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Old 29th May 2019, 4:33 pm   #116
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Default Re: Any other plug collectors out there?

Originally Posted by G6Tanuki View Post
Coloured sleeves would no doubt add to the cost, without any directly-quantifiable-in-pounds-and-pence benefit (unless they could sell coloured-sleeved plugs at a premium).

I don't know if there are any credible statistics on injuries/deaths from rewirable-plugs-wired-with-live-and-neutral-transposed, but if there are I suspect the number is distinctly noise-level when compared to the total number of plugs in service.

IMHO the move to appliances coming with fitted-plugs/pre-assembled IEC-leads was the biggest safety-related 'thing' in the last 30 years. It's a move that's welcomed by consumers too - so much morte convenient - no more buying an appliance and getting it home all hoping to enjoy it then finding there's no plug.... (so you stuff the wires into a socket and 'assist' the connection using a couple of matchsticks and a teaspoon).

Moulded-on plugs probably work out cheaper than separately-wired ones: another win for everyone!
Practically everything sold in the US had some form of molded plug attached to the power cord(mains lead) since the mid 30's. It was a cost saving effort and the NEMA plug configuration was well established for at least 10 years.
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