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Old Mar 3, 2015, 10:34 PM   #1
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Need some advice on US plugs

Hi there, can anyone tell me what is the standard US plug?

Is it 2 pin, 3 pin?

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Old Mar 3, 2015, 10:39 PM   #2
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They are both standard. The three prong is used for devices that need grounding. They can usually work with just the two prongs, but not as safely.
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Old Mar 3, 2015, 10:40 PM   #3
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Hi there, can anyone tell me what is the standard US plug?

Is it 2 pin, 3 pin?

Cheers
Current wall outlets are 3-pin, although many things that plug into these outlets only use two pins.

You'll see 2-pin outlets in older buildings.
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Old Mar 3, 2015, 11:07 PM   #4
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Cool thanks.

For 3 pin, does anyone know the exact type I need?

When I google there's so many types.

I'm having an appliance made in China, I just want to make sure it's safe, thanks.
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Old Mar 3, 2015, 11:20 PM   #5
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What appliance? Electrical cords and plugs are rated based on the amount of electricity running through them. If you are talking about a clothes dryer, you need a serious cord that is not the same as the standard cords discussed in this thread so far. If it is a blender, pretty much anything is fine.
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Old Mar 3, 2015, 11:23 PM   #6
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What appliance? Electrical cords and plugs are rated based on the amount of electricity running through them. If you are talking about a clothes dryer, you need a serious cord that is not the same as the standard cords discussed in this thread so far. If it is a blender, pretty much anything is fine.
Cheers, it's a bug zapper.

2 x 20w bulbs with 2,000v on the zapper grid.

It's small, 16x12 inches. So maybe 2 pin is ok?
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I believe the plug you want is a NEMA 515P plug. It's rated for a maximum of 15 amps at 120 volts. Most home appliance bug zappers use this plug/outlet.
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Old Mar 3, 2015, 11:26 PM   #8
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Cool thanks.

For 3 pin, does anyone know the exact type I need?

When I google there's so many types.

I'm having an appliance made in China, I just want to make sure it's safe, thanks.
What kind of appliance? Some appliances like refrigerators run on 220v instead of 110v. They also use a much larger plug. You can buy them separately at stores like Best Buy and Home Depot though.
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I believe the plug you want is a NEMA 515P plug. It's rated for a maximum of 15 amps at 120 volts. Most home appliance bug zappers use this plug/outlet.
Thanks Intell, this one looks right, 3 pin.
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I believe the plug you want is a NEMA 515P plug. It's rated for a maximum of 15 amps at 120 volts. Most home appliance bug zappers use this plug/outlet.
What Intell said.
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Awesome, thanks guys
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Make sure the lead is outdoor-rated, to withstand the effects of UV and rain. Definitely want a 3-prong for outdoor use, in fact any outdoor-rated extension cord will be 3-prong so the 3-prong cord you choose for the zapper will have no problems plugging in.
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