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Earthed CEE 7/3-7/4 (Schuko) and not earthed CEE 7/1-7/2 are the current standards for domestic plugs and sockets in Spain. See image nos 1-6.

In the past regional electricity companies have introduced various other types, as material similar to Swiss, Italian and U.S. plugs and sockets. Some of these sockets can still be found In older homes.
See image nos 7-12 and no. 17.

Classic material is shown in image nos 13-16. Find more Spanish material in the heavy duty section.

Notably Swiss and Italian types are still available for replacement. A part of the material shown below has been ordered at outletelectricidad.com.
Moreover, material has been donated by Spezialelectric {FSE} and Electroromera {JRC}.

Logos found on material displayed below are shown at the bottom of the page.

 

Schuko socket made by Superfil
Not earthed socket made by Plastimetal

Electroromera

Instalaciones eléctricas
Venta de material eléctrico

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Villanueva del Arzobispo (Jaén)
Spain


Schuko plug made by Superfil
16A not earthed plug
10A not earthed plug made by Solera
Spanish low amperage plugs

1, 3 CEE 7/3 socket and matching CEE 7/4 plug, rated at 16A - 250V. Manufacturer: Superfil.
2 Not earthed, CEE 7/1 standard socket, rated at 10A - 250V. Contact holes have a diameter of 5.1 mm. Manufacturer: Plastimetal.
4 CEE 7/2 plug with 4.8 mm pins. Rating is not indicated, but pin size suggests 16A. The plug has a Europlug-like shape, but does not fit in Europlug specific sockets, because of its thickness (19 mm). Manufacturer: not indicated (Superfil ?).
5 Plug similar to Europlugs (CEE 7/16). 4.0 mm pins have insulating sleeves. The rewirable plug has a cord grip inside.
Rating: 10A - 250V (genuine Europlugs are rated at 2.5A). Manufacturer: Solera.   {JRC}
6 Two examples of relative simple plugs. Wiring these plugs requires twisting off pins. No cord grip. Pin diameter: 4.0 mm.
Rating of left plug: 6A-250V. Rating of right plug is not indicated (probably 5A or less). Manufacturers: not indicated.   {JRC}

Bticino Swiss type socket
Plastimetal Swiss type 16A plug
Simon Swiss type 10A plug Italian type 10A plug made in Spain

Fused Schuko socket made by Plastimetal
Fused Swiss type socket made by Bticino

7
Earthed socket with configuration of slots comparable to Swiss sockets (SEV 1011 type 12). Rating: 10-16A - 250V. Two features differ from genuine Swiss sockets: (i) outlet is not recessed, and (ii) 5.7 mm contact holes, which are 1.2 mm larger than SEV 1011 T12 standard. Manufacturer: Bticino (Superdo series).
8 "Swiss style" plug with 4.8 mm pins. Rating: 10-16A - 250V. Fit in Spanish socket nos 7 and 12, but not in Swiss SEV 1011 10A or 16A sockets. Manufacturer: Plastimetal.
9 Spanish earthed plug, identical to Swiss T12 plugs. Pin diameter 4.0 mm. Power pins are partially insulated. Rating: 10A - 250V.
Manufacturer: Simón.   {JRC}
10 Spanish earthed plug, similar to Italian 10A CEI 23-50 plugs. The 2 mm shorter center (earth) pin is remarkable. Rating is not indicated, but is probably 10A. Manufacturer: not indicated.   {JRC}

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Fused sockets have been used in several (continental european) countries. The fuse, which was supplementary to the fuse on the distribution board, was intended to restrict the consequences of a blown fuse to appliance(s) connected to the socket only.
This type of socket is no longer in production. Fused socket nos 11 and 12 came without a matching fuse.
11 Fused CEE 7/3 (Schuko) socket, rated at 10-16A - 250V. Details of fuse box and fuse holder are shown right.
Manufacturer: Plastimetal.   {JRC}
12 Swiss style socket with fuse, rated at 16A -250V. Contact holes: 5.7 mm (identical to socket no. 7).
Manufacturer: Bticino (Superdo series).

