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Happy Power Outlets

Flip the ground receptacle 180 degrees to look like a smile.
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doctorremulac3, Dec 04 2018

Old design http://www.npihome....stock_116694235.jpg
[doctorremulac3, Dec 04 2018]

New design https://www.dropbox...LEY%20PLUG.jpg?dl=0
[doctorremulac3, Dec 04 2018]

Three-phase electric power https://en.wikipedi...hase_electric_power
Superior technology [8th of 7, Dec 09 2018]

Plug boy https://www.thesun....-dozens-complaints/
Cue complaints [po, Dec 11 2018]

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       I like the spirit of the idea. However, if you're going to do any redesigning of the US electrical socket at all, you'd be nuts to stop there. There are SO many problems that it's totally understandable why the socket is sad. I had a socket similar to the one in the picture except the outer section was stainless steel. The screws were clearly junk as they began to snap off at the head. This led the frame to pop off and slide down onto the exposed live/neutral pins. Big sparks and a trip to the circuit breaker cabinet. I had to take all the faceplates off in the end, naked sockets were safer.   

       You can mitigate the awfulness of the design by rotating the socket 90 degrees to the right which at least puts the live pin at the bottom. In truth, they should give up on the whole mess, bury their cables move to 240V and get proper plugs and sockets.
bs0u0155, Dec 04 2018
  

       What [bs0] said. But, to be fair, the US can't switch to 240V without updating their plugs and sockets and, equally, they've no real incentive to change their plugs and sockets as long as they use low voltage. Plus, to be honest, I have a sort of liking for the olde-worlde ones they have now.
MaxwellBuchanan, Dec 04 2018
  

       There are advantages to using 110V A.C. supplies.   

       When we think of one, we'll let you know.
8th of 7, Dec 04 2018
  

       Not having bloody-ass huge plugs that look like Europe's round plug mess is one.   

       We do understand your need to have safety- conscious plugs, though, what with being nearly colocated and probably therefore inbred with numerous Welsh who don't comprehend electricity.   

       You can at least travel this continent without the need for 3 different adapters.
RayfordSteele, Dec 05 2018
  

       //We do understand your need to have safety- conscious plugs//   

       As bad as the US system is, I've never actually got a shock. I've seen a lot of sparks, In one room of the house the lights dim when I use the printer, which is actually quite entertaining. So I think the level of safety is roughly OK. I do like having a bathroom with electricity in it, that's nice.   

       //Not having bloody-ass huge plugs that look like Europe's round plug mess//   

       European electricity is obviously a huge mess. This is understandable. They're a fractious bunch without the calm authority of say James Clark Maxwell, Michael Faraday or John Holmes and as such they're prone to rash and unwise choices. Take for example the ROUND pins. I mean, round is a wonderful choice if you want to avoid surface area. Sadly, surface area is kind of the point with plugs and sockets. Now please explain the massive black plug on the my good lady's hair dryer.... and the dreadful half-voltage performance.
bs0u0155, Dec 05 2018
  

       //Not having bloody-ass huge plugs that look like Europe's round plug //   

       Don't get me started about European plugs either - they have all the same failings as US plugs, but are meant to be used at full voltage. One of the things we should have insisted on before we decided to leave the EU was getting Europe to adhere to the UK standard. And wouldn't that be "bloody huge-ass"?
MaxwellBuchanan, Dec 05 2018
  

       I thought US power outlets were just 110V, but we found when we lived in California that they also have 220V for washing machines and tumble dryers.

Actually, from the title, I was slightly worried that this would be a power outlet that gave a gasp of pleasure when you plugged something into it
hippo, Dec 05 2018
  

       And stoves.   

       You'd think that with having a size roughly that of a butter knife and the spacing of a few fork tines we'd experience an overall benefit from the Dawrin mechanism. But sadly, we don't. Must be something to the effect that all toddlers are equally uninformed about Coulomb's Law.   

       60 Hz is a much more practical choice for a frequency, I must say, being a convenient leg of a 3- phase system has its benefits.
RayfordSteele, Dec 05 2018
  

       Your existing electrical standards - 50 or 60 Hz, 110 or 230V AC - are, like the "Four feet, eight and a half inches" rail gauge and 12V vehicle electrics, merely a legacy of a time when your species strugged even to make systems work at all, let alone make a rational choice of standards for equipment.   

       And now, with a huge installed user base, any sort of upgrade or modernization would be economically prohibitive. So you're stuck ...   

       Higher AC frequencies allow smaller, lighter transformers. Modern insulators are far more durable and have higher breakdown voltages for the same thickness.   

       Single-phase AC makes sense for small low-power appliances as a 2-core cable is sufficient. But eventually, superior energy distribution technology will diffuse down to consumers, as cellphones and digital TV have, initially augmenting and finally supplanting the legacy systems.   

