Electrical Socket not getting power


Electrical sockets or outlets allow us to plug in appliances to attach them to the electrical grid and provide power for them to run.

Electricity can be the source of dangerous electric shocks, burns or fire starting. So, safety precautions should be observed. Only properly trained people (or those under their guidance in training) should work directly with the electrical wiring. Homeowners should know where their fuse box or circuit breakers are. The wiring should not be overloaded with more appliances than it's rated to use. There are socket testers you can buy to make sure the polarity and power to a socket is what it should be. If a socket blows the fuse or trips the circuit breaker repeatedly, it can be a sign that something is wrong. Perhaps it is overloaded or there is a problem with the wiring. To avoid shock and fire dangers, please have any suspect wiring or sockets checked and fixed by a knowledgeable...

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arcing is the visible electrical discharge that jumps a gap on a complete circuit. it usually occurs on loosely connected terminals.

arcing on a power outlet is caused by high current on a loose power outlet connection. usually caused by a high wattage appliances such as electrical heaters, hair blowers, toasters and vacuum cleaners.
during high loads, a loose connection could heat up and cause a fire.

to test your outlet. use your palm to feel the outlet plastic cover for heat; after using it with a high load appliance such as a vacuum cleaner. if it's hot turn off the main power and check inside the wall outlet for blackening. the blackening is soot caused arcing electricity. replace the outlet. there are also anti-arcing circuit breakers that you can install on your home's main fuse box. what it does is trip when arcing is detected on that circuit.

for example. i notice some black soot on the openings of my wall outlet where I usually use to plug that hair...

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Alibaba.com offers 69,558 electric power socket products. About 49% of these are electrical plugs & sockets, 7% are connectors, and 5% are wall switches. A wide variety of electric power socket options are available to you, such as electrical plug, extension socket, and plug with socket. You can also choose from standard grounding, self grounding, and non-grounding. As well as from residential / general-purpose, commercial, and industrial. And whether electric power socket is free samples, or paid samples. There are 69,482 electric power socket suppliers, mainly located in Asia. The top supplying countries are China (Mainland), Taiwan, and Hong Kong, which supply 99%, 1%, and 1% of electric power socket respectively. Electric power socket products are most popular in Western Europe, North America, and Domestic Market. You can ensure product safety by selecting from certified suppliers, including 20,509 with Other, 20,199 with ISO9001, and 2,175 with ISO14001...
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There are many links between the generators at the power station and your cell phone at the end of your charger cable besides the socket itself and the "mains" (fuses or circuit breakers).

While one might assume that if you have lights on in your house, power delivery to your house/apartment/office is okay. NOT NECESSARILY. I had underground power line from pole to my house. When the ground froze one winter, the heaving frozen earth acted to pull on the buried power line (which has three conductors... two hot (enegrized by different phases of power) and one neutral/return; you get 240 volt electricity by connecting loads to the two hot conductors, and you get 120 volt electricity by connecting loads between the neutral and EITHER of the two hot conductors). When pulled by the frozen earth, ONLY ONE of the hot conductors was broken; the neutral and other hot conductor remained intact. Thus I had lights (connected to the neutral and operable hot conductor), but some of my outlets...

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We own and use numerous electrical gadgets in our daily life like electric iron, geysers, microwaves, mixers, grinders etc. It is common for us to come across the situation when some of the gadgets won't power on and its time to ring up the service center. But let us wait for some time and try to analyze what has gone wrong. It may be some minor fault which is self-repairable and knee-jerk reaction of immediately calling up the service center or technicians may prove counterproductive and a waste of money at times. Off course, everybody is short of time to do all this stuff but sometimes effort invested on such troubleshooting can actually save more time if, for example, you have to take the product to the service center which is quite far away from your residence.

Here I will list down few common troubleshooting steps which one should follow in case your electric gadget is not powering up before deciding whether a gadget really requires a technician...

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Electrical sockets, commonly referred to as outlets or receptacles, provide a safe and convenient way to access electricity in buildings. Appliances and electrical devices can quickly and simply be connected and disconnected from the power source by inserting plugs into sockets designed to accommodate them. When there appears to be no power present at an electric socket, first check the building’s circuit breakers or fuse box for tripped breakers or blown fuses. Check other appliances in the building to be sure they are working and that the problem isn’t a power outage or a service disruption to the building's electricity supply.

Test for a Loose Socket

A small lamp is a simple tool for testing standard duplex sockets. Plug the lamp into another socket in the building to ensure the lamp and bulb are working. Plug the lamp into the suspected faulty socket. Feel that the plug is making a secure, tight fit and is not loose. Gently wiggle the electric cord on the lamp...

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On your first trip to Europe the thing that stands out about your hotel room might very well be the wall sockets. They're different. They're big.

The second thing you'll probably notice is that there aren't a lot of them. Power, you see, is quite expensive in Europe.

So what you need to run that laptop, hair dryer, electric shaver, or miniature toaster oven is a doohickey that converts your plug so that it fits whatever socket they use in the European country you're visiting.

No problem. They're cheap. You can buy plug converters at many travel-oriented stores in the US, as well as electrical and hardware stores in Europe. See the picture of the converter that works in continental Europe below.

Before you say, "Cool. I'm off and running!" I need to warn you of something: what's coming out of that socket is a whopping 220 volts at 50 cycles, twice the voltage of American power systems. It may be way too much for your appliance. Remember: an adapter plug...

