Vampire plugs

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  1. JHarrison

    JHarrison New Elf

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    Are we have a vampire plug in australia ? (Image attached) of course in australian standard 240v
     

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    Bird Proud LOR user

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    By the very nature of how a US vamp plug works I would guess the answer would be no.
    Vamp plugs are getting harder to find in the US because they do not have the 3rd ground wire ability.
    But in defense of the 240v vamp plug, in the US 240v is used for larger amp load items only which a vamp plug is not suited for.
    If I'm not mistaken (and I frequently am), the only place vamp plugs are commonly used is in our hobby.
    My guess is, as low voltage led/rgb becomes more popular in the US, vamp plugs will be discontinued.
     
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    Vampire plugs would not pass as an electrically safe connection in Australia for many reasons.

    Mainly due to no earth, lack of polarity protection, and no protection around the bottom half of pins in case it's only half plugged in.

    Just use standard extension leads to get 240V to where you need it. If connections are required in unprotected areas, I suggest something like this:-

    http://www.bunnings.com.au/excalibur-red-lp55-outdoor-extension-lead-safety-box_p4330509
    or
    http://www.bunnings.com.au/excalibur-extension-lead-red-safety-box_p4330132

    Regards,
    Rowan
     
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    Sorry I mean did you ever use more than 1 plug in one channel ?
     

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