Square 3 pin plugs

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I recently bought an inverter with two power outlets, unfortunately due to the configuration it is immpossible to use both outlets together when using the conventional round 240v 3 pin plug. Is it possible to buy a square 3 pin 240v male plug? I'm based in the Jandakot area in WA

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Reply By: Member - Andrew (QLD) - Friday, Feb 26, 2010 at 00:45

Friday, Feb 26, 2010 at 00:45
Why not do this
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Follow Up By: Maîneÿ . . .- Friday, Feb 26, 2010 at 10:35

Friday, Feb 26, 2010 at 10:35
Andrew,
that's an absolutely brilliant idea, looks like the same way I do mine too

There's a 16 Amp, 240v fuse box (not shown in the picture) in the circuit too

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Follow Up By: Member - John (Vic) - Friday, Feb 26, 2010 at 10:44

Friday, Feb 26, 2010 at 10:44
Mainey power boards have been around for alittle while now ya know?? :-))

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Follow Up By: Alloy c/t - Friday, Feb 26, 2010 at 10:54

Friday, Feb 26, 2010 at 10:54
Thats all very good and well , but it does not answer the original question does it ? Even the power board in the photo has Square female inserts , so where can you buy square male plugs as the original poster asked ?
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Follow Up By: Member - John (Vic) - Friday, Feb 26, 2010 at 11:11

Friday, Feb 26, 2010 at 11:11
It has square face mouldings and as you can see round plugs do fit into such square holes/mouldings.

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Follow Up By: Alloy c/t - Friday, Feb 26, 2010 at 11:42

Friday, Feb 26, 2010 at 11:42
John , thats stating the obvious , thing is that nowadays male plugs come in not just round and or have protrusions as per some Phone chargers that stop the adjacent point being used ,
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Follow Up By: Member - Andrew (QLD) - Friday, Feb 26, 2010 at 17:57

Friday, Feb 26, 2010 at 17:57
I thought you might like it Mainey. ;)

Seriously though, it is a genuine option and one that doesn't have legal implications. Replacing male plugs is still not fixing the problem normally as the issue seems to be with the inverter end.

Just an obvious idea that can be installed in minutes. I understand that it may not be what you were after.

Good luck.
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Follow Up By: Maîneÿ . . .- Friday, Feb 26, 2010 at 18:39

Friday, Feb 26, 2010 at 18:39
Andrew,
as can be seen, I get 2 of those w i d e 240v plugs onto the 4 plug powerboard, on the elcrappo $5 boards the plugs are much closer together and don't have individual 'on/off ' switches, which are required because you don't want to charge everything all the time.

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Reply By: MrBitchi (QLD) - Friday, Feb 26, 2010 at 11:32

Friday, Feb 26, 2010 at 11:32
Australian standard is a 3 pin round. Don't think you can get square ones.
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Reply By: DIO - Friday, Feb 26, 2010 at 12:56

Friday, Feb 26, 2010 at 12:56
If you bought the inverter in Australia it should comply with Australian Standards and be designed to allow adjoining plugs. If not it probably doesn't comply and you should exercise caution in using it. I certainly would.
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Reply By: Maîneÿ . . .- Friday, Feb 26, 2010 at 12:57

Friday, Feb 26, 2010 at 12:57
because I had to use or recharge more than just one 240v product simultaneously I've fitted the 4 plug power-board to the top of the Inverter with commercial 2" wide Velcro tape, it's been there a number of years now and I've no problems with the set-up.

However, I would definitely recommend only using a power-board with it's own inbuilt fuse and also with individual ' on/off ' switch's.

As stated above, there's also a separate 240v, 16 amp contact breaker switch situated out of site, but accessible :)

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Follow Up By: Marny - Friday, Feb 26, 2010 at 21:26

Friday, Feb 26, 2010 at 21:26
Just wondering why you are protecting a 10 amp outlet with a 16 amp breaker?
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Follow Up By: Maîneÿ . . .- Friday, Feb 26, 2010 at 23:02

Friday, Feb 26, 2010 at 23:02
the 240v, 16 Amp breaker switch is in the power line from the inverter to the powerboard, the powerboard has a 10 Amp fuse built into it, it's not a real elcrappo powerboard

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Reply By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Saturday, Feb 27, 2010 at 18:05

Saturday, Feb 27, 2010 at 18:05
The square pin plug sounds like it is an English plug. You can buy an adaptor from any junk shop ($2 shop or Go Lo) or a travel shop.. Michael
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