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CEE 7/4 and CEE 7/7
230V/50Hz; 16A max.

The standard, Class I grounded mains, plugs used in Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Finland, and Russia are the CEE 7/4 and CEE 7/7 plugs (also known as "Schucko"). Because this standard is used so commonly throughout Europe, we refer to it as the "Continental European" standard. Both styles have two 4.8mm round contacts on 19mm centres. Grounding is achieved through the grounding clips on the sides of the plug body. The CEE 7/7 plug also has a female receptacle, which permits it to be plugged into the French & Belgian sockets that have a male grounding pin. All stocked Interpower Continental European cords utilise the CEE 7/7 plug. The CEE 7/4 and 7/7 plug styles and French/Belgian socket style are illustrated below.

The Schuko with a dual grounding system (commonly referred to as a CEE 7/7 plug) is a standard n Continental Europe. These cordsets are configured with a CEE 7/7 angled or straight plug, terminated with an IEC 60320 C6 or five different angled IEC 60320 C13 connectors (left, right, up, down, and straight). Cordsets terminated with an IEC 60320 C19 connector are also available.

The standard wall outlet in Europe provides consumers with 230V single-phase power. The standard practice for delivering this voltage differs from the North American method for providing 250V to the outlet. In North America, a 250V outlet would be connected to two live legs, each having 125V potential with reference to ground. The European system has one live leg carrying 230V with reference to ground, a neutral (the system ground), and a safety ground. Consequently, the European 230V system is wired similar to North American 125V house wiring.

Practices differ mainly in the area of polarisation. Typically, Europeans do not maintain consistent identification of line and neutral throughout their power system as is the practice in North America. Consistent with this practice, the Schuko plug can be rotated to either of two positions and plugged into the socket. Thus the common electrical system in Europe is unpolarised (i.e., line and neutral are connected at random). In fact, most plug types used in Europe are not polarised.

Schuko cordsets are available in three stocked cable sizes. Depending on cable used the cords and cordsets are rated for service between 2.5 -16 amps at 250 VAC.

Countries that use the CEE 7/7 ("Schuko") plug as a standard: Germany; Austria; Norway; Sweden; Finland; the Netherlands; France; Belgium and Russia.

Countries that occasionally use the CEE 7/7 ("Schuko") plugs: Portugal and Spain.

Countries that use a variation of the CEE 7: Northern Africa; the Middle East; and Brazil. Variations of this plug, with 4mm contacts used in some Eastern European countries and in a few Soviet republics, are also available.

Countries that use a variation of the CEE 7/4 plug with 4mm contacts: Eastern Europe and some states in the Commonwealth of Independent States (formerly Russia)

Interpower? Schuko power cords and cordsets carry all the major European approvals.

Note: The Continental European plug will fit 10A sockets in Italy and Denmark. However, the Continental European plug will not be grounded. Therefore, we recommend specific plugs for Denmark and Italy.

Note: Sweden does not allow the use of rewireable plugs for medical use.

Note: Russian approval agency GOST requires the CEE 7-7 plug be used for 16A applications.


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