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CEE 7/5 sockets, rather than plugs, have an earth pin, a unique feature. CEE 7/6 plugs have a corresponding contact. The standard is used in France (including DOMs and TOMs), Belgium, Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia and countries in Africa and some islands in the Pacific ocean that where electrified by the French.
The origin of earth pin sockets is discussed on a separate page.
Type E profile Related galleries:
uncommon types
classic types
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French-Schuko hybrid types


French type socket with earth pin

French earthed male plug French earthed female plug French-Schuko hybrid plug
CEE 7/5 twin socket CEE 7/5 twin socket, inside Polish CEE 7/5plugs with 48 and 40 mm pins

1 French, CEE 7/5 type socket with earth pin, rated at 16A - 250V. Essentially, French sockets are polarized due to the position of the earth pin. The preferred wiring is indicated below the socket, but - at least in France - there is no strict regulation re. wiring line and neutral. From 2001 safety shutters for the L and N slots, are compulsory in France and Belgium.
Manufacturer: Electro Cerâmica, Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal.
2, 3 CEE 7/6 16A plug and connector. Line and neutral pins have a diameter of 4.8 mm and are positioned 19 mm apart. Connector plug no. 3 has an additional handle for a better grip when separating plug and connector.
Manufacturers:  plug no. 2: eP (unknown company), connector no. 3: L'Ébénoïd in St. Priest near Lyon.
4 Hybrid plug which can be used safely in both French and Schuko sockets. The page on CEE 7/7 and CEE 7/17 hybrid plugs gives more examples. Manufacturer: Plastrol, Lotyń, Poland.
5, 6
Polish CEE 7/5 twin socket. Because of the positioning of the earth pins, the two outlets are mirror images of each other. Image no. 8 shows that the two left hand slots inevitably have the same polarity (either line or neutral) and the two right hand slots have the other polarity. In consequence, only one of both outlets has the correct polarity as shown in image no.1.   {WM}
Manufacturer: Kontakt-Simon in Czechowice-Dziedzice, Poland
7 Two examples of CEE 7/6 plugs from Poland; left: modern 16A plug with 4.8 mm pins; right: older, 10A model with 4.0 mm pins.
The use of 40 mm pins has been common practice in mid and eastern European countries.
Manufacturer of both plugs: Elda Eltra Elektrotechnika in Bydgoszcz, Poland (since 2003 subsidiary of Schneider Electric).

ElectraLoc connector (1)
Electraloc logo
ElectraLoc connector (2)
ElectraLoc connector (3)

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Connector plug with locking mechanism to prevent accidental disconnection. Rating: 16A - 250V.
Images 8 and 9 show the connector in unlocked position, indicated by the orange triangle After plug insertion, the locking mechanism can be activated by turning the collar (image 10). Once locked the connector can sustain 12 kg of force without disconnecting. See Electralock site for additional information.

The shown Electralock model locks CEE 7/6 (French), -7/7 (hybrid Schuko) and -7.17 (not earthed) plugs. The CEE 7/3-4 page shows a model adapted for Schuko plugs.

Manufacturer: Electraline CBB S.A., Bagnières de Bigorre, France.   {ARF}


French-Schuko hybrid, TURNADO model plug French TURNADO model plug Releasing a Turnado type plug (1) Releasing a Turnado type plug (2)

Legrand CEE 7/5 plug with handle to remove plug
Legrand CEE 7/5 plug with handle to remove plug
Legrand CEE 7/5 plug with handle to remove plug Legrand CEE 7/5 plug with handle to remove plug

11, 12 Special type of plug: model "TURNADO". This plug releases itself from a socket when it is rotated 90 degrees counter clockwise (see steps a-h). Manufacturer: Vynckier Frères & Co. (Belgium).
a-h While rotating the housing of the plug, a black cylinder is pushed outwards. This results in an upward force, which releases the plug from the socket. To illustrate the principle the socket is replaced by a plexiglass support.
13a-d Example of another system to remove a plug. By lifting the cord guide two sliders (each 13.3 mm wide; see inset 13b) moves the plug upward and releases it from the socket. Manufacturer: Legrand. The plug has both a French (NF) and Polish (B) certification mark. Rating: 16A - 250V.   {WM}


Legrand CEE 7/5 plug with handle to remove plug
CEE 7/5 'piggyback' type plug
CEE 7/5 multi-outlet plug
DCL-type lamp plug

14 Hybrid plug equipped with 360 degrees rotatable cord guide (the grey collar). Manufacturer: Legrand. Rating 16A - 250V.   {WM}
15 CEE 7/5 plug that also has and outlet for a second plug. A type that is known in English speaking countries as piggyback.
Rating: 16A-250V. Manufacturer: Timex Sp.j. (Stanisława i Andrzej Tomczak), Szczecinek, Poland.
16 Example of a French multi-plug which may accommodate two earthed plugs (front and rear side, rated at 10/16A-250V) and a Europlug (top, rated at 6A-250V). A warning is given that at 230 Volt the max. load for the device is 3520 Watt (thus 15.3 Amp).
17 A DCL-type of plug is used in France to connect lamps. They are diplayed in a separate gallery.
DCL stands for Devices for Connection of Luminaires.


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