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Benefits of European power outlets

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This essay explains why the power outlet design of power outlets used in European countries such as Germany (also used in several countries in Asia, such as Iran) has a superior design compared to those used in Great Britain and the American continent.

Compact design[edit]

The design of the European plug allows for more compact outlet multiplier hubs[1][2] and also for a non-bulky design of USB wall chargers and reversible insertion.

The British plug has a bulky design. Even more compact chargers need to have a separate earth prong, usually made out of plastic, to unlock the hot and neutral ports in the outlets. In addition, the prongs are more far apart.[3]

Not only does the British plug have a bulky design, but it also is not reversible.

On the European plug design, the earth contacts are integrated on the side of the plugs that need one.

Safety[edit]

The North American outlet design allows the metal contacts of the plugs to be exposed while they touch the metal contacts inside the outlet.

Not only is this a safety hazard[4], but it also allows natural deselection by the outlet challenge, a January 2020 Internet challenge of which participants drop conductive materials such as a coin in the exposed gap, which could cause sparks and poses a fire hazard.

The European outlet design is designed in a way that the metal contacts of the plug can not be exposed while connected to the outlet.

Robustness[edit]

The American and Australian outlet design uses thin prongs that can be bent far more easily than those used in the European and British plugs.

Also see[edit]

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