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Plugs and Sockets

Plugs and sockets meet an electrical need—they are the components used to connect electrical equipment to a power supply without tools.

For equipment to be connected to an AC (alternating current) supply, there are two choices: hard wiring or an electrical assembly (using a power cord or cord set that uses a national standard plug). Hard wiring, which is making a direct connection to the electrical circuit, takes a qualified electrician to connect/disconnect the equipment. An electrical assembly provides the user with a method of powering up the equipment correctly and safely by easily detaching the plug from the socket.

It’s important to know that plugs and sockets differ by country in shape and size with different functions. (Other names for a socket include an outlet or a receptacle.) Most plug and sockets follow national and/or international standards which dictate physical and electrical characteristics, plus many countries have testing/certification agencies which state specific plug/socket requirements that need to be followed. Plugs and sockets can be rated for Class I (grounded) or Class II (ungrounded). Current ratings are set by individual standards and cover a wide range of applicational needs for both international and North American use. Plugs can be molded or rewireable. Molded (non-rewireable) parts cannot be modified after they are manufactured. Rewireable parts can be disassembled and wired again after its initial assembly to a different cable.

It’s essential to include the correct plug and/or socket in the product design according to what is used in the country it is being exported to. Interpower assists in designing, building, and maintaining products for global markets by offering various plug patterns used around the world.

Common Plug Patterns Available at Interpower

Below are some of the plug patterns available at Interpower. Most plugs are available as a molded power cord or cord set and many are available as rewireable. These international and North American plugs and sockets are designed to meet electrical needs around the world. Please note that one plug pattern may be used in a number of other countries besides the one(s) listed. Additional resources to consult are Interpower’s Guide to Worldwide Plug/Socket Patterns, the IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) World Plugs, and on Interpower’s website Power Cords and Cord Sets and Plugs and Sockets.

Product specifications can be found on the website for each of the plugs and sockets available through Interpower. These may include dimensions, panel cut-outs, wire strip lengths, proper wiring information, flammability ratings, and maximum ratings for amperage and voltage. Most Interpower products have agency approvals. Documentation helps to make it easier for a customer to get agency approval on the final product when submitting it to a safety testing agency.

International

Argentina
Plug (one example) Socket (one example) Pattern Outline

88040270

88040290
Australia/New Zealand pattern
For more information, see Argentina rewireable plugs and sockets.

 

Australia / New Zealand
Plug (one example) Socket (one example) Pattern Outline
Australian/New Zealand Plug
88010450
Australian/New Zealand Socket
88010441
Australia/New Zealand pattern
For more information, see Australian/New Zealand power cords and cord sets and Australian/New Zealand rewireable plugs and sockets.
Brazil
Plug (one example) Socket (one example) Pattern Outline
Brazil Plug
88040200

88040330
Brazil pattern
For more information, see Brazilian power cords and cord sets and Brazilian plugs.
China
Plug (one example) Socket (one example) Pattern Outline
China Plug
88040250
China Socket
88040260 
China pattern
For more information, see Chinese power cords and cord sets and Chinese plugs and sockets.
Continental European
Plug (one example) Socket (one example) Pattern Outline
Continental European plug
88010801
Continental European socket
88011081
Continental European pattern
For more information, see Continental European power cords and cord sets and Continental European plugs and sockets.
Denmark
Plug (one example) Socket (one example) Pattern Outline
Danish plug
88010741

88052030
Danish pattern
For more information, see Danish power cords and cord sets and Danish plugs and sockets.
Europlug
Plug (one example) Pattern Outline
Europlug
88040030
Europlug pattern
For more information, see Europlug power cords and cord sets and Europlug.
France / Belgium
Plug (one example) Socket (one example) Pattern Outline
French/Belgian plug
88010801
French/Belgian socket
88010550
French/Belgian pattern
For more information, see French/Belgian sockets.
India / South Africa
Plug (one example) Socket (one example) Pattern Outline
Indian plug
88010764
Indian/South African socket
88052170
Indian/South African pattern
For more information, see Indian/South African power cords and cord sets and Indian/South African plugs and sockets.
Israel
Plug (one example) Socket (one example) Pattern Outline
Israeli plug
88010781
Israeli socket
88010580
Israeli pattern
For more information, see Israeli power cords and cord sets and Israeli plugs and sockets.
Italy
Plug (one example) Socket (one example) Pattern Outline
Italian plug
88010772
Italian socket
88010572
Italian pattern
For more information see Italian power cords and cord sets and Italian plugs and sockets.
Japan
Adapter Plug (one example) Socket (one example) Pattern Outline

88100011

88040350
NEMA 5-15 pattern
Japanese Cord Set (with C13 connector)

86277010

For more information see Japanese power cords and cord sets and Japanese plugs and sockets.
Korea
Korean Angled Cord Set (with IEC 60320 C13 connector) Pattern Outline

86263510
Continental European pattern
For more information see Korean power cords and cord sets.
South Africa SANS 164-2
10A Cord Set
(with SANS 164-2 plug and C13 connector)
Pattern Outline
South African SANS 164-2 cord set
86267010
Brazil pattern
For more information, see South Africa SANS 164-2 power cords and cord sets.
Switzerland
Plug (one example) Socket (one example) Pattern Outline
Swiss plug
88010732
Swiss socket
88010530
Swiss pattern
For more information, see Swiss power cords and cord sets and Swiss plugs and sockets.
United Kingdom
Plug (one example) Socket (one example) Pattern Outline
United Kingdom plug
88040011
United Kingdom socket
88010621
Swiss pattern
For more information, see United Kingdom power cords and cord sets and United Kingdom plugs and sockets.

North America

NEMA 5-15
Plug (one example) Socket (one example) Pattern Outline
NEMA 5-15 plug
88030100
NEMA 5-15 socket
88222100
NEMA 5-15 pattern
NEMA 6-15
Plug (one example) Socket (one example) Pattern Outline
NEMA 6-15 plug
88030200
NEMA 6-15 socket
88243100
NEMA 6-15 pattern
NEMA 5-20
Plug (one example) Socket (one example) Pattern Outline
NEMA 5-20 plug
88030120
NEMA 5-20 socket
88231100
NEMA 5-20 pattern
NEMA 6-20
Plug (one example) Socket (one example) Pattern Outline
NEMA 6-20 plug
88030180
NEMA 6-20 socket
 88251100
NEMA 6-20 pattern

For more information, see North American power cords and cord sets and North American NEMA         configurations.

Hospital-Grade Products

Interpower also carries hospital-grade plugs and sockets for North America that follow medical             requirements, including the “green dot” which signifies a product has been designed and tested to the    appropriate standards. For more information, see Hospital-Grade Products.

Additional Resources

For quality international and North American power supply components, Interpower manufactures many of the plugs and sockets listed above. If you have questions, Interpower offers free technical support. Contact Customer Service or check the website at www.interpower.com.