A universal plug socket... at last?

Andre Kesteloot andre.kesteloot at verizon.net
Sat Jun 2 09:53:20 CDT 2012

On 6/1/2012 19:38 PM, Bob Bruninga wrote:
>> no law will ever be enacted to enforce the use of a
>> common mains connector (even in the EU), this committee
>> has been effectively completely unproductive
> Since univeral power supplies now handle everything from 100 to 240 VAC and up to 330 VDC, what we use here for ham radio applicaitons to UNIQUELY identify these universal sources is simply the existing USA 2 pin female socket with a nylon male plug.
> The male nylon pin prevents the plugging in of anything not univerally compatible, but MATCHING connectors for 89 cents can be made by smiply drilling a matching hole.  See the images at the bottom of http://aprs.org/alternative-energy.html

As you know, there is no ground (earth) connection in this scheme.
How could one of these connectors you describe ever be approved for 
wiring in homes etc?
Do you believe that the EU, or the US Electrical Code, for that matter, 
would ever accept an ungrounded connector ?

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