|Overview of types of
domestic plugs and sockets
Click on a plug for details. Special types of plugs and sockets are listed below.
each type of
plug and socket is used in a number of countries. An inventory of countries with their types of
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:
|Non-standard plugs and
Material that deviates from the standards shown above, and are occasionally used in local networks.
Sockets with outlets for different types of plugs.
See also 'Multiple standard countries', below.
Cords with moulded plugs and connectors; both
IEC 60320 appliance couplers and classic material.
Useful when traveling; makes an alien outlet accessible for the type of plugs in your country.
|Unusual / phased out plugs and sockets
Plugs and sockets that are not related to any of the above shown standards and are, or will become outdated.
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.
|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 !
Plugs and sockets may have certification marks which indicate that they meet the safety
standards as specified in the given country.
|Multiple standard countries
Some countries have adopted several very different plug/socket standards.
Examples are Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina. Click on a flag for an overview.
|The museum has a separate wing for ...
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).
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.
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
of the website are given below.
|Disclaimer This website is a
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 !