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British Plugs Are Better Than All Other Plugs, And Here's Why

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  • Publicado em 6 Jul 2014
  • tomscott.com - tomscott - ALL THE ELECTRICS I USED WERE UNPLUGGED. DO NOT DO THIS.
    Yep, I'm going all patriotic again. And while I'm willing to bet that a good number of British folks know the first half of this video, there's one thing about slack in here that I only just learned myself.

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  • %%
    %% Anos atrás +9390

    You didnt mention that the cable colours are chosen so that A “green-red” colour-blind electrician can identify them.

    • Body Rum UAE
      Body Rum UAE 2 dias atrás

      Sucks for someone with an appropriate colorblindness that would see yellow as green or green as yellow. Deuteranomaly seems would be fine since the wire would be red to them.

    • Robin Maurer
      Robin Maurer 13 dias atrás

      Same colors in germany

    • Mainesail
      Mainesail 27 dias atrás +1

      I used to do yacht wiring-with colors on steroids... I ended up using LOTS of bright, white light-really helps

    • Oliver Collins
      Oliver Collins Mês atrás

      The British plug is poke-yoked out of its mind.

    • andygozzo72
      andygozzo72 Mês atrás

      @TalesOfWar i'm not a qualified electrician, but know enough to do much of my own stuff safely, i've seen some right horrors done by supposedly 'qualified' electricians, and even put it right for people that had it done to them, such as exposed live 'chocolate block' connectors with several cables linking to it screwed to a beam barely above head height, for quickness and to save undoing it i made suitable cutout in a slim back box and fitted that over it with blanking lid so no one could touch it

  • Eddie Olsson
    Eddie Olsson 11 meses atrás +604

    All of those safety features are present in modern European plugs, except for the internal fuse. Outlets are required to have a "well" to make sure the pins cannot be touched once they are in contact with the socket.

    • Oliver H
      Oliver H 5 dias atrás

      @Paul Cope Oh dear, you know very little about the invention of any of these, it seems.

    • Paul Cope
      Paul Cope 21 dia atrás

      @SirWilliamification Like the lithium battery, lcd screen, tv, telephone, antibiotics etc etc. Britain is the most inventive country in the world so it's not misplaced confidence.

    • sb329
      sb329 22 dias atrás

      @Valentin and this is why idiots set fire to things. Your ring main is fused at 32 amps. All your appliances are fused at 3, 5 or 13 Amps depending on the energy requirements and design of the appliance. A 32A breaker will cope when you turn everything in it kitchen on, but at the same time it will let your mobile phone charger turn into a bonfire before it trips.

    • Yann
      Yann 25 dias atrás

      @Eddie Olsson
      Not really . A short circuit gives almost infinite conductivity and therefore will blow the main fuse instantly.
      What a fuse never does is save you from high resistance and resistance is where the danger is. If you have high resistance the fuse won't blow but it can cause a fire or electrocute someone.

    • Danger Mouse
      Danger Mouse Mês atrás

      European plugs are garbage though. Why? Because they're pulled out too easily with the lightest of touches.

  • sgt Voro
    sgt Voro 10 meses atrás +209

    1:09 - With today's standard EU equipment you can't expose live metal by half plugging.
    You either have an earth-less plug that has plastic neck on their pins (like UK ones)
    or you have an earthed plug which has full metal pins, but the plug fills the whole socket so it won't allow you to touch metal when it makes contact.

    • Jay A
      Jay A 10 dias atrás +1

      @Eimrine you're right about the hand and two wires but wrong about the birds. it depends in what sort of voltage and current are running through the wire.
      birds are fine because the voltage is under the breakdown voltage for air and so the current can't ground itself through the birds, the air and then the earth.

    • Justin Delpero
      Justin Delpero 17 dias atrás

      @Yann Please do not touch electricity. This is horrifically bad information and should be removed from BRclip. A single wire (the active wire or a broken neutral) will kill you.

    • Geokinkladze
      Geokinkladze 23 dias atrás

      @Yann You don't need to complete a circuit, in fact grab a wire in each hand and you likely won't complete a circuit because the electricity will go to ground.

    • Yann
      Yann 25 dias atrás +1

      You can't get a shock from one wire. You can get a buzz from the voltage but you won't ever get a shock because there's no way you can complete the circuit.

    • Incog nito
      Incog nito Mês atrás

      touch one of those bare wires, and you'll be in for a shock

  • Eloise
    Eloise 10 meses atrás +369

    Camera operator: I didn't see that coming!
    Tom: no-one ever does...
    Mate, this guy is a low-key comic genius and I love it!! 👌 I feel like Tom could do an excellent English-style humour sketch show that's both massively informative and hilarious.

    • 05017351
      05017351 2 meses atrás

      Giggidy giggidy.....Giggidy Splat! Stick around!

    • Phi Tsf
      Phi Tsf 3 meses atrás +5

      Two drums and a cymbal fall off a cliff

    • Gum Skyloard
      Gum Skyloard 9 meses atrás +6

      Not a sketch show, but have you heard of Citation Needed? :P

  • Patrick Powers
    Patrick Powers 10 meses atrás +806

    Regarding leaving plugs on the floor to hurt you when you step on them: In the UK you don't need to do that because many sockets have switches so you just leave the device plugged in but switched off. Another UK safety feature.

    • Geokinkladze
      Geokinkladze 14 dias atrás

      @CleanerBen Who doesn't?

    • CleanerBen
      CleanerBen 14 dias atrás

      it's bonkers to me that you don't have switches on your sockets!

    • The Black Sheep
      The Black Sheep 15 dias atrás

      @Frank M. Godammit, we’re AmeriCAN 😄😄

    • sunnybnk
      sunnybnk 18 dias atrás

      My outlets (UK) are double pole switched.

    • Geokinkladze
      Geokinkladze 23 dias atrás

      It's just a joke about the pain caused by stepping on such plugs

  • Jon Even Robberstad
    Jon Even Robberstad Anos atrás +6602

    Mums in Britain bragging about how smart their kids were since they got killed by an eletrical plug.

    • thefiestaguy
      thefiestaguy 16 horas atrás

      British mums are too busy shopping in Iceland and driving around in their range rovers to be doing that.

    • nishiko
      nishiko Anos atrás

      @CitizenSane if youre born in south london then you spawn with a knife in hand

    • Harasen
      Harasen Anos atrás

      Oof

    • Kaylied Gamer
      Kaylied Gamer Anos atrás +1

      Eletricricty? ....never heard of It?🤣🤣

    • Peter Marsella
      Peter Marsella Anos atrás

      Suffering from success

  • MrGweilohk
    MrGweilohk Mês atrás +37

    Another great aspect of this design is that you can't unplug it by just pulling the wire, you have to pull the head of the plug instead. This ensures that over time the wire doesn't get damaged at the junction of the wire and plug, like most other plug types do.

