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plugs and sockets
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The world map below shows standards of domestic plugs. Click on a plug for details.
An illustrated overview of domestic socket standards is given on a separate page.
Other types of plugs and sockets are listed below.
  World map with plug standards

Nearly each type of plug is used in a number of countries. An inventory of countries with their types of plugs and sockets is given in the
IEC list of
World Plugs. The IEC uses letters A-N to indicate plug types. Letters and corresponding standards are listed below.

More plugs and sockets are displayed on the following pages

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General information
Development of plugs, sockets, safety aspects.
Wiring techniques. Certification and quality marks.
Information about plug manufacturers.
Classic, continental European plugs*
Material made in Germany and elsewhere, including special and uncommon types (1910s-'70s).
Classic plug image
Terko socket Uncommon plugs and sockets
Material, used for special purposes, that deviates from standards shown in the above map.
Appliance couplers
Classic porcelain and Bakelite connectors, and modern appliance couplers, as IEC 60320.
Krania appliance connector
Wylex plug Phased out plugs and sockets
Examples of outdated domestic types
found in Britain and Greece.
Adapter plugs
Useful when traveling; makes an alien outlet accessible to the type of plugs in your country.
Multi-standard adapter plug
Chinese multi-standard socket Multi-standard sockets
Sockets with outlets for different types of plugs,
used in countries that allow several standards.
Plugs and sockets that doesn't
match to any of the categories
Hook plug, small

* More examples of classic material are shown on pages devoted to standards (see map above) and country-specific pages (see below).

Country-specific pages
For various reasons pages have been added that are devoted to a single country.
Click on a flag for images of local plugs and sockets.
flag of Argentina
flag of Brazil
Flag of Chile
Flag of China
Flag of Czech Republic
Czech Rep.
Flag of Greece
Flag of Japan
Flag of the Netherlands
flag of Russia
Flag of Slovakia
Flag of South Africa
South Africa
Flag of Spain
flag of UruguayUruguay


Tripoliki adapter outlet Plugs and sockets that are missing or unknown
A collection is never complete. The 'most wanted' items are summarized.
Other items in the museum collection are of unkown origin.
Have a look, it might be that you can help me. 

Question mark socket


The museum has a separate wing for ...
Heavy duty plugs
Single and three-phase plugs and sockets for non-industrial heavy duty applications

as electric ranges, dryers etc., equipment in workshops, farms and outdoors.

Note that a five pin plug is used for navigation to this wing, see example right.
3-phase navigation plug


 Occasionally domestic plug standards are indicated with capital letters A - O. It is an unofficial classification system. The museum does not use the system, but for your convenience links between letter codes and corresponding pages of the website are given below.

Types A/B

Profile type B plug
Type C

Profile type C plug
CEE 7/16
Type D

Profile type D plug
BS 546
UK, India
Type E

Profile type E plug
CEE 7/6
Type F

Profile type F plug
CEE 7/4
Type G

Profile type G plug
BS 1363
Type H

Profile type H plug
SI 21
Type I

Profile type I plug
AS 3112
Type J

Profile type J plug
SEV 1011
Type K

Profile type K plug

Type L

Profile type L plug
CEI 23-50
Type M

Profile type N plug
BS 546
Type N

Profile type N plug
Type O

Profile type E plug
TIS 1662549


Disclaimer     This website is a digital museum. Legends to illustrations etc. are not to be regarded as instruction manuals. We refer to documentation that comes with plugs and sockets for information about the proper and safe use of these devices.
If in any doubt, consult a qualified electrician !
While every precaution has been taken in the preparation of this website, the author assumes no responsibility for errors or omissions. Neither is any liability assumed for damages resulting from the use of information contained herein.


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