What types of Australian plug are there?
A 10 amp version is used in most normal settings, available as both 3 pin earthed and 2 pin unearthed (down-rated to 7.5 Amp). A higher-rated 15 Amp version with larger earth pin will power larger equipment. There is also a 20 Amp Australian plug, with all 3 pins larger.
A socket will accept an equal- or lower-rated plug, i.e. a 10 Amp plug will fit 10A, 15A and 20A sockets, but the 15 Amp plug will only fit 15A and 20A sockets.
The Australasian plugs can be recognised by the live and neutral in V alignment.
What approvals does an Australian plug or power cord have?
The standard to which Australian type plugs are manufactured is AS 3112 or Australian Standard 3112 (NZS 3112 or New Zealand Standard 3112 for New Zealand), and this is usually noted as AS/NZS 3112. Each territory of Australia has its own approvals body, but they operate on an inter-recognition basis; SNZ, the New Zealand agency, is also recognised. SAA or SNZ will be marked on the plug.
Australia has a hospital or medical grade plug, which is identical to the standard 10 amp AS/NZS 3112 but must further comply with AS/NZS 3200. These are sometimes clear plugs on orange cable.
Since 2005, all Australian plugs must have part-insulated active (live) and neutral pins.
Where is the Australian plug used?
Australia and New Zealand are the countries most associated with this plug, but it is also the standard in neighbouring Papua New Guinea and Fiji; it also widely used across the Pacific Islands.
The Australian plug is near-identical to the Chinese plug, but the Australian pins are approx. 1mm shorter and must have part-insulated live and neutral pins. The Argentinian type is also virtually identical, but has reversed polarity (inverted live and neutral).
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