  • Cyberhopser 42
    Cyberhopser 42 2 meses atrás +48

    To be fair to the European plugs: if they are built according to standard the pins also are insulated far enough so you can't touch blank live metal. Aditionally the socket is recessed so you can't even reach the pins once you start plugging it in

    • Jens Schröder
      Jens Schröder 23 dias atrás

      @BloodRaven most New schuko do

    • BloodRaven
      BloodRaven Mês atrás +5

      and most of schuko outlets have shutters where you need to depress both of them with the plug to open.

  • MilesRubi - Miles Redmond
    MilesRubi - Miles Redmond 6 meses atrás +54

    "you need to have a really inventive baby to be able to put one in there and another in there and then get a shock"
    honestly if a baby managed to shock themselves from a British plug I wouldn't even be shocked I'd just be impressed by the ingenuity of that baby

  • Mitchell M
    Mitchell M 10 meses atrás +73

    The insulation part is by far the best part of this. As far as shudders, in the US they are called "Tamper Resistant" receptacles and are now the standard electrical code for new installs. I do like that the US plug is far more compact. The UK plugs are SO GIANT that makes things super awkward.

    • sunnybnk
      sunnybnk 14 dias atrás

      Shutters.

    • Ethan Fisher
      Ethan Fisher 24 dias atrás

      @Bethanjbjrs I’ve never had that happen, that’s a nine issue

    • WorldTravel1518
      WorldTravel1518 Mês atrás +1

      @Plonchy Videos I know. In fact, I've seen the video that you're talking about, but the voltage at the receptacles is 120v in most cases.

    • Plonchy Videos
      Plonchy Videos Mês atrás

      @WorldTravel1518 The voltage in US homes is actually 240v, only it's split into two and only specialist items use the full 240v.
      The Technology Connections guy has a video about it.

    • Stephen Snell
      Stephen Snell 2 meses atrás

      @Justa BRclipr wrong UK is 220-240 Volts

  • Marozi1
    Marozi1 Anos atrás +5368

    When I was a kid, if we got anything electrical for xmas we also got a plug wrapped seperately to go with it which always had a label on it saying it was from the cat 😂

    • Marvin De Bot
      Marvin De Bot 16 dias atrás

      That is simply amazing!

    • Flame Pillar Rengoku
      Flame Pillar Rengoku Mês atrás

      The cat be looking out for you electrical goods

    • Beyond Drama
      Beyond Drama Mês atrás

      As long as you only put the ground on the top you can put the other to wherever you want it is no difference

    • Tippex
      Tippex Mês atrás

      @givemeanameman1 Creator of the internet.

    • givemeanameman1
      givemeanameman1 Mês atrás

      @Tippex Slayer of mice, defender of the cheese slice

  • TheDoctorPretzel
    TheDoctorPretzel 9 meses atrás +34

    I'm a plumber and sometimes have to do electrical work, I've been using Tom's qoute "brown Is the colour your trousers will go if you touch it" to identify live my whole career

    • Dean G
      Dean G 2 meses atrás

      @DoctorPretzel, are you in the UK and Part P qualified?

  • not a lost number
    not a lost number 11 meses atrás +87

    So I was doing repairs to a plug here in Chile, and a few days after this video gets recommended again to me.
    Things to note from here:
    • Live and Neutral are also partly insulated.
    • Outlets have anti tamper too. (no screwdriver accidents)
    • We don't have fuses in the plugs, we rely entirely on the circuit breaker or a power strip with a fuse.
    • Ground/Earth wire is actually shorter? All the plugs I've disassembled had the wires in such a way that a bad pull would mean the ground left before the others.
    \|/

    • Leo Comerford
      Leo Comerford 3 meses atrás

      How does the anti-tamper mechanism work? It can't be controlled by the neutral pin as on a UK socket, because 10A Italian sockets (Chile is apparently using the Italian system) are compatible with two-pin Europlugs. I assume it tries to make sure that the live and neutral pin are both inserted. Unfortunately not every plug that fits into a Europlug-compatible socket has partly-insulated pins, either. One of the advantages that the UK BS1363 system has is that it was a clean-slate design, not compatible with any existing two-pin plugs.

    • Stained
      Stained 3 meses atrás

      Hey, circuit breakers don’t have fuses in them all they do it protect the wiring in the wall to not overheat and cause a fire.

    • Paolo Vallejo
      Paolo Vallejo 8 meses atrás +1

      hey, i'm from Chile, thanks from the comparison

    • Astrid
      Astrid 10 meses atrás +4

      From austria with our safety Sockets and plugs:
      We have by plugs a safety so that cables stand their.
      Ground wire have usual a bigger screw to make it fixat.
      Ground wire is usual in the middle and have the shortest way. Too that, their is always a small bens to make always longer as the rest so that's for sure is the last that leaves it
      We have rarely fuses outside of our electric box. Only for special stuff like dimmer or special multi-outlets
      All fuses are normally in the box and to that, we have two Systems
      One requires a own RCD, the other relays on circuit breakers
      We have a 3 part safety system:
      Basic protection: protects for direct contact (basic insulation, montage out of reach)
      Fail-safety protection: protects for indirect contact (RCD, Nullung/circuit breaker, insulation monitoring system etc)
      And then their is extra protection for special stuff: RCD Id=/

  • Andrew B
    Andrew B 2 meses atrás +17

    I've actually seen a British plug that didn't have insulation on the live prongs. Of course, it was on an American made travel adapter designed to allow you to plug American appliances into British outlets.

    • Hideki Shinichi
      Hideki Shinichi 2 meses atrás

      I'll be damned before I let 'em government commies take my right to electrycute myself.

    • John Smith
      John Smith 2 meses atrás

      What can I say, we yanks love to live dangerously.

  • Spiritboxgamer
    Spiritboxgamer Anos atrás +27

    The way you described the different wires in the plug genuinely helped me through one of the questions on my GCSE paper

  • Yoda
    Yoda 2 anos atrás +11837

    Pro tip: Concerned about stepping on a British plug in the dark of night? Simply scatter Lego around it in order to warn you of imminent pain.

