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Asked the wife to get a double socket for the office to accommodate a couple of UK plugs, laptop and printer.

 

Why is buying stuff here so sodding difficult?

 

 

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Where did you try to buy it?

HomePro comes to my mind. And lots of small shops all over town.

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7 minutes ago, OneMoreFarang said:

Where did you try to buy it?

HomePro comes to my mind. And lots of small shops all over town.

Yeah, ThaiWasidu.....

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sure glad one is able to take the option of using aussie 3 pin plugs in those sq sockets!

 

 

an unknowing newbie oz expat would have instead wasted a lot of OZ$ on kitting out with Korjo adaptors!

 

 

another way for supplies, is to fill up, on the next trip down Sth to Malaysia

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Does the picture shows what you are looking for?

-> Indeed about everywhere.

I bought such stuff recently at our Global homestore.

 

And yes, there are many sockets that do NOT have this specific shape that "eats them all".

No need for overseas travel.

 

A four socket thing on top of my UPS.

From Global, cost below 200 Baht if I remember correct.

Has a lighted switch and a fuse as usual.

On the right is a typical three pin plug as seen often in Thailand (from the PC power adapter).

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When using UK plugs here you have to be aware that Thailand has L on the left,

so your fuse in the plug will be on the N side,and will not protect your equipment.

Thailand     E                 UK       E

             L      N                  N        L    

regards worgeordie

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20 minutes ago, worgeordie said:

When using UK plugs here you have to be aware that Thailand has L on the left,

so your fuse in the plug will be on the N side,and will not protect your equipment.

Thailand     E                 UK       E

             L      N                  N        L    

regards worgeordie

Don't think any Thai electrician (555555555) would know, care, or understand L on left or L on right or what part the spare (E) terminal plays, other than to confuse them--remember Thai electrics are different 😊

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Don't rely on N - L orientation.

E is the protection for tripping the breaker on housing on voltage and still often not connected in Thailand.

Better have an RCBO for critical stuff.

 

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9 minutes ago, KhunBENQ said:

Don't rely on N - L orientation.

E is the protection for tripping the breaker on housing on voltage and still often not connected in Thailand.

Better have an RCBO for critical stuff.

 

RCBO should be on all power circuits, I maybe wrong- but think RCBO is now mandatory in Thai wiring code - not that it really means anything to Thai's, followed, or enforced. 

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37 minutes ago, worgeordie said:

When using UK plugs here you have to be aware that Thailand has L on the left,

so your fuse in the plug will be on the N side,and will not protect your equipment.

Thailand     E                 UK       E

             L      N                  N        L    

regards worgeordie

Unless it was a custom build, no houses here are wired to the UK's ring-mains standard so the fuse in the plug is superfluous, regardless of the live/neutral swap.

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43 minutes ago, worgeordie said:

When using UK plugs here you have to be aware that Thailand has L on the left,

so your fuse in the plug will be on the N side,and will not protect your equipment.

Thailand     E                 UK       E

             L      N                  N        L    

regards worgeordie

If wired correctly and placed in the correct orientation, Thai sockets begins with live at the top and the universal death adapters follow this pattern doing their best to satisfy the worlds various pin polarities often with a 50/50 chance of correct position. The fuse in a UK plug is of course irrelevant here but will provide L-N over current protection whichever leg it ends up in.

 

Universal 40 Baht plug and play death adapter with 50/50 polarity option. Also available with ground pin.
 

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1 hour ago, KhunBENQ said:

Does the picture shows what you are looking for?

Nope, second plug won't fit.

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Finding a double outlet that fits Thai back-boxes and accepts two BS1363 plugs is going to be rifficult if not impossible. There just isn't room in the box.

 

EDIT I do have a double adaptor (yes grounded) which has a switch between the two outlets meaning you can get two UK plugs in. Low power devices only of course.

 

The beast in question, sorry about the crappy photo, it's rather high up and I'm not in ladder-climbing mode today, but I think you get the idea. The power block has a UK plug so there's plenty of room for two.

 

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1 hour ago, Crossy said:

Finding a double outlet that fits Thai back-boxes and accepts two BS1363 plugs is going to be rifficult if not impossible. There just isn't room in the box.

 

EDIT I do have a double adaptor (yes grounded) which has a switch between the two outlets meaning you can get two UK plugs in. Low power devices only of course.

 

The beast in question, sorry about the crappy photo, it's rather high up and I'm not in ladder-climbing mode today, but I think you get the idea. The power block has a UK plug so there's plenty of room for two.

 

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Yeah, I've come to the conclusion I'll have to put two, side by side.

 

As an aside, I was delighted today on removing the Thai socket, to find a brown live, blue neutral and green earth. And the wire was 2.5mm2. They did listen after all. Mind you, one socket is on the lightning circuit. Still......

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4 minutes ago, grollies said:

Yeah, I've come to the conclusion I'll have to put two, side by side.

Check out the Haco range of surface-mount stuff, they are relatively low-profile but you should be able to get two of the universal outlets in a 5 position box (with a blank in between) and get a BS plug in each.

 

EDIT Or if you go to Malaysia, Singapore or HK you can pick up the real thing with suitable boxes and do a proper job 🙂

 

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