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Old 21.02.2011, 11:50
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Why is it that all the typical white electrical plug is so large and bulky? Surely this can be accomplished in a slimmer, less visible profile. The typical extension cables protrude out of the sockets by about 3 inches. If the outlet is on the wall, it is quite visible.

Has anyone seen any that look more elegant and less visible? Something with a 90 degree angle would look better.
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Old 21.02.2011, 12:00
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Re: Bulky electric plugs

Raised before:

Open letter to the manufacturers of Swiss electrical appliances

This might shed some info on what you might need:

Plugs and sockets[too few in apartment]

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Yes there are power strips with the sockets rotated 90 degrees. was looking at these in Jumbo just the other day
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Old 21.02.2011, 12:14
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Why is it that all the typical white electrical plug is so large and bulky? Surely this can be accomplished in a slimmer, less visible profile. The typical extension cables protrude out of the sockets by about 3 inches. If the outlet is on the wall, it is quite visible.

Has anyone seen any that look more elegant and less visible? Something with a 90 degree angle would look better.
You can buy 90° extension plugs and 90° extension cords from Migros DoIt. They are good for behind furniture.
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Old 21.02.2011, 12:35
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Re: Bulky electric plugs

One more warning, always buy plugs in Switzerland. Never buy them in Germany. Although the pitch is the same but the size of the pin is larger in EU and they do not fit here. Not only they are cheaper in Migros but also the right ones
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Re: Bulky electric plugs

They sell the 90 degree rotated extension cables at Mediamarkt in Sihlcity as well, this shop solved all my extension /plug /adaptor needs
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Re: Bulky electric plugs

I don't have the impression that Swiss plugs are especially bulky.

Have you ever looked at a German Shuko plug?

Or a British plug?
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Re: Bulky electric plugs

Some options from JUMBO.
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Thanks. Option 2 and 3 appear to provide the lowest profile, but still quite visible, no? If the outlet runs at an angle, then I suppose the cable will as well. Eek!


I'll ask about the cost of running a conduit to the baseboard, so to make it as least visible as possible. In a pinch, I'll buy a few of those #2s and #3s.
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Re: Bulky electric plugs

It is not very clear from the photo but option ONE is for two plugs. You can have one going up and one going down. If you put it in the bottom of one of the three outlet/recessed plugs that are often used, you end up "sacrificing" only one outlet and you have something that sits quite flat against the wall (when you consider that the plug part goes INTO the outlet).
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I just ran out to Jumbo and bought a bunch of the #3s. I plugged in a surge protector, and ran the cables out of sight. I think it looks neater now.

Thanks a lot.

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Why is it that all the typical white electrical plug is so large and bulky? Surely this can be accomplished in a slimmer, less visible profile.
Electrical plugs and sockets around the world were invented in a different age of moulding plastics and wiring conditions. Things have changed and if it was all invented now, they'll most likely be a single standard and it'd be much smaller.
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