    • Xaran Alamas
      Xaran Alamas 3 meses atrás

      @Jim Taylor I had one one those stuck in the bottom of a school shoe once. Only noticed it when I heard it clicking against hardwood floors in school😄

    • Jim Taylor
      Jim Taylor 3 meses atrás +1

      As a [British] kid, Pushpins were the worst floor hazard (those steel bastards go more than 1/2" into your foot, and then have to be pulled out). Never had an upturned Plug situation, but might have had a LEGO/DUPLO incident or two.

    • Xaran Alamas
      Xaran Alamas 3 meses atrás +1

      I stepped on an open ring binder ring as a child. LEGO and power plugs hold no fear for my feet.

    • hiddenguy67
      hiddenguy67 4 meses atrás

      @Bimble Yep

    • hiddenguy67
      hiddenguy67 4 meses atrás

      Who leaves a plug out like that?? we have switches on outlets lmfao

  • Aquamelon 008
    Aquamelon 008 11 meses atrás +35

    Here in Australia we have wonderfully angled plugs so it’s completely impossible to plug in upside down, and they look nice, so there’s that too

    • Manish M
      Manish M 2 meses atrás +3

      @Moos New Zealander here (same plugs as the Aussies). Yes, our plugs are terrible. Not only do they fall out surprisingly easily, there is no insulation on live/neutral prongs and no shutters over the prong sockets. And yes the angled prongs can easily get bent enough that they won't fit into the socket, so you need to use your fingers to straighten them out. 🤦🏽‍♂️

    • Moos
      Moos 2 meses atrás +2

      Shouldn't Australian plugs be the most dangerous in the world?

    • a Tin of Spam
      a Tin of Spam 4 meses atrás +1

      but the prongs are really thin and bend way too easily

    • eLNeroDiablo
      eLNeroDiablo 5 meses atrás +2

      @Shmarteee Having had the occasionally situation where needed to pull a plug from the socket to avoid something frying or burning here in Australia - sometimes the grounded 3-pin plugs are a PITA to grasp firmly with their round conical moulding, but the ungrounded 2-pin plugs are much easier to get a solid firm grip on to give a clean pull from the socket (and wallwarts for phones, tablets and SBC's or handhelds like the RasPi or Ninty Switch are the best to grab on to when you need to unplug; they're kept in the socket firmly by the pins but provide enough surface area to get a solid clean grip on to remove with a smooth motion).
      Mind you; not all plugs made to AS/NZS 3112 are the conical moulding plug where the cable is in-line with the pins; power boards (or as Tom called it in the vid - "extensions") and extension cables often come in versions with a flat plug where the cable runs 90 degrees out of the plug relative to the pins... especially if the socket plug for the extension cable is a 'piggyback' or 'passthrough' design, such as run a pedestal fan from the 'tail' of the extension and a mozzie repellant on the 'piggyback' port during summer.

    • Shmarteee
      Shmarteee 8 meses atrás +9

      @Seth Cleaver Absolutely untrue. Having worked in the electrical trade in both the UK, and Australia, I would testify in the Supreme Court that the British plugs are far less likely to be pulled out of the wall socket than our thin pronged Australian plugs. The chief reason being that the flex cable from a British plug exits at an 90’ angle - downwards, whereas with most Australian plugs the flex cable exits directly backwards & in the same direction as pulling the plug out.

  • abc def
    abc def 9 meses atrás +5

    I don't know the age of Tom, but I learned to replace cables and plugs in school as well. It's very simple, it can be done completely safe, if you know how. I can say the advice we were given back then still applies. Know what you're doing, you're never in doubt. Double check everything and use common sense. Nothing is foolproof - fools are way more inventive.

    • D Rcl
      D Rcl 5 meses atrás

      Wouldn't believe how many times I have seen badly wired plugs in people's houses. Mostly because they don't understand that the outer flex must extend in to the plug under the flex grip - the cores should not be in contact with the grip.

  • SgtDreamz
    SgtDreamz 2 dias atrás

    I loved the fact that each plug had a fuse when I lived in England. The power voltages are different than what I was used to in the US, and a few fuses blew on me and knowing about this made life a lot easier. And you didn't even mention that individual outlets have their own "On/Off" switch. To this day, that fact has struck me as genius.

  • Pasha Dobrowolski
    Pasha Dobrowolski 3 meses atrás +2

    You forgot to mention its biggest downfall. The plug is larger than half the appliances that it now powers. The Australian/NZ plug is actually the best all-round design.

  • Ignored Advice Productions
    Ignored Advice Productions 2 anos atrás +7508

    “I can’t imagine what’s worse than stepping on a plug in the middle of the night”
    “A land mine”

    • Z Films
      Z Films 16 dias atrás

      @Joep De Wild stole my line

    • Sonario648
      Sonario648 Mês atrás

      A lego

    • Charles
      Charles 2 meses atrás

      Legolandmine

    • Blair Leipst
      Blair Leipst 11 meses atrás +1

      Cold cat vomit

    • Zach Richardson
      Zach Richardson 11 meses atrás

      @Luca i guess that would be the desirable outcome if you were suicidal, but for most people, having intense but fleeting pain in their foot is a far better option than instant death

  • Your Dad
    Your Dad 5 dias atrás +1

    What I'm really impressed by is the fact that the british surge protector has all the sockets turned sideways so that you never have to worry about one plug covering up the socket next to it. American surge protectors still haven't figured that one out for some reason.

  • Steffen Stengård Villadsen
    Steffen Stengård Villadsen 10 meses atrás +24

    The EU / DK plugs got all the same safety in terms of insulation on live pins + only allow access if both live wires are plug simultanious (i.e. not exposed if you plug in earth only)
    There are not a fuse in the plug, but most appliances i have opened have a fuse on the circuit board.
    Please look into a modern EU/DK plug

    • Stephen Snell
      Stephen Snell 2 meses atrás

      Well here in the UK all the UK appliances have a fuse in the plug

  • Regina Billotti
    Regina Billotti 9 meses atrás +1

    1:50... that is really amazing to me. All appliances I've ever seen (unless they were self-powered by batteries) have plugs on them. I've never even heard of having to buy your own plug. (Not in the UK)

  • beeleo
    beeleo 11 meses atrás +13

    You make a valid point and yes, children may explore into dangerous areas when not supervised, but there's also the point of just being careful with using electrical devices. I wonder about the way people can be careless about things in life because they're taught that everything has been made foolproof. Most things are not foolproof.