Spanish 2-pin 10A and 20A plugs, connector and sockets

Italian style 16A plug made for Spanish market
Spanish flat blade socket and plugs

13
(a, b):  socket and plug with 4.0 mm pins, and 19 mm pin spacing. Rating is not indicated, but probably 10A-250V.   {FSE}
(c, d):  plug with 5.0 mm pins, and 24.4 mm spacing (1") and matching connector   {FSE}.
           It seems likely that the rating must be 15A or 20A - 250V given the rating of socket 'e'.

(e):     French socket with slot spacing of 24.4 mm, rated at 20A-250V and 15A-380V.   {WN}
Manufacturers: 'a' and 'b': Industrias Jangar;  'c' and 'd': unknown company with logo  'AL';  'e': Compagnie Legrand in Limoges, France.
14 Left: Spanish plug that is nearly identical to an earthed Italian 16A plug, shown right. Both plugs have 5.0 mm pins, but the spacing between the centers of the outermost pins differs: 27 mm for the Spanish plug versus 26 for the Italian. It seems that the difference is due to less strict tolerances, but it may point to an 'on purpose' difference between Spanish and Italian 16A plugs.
Manufacturer: unknown company that used a shield with C (see logo 'h').   {JRC}
15 (a)  socket for flat blade plugs. Socket rating: 6A - 250V. Both slots have a width of 7.2 mm. Manufacturer: Plastimetal.
(b)  plug similar to U.S. NEMA 1-15 and therefore possibly rated at 15A-110V or 10A-220V*. Plug fits in socket 'a'.
(c)  plug model with larger blades (9.5 mm wide, spacing 16.5 mm). Could be rated at 20A. U.S. equivalent to plug 'c' does not exist. Manufacturer of plugs 'b' and 'c': unknown
(see logo 'h').   {JRC}
* It is unclear whether flat blade plugs in Spain have been used for 110V or 220V (or both).

Industrias Jangar 10A plug and connector in rubber housing
Eunea Metropoli not earthed plug


16 Connector (left) and plug (right) with rubber casings. Rating is not indicated, but the 4.0 mm plug pins and a 19 mm pin spacing points to a 10A - 250V rating.  Rubber sleeve of the connector provides a dust and water proof sealing. The steatite base plate of the plug could be used for assembling both round pins and flat blades (see plug no. 15b), a production efficient feature. Manufacturer: unknown (see logo 'h').   {JRC}
17 Not earthed plug rated at 15A - 220-380V. It is a plug in the Eunea Metropoli series, that were occasionally used in homes. See page on Spanish heavy duty plugs for the full series of Eunea Metropoli devices. Manufacturer: BJC   {JRC}

 

Logos found on Spanish material shown on this page
B.J.C. logo
Bticino logo
Industrias Jangar logo Plastimetal logo Sinon logo Solera logo Superfil logo Unknown loge with C in shield
a
b c d e f g h

a BJC stands for Fabricá Electrotécnica Josa, based in Rubi (near Barcelona).
Image no. 17
b Bticino. Founded in 1936 by Arnoldo, Ermanno and Luigi Bassani in Milano; now based in Varese (Ticino region of Italy). The company is also active in Spain, South America, USA and Thailand.
Images 7 and 12
c Industria Jangar, based in Zargoza.
Images 13a and 13b
d Plastimetal. Founded in 1941 by Julio and Jose Cano Pereda in Burgos. In the 1960s and '70s a flourishing manufacturer of electrical equipment. The company went bankrupt in 1998.
Images 2, 8, 11 and 15a
e Simón Electric. The company was founded in 1915 in Olot (Prov. Gerona), now based in Barcelona.
Image no. 9
f Solera. Full name: Portalamparas y Accesorios Solera S.A. based in Paterna (Prov. Valencia). Estabished in 1967 by Mr. Marano Verdejo Solera.
Image no. 5
g Superfil. Details about the company have not yet been found.
Images 1, 3
h Unknown company.
Images 14, 15b, 15c  and 16.
 
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Please mail me if you know details about companies 'g', 'h' and company that used logo 'AL' (13).


 


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