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Catering equipment

PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2012 12:37 pm
by Matt Macdermott
I am currently testing in the kitchens at the school where I work and I have come across some extension leads which are 250v but have large 110v style plugs. Do I need to test them and if so where can I get an adapter for the plug? Any help would be good thx

Re: Catering equipment

PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2012 3:58 pm
by Grizzly
When you say 'large 110V style plugs', do you mean yellow BS EN 60309 (aka BS 4343 / commando) connectors?
If so, why are these being used for 250V? Should be blue for 230V.
Something sounds a bit fishy here, and if I were you I'd be asking a few more questions before I started inspecting and testing these leads.

Re: Catering equipment

PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2012 10:27 am
by Matt Macdermott
Sorry wasn't very clear there, they have got blue caps on them and are marked for 32 amp 240 volt, and they are slightly bigger than 110 v connectors

Re: Catering equipment

PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2012 11:42 am
by Grizzly
So they are 32A blue 60309 connectors, 3 pin presumably?
Looking something like this: http://www.comms-direct.com/images/big/P-32EXT6B1_2.jpg ?

They would need inspecting & testing, and you would test them in the same way as any other 230V extension lead.
You can make up your own test adapters (13A plug > 32A socket, and 32A plug > IEC socket). The 32A connectors are readily available from electrical wholesalers, or places like RS components, CPC etc.

Re: Catering equipment

PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2012 12:27 pm
by Matt Macdermott
Thanks Grizzly I shall make some leads

Re: Catering equipment

PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 2012 4:59 pm
by emilylemons
Some useful tips there Grizzly, thank you.