For IEC , the – VAC mains plug, see NEMA connector § NEMA 5. For IEC , the extra low voltage connectors, see DC connector § IEC IEC plug. IEC is an international standard designed “to provide a standard for a safe, compact. GOST IEC IEC system of plugs and socket-outlets for household and similar purposes. Part 2. Plugs and socket-outlets 15 A V a.c. and 20 A V . Find the most up-to-date version of IEC at Engineering

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IEC standard household plug. The International Electrotechnical Commission IEC has developed an international standard V household plug system, to be used one day everywhere in Europe and other countries with V mains. The standard 6090-2 published in as ICE South Africa and Brazil are the first countries in the world that have introduced the standard. Details are given below. The IEC has published a brief history about the international standardization of electrical plugs and sockets for domestic use, which is worthwhile reading.


Attempts to standardize European electrical power distribution started already in ied early s!

They fully comply with the IEC standard. Sockets have a 10 mm deep recess, which eliminates the possibility of touching pins under tension with fingers or any object.

Plugs have partially insulated line and neutral pins. Details about plugs dimensions are given in the table below. The page that gives an overview of South African plugs shows the full socket.

Museum of Plugs and Sockets: IEC standard household plug

Sockets have a 10 mm deep recess. Details about plug dimensions are given in the table below. Pins are thicker kec to 10A plugs 4. Brand name of socket and plug: A label can be inserted to mark the voltage of the local network.

The two types share several characteristics, but Swiss plugs do not fit in IEC sockets v.

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IEC plugs are rated up to 16A. NBR defines plugs and sockets for either 10A or 20A.


An insulating sleeve around the base of the line and neutral pin similar to Europlugs is not compulsory. Practical consequences of the introduction of the new standard are among others: Beginning January 1st, new residential, commercial and industrial wall outlet installations must comply with this new standard, and beginning August 1st, imported electrical devices must comply with NBR regulations.

Distance between line and neutral pin. Insulating sleeve around base of L and N pins.

Offset of earth pin distance from center line. Ambiguity between line and neutral.