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Is there some hidden logic in the way triple sockets work?

When I first saw the triple socket configuration common in Switzerland, I thought is was very clever.

Then I realized that the ground pins on all 3 sockets go towards the center, and every grounded device or cord that doesn't go straight out from the wall instead angles toward the ground side, meaning that you can almost never actually use more than one of the sockets (because the cord or the body of the device covers the other sockets)... So of course I've ended up buying power strips to let me use multiple sockets, but I can't help but wonder why on earth things are set up this way.

Am I missing some hidden logic here?

It also doesn't help that my (altbau) apartment has T12 sockets everywhere. I was kind of hopingto find some kind of T12 to T13 Zwischenstecker (I.e. something without the collar that could plug flat into a triple T12 and expose a triple T13 socket), but such things seem not to exist.
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Re: Is there some hidden logic in the way triple sockets work?

Just glanced at the socket in my wall. All three sockets used. I've got one with 4 sockets.

I guess you mean that it doesn't work well with chargers and the like?
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Re: Is there some hidden logic in the way triple sockets work?

Yeah the only work well if you just have the standard shape Swiss plug. Anything bulkier doesn’t work.
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Re: Is there some hidden logic in the way triple sockets work?

They're out-of-date.

A better solution is a face-plate with two sockets, one above the other, or sockets with built-in USB sockets.
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Re: Is there some hidden logic in the way triple sockets work?

Rather than extension cables or power bars I bought a product from Steffen with 3 extra outlets and you can flip the direction you place the main plug in the wall socket.
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Re: Is there some hidden logic in the way triple sockets work?

You are correct and it drives me mad everytime as I still fall for it .. bought s "flat" plug as looks nicer but now partially covers the other outlets ... Not sure who invented this 🤬
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Re: Is there some hidden logic in the way triple sockets work?

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or sockets with built-in USB sockets.
so I can charge with the amazing 12W that they provide? thank you, no thank you.
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