The UK or BS 1363 socket was introduced in 1947 to replace the BS 546 plug and socket as part of the UK’s rebuilding program after the war and intended as an improvement to the existing UK domestic wiring system. 

For data centre use, it’s very robust and almost impossible to accidently disconnect. With our angled configuration and the cord exiting plug as it does, it is surprisingly compact. The plug is fused so it is effectively an individually fuse unit meaning no extra circuit protection is required. For extra safety, the live and neutral terminals are shuttered. 

The BS1363 plug and socket is commonly found in these other countries – Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belize, Botswana, Brunei, Cameroon, Channel Islands, China, Cyprus, Dominica, El Salvador, Gambia, Ghana, Gibraltar, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Hong Kong, Iraq, Ireland, Isle of Man, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Lebanon, Macau, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Myanmar, Nigeria, Oman, Qatar, St. Kitts-Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Tanzania, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

BS 1363 plugs have been designated as Type G in the IEC 60083 plugs and sockets standard.

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