  • collin sahibjohn
    collin sahibjohn 2 anos atrás +11027

    This guy talks about stuff that SHOULD be boring, But honestly it's really fascinating.
    edit : jeez this has blown up wth

    • RONIT PLAYS
      RONIT PLAYS 7 meses atrás

      Memus impersonator

    • Paolo Vallejo
      Paolo Vallejo 8 meses atrás

      why SHOULD it be boring? that reflects a lot on you really 😘

    • Luke Scovell
      Luke Scovell 8 meses atrás

      Nothing boring about electricity

    • James Klippel
      James Klippel 9 meses atrás

      That's the beauty of Tom Scott

    • tenplayz123
      tenplayz123 9 meses atrás

      No it’s not

  • Matthew Dooley
    Matthew Dooley 11 meses atrás +4

    One thing I wish these plugs had is that the top pin would be something that isn’t symmetrical. That way even if the baby decided to put it in upside down it wouldn’t work. That’d make it much safer.

  • Md Asif Rezwan Shishir
    Md Asif Rezwan Shishir 10 meses atrás +2

    Can confirm as well! In Bangladesh, probably due to British influence from a long time ago, we still have so maaanyyy different plugs, and also these British ones. Indeed these are the safest ones. Then when I went to UK and saw these, I found out that these are British haha.

  • Eric D
    Eric D 10 meses atrás

    I always assumed the British plug was designed by lobbyists from the copper and plastics industries. Easily the most material used to accomplish the same job as everyone else. Love the story about needing to wire your own though!

  • Soul MortaL
    Soul MortaL 9 meses atrás +2

    Newer plugs in india for about last have 5-6 years (or maybe longer) have all the same features that you mentioned, the only difference is that British plugs have rectangular points pins while Indian plugs have cylindrical pins with dome shape ends

  • Nuffer36
    Nuffer36 3 anos atrás +20962

    Wired flex but ok

  • Simon Simon
    Simon Simon Mês atrás

    I did manage to shock myself with one of these when I was around 14 or so. There was a plug down the side of my bed, so you had to dangle your arm down the narrow gap to get at it. Hard to describe, but I held the plug one time in such a way as my index and middle fingers were on the prong side and my thumb on the back to grip. my two fingertips were touching the brown and blue prongs with the long one between my fingers. AS I pushed it in, it connected before I moved my fingers out of the way, and bang.

  • Wandering
    Wandering Anos atrás

    Hey Tom, just here to let you know that for some reason I won't know (but do appreciate!) Wiring a socket is still in the school syllabus... For GCSE science, that is. Which is fine, because I'm fairly certain science as either separate or as a core subject is mandatory.

  • Darkshadow799
    Darkshadow799 Anos atrás +7

    Idk, all'this safety features comes at the cost of a really big plug. The Italian plugs have really similar features (not all of them obv) but it's much smaller. I think that's a good trade. I don't know the actual size of the British plugs, but I think in the same space you can fit 2 Italian ones

    • hiddenguy67
      hiddenguy67 4 meses atrás

      it's not that big

    • Isc aria
      Isc aria Anos atrás

      Italy and electricity isn't a good combination, especially on cars.

  • Marc Fuchs
    Marc Fuchs 6 meses atrás +1

    A few years back (before Brexit) I was travelling back and forth to England and the main land, using the ferries. Some of them had European plugs, but most of them had British ones. It took me a while to figure out, but eventually I realized, when you release the security shutter manually, you could plug in a normal European plug as well, just with slightely more force. This knowledge helped me a lot, intending to work on a 2½ hours sail with an old laptop, that runs less than 1 hour on battery.

    • Flo 611
      Flo 611 3 meses atrás +1

      That is why it is not the best plug, you can break the safety and abuse it. This isn really possible with the german schuko, because it is deeper inside

  • Saprogeist
    Saprogeist Anos atrás +2568

    Tom Scott is old enough to have been taught how to wire plugs in school, and I'm young enough not to have ever thought of that as a common skill... and we were only born a little over eleven years apart. That's fascinating to me.

    • Jaya Odedra
      Jaya Odedra Dia atrás

      Good information. Thank you.

    • Jim Taylor
      Jim Taylor Mês atrás

      @Steval204 Excellent point. I was lucky as a kid to be taught various life skills by my parents, as school [even in the '90's] certainly wouldn't have.
      (they seemed for instance to think that teaching kids how to correctly wire a plug was dangerous... -_- )
      Tis worth ignoring that other user, as his logically disjointed rambling is delightfully un-self aware and ironic.

    • Jaime Warlock
      Jaime Warlock Mês atrás

      I had to take both auto shop and metal shop in high school back in 1974-1978. Girls had to take home economics, cooking, and sewing.

    • Chris S
      Chris S Mês atrás

      It's in the science syllabus

    • ham
      ham Mês atrás

      @- same, i learnt it in year 8 i think?

  • Yann
    Yann 25 dias atrás

    I really like your videos Tom. Something else about the British plug:the shape of the pins. High surface area so large contact and square with edges so they don't slip out easily. They are really bulky though and mostly unnecessary these days with most appliances being double insulated and not needing an earth.

  • El Dante
    El Dante Mês atrás

    I had a non serious electric shock from touching a plug with wet hands back in about 1983 or so. I assume that they’ve been updated since. I was a 4 year old or so maybe younger at the time. So I assume they’ve been improved over the years.

  • Dina Ann Nirenstein
    Dina Ann Nirenstein Anos atrás

    Wow! I had no idea! All plugs that aren’t like this should be like this! So many lives could be saved… Yet, does the design require the type of current in Europe as opposed to the United States? Could our American plugs be redesigned to boast the same safety features?

  • Yes
    Yes 29 dias atrás +1

    This is pure facts. I’m a Brit living in Portugal and two pronged plugs fall out so easy, they’re flimsy and it’s not unusual to see tiny now and again

  • andy withers
    andy withers Anos atrás +1753

    Another interesting fact is that the reason the earth wire is two colours (green and yellow) is to ensure that anyone with colourblindness can always identify it and thus ensure the earth is ALWAYS connected to the right pin.

    • Pedrosso
      Pedrosso 7 meses atrás

      Not the right pin but yknow the RIGHT pin

    • Tom Patterson
      Tom Patterson 9 meses atrás

      @Andersi but do the shades of grey differ?

    • Blessed by Almighty
      Blessed by Almighty 9 meses atrás +1

      I was thinking before why was 2 colours the earth wire. Thank you

    • Darren
      Darren 9 meses atrás +14

      @Andersi give your TV a good thump on the top, that should sort the colour out.

    • Andersi
      Andersi 10 meses atrás +1

      I see only grey wires.

