords of our devices, and sockets are the points we insert these plugs into, usually embedded in walls or extension cords. They ensure a secure and efficient flow of electricity, powering everything from lamps to laptops. Their design helps prevent electrical shocks and short-circuits. Found almost everywhere – homes, offices, cafes, and many public places – they enable our modern, electrified lifestyles, giving life to our gadgets and appliances.

History
History

Initially, electricity was a novelty, lighting up a few bulbs. As its use grew, there was a need for standard connections. Electrical plugs and sockets emerged in the late 19th century to safely channel power. Different countries developed their own standards, leading to the variety of shapes and sizes we see globally. Over time, safety improved with grounded and polarized designs, ensuring efficient and secure energy transfer, making electrification of homes and industries commonplace.

Future
Future

The future of electrical plugs and sockets is moving towards smart and universal designs. As technology advances, expect sockets that can "communicate" with devices, optimizing power usage. With the growth of electric vehicles, fast-charging capabilities are in demand. One challenge is harmonizing global standards to make travel and trade more convenient. Safety remains paramount, with designs minimizing risks like electric shocks. Wireless charging solutions are also becoming more prevalent, potentially reducing the need for traditional plugs.

Common Questions
Common Questions
How do you install an electrical socket?

Installing a replacement electrical socket is simple. Install a replacement electrical socket by turning off the main power. Prepare the cables, strip the wires, and attach the Pigtail wires. Then connect the ground wire, and attach the neutral and hot wires to the receptacle. After attach the receptacle to the box and add cover plate over the electrical socket.

What is the line and the load in an outlet?

The line of an outlet is for the incoming power supply. The wires coming from an electrical panel should be connected to the line of the outlet. The load of an outlet is for power that is going out of the outlet. If you are installing other outlets, the other electrical wires should be connected to the load side of the outlet.

How do you tell if an electrical socket has power?

When you can’t tell if an electrical socket has power first try to plug in something else to see if the outlet works. If the electrical socket does not power anything it most likely has no power and its voltage should be tested with a multimeter. If no other electrical sockets are working it is most likely a problem with the circuit.

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Type A Plug & Socket
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Type B Plug & Socket
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Type C Plug & Socket
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Type D Plug & Socket
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Type E Plug & Socket
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Type F Plug & Socket
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Type G Plug & Socket
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Type H Plug & Socket
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Type I Plug & Socket
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Type J Plug & Socket
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Type K Plug & Socket
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Type L Plug & Socket
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Type M Plug & Socket
150
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Type N Plug & Socket
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Type O Plug & Socket
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Type B Plug & Socket
Scale illustration of the Type B Plug & Socket compared to other sockets

The Type B Plug & Socket is a 3 plug socket primarily used in USA, Canada, Mexico, and Japan. The Type B Plug & Socket is grounded, has an amp rating of 15 A, voltage range of 100-127 V, and is compatible with plug types A and B.

The outer pins of the Type B Plug & Socket have a width of .06” (1.5 mm), heights of .25”-.31” (6.3-7.9 mm), and lengths of .625”-.72” (15.875-18.23 mm). The two pins are set .5” (12.7 mm) apart, while the earth pin is centered and spaced .47” (11.9 mm) vertically from the others. The earth pin has a diameter of .19” (4.8 mm) and length of .84” (21.4 mm).

Set of dimensioned drawings of the Type B Plug & Socket labeled in plan and elevation
The Type B Plug & Socket is a 3 plug socket primarily used in USA, Canada, Mexico, and Japan. The Type B Plug & Socket is grounded, has an amp rating of 15 A, voltage range of 100-127 V, and is compatible with plug types A and B.

The outer pins of the Type B Plug & Socket have a width of .06” (1.5 mm), heights of .25”-.31” (6.3-7.9 mm), and lengths of .625”-.72” (15.875-18.23 mm). The two pins are set .5” (12.7 mm) apart, while the earth pin is centered and spaced .47” (11.9 mm) vertically from the others. The earth pin has a diameter of .19” (4.8 mm) and length of .84” (21.4 mm).

