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#141473 - 08/22/04 01:12 PM Joe Tedesco's European Vacation pics
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Posted for Joe Tedesco:



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Well, there are some familiar looking fittings there.

What's the story Joe?



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#141474 - 08/22/04 04:51 PM Re: Joe Tedesco's European Vacation pics
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Thanks Paul:

The first picture was taken in a Sheraton Hotel at the London Heathrow Airport and the second was in the airport itself, before boarding the flight to Barcelona, Spain.

I was not permitted to carry my computer so I could not verify that the USA receptacle was working. I will send a few more pictures and will add my comments and ask the questions then.
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#141475 - 08/24/04 11:48 AM Re: Joe Tedesco's European Vacation pics
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My initial thought was that the first pic was a demonstration board, the sort you see in a wholesaler's showroom to illustrate their range of devices.

I wonder why the Sheraton went to the trouble of labeling the Shucko outlet "European socket" though?

You'd think that Continental visitors in London would recognize what it is without being told. Actually, I just had a thought: Maybe it was to stop ignorant Brits asking what it was for!

I'll lay you 10:1 odds that the "U.S. 110 volts" receptacle is 50Hz as well. Looks as though with it right next to a British outlet they didn't debate ground-up vs. ground-down too much!

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#141476 - 08/24/04 06:28 PM Re: Joe Tedesco's European Vacation pics
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Here's a question.
Would all of these sockets have RCD protection, with this being a Hotel?.
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I'll lay you 10:1 odds that the "U.S. 110 volts" receptacle is 50Hz as well.

Yes, I'd agree there too Paul, but would that affect a Laptop computer?.
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#141477 - 08/24/04 07:20 PM Re: Joe Tedesco's European Vacation pics
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Mike,

1) RCD, I think not;
2) Most laptop transformers 100-250V/50-60Hz

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#141478 - 08/25/04 03:37 AM Re: Joe Tedesco's European Vacation pics
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Thanks, Hutch!.
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#141479 - 08/25/04 06:37 AM Re: Joe Tedesco's European Vacation pics
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I've seen that set up in Ireland too. No US Socket though just a schuko one.

I think the idea is to protect your hotel from scary tourist adaptors!

Any outlet <32A in our regs requires RCD protection. Doesn't matter what voltage or what the pin layout.

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#141480 - 08/25/04 12:38 PM Re: Joe Tedesco's European Vacation pics
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I just stayed a night at the London Barbican "Thistle" Hotel, and that too had a US type socket over the desk. This was the first time I've seen that provision in an hotel. Interestingly though it wasn't labelled at all. I thought it called for great trust from any prospective user !

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#141481 - 08/26/04 04:01 PM Re: Joe Tedesco's European Vacation pics
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Well, I hear these stories about people who go traveling and don't take a voltmeter with them. Seems kinda strange to me, but I suppose it takes all sorts......

If I found this in a hotel room I'd just have to jave a peek behind the outlet to see what wiring and color code they used on the NEMA device as well.

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#141482 - 08/26/04 04:04 PM Re: Joe Tedesco's European Vacation pics
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More pics from Joe (from Italy as far as I can tell):





Close-up of meter:





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