  • BlackHat302
    BlackHat302 Mês atrás

    Awesome information. I’m from Australia and always found it weird to have to add a plug to Appliances.
    I love the features in the plugs.

  • Liam Farrell
    Liam Farrell 7 meses atrás

    I just recently learned from my partner that South African plugs also have the shutter feature, and I was able to show them this, and be like "Tom Scott taught me about that".

  • TweetsInVR
    TweetsInVR Anos atrás +83

    Gets electrocuted as a baby in England.
    England: THEY ARE THE CHOSEN ONE

  • Them Bones
    Them Bones 28 dias atrás +2

    You had to manually wire appliances in the UK as recent as the 1990s?? That is fascinating.

  • The legend
    The legend 2 anos atrás +6145

    Meanwhile, in the rest of the world: "So how will we make our plugs safer?" "lmao natural selection"

    • Aaron Bethom
      Aaron Bethom 11 meses atrás

      @neutronen stern oh for sure, the only ones unbiasedly better are the UKs

    • neutronen stern
      neutronen stern 11 meses atrás

      EU plugs are bether than plugs of the rest of the world. Thats for sure

    • Aaron Bethom
      Aaron Bethom Anos atrás

      @Liggliluff close but not quite

    • IShoot TheyScore
      IShoot TheyScore Anos atrás

      To be fair, once you have a certain type of infrastructure in place, switching to a different system would be a massive challenge - you'd have to change the wall sockets being sold/fitted in all houses and for a while all the appliances would need to come with both types of plug

    • nigglenoo
      nigglenoo Anos atrás

      @Justin ah well, I’ll bow to greater knowledge and pull my comment, but is it true higher voltage requires less wire thickness and suffers less voltage drop?

  • Tommy Laukkanen
    Tommy Laukkanen Anos atrás

    I remember learning to wire a plug in school... though I never had to do it after :P speakers for stereo systems still came with just wires that you'd clamp in holes on the back of the stereo system, though.

  • Ass Juice
    Ass Juice Anos atrás +2

    One time when i was a kid i wondered if a halfway plugged in plug has electricity running so i put a paperclip across it. It exploded with blue and green sparks and burned my hand and carpet.😂😂🤣🤣

  • greenaum
    greenaum Anos atrás +12

    Tom, why are you removing the strain relief screws? It's just one big screw in the middle to open a plug.

  • Daniel Wallace
    Daniel Wallace 11 meses atrás

    I managed to shock myself on a UK-style outlet in Malaysia (it's standard over there). To be more specific, I was using a true-universal adaptor. Prongs for a US port were sticking out the back when I was removing the adaptor... Gave me quite a scare but I was fine.

  • mrawdog
    mrawdog Anos atrás +3070

    British news: “ we lost a genius today, they were only a year old, they electrocuted themselves by plug”

  • Mark Findlay
    Mark Findlay 11 meses atrás +1

    One thing that surprised me about this is that Tom hasn't noticed that very few appliances today have an earth (the yellow and green) wire at all. As far as I know, they are double-insulated and considered safe without the earthing (grounding) connection. The other stuff is all true, although plugs are actually quite difficult to wire, even with training. Typically people strip too much of the outer insulation, leaving the clamp ineffective so the wires pull out easily. The copper is difficult to strip cleanly, so only half the strands actually get connected, added to the fact that it's difficult to get each conductor bent around so that it fits - and you have to strip them to the right length. Three cheers for the moulded plug and that change of the law in 1992!

    • Rachelcookie321
      Rachelcookie321 8 meses atrás

      Well this video came out in 2014 and from my memory most plugs still had the wire then.

  • Spencer Ingraham
    Spencer Ingraham 11 dias atrás

    Dude, I’ve worked with electricity in the states for decades and I have to agree with you.

  • Emiliano Arias
    Emiliano Arias Anos atrás +1

    Type I plug has all the same design features with the exception of the earth cable being longer, and the fuse which I don't see the use today. But if you open a Type I plug you don't have metal or wire exposed, you could change a cable without touching any metal part (it depends on the manufacturer, some you can't open, some older are just like this Type G plug). Also you can plug it just in one position even when you don't have the earth pin, so it also works for DC currrent. Another advantage is that most type I outlets (at least here) also support Type C (european) plugs, so no need for adapters.

    • Emiliano Arias
      Emiliano Arias Anos atrás

      And type I is much smaller, which is the most impractical thing about Type G.

  • David Gillies
    David Gillies Anos atrás

    I miss UK plugs. Where I live they use the US standard, which like most of their electrical connectors is diabolical (RCA phono jacks, anyone?). But worse than that: it's very common to see two pin _sockets_ with only a live and neutral. The earth is supposed to be connected to the front plate of the socket but it never is. I got an electrician in to change them all to three pin, and also to wire the earths to a 3m copper rod buried outside. UK wall sockets are good too, because they are individually switched.

  • KimSE4
    KimSE4 Anos atrás +2166

    Can confirm that UK plugs really really REALLY REALLY hurt when you stand on them AND YOU WILL.

    • All Things Entertaining
      All Things Entertaining Mês atrás

      Well, if you use an American plug, be sure to wear closed toed shoes because, if you accidentally drop the plug, it's going straight into the top of your foot.

    • hiddenguy67
      hiddenguy67 4 meses atrás

      @tommy fred bruh just leave the plugs in???

    • hiddenguy67
      hiddenguy67 4 meses atrás

      @Petrol Patrol yep

    • Raccoonious 🦝
      Raccoonious 🦝 7 meses atrás

      Much rather have a painful foot than die :)

    • Noire
      Noire 8 meses atrás

      combine upturned plug with a bunkbed and you will know true pain.

  • Roman N
    Roman N Mês atrás

    When we went on a school trip to England my friend forgot to bring a adapter. To bypass the shutter thing, he stuck a ballpoint pen in the ground hole so he could stick a normal EU plug in. I thought it was a really unsafe thing to do, but nothing happened to him.

  • Llewellyn Benjamin
    Llewellyn Benjamin Anos atrás +3

    Its also the orientation of the 3 pins, specifically the earth pin in relation to the other 2. The earth pin is in a vertical rotation & the other 2 at 90° to it, so that they line up correctly with the socket. If they were all on the same vertical or horizontal plane, then you'd be able to orientate the plug in any direction to the socket (assuming they were all equally spaced apart). By it being on different planes, theres only 1 correct way for it to fit in the socket.

