Museum of Plugs and Sockets logo, small Overview of types of
domestic plugs and sockets
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The museum is primarily centered around the types of plugs shown around the world map.
Click on a plug for details.  Special types of plugs and sockets are listed below.
 
  World map with plug standards

Nearly each type of plug and socket 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. Information can also be found in the International Trade Administration list.
 
 
Examples of classic material are displayed together with the related standard type of plugs or sockets.
 
More plugs and sockets can be found in
the following special cabinets:

Terko socket Uncommon plugs and sockets
Material that deviates from the standards shown above, and are used for special purposes.
Multi-standard sockets
Sockets with outlets for different types of plugs.
See also 'Multiple standard countries', below.
Chinese multi-standard socket
C5 appliance coupler
Power cords
Cords with moulded plugs and connectors; both
IEC 60320 appliance couplers and classic material.
Adapter plugs
Useful when traveling; makes an alien outlet accessible for the type of plugs in your country.
Multi-standard adapter plug
Wylex plug Phased out plugs and sockets
Outdated plugs and sockets that are not related to any of the above shown standard.
Map of sockets in Europe
In Europe you may find six different standards.
A table summarizes their compatibility with
20 of the most commonly used plugs.
Small map of Europe
Question mark socket
Unknown plugs and sockets
Some items in the museum collection are of unkown origin. Have a look, maybe you recognize
a plug or socket. Your help is appreciated ! 
Certification marks
Plugs and sockets may have certification marks which indicate that they meet the safety
standards as specified in the given country.
KEMA sign

 

Country-specific pages

Some countries have adopted several different standards. Other countries have a single
standard, but details may differ from usual specifications. Click on a flag for an overview.
flag of Brazil
Brazil
flag of Argentina
Argentina
flag of Uruguay
Uruguay
flag of China
China
flag of Russia
Russia




 

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

as electrical stoves, dryers etc., equipment in workshops, farms and outdoors.


Note that an adapted style of plugs is used for navigation in this wing (see and click example at right).
3-phase navigation plug

 


Depot
Museum depots are usualy not open to the public,
but there is no reason to keep the depot of a digital museum closed.
It houses plugs and sockets that doesn't match to any of the categories
mentioned above, but are worth to keep. Curious ? ... have a look.
Plugway plug, small

 


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

Types A/B

Profile type B plug
NEMA
N.America
Type C

Profile type C plug
CEE 7/16
Europe
Type D

Profile type D plug
BS 546
UK, India
Type E

Profile type E plug
CEE 7/5
France
Type F

Profile type F plug
CEE 7/4
Germany
Type G

Profile type G plug
BS 1363
UK
Type H

Profile type H plug
SI 21
Israel
Type I

Profile type I plug
AS 3112
Australia
Type J

Profile type J plug
SEV 1011
Switzerland
Type K

Profile type K plug
107-2-D1
Denmark
Type L

Profile type L plug
CEI 23-50
Italy
Type M

Profile type N plug
BS 546
S.Africa
Type N

Profile type N plug
IEC60906
Brazil

 

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 !

 


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