What types of Italian plug are there?
Italian plugs have 3 identical pins in a row; as it can be plugged in either way round it is unpolarised. The standard Italian plug is rated up to 10 Amps; a larger plug is rated at 16 Amps. Whilst the two plugs are not interchangeable, there exist dual sockets that accept both the 10A and 16A versions.
Italy also accepts the 2 pin CEE7/16 Europlug. Some sockets, especially in Northern Italy, may be dual Italian/Schuko.
What approvals does an Italian plug or powercord have?
Italian plugs are manufactured to CEI 23-50 (previously CEI 23-16), and are approved by the Instituto Italiano del Marchio di Qualita’, IMQ or IEMMEQU. The 10 amp is specified under CEI 23-50 S11, while the 16 Amp is CEI 23-50 S17.
Where is the Italian plug used?
Whilst mainly used in Italy (including Sicily and Sardinia), due to its colonial past it is also used in Ethiopia, and is one of the types used in Libya and Tunisia.
The Italian plug is also used in Chile, and is one of the types permitted in Uruguay.
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