  • Straylight4299
    Straylight4299 Anos atrás

    The shutter function of the third pin is really great! I wish we had that in Germany. Instead we got these horrible afterthought solution, that forces you to wiggle the plug around until it slips past little plastic covers and gets in. 9/10 times it won't work, and you could even render that socket unusable because your efforts irreversibly bend the plastic. I got so frustrated with these, that i opened all of my power strips and removed this "security feature". No curious babys around here anyways.

    • Philip Koene
      Philip Koene 10 meses atrás +1

      You only have that problem if it is a really cheap and not made socket.

  • Benjamin Dubé
    Benjamin Dubé 3 meses atrás +1

    Thanks, as a canadian who lived 2 years in UK I understand a bit more why you still have those enormous plug!

  • jernejj5
    jernejj5 2 anos atrás +2679

    In Japan, there is no grounding in houses. If the work doesn't kill you, home appliances will.

    • Tonatiuh Valenzuela
      Tonatiuh Valenzuela Anos atrás

      Isn’t the Japanese plug kind of an even worse version of the American one?
      I understand you can always plug Japanese plugs into american sockets, but the reverse is not true if the American plug is polarized, and then, the ground pin is longer in American sockets

    • Xnoob Speakable
      Xnoob Speakable Anos atrás

      @KCASC_ HD here in Lithuania i live in an apartment block that was made when the Soviet union was still a thing
      There's only 2 holes in the outlets and all the plugs i have have only 2 pins
      So grounding doesn't exist here either
      Maybe that's different in newer houses but idk

    • Frank Miklos
      Frank Miklos Anos atrás

      There are still houses built in the US without grounded circuits. Any house built pre world war II didn't have grounded circuits. Many are still that way. You can still buy adapters for grounded cords.

    • gibberish
      gibberish Anos atrás

      @A Barratt Yes I recall the 110v on aircraft but didn't know about the very high frequency... but I suppose it's a weight thing (not such a large/heavy generator to carry perhaps?)

    • gibberish
      gibberish Anos atrás

      @A Barratt When I think about it, I cannot see a reason to harmonize to 230 across Europe if most countries were already 220 (and the UK 240). It must have been a political thing. I doubt any device would react (drop in performance or show any negative signs) due to a drop even as low as 200V. Story is that at xmas in the UK (in the past at least) the voltage could drop to 190 or so as everyone in the UK was cooking their Turkey at 240 degrees for a few hours at the same time (not to mention all the kettles going on and off for the infamous "cuppa") putting a real strain on the grid. But... people like to tell stories. I don't know if it's true. I used to visit my parents every year at xmas in the UK but foolishly always left my avo behind. I would have loved to measured a socket at the turkey cooking time!! Just to see if it were true.

  • oiyou
    oiyou 8 meses atrás +1

    This feature genuinely saved my life as a child trying to jam a wire coat hanger into it

  • pheanix [au]
    pheanix [au] Anos atrás

    I like the British plug socket orientation; Earth pin above Line-Neutral, although now all new plugs have the same approach to insulation on the pins in case of partial removal from the socket.

  • CrypticP
    CrypticP 6 meses atrás

    I don't know if it's commonplace, but we were still taught how to wire a plug at school around 5 years ago when I was there, despite the fact that appliances do come with plugs attached now

  • ASmallGreenBean
    ASmallGreenBean 11 meses atrás +1

    hmm, correct me if I'm wrong, but the type J (3-pole) plug (e.g. in Switzerland) also has most of these safety features, but is much slimmer and "trample-proof" 😉 . There is even a "protective collar" (T12) that prevents the plug from being inserted the wrong way. The plug has no overload protection, but the socket/multi-plug (at least most new ones) and the whole house (as in GB) do.

  • Colin Smith
    Colin Smith Anos atrás +2587

    During WW2 I was evacuated with my mother to a place near Bradford where all the sockets were two pin and round being a nosey kid I stuck my finger in one, well it was finger sized wasn't it, apparently I was propelled across the room at great speed and no doubt Mum had to change my nappy. Now 77 years of age I still have the scar on my index finger it must have given me an interest in electricity because I became an aircraft electrician.

  • Frank Cooke
    Frank Cooke 13 dias atrás

    For years I've heard brits talking about "not/knowing how to wire a plug" in the same vain as like, changing a tire, and had absolutely no idea what they were talking about. Because surely they wouldn't mean ACTUALLY wiring your own plugs. Because that would be madness.

  • Philip Hawley
    Philip Hawley Anos atrás

    Nice video. All instruction on how to wire up electrical appliances should be done by a qualified Electrician. Most Science Teachers are not qualified Electricians so that is why how to wire up a plug is no longer taught.

  • Dennis C
    Dennis C 4 meses atrás

    As a Yank who's only just become aware of this, I have to wonder if the reason we've been so resistant to making what are really common-sense safety changes is $$. I'd bet manufacturers just haven't wanted to go the expense of retooling. Btw, I've always wondered why everyone on both sides of the ocean call it "neutral", since it completes a circuit. Seems like "common" would be the more accurate term. Good video!

  • Dennis C
    Dennis C 4 meses atrás

    As a Yank who's only just become aware of this, I have to wonder if the reason we've been so resistant to making what are really common-sense safety changes is $$. I'd bet manufacturers just haven't wanted to go the expense of retooling. Btw, I've always wondered why everyone on both sides of the ocean call it "neutral", since it completes a circuit. Seems like "common" would be the more accurate term. Good video!

  • Killed
    Killed Anos atrás +2914

    British plug pros:
    Advanced security
    Anti-baby electrocution
    Unable to touch electricity through metal by putting it halfway
    American plug pros:
    Always look surprised

    • Brad Michalson
      Brad Michalson Anos atrás +1

      @The Law I’ll take universal healthcare and no nonsense like January 6th, but thanks for playing.

    • Logan Renfrow
      Logan Renfrow Anos atrás +1

      @Lara İpek American here, I once had my finger touching the two flat bits while I was going to charge my Gameboy and didn't get a burn but did get an unpleasant shock, to this day I'm careful about keeping my fingers away while plugging things up

    • John Shinn
      John Shinn Anos atrás

      Which shock feels better? 120v or 220v?

    • Uli Schmidt
      Uli Schmidt Anos atrás

      or kinda sad depending on how you look at it

    • ModdedInkling
      ModdedInkling Anos atrás +1

      Canadian plug pro:
      Shocks himself a billion times and still lives.

  • Onio Saiyan
    Onio Saiyan 11 meses atrás +1

    I was vacationing in the UK a few years ago. I had to get a plug converter for my laptop charger. As happens, you come home tired from exploring and don't want to deal with anything, including picking up your charger so you don't trip on it in case you have to go to the bathroom. Well as luck would have it I needed to go to the bathroom. I didn't turn on the lights because I didn't feel like it, and what happened? I stepped on the plug. It hurt so bad. I limped to the toilet and sat there and silently suffered.

