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Old 26th Nov 2023, 10:31 am   #21
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Hi,
The centre pin was added to avoid it being inadvertently inserted into a mains socket as they were the same size.
I have an old French PA amp where the inputs, outputs and mains (albeit male) connections are all the same.
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Old 26th Nov 2023, 1:56 pm   #22
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Yes I am the same and I am still trying to find a 5 rectanglar pins inline plug for one of my Philips machines, # 112 from Post 3.

David
I think I have _one_ of those somewhere, but I am keeping it as I have several Philips tape recorders and radios that have such sockets. I've seen it called an 'IEC plug'

Getting back to the original plug, there were 2 versions, one with a round centre pin (same as the other 2 pins), the other with a flat one. Philips seemed to have a convention that one type was used for inputs, the other for outputs (so the normal cable had one of each type on the ends). I forget which was used for which though.
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Old 26th Nov 2023, 8:05 pm   #23
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Hi,
Italian plugs also have a centre round (earth) pin.
So I wonder how much confusion that caused back in the day.
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Old 26th Nov 2023, 10:11 pm   #24
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My understanding is that the standard Italian plug's pins are spaced further apart than the standard European 19mm pitch. The smaller resilient pins of the 2.5A Europlug will diverge enough to fit, but the rigid French and German plugs will not. That was my experience on a holiday in Italy more than a decade ago. I don't know what their current practice is. I have seen Italian sockets with oval openings that will accept both types.

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Old 26th Nov 2023, 11:28 pm   #25
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Hi,
The 6 amp plug has the same pitch, but the larger 10 amp one has greater diameter pins spaced further apart.
Apologies if I've drifted off topic.
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