French/Belgian plug to UK socket adapters - any cheaper than this one?


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Ronald Raygun

therustyone said:
that looks like a French socket with a Brit plug ?
Yes it does, doesn't it? Calling it a French plug to UK socket adapter
is kind of confusing, had me do a double take too.

But when you think about it, that's exactly what it does. It adapts
(i.e. lets you put) a French plug to a UK socket.

Obviously therefore it must consist of a French socket and a UK plug.
 
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Ronald Raygun said:
Yes it does, doesn't it? Calling it a French plug to UK socket adapter
is kind of confusing, had me do a double take too.

But when you think about it, that's exactly what it does. It adapts
(i.e. lets you put) a French plug to a UK socket.

Obviously therefore it must consist of a French socket and a UK plug.
Exactly right, I want to plug Belgian equipment into UK sockets.
 
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Tinkerer said:
No, sadly it isn't, that's a Schuko socket as used in Germany and
many other parts of Europe but not France and Belgium. The French and
Belgian sockets have a protruding earth pin whereas the Schuko
socket's earth connection is by two springs at the sides.

You can get universal *plugs* (i.e. plugs which will go into both types
of socket) but you can't get universal sockets.
 
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Terry Casey

invalidaddress@invalidaddress.invalid said:
The OP asked for a French/Belgian adaptor. It has an earth pin protruding from the socket
and is polarized.

The one in your link is the side contact version as used in most other European
countries, which is non-polarised (plug fits both ways round) although that probably
isn't a problem.

It rather depends what the OP wants them for: most appliances sold on the continent these
days have a moulded plug with both types of earthing, which fits either socket.

So unless the OP has some cables fitted with French style plugs which must be earthed,
they would be ok.

The same thing is usually sold in Morrisons for £1.80 which eliminates post + packing
charges.

Someone mentioned Tesco - the only one I've seen there is a much flimsier thing with no
earthing provision at all (and the socket isn't recessed, either.

Presumably the OP still wants to use his stuff in France on occasions. In which case I'd
suggest aquiring a multiway extension lead on the next trip, then cut of the moulded plug
and fit a UK 13A plug.

We've got one over our kitchen worktop - the coffee machine we bought in Belgium is
permanently plugged into it and my wife uses it for her phone charger, also of european
origin.
 
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Terry Casey

Still a Schuko.
Yes - but why do you particularly need French/Belgian sockets?

French/Belgian plugs mate with a Shuko socket (but only the universal type of plug makes
the earth connection).
 
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David in Normandy

Presumably the OP still wants to use his stuff in France on occasions. In which case I'd
suggest aquiring a multiway extension lead on the next trip, then cut of the moulded plug
and fit a UK 13A plug.
That is what I've done. I've also done the opposite too with a French
plug on an English multiway extension lead. Handy as I've got a mixture
of French and UK electrical items and can use either in either country.

Just take care not to overload those travel adaptor type conversion
plugs, then often only have a rating of only 3 or 5 amps and get quite
hot if you forget and use them to plug in an electric heater! LOL
 
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Terry Casey said:
The OP asked for a French/Belgian adaptor. It has an earth pin protruding from the socket
and is polarized.

The one in your link is the side contact version as used in most other European
countries, which is non-polarised (plug fits both ways round) although that probably
isn't a problem.

It rather depends what the OP wants them for: most appliances sold on the continent these
days have a moulded plug with both types of earthing, which fits either socket.
Yes, they mostly are that type so, as you say most things can be
plugged into a Schuko adapter.
So unless the OP has some cables fitted with French style plugs which must be earthed,
they would be ok.

The same thing is usually sold in Morrisons for £1.80 which eliminates post + packing
charges.

Someone mentioned Tesco - the only one I've seen there is a much flimsier thing with no
earthing provision at all (and the socket isn't recessed, either.

Presumably the OP still wants to use his stuff in France on occasions. In which case I'd
suggest aquiring a multiway extension lead on the next trip, then cut of the moulded plug
and fit a UK 13A plug.
It's more that I'm wiring a boat which lives in Belgium and I'm going
to have UK sockets throughout but I want the ability to easily plug in
a few bits and pieces of existing equipment (OK, I can change the
sockets eventually) and/or Belgian guests' equipment. It's probably
not a big issue and I guess just a couple of the adapters at £5.xx
won't break the bank.
 
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Terry Casey said:
Yes - but why do you particularly need French/Belgian sockets?

French/Belgian plugs mate with a Shuko socket (but only the universal type of plug makes
the earth connection).
That's very true, I doubt if I have any plugs on the boat that won't
go into a Schuko socket so maybe I'll just put up with Schuko adapters
until I rewire everything with UK plugs.

There is the issue that Schuko aren't polarised but since there's no
standard for the French/Belgian polarised plugs that's not really very
relevant.
 
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Terry Casey

It's more that I'm wiring a boat which lives in Belgium and I'm going
to have UK sockets throughout but I want the ability to easily plug in
a few bits and pieces of existing equipment (OK, I can change the
sockets eventually) and/or Belgian guests' equipment. It's probably
not a big issue and I guess just a couple of the adapters at £5.xx
won't break the bank.
Or, as I and others have pointed out, £1.80 each
 
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Terry Casey

That's very true, I doubt if I have any plugs on the boat that won't
go into a Schuko socket so maybe I'll just put up with Schuko adapters
until I rewire everything with UK plugs.
ALL French/Begian plugs fit Schuko sockets, so you won't find any ...

The only matter that needs consideration is something that MUST be earthed that is not
fitted with a universal plub.
 
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Terry Casey said:
Or, as I and others have pointed out, £1.80 each
But they're Schuko rather than French/Belgian ones. I can probably
use them but I need to check that all the plugs will mate with a
Schuko properly (most do of course).
 
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