IEC 60884-1:2022 

Plugs and socket-outlets for household and similar purposes - Part 1: General requirements


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IEC 60884-1:2022 applies to plugs and fixed or portable socket-outlets for AC only, with or without earthing contact, with a rated voltage greater than 50 V but not exceeding 440 V and a rated current not exceeding 32 A, intended for household and similar purposes, either indoors or outdoors.
Compatible plugs and socket-outlets, when combined, form a plug and socket-outlet system. Standardized systems used around the world are reported in IEC/TR 60083.
The rated current is limited to 16 A maximum for accessories provided with screwless-type terminals.
This fourth edition cancels and replaces the third edition published in 2002, Amendment 1:2006 and Amendment 2:2013. This edition constitutes a technical revision.
This edition includes the following significant technical changes with respect to the previous edition:
  1. plugs and socket-outlets incorporating pilot lights;
  2. crimped connections in accessories;
  3. insulation piercing terminals (IPT);
  4. accessories to be used with American Wire Gauge (AWG) cables;
  5. accessories used in T° below −5 °C down to and including 45 °C;
  6. accessories used in T° above +40 °C up to and including +70 °C;
  7. plugs and socket-outlets for high load (HL);
  8. clarification of some definitions;
  9. durability of markings test;
  10. introduction of thermal monitoring in the plug;
  11. requirements for shutters in portable socket-outlets;
  12. test walls for the verification of ingress of water;
  13. rewriting of the temperature rise clause.

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Publication typeInternational Standard
Publication date2022-08-04
Available language(s)English
TC/SCTC 23/SC 23B - Plugs, socket-outlets and switchesrss
ICS29.120.30 - Plugs, socket-outlets, couplers
Stability date  2026
File size8243 KB

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