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post #11 of 21
If you have to carry a few around, I guess thats handy, but I don't see myself needing to buy one :s

Yes, all UK plugs are the same three pin layout. And evil to tread on.

I'm waiting for decently priced sockets where the actual socket itself can pull out of the wall, like an extension cable.
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No ground? in 2012... you'd think.... that you'd include it.
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I find this to be pointless, the power plugs here are fine, no need for them to fold into something.
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I could see why the folks UK and many other places in the world would like this. They're on 220 volt power which is usually more efficient for larger appliances. Since the outlets and plugs are intended for more current, they have always been pretty large. (North American OCNers, if you have an electric clothes dryer look at the plug - they are usually a heavy duty 220 volt.) Short of replacing the entire electrical infrastructure in places like the UK, a folding plug is the best way to deal with this.

 

@Mootsfox: 220 volt circuits don't need to be grounded.

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@Mootsfox; 220 volt circuits don't need to be grounded.
Since when? System voltage configuration is not the deciding factor on whether a circuit needs to be grounded or not.

(edit: keep forgetting to add "not" to my posts )
Edited by just_nuke_em - 2/29/12 at 1:07pm
    
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No ground? in 2012... you'd think.... that you'd include it.

Where do you get that from? If an appliance needs a ground then the plug has one (the big pin). If the appliance doesn't need a ground then the plug has a plastic pin instead. This makes it work like an American 2 pin plug.

Most chargers and power bricks don't need a ground as they are double insulated, it looks like that is the intended use of this plug.

True a ground wire would provide protection in the case of damage to the cord though.

Edit: It is currently a USB charger. I bet your USB charger doesn't have a ground pin...
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Quote:
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Since when? System voltage configuration is the deciding factor on whether a circuit needs to be grounded or not.


 

D'oh, I was thinking about the neutral wire and I pretty sure I was still wrong at that - 220V circuits sometimes have a neutral.

 

Pardon my mistake(s)! redface.gif

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It's a portable converter, correct?

I'm fairly positive there is a very valid point in having one of these, if you travel that is, as outlets change.

Do you get it now?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by _GTech View Post

It's a portable converter, correct?
I'm fairly positive there is a very valid point in having one of these, if you travel that is, as outlets change.
Do you get it now?
Nope. It is just a usb adapter for now. Here is the website, with more pics https://www.themu.co.uk/
    
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UK and European plugs are big for sure, but they are also super sturdy -- read idiot proof. By making them fold won't it just make it weaker?

And yeah, I thought folding@home too... redface.gif I guess it could include a low power ARM chip and suck a little bit of power and do both. Now that would be genius thumb.gif
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