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Alex001
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 20, 2008 2:18 am    Post subject: Where can I buy inline euro plugs? Reply with quote

My appliance has a large 2 pin hexagonal socket with pins inside the plug - similar to female IEC sockets at the back of monitors.

So I'm looking to buy or make a lead which runs from a UK mains and ends in a plug similar to an IEC lead but with the 2 pin euro hex design.

Trouble is I can't find one anywhere, I searched google for an hour yesterday and I couldn't even find an image. Is there a name for this type of plug?

I don't want to remove the socket from the appliance since it has text about the fuse and voltage.

Thanks
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 20, 2008 4:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

* The "socket" is on a short lead from the appliance, a sewing machine.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 20, 2008 5:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This ought to give you enough info;
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IEC_connector
http://www.stayonline.com/reference-iec320.aspx

here's a couple of suppliers;

http://www.leadsdirect.co.uk/productinfo/mainsleads.html

http://www.jaycar.com.au/productResults.asp?FORM=CAT
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 20, 2008 11:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks but what I mean is that coming out of the machine is a very short lead which ends in an "inline euro socket." I mean that the two pins are surrounded by the female plastic - exactly like the female end of an IEC extension cable, but with 2 euro pins.

I could replace it with an inline IEC socket, but I shouldn't have to - I can't believe nowhere sells these things.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 20, 2008 7:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

...Sorry can't follow your description? can you post a pic?
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 20, 2008 8:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How do you post pictures?
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vtech



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2008 6:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The picture must be either posted somwhere on the net or else you can upload your own to any of the free sites. use the "img" tag with the corresponding url of where the image is located.

[img] ...url...[/img]

as an example here is the image of the piece you are looking for;

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2008 9:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That 2-pin appliance plug

is commonly used on class II (reinforced insulation) equipment that does not need protective ground. However, a ordinary grounded mains cable with a 3- pole plug

will fit there.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2008 4:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi, sorry it's difficult to explain. Imagine an IEC extension lead - the female end contains the pins. The socket on the sewing machine is like this (or like the back of a monitor) but accepts a flat euro plug design rather than an iec design...

This was the only image I could find

z.about.com/d/sewing/1/0/I/N/wires1.jpg

I think though I'll just buy a matching plug and socket and make a lead from scratch.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2008 4:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maybe that is a special plug designed by that particular sewing machine manufacturer, in the past there were many non-standard plugs in that business.
What brand is the sewing machine?
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