  • Ehud Gavron
    Ehud Gavron Mês atrás +1

    Great analysis! In the US I've never come across something like those shutters, and the rest of the explanation makes so much sense. Also our 110VAC (sometimes called 115VAC sometimes 120VAC) is not as fatal as your 220-240VAC. I've personally experienced it.
    Also I live in Arizona, which is permanently at UTC-0700 so your other epic rant went over extremely well with me and my techy friends!!! Thanks for all you contribute :)

    • rufflesinc
      rufflesinc 23 dias atrás

      There have been TR (Tamper Resistant) plugs in the US for at least a decade , that have shutters.

  • Marcus Lang
    Marcus Lang 18 dias atrás

    The Schuko-plug design, that is common in most European countries, does have some advantages on its own. I.e. you can plug them in two directions... the earth grounding has even got two contacts! The 'live wire' issue is solved by making the plug outlet recessed (in a groove) - quite genius, I dare say

  • James Odell
    James Odell 6 meses atrás +1

    I like the on off switch some plugs have. That allows you to easily turn off electronics that continue to use electricity when turned off.
    When I was a toddler here in Michigan USA I liked to put my shoe strings into the outlets. My father got safety covers for the plugs and spent a lot of time installing them. My mother told me I had figured them out within an hour of dad finishing.

    • Ethan Fisher
      Ethan Fisher 24 dias atrás

      If ur worried about things using electricity when turned off just unplug it

  • Ben D
    Ben D 5 anos atrás +3388

    "The electricity could ground itself through you... and through your heart... which is bad..." - I love a bit of british understatement.

    • vzgsxr
      vzgsxr 3 anos atrás

      "But it comes with a free yoghurt."
      "That's good."

    • alan smithee
      alan smithee 3 anos atrás +1

      @Metroid why are you leaving plugs on the floor? Especially prong up.

    • Tabula Rasa
      Tabula Rasa 3 anos atrás +1

      @Paradoxical Nightmare truth. UK uses a higher voltage at the same frequency.

    • The Random Chicken
      The Random Chicken 4 anos atrás +1

      Ben D how is understating things British

    • Sonia Molnar
      Sonia Molnar 4 anos atrás +5

      Yes, we are very good at that , that was an understatement

  • Bapt the Analog Kid — Bass covers with a twist!

    The fact that you plug it reverse and get the neutral and live naked it really a proof that the design is wrong. In France we can't do that, and the plugs are recessed, so it's harder for a kid to touch the live and neutral.

  • domitry jobby
    domitry jobby 10 meses atrás +2

    I worked across Europe and my favorite plugs were Italians ones, now they are also adopting German style plugs but the advantage of the Italian ones is the compactness. But the fuze is a fantastic thing, i wish more appliances would have it , often as an electrician i deal with lots of old installations but where people plug lots of electronics, the old houses don't have the safety features in case of overload so if you have a fuze in your plug that can mean the difference between fire and no fire

  • Matt Davis
    Matt Davis Anos atrás +1

    I'm 52. I was never taught *at school* to wire a plug. That was only for the remedial kids as 'life skills' which I wish I'd been involved in as they went on to become high paid sparkies and chippies.

  • Andre Tsang
    Andre Tsang 10 meses atrás

    The issue with people stepping on them could be fixed by having some kind of pyramid looking thing on the other side of the plug, to make sure that when you drop it on the ground it will always land sideways

  • Why are you reading this?
    Why are you reading this? 2 anos atrás +3202

    The reason American plugs are so dangerous is because we hate kids

    • Tribe of the Iron Flame
      Tribe of the Iron Flame Anos atrás

      @Rebecca Hicks We got us a Darwin award winner right here.
      120VAC can and will kill you.
      The US isn't actually 120V, it's 240V split phase
      Again, 120VAC can and will kill you

    • Rebecca Hicks
      Rebecca Hicks Anos atrás

      The voltage in the USA is half that in Britain, so not actually very dangerous if you touch it.

    • Tribe of the Iron Flame
      Tribe of the Iron Flame Anos atrás

      @Brad Michalson In case you did not notice I was not the one that brought politics into the argument to begin with. Besides, I am allowed to voice my opinion in a respectful manner

    • Brad Michalson
      Brad Michalson Anos atrás +1

      @Tribe of the Iron Flame it’s a BRclip video about a plug…… whatever issues you are dealing with, you are airing your views on a BRclip video….
      About a plug.

    • durian111
      durian111 Anos atrás +2

      Also long as nobody complain, after all the socket were more than 100 years old design.

  • Keith David
    Keith David 4 meses atrás

    Not to mention the simple fact that the plug fits the socket. I've lived in several countries and they are often loose. You could also mention its namesake, the sink / bath plug which actually plugs the hole.

  • Patrick H
    Patrick H 9 meses atrás

    What I got to like about the British/Commonwealth-plug: Coming from mainland Europe with a C-Plug (Europlug) on my laptop's power supply, I could jam the tip of a ballpoint pen into the protective hole, thereby unlock neutral/phase and wiggle the Europlug in there. No clumsy adaptor necessary.

  • albedo
    albedo 2 meses atrás

    Sometimes I miss the small EU plug for light electrical devices such as USB chargers (which has only two contacts without ground) in the UK. Those plugs are so bulky.

  • The green Engineer
    The green Engineer 6 meses atrás

    Interesting, these shutters I have never seen before… but I use most of the time standard EU plugs (SCHUKO called in German) when applied properly they have the same features except the fuse and the shutter. but extension cords which are newer and ratet for 16A they have also shutters, and most extension cords have fuses as well nowadays, but we have also at least two fuses from the wall outlet to the main power grid, in most flats there are up to 6 different types of fuses between the main grid and your outlet, so where is not only one point which should keep you safe.

  • Eclectic Jon 101
    Eclectic Jon 101 2 anos atrás +1122

    There is also an on/off switch on the wall socket. So that even when an appliance is plugged in, you can cut the the electricity to it.

