On Tue, 25 Nov 2014, Eric Smith wrote:
Personally I prefer the British Type G (BS 1363)
and plugs, but I'm told that a lot of people dislike them.
Sure, you have a cute little device with a cute little eurocord, and at
its end: a monster boat anchor bigger than the device itself ;-)
On the other hand, distributing three-phase to
residences, while great
for people with shop equipment or old computers, seems like expensive
overkill for normal homes.
Not at all!
Ever heard of equally distributing the load over all phases? Your
electricity company will be grateful (as much as using PFCs).
Ever run a kitchen stove on single phase 16A (with all plates and the oven
on)? That's not fun.
And why would it be overkill if all the existing infrastructure already is
For comparison: in Germany, your residence is usually attached three-phase
with each 63A fused. Those phases are more or less equally distributed
over the rooms (with 16A circuit breakers) (plus three-phase devices like