[maemo-users] N810 European Power Adapter

From: Theodore Tso tytso at MIT.EDU
Date: Thu Mar 20 15:40:55 EET 2008
On Thu, Mar 20, 2008 at 12:13:46PM +0000, Matt Emson wrote:
> UK (and Irish) plugs are completely different. They are far, far safer 
> in practice. Each plug has a rated fuse (3, 5 and 13 amps are common in 
> various devices.) Our plugs are designed to fail at the plug before 
> damaging the appliance. We also have an earth pin on all plugs (though 
> some devices don't use it.) This means that we don't have the "my outlet 
> has no earth pin" issue that people some times hack around in the US/Europe.

This is all true, but those plugs take up a huge amount of space in
laptop bags...  and the number of times that I've had my equipment
blow up due to grounding problems or power surges is nil.  And a fuse
doesn't protect against voltage spikes.

> > ...and the UK too, if you activate the interlock on the (missing) earth 
> > leg with a toothpick (240vAC scares me) when you plug it in.
> So, what you are advocating is electrocuting yourself if the earth is 
> "live" and bypassing the fuse so that you can blow up your device in 
> case of a power surge? :-P (yes, I know.. the UK charger has no user  
> accessible fuse)

What I recommend to fellow road warriors, is if you ever go to Japan,
get one of these:


(Scroll to the bottom of the page to see pictures of how it can be

It takes up a very tiny amount of space in your laptop bag, and it has
a nice safe plastic ground-defeat for the UK plugs which is much safer
than using a toothpick or a screwdriver.  Not available for sale in
the US or EU, probably because the safety bureaucrats would have
apoplectic seizures over the thing, but I've never had a problem using
it in over ten years.

							- Ted

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