common practice in Europe for tea kettles?
Yes. Well, actually the conenctor on an
electric kettle over here is
the 'hot condtion' one with a notch on the socket and ridge insdie
the plug. Originally, the 'normal' one, as used on computers, was
rated at 6A, the 'hot condtion' one at 10A. I could never work out
why, the contacts were identical. Now it appears all are rated at
I would speculate that the "hot condition" name for it is relevant,
that the difference is not the contacts but the surrounding plastic,
with the hot condition version rated for substantially higher
temperatures. The notch and its mating ridge are, of course, to stop
you from mistakenly using a low-temperature cord in something that
Oh, absolutely. The 'hot condition' sockers. at least the moulded ones,
are a different material to the standard ones.
presumably runs hotter than the low-temperature ones
are rated for. Of
course, a cable with the notch can be used in a device with no ridge,
but that's OK; a high-temperature cable in a low-temperature device is
the safe kind of mismatch.
Do you find that plausible?
Yes, but that's not the point I was making. The electrical parts -- the
contacts, are the same in the normal and the 'hot codition' ones, and yet
the former was rated at 6A and the latter at 10A. Why the difference?
Now, I suppose the hot condtion ones could stand the contacts running
hotter so they could carry more current, but IMHO if the contacts of a
connector are getting that hot, it's underrated.