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three-prong electrical plug

German translation: See Text.

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07:07 Jan 27, 2000
English to German translations [PRO]
Tech/Engineering - Electronics / Elect Eng
English term or phrase: three-prong electrical plug
What do you call a 2-prong or 3-prong plug in German?
Eva Harrison
German translation:See Text.
Explanation:
The Germans dont generally refer to plugs like this. If youre referring to a "standard" sort of household plug, they are named by their forms. The german electrical system uses a two-wire system with additional earth, so all household plugs are two-pronged. The way the system works is that power plugs can be plugged in any way round. What would be a standard 13A 3-prong plug in england is a "Schukostecker" (Schutzkontaktstecker). A flat plug without an earth contact is a "Eurostecker" and an industrial-strength 3-phase plug with 5 prongs is a "Drehstromstecker".
The english style 3-prong power plugs are actually Illegal for power-supply use, they get sold over here as "verpolungssichere Stecker" for use in 12V solar-systems and are simply referred to as "Stecker mit 3 Steckkontakten".
If you were referring to specialist plugs for use in laboratories etc. or even to non-standard plugs anywhere then you refer to the number of prongs or contacts in the plug using "Pol" ie. "zweipolig", "dreipolig" etc.
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Andrew Morgan
Local time: 09:52
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Summary of answers provided
nanoneUta Moerschell
nanoneUta Moerschell
na2- oder 3-zinkiger Stecker (für Steckdosen)xxxG_Edition
na- none -Rasmus Neikes
naSee Text.Andrew Morgan
naZwei- oder Drei-adriger Stecker
Veniamin Kostitsin-Tétérin
na3-poliger Stecker
Sabine Schlottky
naNormalstecker, Schukostecker
Dietrich Meyer-Beeck
naStecker
Guido Lenz


  

Answers


24 mins
Stecker


Explanation:
Basically, the thing you put into an electrical socket is named "Stecker".

In Germany there are only 2-pronged plugs, i.e. having two prongs on them. Those are called "Stift" or "Stifte" (plural).

There is the so-called "Eurostecker", which is more or less flat (1 cm) and the "Schukostecker" (for "Schutzkontakt-Stecker"), which is about 2,5 cm in diameter and has extra wiring, sometimes even a fuse in.

Guido Lenz
Germany
Local time: 09:52
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24 mins
Zwei- oder Drei-adriger Stecker


Explanation:
"three-prong electrical plug" will correspond to "Dreiadriger Slektrostecker"

Veniamin Kostitsin-Tétérin
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26 mins
3-poliger Stecker


Explanation:
Hi Eva,

it's called "2-poliger or 3-poliger Stecker"; you can also use "Netzstecker" instead of Stecker if your context is more of a technical nature.
Regards,
Sabine Schlottky

Sabine Schlottky
Germany
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36 mins
Normalstecker, Schukostecker


Explanation:
In Germany, there is only one kind of socket, but there are two types of plugs for 220 V. All sockets have a ground contact. The plugs have 2 prongs, but if they implement the ground connection, they have 2 additional contacts on the top and bottom side of the body of the plug. The plugs with only 2 contacts are called "Normalstecker" and the ones with the third contact are called "Schukostecker".

Dietrich Meyer-Beeck
Spain
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38 mins
See Text.


Explanation:
The Germans dont generally refer to plugs like this. If youre referring to a "standard" sort of household plug, they are named by their forms. The german electrical system uses a two-wire system with additional earth, so all household plugs are two-pronged. The way the system works is that power plugs can be plugged in any way round. What would be a standard 13A 3-prong plug in england is a "Schukostecker" (Schutzkontaktstecker). A flat plug without an earth contact is a "Eurostecker" and an industrial-strength 3-phase plug with 5 prongs is a "Drehstromstecker".
The english style 3-prong power plugs are actually Illegal for power-supply use, they get sold over here as "verpolungssichere Stecker" for use in 12V solar-systems and are simply referred to as "Stecker mit 3 Steckkontakten".
If you were referring to specialist plugs for use in laboratories etc. or even to non-standard plugs anywhere then you refer to the number of prongs or contacts in the plug using "Pol" ie. "zweipolig", "dreipolig" etc.

Andrew Morgan
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1 hr
- none -


Explanation:
In addition to the other answers:

Computers often use somrthing similar, known as "Kaltgerätestecker"; it is the only type of "three-prong electrical plug" I am aware of.

(If the first link doesn't work, go to the second one and look for the product number 462853-62 )


    Reference: http://www.conrad.de/cgi-bin/conshop/ConShop.pl?TK_PAR[USER_...
    Reference: http://www.conrad.de/
Rasmus Neikes
Local time: 08:52
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23 hrs
none


Explanation:
Unless it is the computer side plug of the computer's power supply (then I'd call it "Computernetzstecker", but there, the prongs are usually on the housing of the computer, and the plug has holes in it) I would go back to the customer and ask them if they really want to sell something with a plug that doesn't fit - after all, they'll probably have to change the rest of the electrical system, too, in order to match the german Voltage (220 and some in Germany, 115 in the US, almost 240 in the UK). I've often had to deal with texts that were written for the "standard" american machines, and had all the american specifications in it (115V oe 460V, three-prong plugs, american units, american material specifications (316SS etc.), plenty of references to OSHA, National Electrical Code (NEC) and so on. May be worth while checking if there's more of that...You wouldn't beleive what people really do when they don't know the power supply of another country: I've even seen a machine that included a transformer to transform 380V 3-phase in 220V single phase, instead of just taking one of the three phases. So you may be able to get some credit for checking on stuff like that.

Regards

Uta Moerschell
Local time: 09:52
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23 hrs
none


Explanation:
Unless it is the computer side plug of the computer's power supply (then I'd call it "Computernetzstecker", but there, the prongs are usually on the housing of the computer, and the plug has holes in it) I would go back to the customer and ask them if they really want to sell something with a plug that doesn't fit - after all, they'll probably have to change the rest of the electrical system, too, in order to match the german Voltage (220 and some in Germany, 115 in the US, almost 240 in the UK). I've often had to deal with texts that were written for the "standard" american machines, and had all the american specifications in it (115V oe 460V, three-prong plugs, american units, american material specifications (316SS etc.), plenty of references to OSHA, National Electrical Code (NEC) and so on. May be worth while checking if there's more of that...You wouldn't beleive what people really do when they don't know the power supply of another country: I've even seen a machine that included a transformer to transform 380V 3-phase in 220V single phase, instead of just taking one of the three phases. So you may be able to get some credit for checking on stuff like that.

Regards

Uta Moerschell
Local time: 09:52
Native speaker of: Native in GermanGerman
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19 days
2- oder 3-zinkiger Stecker (für Steckdosen)


Explanation:
Stecker mit 2 oder 3 Zinken (wie in den USA)

xxxG_Edition
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