    • Rubbermatt
      Rubbermatt 9 meses atrás +1

      Even when switched 'off' with integral power buttons, a lot of appliances will still draw current. TVs on standby are the worst offenders. Switching off at the wall socket or extension bar can cut your annual electric bill by up to 10%.
      A note to those wondering about the Yanks obtuseness ... they only have ' junior helps out in the workshop' 110v mains, here in the UK & EU we have 240v mains, 110v is used on construction/work sites and clearly delineated with bright yellow transformers, blue cabling & cylindrical couplers. (This is why most yanks use the stove & don't have electrical kettles, it would take half a day to heat enough water for a single cup with their electrical supply)

    • MLennholm
      MLennholm Anos atrás

      @Eclectic Jon 101 That depends entirely on what the switch on the appliance actually does. If it physically breaks the circuit, it is effectively identical to flipping the switch on the socket and it won't use any electricity at all even when plugged in to a live socket. If the switch simply puts the appliance into some form of stand-by mode it will use a small amount of electricity but that's because it's designed that way and you're normally not supposed to completely cut the power to it. A TV, for example, could get factory reset by doing so, meaning you'll have to reconfigure it every time you turn it on.

    • Gamer du Québec
      Gamer du Québec Anos atrás

      @Kiwifruit what? Why is that? It's more dangerous to have them on the floor, if you spill liquid it goes directly into the outlet...

    • Cyanshift 88
      Cyanshift 88 Anos atrás +2

      @Leon B We have both but it's safer to have one on the wall. If you spill water on something and it's sparking do you want to go up to it and touch it to turn it off or just turn it off at the wall safely? Also if you get zapped by AC you get stuck and it's hard to let go. The wall socket allows someone else to turn the appliance off without risking harm to themselves.

    • Eclectic Jon 101
      Eclectic Jon 101 Anos atrás

      @Leon B Yes, we have power switches on the appliances as well as on the wall sockets.

  • Kenny P. Raserball
    Kenny P. Raserball 2 meses atrás

    What I also like about british electrics is, that you have switches on every power outlet on the wall.

  • 走氣汽水
    走氣汽水 Mês atrás

    Today, in HK, you are still taught how to wire a UK plug, even if they are included. We have exams that cover the wiring of the plugs, and only the plug diagram gets shown to identify the live wire.

  • Bunsen_ Burna
    Bunsen_ Burna 9 meses atrás

    In New Zealand, 90% of our plugs' cables are on the opposite side of the face of the plug, meaning it's impossible for them to land upright when dripping:)

  • bergiov
    bergiov 9 meses atrás +1

    Hopefully someone has mentioned this in 7 years, but you should check out Mike Holt's stuff on grounding myths to see why the part about the ground wire making shorted equipment safe to touch isn't true.
    If the live shorts to the case but doesn't blow the fuse - which can easily happen - the equipment needs to be connected to a GFCI to be safe to touch. Electricity will still travel through anyone that touches the case, even if it's grounded.

  • mrbisshie
    mrbisshie 6 anos atrás +3869

    Oh man, I can only imagine the pain of stepping on one of those plugs in the middle of the night, in the dark.

    • Patagualian Mostly
      Patagualian Mostly Anos atrás

      @edbadyt I guess we were simply endowed with some common sense.
      Why would anyone leave a corded plug lying in the middle of the floor?

    • Al Carbo
      Al Carbo 2 anos atrás +1

      Alistair Thompson Um Americans don’t unplug things because fun fact you can just shut of the Electronic rather than the plug it’s self

    • Boy Genius
      Boy Genius 2 anos atrás

      People outside of here will never know the pain of stepping on a UK power plug. Also, MegaBlox was worse to stand on than Lego due to the shoddy quality control and sharper parts on some of the bricks (their take on a medieval castle theme was a bastard for this, so was their HALO stuff).

    • eloise
      eloise 2 anos atrás

      They do hurt when you step on the though

    • eloise
      eloise 2 anos atrás +1

      Hahaha that's why we keep things plugged in. We can turn it of at the socket

  • Elspeth Parris
    Elspeth Parris 10 meses atrás

    I had to wire up an EU plug today. Confusing and quite difficult. UK plugs are much easier as well as safer.

  • Kristoffer Valukis
    Kristoffer Valukis 10 meses atrás

    Only improvement I can think of is if the ground/earth prong was angled. Great design though, and great video on it, Tom!

  • Paweł Syska
    Paweł Syska Anos atrás

    When I was about 6 years old I was playing with an extension cord and a small metal necklace. I almost got killed because I put it into one of the holes. This plug is really an excellent design.

  • Techno243
    Techno243 6 meses atrás

    I do like some things about British plugs. The fuse is nice, and the fact you only need one type of outlet for all your appliances is great. I wish we were all 240v over here as well. I don't like the shutters on the ports. If it is the same as the US plugs it makes it much harder to plug things in. I always go out of my way to get the outlets without the dam shutters. All the home stores are switching to them and it's awful. Always get the contractor packs they still don't have the shutters.

  • Asu
    Asu 2 anos atrás +2732

    British sockets: *Has power button individually.*
    British people: _"Let me just pull it out when not in use and lay it around the floor.."_

    • kenny1513
      kenny1513 Anos atrás

      I live in Hongkong and thats never an issue

    • Alfie Mulcahy
      Alfie Mulcahy Anos atrás

      @Darth Accountant TV Announcements at the end of the day telling people to 'Unplug and switch off your sets' as a fire warning. It's stuck in the heads of people who grew up during those periods.

    • Alfie Mulcahy
      Alfie Mulcahy Anos atrás

      @cg g That's because when TV channels used to switch off for the night an announcer would say 'Don't forget to switch off and unplug your set to avoid fire' (or words to that effect). That seems to have stuck in people's minds.

    • durian111
      durian111 Anos atrás

      Yea, i found it weird that american dont have switch on these socket, it just running live even without plugging.

    • Joseph Butler
      Joseph Butler 2 anos atrás

      @The Drüid Not in any house ive lived in!

  • John Eriksson
    John Eriksson Anos atrás

    The danish plug is great. Compatible with EU-standard for appliances with plastic enclosures, but also a bigger with ground where you can’t flip live and neutral.

  • Alex Sosa
    Alex Sosa Anos atrás +3

    I've always been a bit puzzled over how bad those 2 prong plugs are...they literally just fall out of the socket under their own weight. Really dangerous.

    • Valentin
      Valentin 6 meses atrás

      Search schuko type E

  • -
    - 10 meses atrás

    I'd just like to mention, I'm 16 and I remember at some point in like year 9 (13-14 iirc), they did teach us how to wire a plug and such. It was like two lessons? Maybe more, in our physics class, as a mandatory topic to be treatise.

  • David Messer
    David Messer Mês atrás

    It has a couple obvious flaws. It is larger than the US plug so you your electrical strip needs to be larger. That makes it less convenient. Also, having a fuse in every plug makes it more expensive.