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Rhinochugger. Yes the plugs are different in Australia compared to the rest of the world. As long as I can remember the mains plugs have had the flat sloped active and neutral pins.
Anything from the UK or Europe of the same voltage, I just chop the plug off and wire in an Australian one.
I see your point. Maybe H&M Victor had different coloured text on the panel with different plug for export version to Australia.

 
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Rhinochugger. Yes the plugs are different in Australia compared to the rest of the world. As long as I can remember the mains plugs have had the flat sloped active and neutral pins.
Anything from the UK or Europe of the same voltage, I just chop the plug off and wire in an Australian one.
I see your point. Maybe H&M Victor had different coloured text on the panel with different plug for export version to Australia.

That's what I was wondering - total nerd mode on :nerd::nerd::nerd::nerd::nerd::nerd:
 
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The plugs most common to me. Some with no earth pin because of the plastic case.
The USA one on the left is 110 volt so I use a step down transformer for those, With 220 volt equipment I just change the plug to an Australian one on the right.

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I've noticed the German plug can be (wrongly) inserted although loose in various ways into the 110 volt output of the 240 to 110 volt converter. o_O

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Are your mains plugs different to ours?

At the time, our plugs would have been the old round pin plugs - 3 pins with the central earth pin larger than the others

like this

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They still are different.
When working for defence back in the day for the number of UK acquired bits of kit that I cut off the plug and rewired if I had $1for each one I could buy the UK with change left over for a down deposit on the US. ;) ;)
Same voltage range and frequency just a different plug not to mention the standard colour difference.
 
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That one in the middle is less common than it was, here in the UK..
Tended to be for things like electric razors, and the like. - You could have a transformer isolated outlet in a bathroom, quite often combined with a small strip-light so you could see to have a shave..
 
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The plugs most common to me. Some with no earth pin because of the plastic case.
The USA one on the left is 110 volt so I use a step down transformer for those, With 220 volt equipment I just change the plug to an Australian one on the right.

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I've noticed the UK plug can be (wrongly) inserted although loose in various ways into the 110 volt output of the 240 to 110 volt converter. o_O

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Just have to be careful with which type of equipment you connect to a step down transformer, at work we lost 3 brand new laser printers because some purchaser did not read the fine print about them not being able to run on transformers. Bought 110V 60Hz machines. Expensive exercise because the fine print said do not do and we did; hence no warranty.
 
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The middle plug is common on these. :nod:

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European, rather then UK..
 
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Yup, we do our own thing

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Yeah, I was a little puzzled by that. So the 2 pin German LGB plugs are not compatible with UK mains? :think:

OK! so that's a UK plug. CHUNKY!
 
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We have the technology!

shaver 'plug'

Nasty things.. The plugs tend to be a little loose in them..
 
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Of course. We have them too but I'd rather live without a gaggle of them.
 
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The reason that us Brits have our BS plugs and sockets, is due to the fact we adopted Ring Mains wiring post war, to save on copper.

Most other countries have radial wiring.

The UK plug has a fuse inside on the live wire....
 
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The reason that us Brits have our BS plugs and sockets, is due to the fact we adopted Ring Mains wiring post war, to save on copper.

Most other countries have radial wiring.

The UK plug has a fuse inside on the live wire....
Interesting Gizzy what is the diffference? I do understand UK Ring wiring having done a few prior to change in regulations, then all of my Electrical Sideline Work was stolen by Government Regulation. Helped a friend in France with some Property Renovation and the Wiring was scary in the extreme! I never even liked being in the same Bathroom as it so did not touch it at all.
 
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Interesting Gizzy what is the diffference? I do understand UK Ring wiring having done a few prior to change in regulations, then all of my Electrical Sideline Work was stolen by Government Regulation. Helped a friend in France with some Property Renovation and the Wiring was scary in the extreme! I never even liked being in the same Bathroom as it so did not touch it at all.
Radial wiring is straight from the fuse board to the socket.

Ring Main is a loop via several sockets....
 
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I have a couple or three H&M Duettes, which I still use occasionally....

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