Hi guys, Just thought I would throw these pics up here to show you guys a few things from Down Under. First off we have a Surface-Mount socket Outlet, these are rarely used here now, but at one time a lot of switch boards had them.
Next up is a rather strange looking thing, it's used for appliances where you need an extra switched phase, for instance Non-maintained Emergency lighting.
Dave and I were talking about this connector the other day in the Chat room, here is the picture Dave.
A lot of kettles here used this sort of connector before the IEC connector was used here on imported appliances, as older kettles burn out, the plug arrangement is becoming more rare.
Here is a local Cord-Line switch:
Rated at 10A so I'm told.
One of our Double Adapters:
Please by all means, put your 2c worth in here!.
[This message has been edited by Trumpy (edited 02-07-2005).]
Re the double adapter, that reminds me of an item in Electronics Australia some years ago.
Somebody described an old double adapter which was built in such a way that the polarity was reversed on one of the outlets. It seems that in the early days of the Australian plug standard there was no specification as to which side should be line and neutral (or should that be "active" and neutral? ).
Re: Aus/NZ Oddities#142625 02/07/0508:36 AM02/07/0508:36 AM
The double adaptors that had the polarity problems were manufactured by Clipsal in South Australia (part number 460). The bottom half of the adaptor had the correct polarity LIVE was the left pin) but the other side was incorrect. Another Clipsal oddity from the past was the first of the combination socket-outlets had the earth pin facing up (reminds me of some of the disussion amongst the contributors in the 'general discussion' forums of ECN). I have one at home with '58' stamped on it (assume 1958 manufacture). If I have time, I shall dig it out along with some of the other oddball fittings I have including the Aussie 110V 10A plugs (round pins for Active & Neutral with a flat earth pin). The surface sockets still kick on to this day installed in equipment racks from the 1970s & 1980s.
Re: Aus/NZ Oddities#142626 02/07/0511:28 AM02/07/0511:28 AM
Ha Ha Ha Ha, Sven, you aren't that far out of character, a Cattle-beast escaped after a truck rolled near one of the trendy parts of Auckland recently, people there had seen these things in books. An Animal-Control guy shot it, the people went back to eating thier fat-free Rump Steaks and Lattes (without sugar, no less)