European countries consist of Germany, The Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, and Finland, and they commonly utilize either the Europlug and/or the “Schuko” plug. Plugs for Continental Europe carry multiple safety approvals, including CENEC, DEMKO, FIMKO, IMQ, NEMKO, OVE, SEMKO, and VDE. The voltage throughout Continental Europe is 230 Volt 50 Hertz. The amperage is based on the gauge of the cord used in conjunction with the plug.
The standard 2-wire plug used in Class II, ungrounded, applications is popularly known as the Europlug, described in CEE 7/16. This Europlug is one of the single most widely used international plug. It will mate with any socket that accepts 4.0-4.8mm round contacts on 19mm centers. This is most commonly used in all countries of Europe except the United Kingdom and Ireland. This unpolarized plug is limited for use in applications that require 2.5 amps or less.
The plug common to Continental European countries is known as the CEE 7/4 aka “Schuko” plug. The Schuko plug can be inserted in either direction into the receptacle and is therefore unpolarized. The CEE 7/7 plug was developed to bridge the differences between the Schuko plug/socket system and the connection system used in France and Belgium. It has grounding clips on both sides to mate with the CEE 7/4 socket and a female contact to accept the grounding pin of the French/Belgian socket. The CEE 7/7 plug is limited to applications rated to 16 amps or less.
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