The truth about South Africa’s “new” electrical plug standard

Yeah they're mostly OK.

Also...I see an external link was included the mybb article. I suspect someone will face a firing squad for that oversight. :erm:

Doesn't MyBB allow external links?
 
Doesn't MyBB allow external links?
They are traditionally difficult about it to an extent that borders on the retarded. e.g. Writing an entire article about a website...and then not linking to said website. So you end up googling for the URL.

Its probably got some reasoning behind it that has something to do with SEO/google rankings/alexa rankings or something but for the readers its just a pain.
 
I am not sure exactly who decided that we need a standard that is pretty much unique. What's the point? So it is compatible with our two-pin plugs but from my experience they are probably the mechanically most unreliable plugs out there. Why couldn't we just adopt something that is already in wide use?
 
Why not make it the same as the europlug? Two pins and one hole for the earth. EL-211.jpg
 
The existing plug is a very good design! The one we moving to does not really seem to make sense as no one other than us uses it! So why the change? You can only plug a euro plug into it other than what it is designed for!
 
Ok, so when this is installed there is no need for the 2 pin adapter for cellphone chargers because the two pin will fit in the new 3 pin socket.

That is brilliant :D one less adapter to worry about.
 
Why, why, why ????
“Schuko” type plug is really the way to go.
Euro plugs fits into the same socket without any problems.
The “Schuko” plug and socket combination works extremely well, very secure and robust and the multi plugs is really compact.
Why do we always try to re-invent the wheel, and then tell everybody the our oval wooden wheel is much better than anything out there?
 
Why not make it the same as the europlug? Two pins and one hole for the earth. View attachment 98193

That is a schuko plug, not a europlug. The euro plug has a hexagonal design, and no earth pin. The schuko design is actually legal in SA, but most of the appliances brought in use the europin.

The existing plug is a very good design! The one we moving to does not really seem to make sense as no one other than us uses it! So why the change? You can only plug a euro plug into it other than what it is designed for!

Our current plug is used in very few countries, and is very bulky. The new design is meant to be a world standard, and has been adopted by Brazil.
 
The current SA plug is actually a very good design. Robust and easily replaceable. If we are going to switch to something we should be switching to the schuko plug. It's socket also takes the europlug and it is used in far more places than this 'international standard'. As far as people popping there fingers in plug sockets goes, the SA plug socket has a closing flap over the live and neutral which only opens with the insertion of the earth pin. So unless you start jamming a screw driver into the socket you don't have a problem.

Further if the pug is anything like a europlug with its flimsy little prongs that bend and don't go into the stiff sockets properly then I'm not interested. If you battle to get our current plugs into the socket you can just line up the prongs to the hole and give it a whack on the back. But the europlugs you sit there pushing and wiggling the thing to try get it into a stiff socket.
The argument that brazil also uses it is moot as we neither import or export electronics to and from Brazil.
 
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