       No doubt some consumers will purchase adaptors so they can still use Grandma's old angle grinder to entertain the kids on rainy Sunday afternoons, and a whole genre of Steampunk will develop around reviving old equipment redolent of the odour of warm Bakelite and overheated dust, but with all new build using newer specifications, and modernization and retrofitting eroding the desirability of older devices (plus natural wastage as things wear out and are replaced) eventually - like gas mantles, coracles and representative democracy - they'll just be historical curiosities.
8th of 7, Dec 05 2018
  

       Off topic, [8th] I must say I enjoy reading your annos tho I can't help but wonder if they are the products of your own nannites or of the entire hive?
whatrock, Dec 05 2018
  

       They are a Collective effort, of course. Those components with specifically relevant technological and biological distinctiveness contribute more than others.
8th of 7, Dec 05 2018
  

       //products of your own nannites// Yes, I'd heard he has small ones too.
MaxwellBuchanan, Dec 05 2018
  

       You shouldn't believe anything other members of your family tell you.
8th of 7, Dec 05 2018
  

       Do you ever find the challenge of integrating ever biologically-diverse species to fit into a-Borg- standard compatability interface to be simply taxing? I would think the collective would be well- adept to dealing with seemingly incompatible interfaces. Like females, for instance...   

       I'm well aware of the benefits of higher voltage systems.
RayfordSteele, Dec 05 2018
  

       // Actually, from the title, I was slightly worried that this would be a power outlet that gave a gasp of pleasure when you plugged something into it //   

       If [beanangel] had posted it…
notexactly, Dec 06 2018
  

       I think this idea fits my criteria necessary for me to label it BRILLIANT. Happy outlets, I'm always on the lookout for them.
blissmiss, Dec 06 2018
  

       Probably preferable to Harpy Power Outlets, anyway ...
8th of 7, Dec 06 2018
  

       Thank you Blissy, you always make me smile. :)
doctorremulac3, Dec 06 2018
  

       //60 Hz is a much more practical choice for a frequency, I must say, being a convenient leg of a 3- phase system has its benefits.//   

       //Higher AC frequencies allow smaller, lighter transformers.//   

       Just use 3 phase for everything, people will get used to it. So many advantages, 3 phase at 60 Hz/phase would shrink your standard wall-wart by at least 3 fold just from the transformer size. You could also get away with smaller diodes and capacitors. For lighting, you could run a fluorescent lamp between each phase and neutral, triple the flicker speed would be well, well above human perception.
bs0u0155, Dec 07 2018
  

       // you could run a fluorescent lamp between each phase and neutral //   

       Do you mean three lamps, in a star formation ?   

       If you have three lamps, you can run star or delta, no problem.   

       Just one lamp is going to mean running unbalanced, which is Very Naughty.
8th of 7, Dec 08 2018
  

       Surely they won't all fail simultaneously, though, leading to an unbalanced condition?
notexactly, Dec 09 2018
  

       Yes, it would. However, either the lamp - or more likely, the fitting - could have a circuit to force an immediate shutdown when one component failed.   

       Ideally, the supply would always run as a delta (no neutral), allowing a 4-pin connector to be used (L1, L2, L3 and Earth). If you want neutral as well, that's an extra pin, and if the design and loading are right it should never carry any current. Some motors start as star and switch to delta when at speed, but that's crude and messy.
8th of 7, Dec 09 2018
  

       Star or delta, [8th]? Context, please.
pertinax, Dec 09 2018
  

       The existing outlets look like they are a bit shocked, which is probably how it works out when people try to interact with 'happy power'.
bigsleep, Dec 09 2018
  

       [Pertinax] delta star are the 2 ways you can wire a 3 phase system Delta you conect the loads in a triangle or delta with one phase at each point. Star or Y connections you have loads go from the phase to a neural conductor at the center. Hear is Canada we can mix match them a Y system will let you conect delta loads. A tipical example would be a 208/120 4 wire. delta loads will have 208v phase to phase and Y loads 120v phase to neural.   

       Well as to the comments about the traditional 15A 120v pluge according to the specs there supposed to be mounted ground pin up but this is almost never done because people think they look better right side up. Personally I would rather the industrial standard round twist locks plugs...
dev45, Dec 10 2018
  

       [8 of 7] Y delta start may be cude but compared to a soft start it cheap and effective I've started many 60-300hp motors that way no harmonic problems, no igbt's to short out and blow fuses just 3 contractors and a timer. No substitute for a proper drive but in a pinch it works and you usually have the parts.
dev45, Dec 10 2018
  

       // No substitute for a proper drive but in a pinch it works and you usually have the parts. //   

       Well, OK, you have a valid point there. It's cheap and cheerful.   

       // delta star are the 2 ways you can wire a 3 phase system //   

       <Gratuitous pedantry>   

       Actually, there are many more than two ways to wire up a 3-phase system; but almost all of them are wrong, and suddenly it all gets very loud and bright and expensive. Oh, and smoky.   

       We are sure that [dev45], who clearly has extensive experience with 3-phase and knows what he's talking about, will concur.   

       </Gratuitous pedantry>
8th of 7, Dec 10 2018
  

       //Just one lamp is going to mean running unbalanced, which is Very Naughty.//   

       No need, 4 wire high-leg delta, run the light between high- leg and neutral, all 3 phases contribute.
bs0u0155, Dec 11 2018
  

       Please don't high leg 4 wire delta is a mess is work with. I see it's use but no just no.
dev45, Dec 18 2018
  
      
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