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Foldable plug; would you buy one?

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So a foldable plug has been awarded best design of the year, but would you buy one, or hope that someone picks up on it and puts it on their product? http://crave.cnet.co.uk/gadgets/0,39029552,4930… Read More
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7y, 3m agoPosted 7 years, 3 months ago
So a foldable plug has been awarded best design of the year, but would you buy one, or hope that someone picks up on it and puts it on their product?

http://crave.cnet.co.uk/gadgets/0,39029552,49305291,00.htm
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7y, 3m agoPosted 7 years, 3 months ago
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#1
If I had a need for it maybe. But it is a good concept, regardless of whether it becomes widely used or not.
#2
Yes, would buy one - many of my devices use a figure of eight power lead or similar so if that type of cable was available with this plug or the plug on its own I'd definitely replace them if cost wasn't silly. I particularly like the multiway adapter.

John
#3
would 100% buy
#4
If the price was good i would buy, Great for computer cables or laptops.
suspended#5
The price will probably tell us where it will place itself.
#6
DarkKnight
The price will probably tell us where it will place itself.


Good point.

Problem is is Apple or some such company bought the idea off them then they would not let other companies use it, and maybe call it the iPlug.
1 Like #7
Demonstration Fail.

http://www.cnet.co.uk/i/c/blg/cat/gadgets/foldable_plug_hub.jpg

[COLOR="Red"](1st pic the plug is upside down)[/COLOR]
banned#8
Thing is all devices would need to change to this style of plug so if you have two or more that are the 'slimline plug' then your going to need an extension cord anyway.
#9
ryman1000
Thing is all devices would need to change to this style of plug so if you have two or more that are the 'slimline plug' then your going to need an extension cord anyway.


Not really. Most devices, around my home at least, use standardised power cables like kettle leads. In fact, off the top of my head:

Dell laptop - silly clover end connector on what should be standard kettle
Acer laptop - Standard kettle
3 desktops - all kettle
4 monitors - all kettle
2 TVs - both kettle
printer - kettle
Guitar amp - kettle
Hi-fi amp - kettle
Collection of various small devices - all with hideously bulky AC adaptors
Actual kettle - molded cable

The main thing is, when most devices have detatchable power cables, they can switch to this new design with about 30 seconds of effort. I don't know what the price is looking to be on this new design, but I'd definitely be very interested if I could clear my house of all these ugly bulky plugs for £30 or so.


Edit: Oh, and Tanch: Good catch :p
#10
cool idea, I guess if that main unit that u plug them all into has surge protection built it it would be very good for pc use etc
#11
Of course in mainland Europe they have no need for these on non - earthed low wattage items, they use these;

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Europlug

It is only us in the UK / Malta and Cyprus that use our outdated bulky system.:x
#12
Inactive
Of course in mainland Europe they have no need for these on non - earthed low wattage items, they use these;

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Europlug

It is only us in the UK / Malta and Cyprus that use our outdated bulky system.:x


Outdated and bulky perhaps, but safer too.
#13
Or go to India and a lot of people dont even use a plug. They just put the wires in the socket !
#14
pghstochaj
Outdated and bulky perhaps, but safer too.


No safer, in fact electrical standards in parts of Europe are more stringent than ours.
#15
Inactive
No safer, in fact electrical standards in parts of Europe are more stringent than ours.


Not true, but ignoring that, how would you plan on opening the gates on a BS 1363 plug socket, then?
#16
Inactive
No safer, in fact electrical standards in parts of Europe are more stringent than ours.

They are safer as european plugs don't need to be earthed.
#17
pghstochaj
Not true, but ignoring that, how would you plan on opening the gates on a BS 1363 plug socket, then?

I just stick a key in the socket :p I make sure it's rubber at the end, but don't know if it needs to be.
#18
awoodhall2003
If I had a need for it maybe. But it is a good concept, regardless of whether it becomes widely used or not.


