Mains Power Plugs

Mains Power Plugs

These days, more than ever before, many of the new consumer products developed have to run from batteries. But there are still an enormous number of products that run from mains power, including the battery chargers needed for all those battery powered products.

If you are targeting the world market, the issue of what voltage and what type of power plug to use is one of the earlier requirements you have to identify and satisfy.

So I was amused to come across this novel way of looking at this problem at LifeHacker – 42 Maps that missed the World Atlas.

Main Power Plugs - International

Main Power Plugs – International

A more comprehensive guide is available at Mains_electricity_by_country and each country will have specific standards that apply to products sold there. In Australia it is AS/NZS 3112:2011 which covers both the plug and socket. 

Mains Power Plug History

If you want to read more about the history of the development of mains power plugs and why they vary so much around the world, then I recommend checking out AC Power Plugs and Sockets.

And of course this wouldn’t be complete without a picture of our own local Mains Power Plug and Socket.

Australian Power Plug And Socket

Australian Power Plug And Socket

Successful Endeavours specialise in Electronics Design and Embedded Software Development. Ray Keefe has developed market leading electronics products in Australia for nearly 30 years. This post is Copyright © 2013 Successful Endeavours Pty Ltd.