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    Default NZ 240V wall plug.

    Just what does an NZ 240v plug actually look like?
    And can you get 'em anywhere in the UK?

    Cheers

    Gareth

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    The plug or the plate? The plugs on the ends of electrical cords are three prong - one cylindrical prong and two flat prongs - the three prongs are triangulated (each are a point on an imaginary eqilateral triangle) - the flat prongs are not paralell to each other but instead are angled with the tops of the flat prongs closest to each other and the bottoms (closest to the cylindrical prong) are angled out.

    Wall plate/outlet matches but most (all?) seem to have an on/off switch for each plug at the plate.

    How's that for a verbal description! Might be best if someone can forward a digital photo!

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    Not sure about the "cylindrical" prong?? All ours here are flat!

    If you get them in the UK they will be expensive! Best bet is to find someone who is coming back and ask them to put a pack of them in the suitcase if you really want some before you come out.

    Neil

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    Our removal company asked us to de-plug all our appliances as they are easy to pack and you soon get the hang of wacking a new one on

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    There's an article on Wikipedia about plugs (of course!) The photo shows a standard wall socket, the plugs are usually cylindrical and unfused. The rating is 10 amps as opposed to the UKs 13 amps. See also here

    Dougie

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    Thanks Dougie,
    That's exactly what I was needing.

    Isn't it a bit iffy though, running 240V devices with no inline live side fuses?
    And are the ring outlets only rated at 10amp max?

    I might just bring a shed load of 4-way blocks and stick an NZ plug on the end of each of them...at least that way I can retain my socket fuses.

    OK if the power cords aren't fused then what type of consumer unit fuse devices are used in NZ, cartridge, ELCB's, other types of trip devices, etc?

    Cheers

    Gareth

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    You got in before PECJ. We did exactly that (we brought about 10 UK extenstion leads/power bars - we had loads in UK and they just got packed without really thinking about it). I think we added it to the list of recommended items to bring in luggage from UK to save a lot of hassle for exactly this reason (another thread somewhere). iPod chargers, cordless phone docking stations, loads of things have transformers built into plugs which are a real pain in the **** to use with a converter.

    Anyway, the above works a treat - one in each kids room for charging nintendo DS's, as another example.

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    Thanks people....advice duly noted.

    Cheers

    G

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    Default An Observation.....

    Just an observation....
    But is the earth pin really at the bottom???

    If so....then in the photos of the plugs showing the terminal connections on this post...
    http://www.enz.org/forum/showthread.php?t=12294
    ...the cable comes out at the side when the device is plugged in??? and with a standard travel adaptor (I'm looking at one now) a UK plug cable would come out at the top?

    ....what a naff design...nearly as well thought out as the scart plugs and sockets.

    Cheers

    G
    Last edited by Tech21; 13th December 2007 at 01:52 AM.

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    Yes, the earth pin is at the bottom and the same length as the other pins.

    For the plug shown the cable sort of comes out at between 4 o'clock and 5 o'clock position.

    One anoying thing with the plugs in NZ is that you can buy different types which may not fit together in a dual socket i.e. you already have something plugged in and want to plug in something else as well but it won't physically fit due to a different shape.
    You can get other plug types though, so if you don't like it coming out of the 'side' then you can just buy different ones. For example, for many of the pre-fitted plugs the cable comes out of the 'top'.

    Ian

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