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What is a type J electrical socket and plug?

Type "J" electrical sockets are found almost exclusively in Switzerland and Liechtenstein. They are very similar to type "C" sockets except that they have an additional hole for a grounding prong slightly below the midpoint between the two type "C" holes. Plugs consist of elongated, round prongs of equal length and a grounding prong positioned to match the respective socket-hole. Type "J" sockets do fit ungrounded type "C" plugs, generally referred to as Europlugs. While the similarities between type "J" and "L" plugs are apparent, the positioning of their prongs makes them otherwise incompatible.

last updated 2008.06.30
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