A universal plug socket... at last?

Bob Bruninga bruninga at usna.edu
Sat Jun 2 14:51:16 CDT 2012


Two answers.  Many universal power supplies are two-wire terminals.  Check your laptop (mine is anyway)..

But you are right.  This scheme also works with the standard 3 pin connector we uses all the time.  I should have used a pictureo f a three wire plug and socket..


---- Original message ----
>Date: Sat, 02 Jun 2012 10:53:20 -0400
>From: tacos-bounces+bruninga=nadn.navy.mil at amrad.org (on behalf of Andre Kesteloot <andre.kesteloot at verizon.net>)
>Subject: Re: A universal plug socket... at last?  
>To: tacos at amrad.org
>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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