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PAT Testing: Plugs – BS1363

The BS 1363 Plug British Standard BS 1363 specifies the type of mains power plug and socket most commonly used in the United Kingdom. It is more commonly known as the 13 amp plug. The BS 1363 is considered to be one of the safest domestic power-connector systems in the world. A BS 1363 plug has two horizontal, rectangular pins for live and neutral, and above these pins, a larger, vertical pin for an earth connection. Unlike with most other types of sockets, the earth pin is mandatory in the BS 1363 plug, as it is needed to open a [...]

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