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Joe Tedesco's European Vacation pics #141473 08/22/04 03:12 PM
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Well, there are some familiar looking fittings there.

What's the story Joe?



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Re: Joe Tedesco's European Vacation pics #141474 08/22/04 06:51 PM
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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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Re: Joe Tedesco's European Vacation pics #141475 08/24/04 01:48 PM
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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? [Linked Image]

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! [Linked Image]

Re: Joe Tedesco's European Vacation pics #141476 08/24/04 08:28 PM
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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?.

Re: Joe Tedesco's European Vacation pics #141477 08/24/04 09:20 PM
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Mike,

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

Re: Joe Tedesco's European Vacation pics #141478 08/25/04 05:37 AM
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Thanks, Hutch!. [Linked Image]

Re: Joe Tedesco's European Vacation pics #141479 08/25/04 08:37 AM
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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.

Re: Joe Tedesco's European Vacation pics #141480 08/25/04 02:38 PM
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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 !

Re: Joe Tedesco's European Vacation pics #141481 08/26/04 06:01 PM
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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...... [Linked Image]

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.

Re: Joe Tedesco's European Vacation pics #141482 08/26/04 06:04 PM
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More pics from Joe (from Italy as far as I can tell):

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Close-up of meter:
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