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One of these days....... #170047
10/25/07 01:52 AM
10/25/07 01:52 AM
Trumpy  Offline
Joined: Jul 2002
Posts: 8,236
SI,New Zealand
....someone is going to get hurt taking an adaptor plug overseas on thier trip.
Have a look at this one:

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It seems the earth pin is made of plastic, unless there's a new type of blue brass around that I've never heard of.

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Re: One of these days....... [Re: Trumpy] #170049
10/25/07 07:12 AM
10/25/07 07:12 AM
johno12345  Offline
Joined: Sep 2005
Posts: 96
United Kingdom
I have never seen a good one of those.

I tried to get some at work for when people travel and none of them had an earth. All our laptops have an earth connection.

We had 2 users visiting the US without a travel adapter so they went to Home Depot, bought a screwdriver and a 2 pin plug and nearly electrocuted themselves. I asked what they did with the earth and they said that the US doesnt have an earth so they cut it off. They also didnt think of the voltage difference. It is scary what people can cobble together

I took my time, I hurried up, The choice was mine, I didn't think enough
Re: One of these days....... [Re: johno12345] #170052
10/25/07 08:20 AM
10/25/07 08:20 AM
Texas_Ranger  Offline
Joined: Dec 2001
Posts: 2,416
Vienna, Austria
The ones I know are at least built in a manner you can only insert ungrounded plugs (i.e. use class II devices). Doesn't make them that much better though, trying to run a hairdryer plugged into a US power strip was the first and probably last time I tried to use such an adaptor. I've got plugs for the countries I'm most likely to travel to (French, Italian, UK) and should I decide to go somewhere else I'd try to get plugs beforehand and make up my own extension cord.

Re: One of these days....... [Re: Texas_Ranger] #170148
10/28/07 11:17 AM
10/28/07 11:17 AM
pauluk  Offline
Joined: Aug 2001
Posts: 7,520
Norfolk, England
Let me guess: Made in China?

Re: One of these days....... [Re: pauluk] #170191
10/29/07 10:52 AM
10/29/07 10:52 AM
Trumpy  Offline
Joined: Jul 2002
Posts: 8,236
SI,New Zealand
Originally Posted by pauluk
Let me guess: Made in China?

No Paul, you're wrong actually.
It was made in Pakistan.
It's anyone's guess what language the user manual was catering for. whistle


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