JACK AND PLUG CONFIGARATION

Jack & Plug or Plug & Socket Configuration in Various Countries

There is no guy who haven’t faced to fix unmatched Plug & Socket or Jack & Plug what ever you say. Especially you, who frequently visit different location or live in Asian country where not follow any specific standard, often face this problem during using computer/laptop, mobile etc charger.

Most of the developed countries use jack and plug configuration as per some international standard or their local standard, but many countries do not follow any specific standard, they use various configarated jack and plug what causes of this problem.

Some of standard jack and plug descriptions are quoted below that are using in Europe, America and other countries-

  Jack                   Plug
Description
Using Countries
Schuko European CEE 7 Jack & Plug
Schuko European
CEE 7
EU, Austria, Netherland, French, Germany, Irish, Italy, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland
Ungrounded Eurocord CEE 7/16 Jack & Plug

Ungrounded Eurocord
CEE 7/16
EU, Belgium, Denmark, Netherland, French, Germany, Italy, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK, Singapore
Belgium/ French Socket CEE 7/7 Jack & Plug
Belgium/ French Socket
CEE 7/7
Belgium, French
British Standard BS 1363 Jack & Plug
British Standard
BS 1363
French, Irish, UK, Singapore
Old British Standard BS 546 Jack & Plug
Old British Standard
BS 546
Portugal, Spain
North American Ungrounded Jack & Plug North American Ungrounded Mexico, Canada
North American NEMA 5-15 Jack & Plug North American
NEMA 5-15
Canada
Australian Standard AS/NZS 3312 Jack & Plug Australian Standard
AS/NZS 3312
Australia
Japanese Standard JIS C 8303  Jack & Plug Japanese Standard
JIS C 8303
Japan
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Most Using Standard in Electrical Engineering

NFPA - National Fire Protection Association - National code that covers anything to do with flammable stuff (electrical, dust, combustibles, sprinklers, fire alarms, etc);


NEC - National Electric Code, NFPA 70 (NEC is a section of the NFPA code) - Addresses proper installation of electrical equipment, devices and wiring.

The first NEC document was written in 1897 at the insistence of various insurance, electrical, architectural and other interested parties. Up to and including 2008, there have been a total of 51 editions. It is revised on a regular three-year schedule. The National Electrical Code is divided into approximately 120 articles;


NEMA - National Electric Manufacturers Association- trade organization for electrical manufacturers. Sets common rules, practices and certification for the manufacture of electrical components and devices;


IEC - International Electric Code - International version of NEMA,
IEC set requirements that cover the installation and management of electronic systems along with wiring and electric shock protection.


Quiz: Here is a Jack & Plug quiz for the readers; We everybody have seen the three pin Jack & Plug, if you look at this three pin plug again, there are two pin for phase and neutral are same size, and one pin for earthing or grounding which is thicker and bigger than others.

Question for you, why this earthing pin is thicker and bigger than others? 
You can give your answer as comments below.

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