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Can European standard plug converters be used in Germany, Italy, Switzerland and France?

  • Author:Selectech
  • Release on:2019-05-27
Europe as a continent, most countries have their own plug standards, such as Germany using German standards (two cylindrical pins, diameter 4.8mm), Swiss standard Swiss use (two cylindrical pins, one grounding intermediate wire, diameter pin is 4.0 Mm), the British plug standard is three squares, this is our common Hong Kong version of the plug.
First, we need to understand the types of plugs and sockets used in European countries, as follows:

As can be seen from the figure, the socket type in most European countries contains round holes (Neutral Live wire is a circular socket), except in the UK. (UK wall Socket)
UK wall Socket
Therefore, converters purchased by European tourists usually ignore grounding, leaving only two holes, the Neutral wire and the Live wire, which can be used in most European countries.
However, it should be noted that the German socket hole is 4.8 mm and the European adapter pin is 4.0 mm. If you use a European standard conversion plug in Germany, it may cause poor contact or even fall off.
Let's take a look at the type of European plug converter:
1. One-to-many European conversion plug:

European standard plug for three national standard sockets (two two-phase plugs and one three-phase plug) to power three devices simultaneously.

2. Universal plug converter:
European standard plugs for universal hole sockets allow direct use of multiple national plug types, but only one electrical device can be used at a time.

3. Multi-function conversion plug:

It contains standard needles from Europe, the United Kingdom, the United States and Australia and is suitable for many countries. In addition, it includes a new national standard five-hole socket and two USB ports that can be used to power two USB devices and one device simultaneously.
Therefore, converter plugs from Germany, Italy and Switzerland can be purchased using European standard plugs.

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