[rescue] Odd power cords

Andrew Gaylard ag at computer.org
Tue Oct 30 01:12:49 CDT 2007

On 10/29/07, Peter Corlett <abuse at cabal.org.uk> wrote:
> On 29 Oct 2007, at 18:03, Mike Meredith wrote:
> > Although we *did* use all round pins at one point in the past :-
> >
> >      o
> >
> >   o     o
> Nominally, what, 5A? Obsolete since the 1960s or so, but you still
> see it knocking around. Mainly in pubs where they don't want people
> to unplug the lamps to plug in their laptop, I suspect.

This layout's the standard for South Africa.  It's rated at 15A.
It was chosen, I suspect, to be easy to manufacture.  I used
to have a plug from the 1890s in this layout: handmade from
mahogany, the pins made from solid brass turned on a lathe.

I think this is also the standard for India.


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