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Interpower’s Plug and Socket Tester

Posted on 10/18/21 11:49 AM

Bunkered deep inside Interpower’s testing facility in Ames, Iowa, is an array of testing apparatus for the testing of electrical cable and components to push both newly manufactured and warehoused cable, cords, and components (and prototypes) to extreme limits, often well beyond UL and IEC standards for product compliance.

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Topics: electrical safety, testing, designing for export, plugs & sockets, product development

Argentina, Australia, and China Standard 10A/250V Plugs & Sockets Have Similar Features, But What are Some Critical Differences?

Posted on 10/27/20 4:17 PM

As their standard plug, Argentina, Australia, and China all use the Class I, 10A/250VAC plugs with an Alternate Current (AC) cycle of 50Hz. All three countries have similar plug patterns. All three countries use the international color code for its three conductors: green/yellow (ground), light blue (neutral), and brown (line). And both Argentina and Australia plugs are connected to H05VV-F cable (Harmonized, 300-400V, PVC, Flexible cable) while the China cable is RVV (PVC insulated flexible cable under IEC 60227-5).

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Topics: designing for export, plugs & sockets, international plug and socket patterns

Determining the Correct Plug Pattern in a Global Market

Posted on 6/18/18 2:41 PM

A basic definition of a plug and socket: meeting an electrical need by connecting electrical equipment to a power source. But as simple as that definition sounds, it needs to be noted that there are a number of different plug patterns used throughout the world, making it anything but simple.

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Topics: electrical safety, designing for export, plugs & sockets

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