Set of dimensioned drawings of the Type B Plug & Socket labeled in plan and elevation
Type B Plug & Socket
Height:
Width:
Length:
Depth:
Weight:
Area:

Pins: 3

Used in: USA, Canada, Mexico, and Japan

Compatibility: Types A and B
Amp Rating: 15 A
Circuit: Grounded

Voltage: 100-127 V


Pin Width: .06” | 1.5 mm
Pin Height: .25”-.31” | 6.3-7.9 mm
Pin Length: .625”-.72” | 15.875-18.23 mm
Earth Pin Width: .19” | 4.8 mm
Earth Pin Length: .84” | 21.4 mm
Pin Centers: .5” | 12.7 mm

Earth Pin Vertical Center: .47” | 11.9 mm

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Type B Plug & Socket socket elevation, plug plan, plug elevation

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Type J Plug & Socket
Comparison drawing of the Type J Plug & Socket compared to other sockets

The Type J Plug & Socket is a 3 plug socket primarily used in Switzerland and Liechtenstein. The Type J Plug & Socket is grounded, has an amp rating of 10 A, voltage range of 220-240 V, and is compatible with plug types C and J.

The pins of the Type J Plug & Socket have a width of .2” (5 mm), length of .75” (19 mm), and are fitted with a .39” (10 mm) insulating sleeve. The two outer pins are set .75” (19 mm) apart, while the earth pin is centered and spaced .2” (5 mm) vertically from the others.

Dimensioned elevation and plan drawings of the Type J Plug & Socket with spacing measurements
The Type J Plug & Socket is a 3 plug socket primarily used in Switzerland and Liechtenstein. The Type J Plug & Socket is grounded, has an amp rating of 10 A, voltage range of 220-240 V, and is compatible with plug types C and J.

The pins of the Type J Plug & Socket have a width of .2” (5 mm), length of .75” (19 mm), and are fitted with a .39” (10 mm) insulating sleeve. The two outer pins are set .75” (19 mm) apart, while the earth pin is centered and spaced .2” (5 mm) vertically from the others.

Dimensioned elevation and plan drawings of the Type J Plug & Socket with spacing measurements
Type J Plug & Socket
Height:
Width:
Length:
Depth:
Weight:
Area:

Pins: 3

Used in: Switzerland and Liechtenstein

Compatibility: Types C and J

Amp Rating: 10 A

Circuit: Grounded

Voltage: 220-240 V


Pin Width: .2” | 5 mm
Pin Length: .75” | 19 mm

Pin Centers: .75” | 19 mm
Earth Pin Vertical Center: .2” | 5 mm

Drawings include:
Type J Plug & Socket socket elevation, plug plan, plug elevation

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Type N Plug & Socket
Scale illustration of the Type N Plug & Socket compared to other sockets

The Type N Plug & Socket is a 3 plug socket primarily used in Brazil and South Africa. The Type N Plug & Socket is grounded, has an amp rating of 10 A and 20 A, voltage range of 220-240 V, and is compatible with plug types C and N.

The pins of the Type N Plug & Socket have a diameter of .16”-.19” (4-4.8 mm) and length of .75” (19 mm). The two outer pins are set .75” (19 mm) apart, while the earth pin is centered and spaced .12” (3 mm) vertically from the others.

Set of dimensioned drawings of the Type N Plug & Socket labeled in plan and elevation
The Type N Plug & Socket is a 3 plug socket primarily used in Brazil and South Africa. The Type N Plug & Socket is grounded, has an amp rating of 10 A and 20 A, voltage range of 220-240 V, and is compatible with plug types C and N.

The pins of the Type N Plug & Socket have a diameter of .16”-.19” (4-4.8 mm) and length of .75” (19 mm). The two outer pins are set .75” (19 mm) apart, while the earth pin is centered and spaced .12” (3 mm) vertically from the others.

Set of dimensioned drawings of the Type N Plug & Socket labeled in plan and elevation
Type N Plug & Socket
Height:
Width:
Length:
Depth:
Weight:
Area:

Pins: 3

Used in: Brazil and South Africa
Compatibility: Types C and N

Amp Rating: 10 A and 20 A

Circuit: Grounded

Voltage: 220-240 V


Pin Width: .16”-.19” | 4-4.8 mm

Pin Length: .75” | 19 mm

Pin Centers: .75” | 19 mm

Earth Pin Vertical Center: .12” | 3 mm

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Type N Plug & Socket socket elevation, plug plan, plug elevation

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Type M Plug & Socket
Comparison drawing of the Type M Plug & Socket compared to other sockets

The Type M Plug & Socket is a 3 plug socket primarily used in South Africa. The Type M Plug & Socket is grounded, has an amp rating of 15 A, voltage range of 100-240 V, and is compatible with plug type M.