I agree. I don't think I'll ever need to buy one but I can see how it won the award, good idea and simle and elegant, but useful? Probably not.
#19
InfernoZeus
They are safer as european plugs don't need to be earthed.


It's not as simple as that, low power devices do not need to be earthed anyway, the pin is plastic and present only to open the gates. The plug displayed before, the "europlug" is not earthed in the same way as our low power devices do not need to be. So no difference. Normal European plugs (though using that term is not correct because they are not standard) do have earthing pins, in the same way we do.

The difference is, our BS 1363 sockets have two gates/shutters which only open when the earthing pin is added, for safety. To redesign that would cost billions in replacement costs, hence we will stick with our top pin arrangement, earthed or not.
#20
ei8hty5ive
I agree. I don't think I'll ever need to buy one but I can see how it won the award, good idea and simle and elegant, but useful? Probably not.


The problem I have with it is that most low power and portable devices need a transformer, so this will just end up being a bulky item elsewhere on the cable.
#21
InfernoZeus
They are safer as european plugs don't need to be earthed.


Euro Plugs are all earthed for appliances that require earthing.
#22
Inactive
Euro Plugs are all earthed for appliances that require earthing.


Plugs that are earthed are not Europlugs. Europlug is a specific defined term for two pole, unearthed plugs that work over most of Europe. Earthed plugs over Europe are different.
#23
pghstochaj
Not true,


It is true, Spain has far more stringent installation procedures for new installs, than ours.
#24
pghstochaj
Plugs that are earthed are not Europlugs. Europlug is a specific defined term for two pole, unearthed plugs that work over most of Europe. Earthed plugs over Europe are different.


I know that, I was using the term loosely.
#25
Inactive
It is true, Spain has far more stringent installation procedures for new installs, than ours.


Firstly, what has that got to do with the design of plugs?

Secondly, what are you basing that on? British standards (note the lower case 's') are extremely high for electrical safety, residential, commercial and industrial. British Standards are highly thought of world wide, as is CIBSE etc. etc.
#26
interesting design. Imagine if all of the UK converted to these thinner 3pin plugs? Imagine how much space is saved? How much feet pain is saved (u know what i mean)?

BTW, i personally think that its genius. Will defo convert all of my plugs to these ones
banned#27
the main point of these plugs, isnt the thinner part, its that they fold, so for a laptop in a case, you can fold the plug rather than have a big plastic thing which doesnt fit

http://funcfash.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/Foldable-Plug-System-Steps.jpg

unless and untill we change to a new design or forced into some eurodesign, we are stuck with them
I agree our plugs are the safest in the world, the fuse exists for the protection of the cable( cable short=fire) not the device at the end which will have its own usually much lower rated fuse

The earth is there if needed for appliances that are not double earthed, many items esp metal ones, like washing machines and dishwashers are earthed, laptops do not need to be

I would buy one, but only for a laptop, otherwise the british plug is better, it doesnt fall out of the socket, its cable grips means better safety, and it is rated for higher current than is needed, so very safe from overheating

we used to use this plug system back in the 60's

http://imgur.com/FHYKL.jpg

which was even bulkier
#29


I posted that in title mate :thumbsup:
#30
I have a feeling one of the big companies will pay big bucks for the exclusive right to the product. Then make us pay a premium price for the product. The inventor will still make his millions either way.
#31
Looks good, would be great for chargers and portable devices.
#32
One other thing i like about this plug from a safety aspect, is there is no way of putting fingers behind it when taking the plug out.
much safer for when kids are removing the plugs from the socket :thumbsup:
#33
h_360
I have a feeling one of the big companies will pay big bucks for the exclusive right to the product. Then make us pay a premium price for the product. The inventor will still make his millions either way.


Thats the way it goes, I only hope that it doesn't go onto 1 company or 1 set of products, and we would be able to buy the unit itself.
banned#34
great idea, hope it takes off

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