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    • StarshipUK
    • By StarshipUK 8th Aug 18, 1:27 PM
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    New electrical item with only EU plug
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    • 8th Aug 18, 1:27 PM
    New electrical item with only EU plug 8th Aug 18 at 1:27 PM
    I bought a brand new electrical (computer related) item from a UK company. It has arrived with a EU plug on it and no UK plug.


    I thought there was UK law\legislation what said that products sold for domestic use in the UK needs to be supplied with a UK plug (unless its a shaver) but cant seem to find it. Does such legislation exist?
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    • agrinnall
    • By agrinnall 8th Aug 18, 1:33 PM
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    I don't know but the electric toothbrush that I bough recently only had an EU plug on the charger. Luckily I had a spare EU to UK converter, but I did wonder the same as you.
    • Aylesbury Duck
    • By Aylesbury Duck 8th Aug 18, 1:36 PM
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    • 8th Aug 18, 1:36 PM
    It does. Contact the retailer and ask for the correct version in exchange.
    • StarshipUK
    • By StarshipUK 8th Aug 18, 1:36 PM
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    • 8th Aug 18, 1:36 PM
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    • 8th Aug 18, 1:36 PM
    Bathroom equipment like shavers and toothbrushes (with a bathroom\shaver plug) does not count apparently from what i have managed to find.


    My item is not bathroom related.


    Only thing I have found is this: https://www.pat-testing-training.net/articles/non-uk-plug-adaptors.php but no specific evidence to backup the claim:
    New Equipment:

    All domestic electrical appliances sold in the UK are required to have a BS1363 plug or conversion plug fitted
    • Aylesbury Duck
    • By Aylesbury Duck 8th Aug 18, 1:37 PM
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    • 8th Aug 18, 1:37 PM
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    • 8th Aug 18, 1:37 PM
    I don't know but the electric toothbrush that I bough recently only had an EU plug on the charger. Luckily I had a spare EU to UK converter, but I did wonder the same as you.
    Originally posted by agrinnall
    An EU plug or one designed to fit in a shaver socket? All electric toothbrushes I've ever bought have the latter.
    • neilmcl
    • By neilmcl 8th Aug 18, 4:05 PM
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    • 8th Aug 18, 4:05 PM
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    • 8th Aug 18, 4:05 PM
    I don't know but the electric toothbrush that I bough recently only had an EU plug on the charger. Luckily I had a spare EU to UK converter, but I did wonder the same as you.
    Originally posted by agrinnall
    I doubt it was an "EU plug" rather than a 2-pin shaver socket plug as most electrical items designed to be situated in the bathroom usually have.
    • neilmcl
    • By neilmcl 8th Aug 18, 4:07 PM
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    • 8th Aug 18, 4:07 PM
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    • 8th Aug 18, 4:07 PM
    Bathroom equipment like shavers and toothbrushes (with a bathroom\shaver plug) does not count apparently from what i have managed to find.


    My item is not bathroom related.


    Only thing I have found is this: https://www.pat-testing-training.net/articles/non-uk-plug-adaptors.php but no specific evidence to backup the claim:
    New Equipment:

    All domestic electrical appliances sold in the UK are required to have a BS1363 plug or conversion plug fitted
    Originally posted by StarshipUK
    Who is the seller and are your sure they're based in the UK?
    • shaun from Africa
    • By shaun from Africa 8th Aug 18, 4:14 PM
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    • 8th Aug 18, 4:14 PM
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    • 8th Aug 18, 4:14 PM
    II thought there was UK law\legislation what said that products sold for domestic use in the UK needs to be supplied with a UK plug (unless its a shaver) but cant seem to find it. Does such legislation exist?
    Originally posted by StarshipUK
    Here you go:
    http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/1994/1768/made


    Specifically sections 8 & 10 relate to the type of plugs that should be fitted.
    • agrinnall
    • By agrinnall 8th Aug 18, 6:57 PM
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    • 8th Aug 18, 6:57 PM
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    • 8th Aug 18, 6:57 PM
    An EU plug or one designed to fit in a shaver socket? All electric toothbrushes I've ever bought have the latter.
    Originally posted by Aylesbury Duck
    I doubt it was an "EU plug" rather than a 2-pin shaver socket plug as most electrical items designed to be situated in the bathroom usually have.
    Originally posted by neilmcl

    Well, it's a 2 pin plug that fits into an EU to UK converter as would an EU plug, but you may well be right that it's technically a shaver socket plug. I don't have a shaver socket so I can't test it at home, although I'm not sure I'd want the charger in a watery environment anyway.
    • unforeseen
    • By unforeseen 8th Aug 18, 7:25 PM
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    What did you actually buy?
    • unforeseen
    • By unforeseen 8th Aug 18, 7:32 PM
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    Well, it's a 2 pin plug that fits into an EU to UK converter as would an EU plug, but you may well be right that it's technically a shaver socket plug. I don't have a shaver socket so I can't test it at home, although I'm not sure I'd want the charger in a watery environment anyway.
    Originally posted by agrinnall
    Europlug and shaver plug are 2 different beasts.
    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/04/BS_4573_shaver_plug_compared_to_Europlug.jpg
    • AndyMc.....
    • By AndyMc..... 8th Aug 18, 7:49 PM
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    Well, it's a 2 pin plug that fits into an EU to UK converter as would an EU plug, but you may well be right that it's technically a shaver socket plug. I don't have a shaver socket so I can't test it at home, although I'm not sure I'd want the charger in a watery environment anyway.
    Originally posted by agrinnall
    They charge no problems, you don't have an issue putting said electrical device in your mouth.
    don't count your chickens before they're hatched
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