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With the modernization of our life, we have more and more electronics at home, which means more and more Electrical Outlets, Sockets and Switches to get them plug in. Here are 19 Innovative and Cool Electrical Outlets, Sockets and Switches designs we rounded up which could help you keep the wire mess in check, save some engery and accomordate more crowded plugs. Too bad some of them are still concepts.

1. Floor Plan Light Switch [link]

When you have a panel full of light switches, it can be challenging to remember which is which. The Floor Plan Light switch offers an easy solve. The switches are modified according to the floor plan of the room and operate accordingly. So in a single glance you know which switch controls what.

2. Tab The Power Strip [link]

This crazy thing takes aid of pictogram and energy efficient LED lights to help you keep a track of your hooked up gadgets. Unwanted tabs and sockets easily detach with a tug-up on the...

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This web page gives advice on how to investigate and fix domestic electrical sockets.

The average ‘DIYer’ will be able to follow the instructions.

Initial Investigation

The first action is to get information about the fault. Examine other parts of the household electrical circuits to help diagnose the problem:

Are all electrical sockets not working or just the one? Is the problem just the electrical socket or is something else not working? Have any lights stopped working? Has any other appliance stopped working? Was an electrical appliance plugged into the socket when it stopped working? Plug a ‘known working’ electrical appliance into the socket to check whether the appliance is at fault rather than the socket.

If no electrical sockets are working has an RCD tripped of a fuse blown? Check fuses. Check the...

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A power socket is a device to which electrical devices can be connected to receive the electric current required for their operation. Connected by a system of cables to a power source, usually an electricity generation facility operated by an energy production company, it generally has no moving parts. Instead, it contains metal strips which make contact with the prongs of an electric plug inserted into the socket. It’s through these contacts that the electric current is transmitted.

Electrical devices which connect to a power source through a power socket are considered to be portable because they can easily be connected and disconnected from the power source. Portable electric devices have a length of cable terminating in a two-, three- or four-prong plug. The prongs are shaped like blades or cylinders, and may be a combination of the two. When a plug is inserted into a power socket, a circuit is completed. Every power socket thus needs at least two slots — one with a live...

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Are you planning to travel abroad? Check if you need a power plug adapter or voltage converter for the power sockets (outlets) used in that country. On this website you find information about the power plugs and sockets, electricity, voltage and frequency used in every country of the world. Select a country from the list on the right.


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The proliferation of electrical devices means that plug sockets are in increasing demand. Socket splitters and power strips can be used to solve this problem, but can be bulky and unsightly. An innovative socket design called theOUTlet, however, provides more socket space at the push of a button.

TheOUTlet employs a similar pop-out functionality as the Pop-Out Outlet. Whereas that model was conceived to hide socket holes when not in use, however, theOUTlet is aimed at providing more places to plug appliances into.

Designed by US startup Secret Sockets, theOUTlet looks and functions like a typical double plug socket. When pressed, though, a button on the fitting allows the central unit into which the sockets are set to "pop out" from the rest of the fitting, and provide two additional sockets. The additional sockets can be hidden away discreetly until required.

Secret socket says theOUTlet fits standard electrical boxes and can be installed in a matter of...

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Before following any of this advice, please see the DISCLAIMER at the end of this article.

The following explains why you should consider electrical grounding, our experiences in Thailand, and generally how grounding is done.

In the USA, it's called "grounding". I most other western countries, it's called "earthing".

1. Why to Ground
2. Don't Always Trust Those Responsible, But Verify (shocking case studies)
3. How To Ground, Doing It Right vs. Dangers
4. Important Note on 220-to-110 Volt Transformers
5. Costs and Quotations

1. Why to Ground

Thailand is a country with a lot of 2-prong power outlets, i.e., not grounded/earthed. Most 3-prong outlets are not properly grounded, and in fact not grounded at all. This has been illegal in the USA for decades, and likewise in many other countries ... but This Is Thailand (TIT).

Our experience in Thailand is that many people get shocked occasionally in hot water...

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It shouldn't be too hard of a job...it's a matter for finding the break in the system. Many times when you remove a receptacle, for example, you can see the burnt wires. Sometimes the break is inside the cable inside the wall and can't be seen. Then you would do a continuity test on the cable. Power off of course.

I find a lot of times in old houses the culprit being a broken/burnt wire, but a loose connection is still very possible. Often I find a burnt wire, usually the white neutral, due to 'over-fusing'...someone puts a larger fuse in than the circuit is designed for. I find a lot of 20 & 30 amp fuses put in when the circuit is designed for 15.

If there isn't power entering the sw box, the next step is to locate where the incoming feed to the sw box comes from. If there is only one cable entering the sw box, then that cable should be coming from the light fixture box. If there is 2 or more, it might be coming from a receptacle box...maybe below it...

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The electricity in Thailand is 220 volts, 50 cycles/sec. (If you have 110 Volt appliances, see the bottom of this page.)

The photo to the left shows the wall receptacle design usually found in Thailand. They accomodate both flat prongs (like in the U.S. and Japan) and round prongs (like much of Europe and Asia). Actually, most receptacles in Thailand are two prong, missing the third grounding/earthing prong at the bottom. However, the newest office and condominium dwellings usually offer the third prong due to increased awareness of the importance of grounding for both safety and equipment damage reasons.

Most devices run fine on 2 prongs, but some things should have a ground for reasons of both safety and equipment damage, as discussed later in this article.

It is strongly recommended that you read the rest of this article if you wish to maximize personal safety as regards getting electric shocks, and to minimize possible damage to your appliances. If you...

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