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on 27 January 2016
European plug compatibility
In pretty much every country a Europlug will work. This is the one that is shaped
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However, this is only for double earthed equipment and up to 2.5 amps (650 watt).
Perfect for most computer type charging etc. Useless/dangerous for hairdryers.
More universal (everywhere in Europe except Denmark Italy and Switzerland) is what is known as a Schuko plug. Technical name is Type C 7/7 or CEE 7/7. It is also sometimes known as a Type E or Type E/F.
The Schuko plug has two prongs and an earth. It has a hole to accommodate the (slowly dying out) French/Belgian sockets with the pin in the socket. It also has a slot at both top and bottom. If these slots do not have a strip of metal then it is not earthed.
Most of Italy will take the Schuko but Venice, Rome and a small number of rural places occasionally still use the incompatible three pin Italian variant but by and large all Italy is now coming into line. If needed, a very cheap Italy to Schuko converter is very easily available in Italian supermarkets etc. As at January 2016 they were just over one Euro in Lidl in Rome.
I have no experience with Denmark and very little with Switzerland but I imagine that they, too, will have readily available adapters. The Schuko also works in many other countries including all of N Africa.
The Schuko plug is good for 16 amps (which is a lot!!!).
One other thing. Should you decide to make your own trailing bar with a Schuko plug remember that, unlike UK plugs, there is no fuse in the plug so choose a trailing bar that incorporates a fuse.13 amp is standard and will cope with nearly everything.
My advice is to buy a fused UK trailing bar with 4 (or more) sockets (USB ports would be a bonus). Change the UK plug to a Schuko.I got a rewireable one on Ebay for less than £1.
Mine, comprising a Schuko plug, provides 4 UK sockets and 4 USB ports and cost around £13 to assemble and works pretty much everywhere from Egypt to Scandinavia. Including nearly all of Denmark and Italy. It weighs 398 grams.
I am giving this item a mid range 3 stars because my posting is not about this item, simply a safety guide to European plugs.