Yes it does, doesn't it? Calling it a French plug to UK socket adapter
is kind of confusing, had me do a double take too.
But when you think about it, that's exactly what it does. It adapts
(i.e. lets you put) a French plug to a UK socket.
Obviously therefore it must consist of a French socket and a UK plug.
No, sadly it isn't, that's a Schuko socket as used in Germany and
many other parts of Europe but not France and Belgium. The French and
Belgian sockets have a protruding earth pin whereas the Schuko
socket's earth connection is by two springs at the sides.
You can get universal *plugs* (i.e. plugs which will go into both types
of socket) but you can't get universal sockets.
The OP asked for a French/Belgian adaptor. It has an earth pin protruding from
and is polarized.
The one in your link is the side contact version as used in most other European
countries, which is non-polarised (plug fits both ways round) although that
isn't a problem.
It rather depends what the OP wants them for: most appliances sold on the
days have a moulded plug with both types of earthing, which fits either socket.
So unless the OP has some cables fitted with French style plugs which must be
they would be ok.
The same thing is usually sold in Morrisons for Â£1.80 which eliminates post +
Someone mentioned Tesco - the only one I've seen there is a much flimsier thing
earthing provision at all (and the socket isn't recessed, either.
Presumably the OP still wants to use his stuff in France on occasions. In which
suggest aquiring a multiway extension lead on the next trip, then cut of the
and fit a UK 13A plug.
We've got one over our kitchen worktop - the coffee machine we bought in Belgium
permanently plugged into it and my wife uses it for her phone charger, also of
That is what I've done. I've also done the opposite too with a French
plug on an English multiway extension lead. Handy as I've got a mixture
of French and UK electrical items and can use either in either country.
Just take care not to overload those travel adaptor type conversion
plugs, then often only have a rating of only 3 or 5 amps and get quite
hot if you forget and use them to plug in an electric heater! LOL
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Yes, they mostly are that type so, as you say most things can be
plugged into a Schuko adapter.
It's more that I'm wiring a boat which lives in Belgium and I'm going
to have UK sockets throughout but I want the ability to easily plug in
a few bits and pieces of existing equipment (OK, I can change the
sockets eventually) and/or Belgian guests' equipment. It's probably
not a big issue and I guess just a couple of the adapters at Â£5.xx
won't break the bank.
That's very true, I doubt if I have any plugs on the boat that won't
go into a Schuko socket so maybe I'll just put up with Schuko adapters
until I rewire everything with UK plugs.
There is the issue that Schuko aren't polarised but since there's no
standard for the French/Belgian polarised plugs that's not really very
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