The outer pins of the Type M Plug & Socket have a diameter of .28” (7.06 mm) and length of .73” (18.6 mm). The two pins are set 1” (25.4 mm) apart, while the earth pin is centered and spaced 1.13” (28.6 mm) vertically from the others. The earth pin has a diameter of .34” (8.7 mm) and length of 1.13” (28.6 mm).

Dimensioned elevation and plan drawings of the Type M Plug & Socket with spacing measurements
The Type M Plug & Socket is a 3 plug socket primarily used in South Africa. The Type M Plug & Socket is grounded, has an amp rating of 15 A, voltage range of 100-240 V, and is compatible with plug type M.

The outer pins of the Type M Plug & Socket have a diameter of .28” (7.06 mm) and length of .73” (18.6 mm). The two pins are set 1” (25.4 mm) apart, while the earth pin is centered and spaced 1.13” (28.6 mm) vertically from the others. The earth pin has a diameter of .34” (8.7 mm) and length of 1.13” (28.6 mm).

Dimensioned elevation and plan drawings of the Type M Plug & Socket with spacing measurements
Type M Plug & Socket
Height:
Width:
Length:
Depth:
Weight:
Area:

Pins: 3

Used in: South Africa

Compatibility: Type M
Amp Rating: 15 A

Circuit: Grounded

Voltage: 100-240 V


Pin Width: .28” | 7.06 mm

Pin Length: .73” | 18.6 mm
Earth Pin Width: .34” | 8.7 mm
Earth Pin Length: 1.13” | 28.6 mm
Pin Centers: 1” | 25.4 mm
Earth Pin Vertical Center: 1.13” | 28.6 mm

Drawings include:
Type M Plug & Socket socket elevation, plug plan, plug elevation

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Type G Plug & Socket
Comparison drawing of the Type G Plug & Socket compared to other sockets

The Type G Plug & Socket is a 3 plug socket primarily used in UK, Ireland, Malta, Malaysia, and Singapore. The Type G Plug & Socket is grounded, has an amp rating of 13 A, voltage range of 220-240 V, and is compatible with plug type G.

The outer pins of the Type G Plug & Socket have a width of .16” (4 mm), height of .25” (6.35 mm), and length of .7” (17.7 mm). The two pins are set .87” (22.2 mm) apart, while the earth pin is centered and spaced .87” (22.2 mm) vertically from the others. The earth pin has a width of .31” (7.93 mm), height of .16” (4 mm) and length of .89” (22.73 mm).

Dimensioned elevation and plan drawings of the Type G Plug & Socket with spacing measurements
The Type G Plug & Socket is a 3 plug socket primarily used in UK, Ireland, Malta, Malaysia, and Singapore. The Type G Plug & Socket is grounded, has an amp rating of 13 A, voltage range of 220-240 V, and is compatible with plug type G.

The outer pins of the Type G Plug & Socket have a width of .16” (4 mm), height of .25” (6.35 mm), and length of .7” (17.7 mm). The two pins are set .87” (22.2 mm) apart, while the earth pin is centered and spaced .87” (22.2 mm) vertically from the others. The earth pin has a width of .31” (7.93 mm), height of .16” (4 mm) and length of .89” (22.73 mm).

Dimensioned elevation and plan drawings of the Type G Plug & Socket with spacing measurements
Type G Plug & Socket
Height:
Width:
Length:
Depth:
Weight:
Area:

Pins: 3

Used in: UK, Ireland, Malta, Malaysia, and Singapore
Compatibility: Type G

Amp Rating: 13 A

Circuit: Grounded

Voltage: 220-240 V


Pin Width: .16” | 4 mm
Pin Height: .25” | 6.35 mm

Pin Length: .7” | 17.7 mm

Earth Pin Width: .31” | 7.93 mm
Earth Pin Height: .16” | 4 mm
Earth Pin Length: .89” | 22.73 mm

Pin Centers: .87” | 22.2 mm
Earth Pin Vertical Center:
.87” | 22.2 mm

Drawings include:
Type G Plug & Socket socket elevation, plug plan, plug elevation

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