Electrical Fittings (Devices and Appliances)

 

 

 

Core Competency

 

 

 

Plugs, sockets, portable socket-outlets and cable reels tested by Cranage:-

 

The tables below list the standards we have used for testing electrical fittings (excluding those for lighting purposes), as required for compliance with either national regulations or for CE marking under the Low Voltage Directive 2006/95/EC and EMC Directive 2004/108/EC:-

Miscellaneous electrical fittings tested by Cranage – the following standards applied in addition to the foregoing tests for plugs and sockets:-

 

 

 

• Independent and impartial – not connected to any supplier or manufacturer

• Accredited testing and inspection – compliant with ISO 17025

• Technical support for designers, manufacturers, and importers

• Notified Body for LVD – CE reports and certificates for LVD

• Screening tests for product safety and compliance

• Faulty goods reporting, quality assurance and surveillance for safety

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In the United Kingdom, the design and manufacture of plugs or conversion plugs intended to connect with a socket outlet compliant with BS1363 is required to be approved by a Notified Body appointed by the Secretary of State. In the UK this is either ASTA-BEAB or NEMKO(UK).

 

Standard plugs, sockets, adaptors, fuse links and cartridge fuses, should not be CE marked as the regulations concerning these devices are national and not driven by community Directives. It is also an offence to place a misleading mark on an electrical device or accompanying information which might reasonably be taken as an approval by a notified body.

 

Over the years, Cranage has provided a type testing and screening testing service for verifying safety of electrical fittings that are required to be CE marked; some of the items tested are shown below. These are products which contain components (other than a fuse link, switch or indicator light) and considered to be electrical equipment covered in the UK by the Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994 (SI 1994 No. 3260). These types of product are also defined in The Plugs and Sockets etc. (Safety) Regulations 1994 (SI 1994 No. 1768) as electrical appliances:-

 

Why is type testing so important? 

 

 

 

• Manufacturers

• Authorised representatives

• Importers into the UK

• Wholesalers

• Distributors

• Retailers (including mail order traders)

• Persons who hire out electrical equipment in the course of business

• Persons (including auctioneers) who supply second hand electrical equipment in the course of business

• Persons who, in the course of business, let accommodation which contains electrical equipment

 

UK Safety Regulations apply to consumers during the course of a business, whether or not the business is one of supplying electrical equipment. Such persons include:-

 

The Consumer Protection Act 1987, lays down penalties for an offence against a Safety Regulation as made under Section 11 as imprisonment for up to six months or a fine not exceeding level five on the standard scale (currently £5,000) or both.

 

Product Description Safety Standards EMC Standards

Mains RCD connectors,
Portable RCD’s and
Trailing leads with RCD socket-outlets

HD 639 S1:2002 / AC:2003
IEC 61540:1999
Electrical accessories- Portable residual current devices without integral overcurrent protection for household and similar use (PRCD’s)

IEC / BS EN 61543 +A11 +A12 +A2
Residual current-operated protective devices (RCD’s) for household and similar use - Electromagnetic compatibility

Plug-in timers with socket-outlet and Time switches

IEC / BS EN 60730-2-7
Automatic electrical controls for household and similar use — Part 2-7: Particular requirements for timers and time switches

IEC / BS EN 60730-2-7
Automatic electrical controls for household and similar use — Part 2-7: Particular requirements for timers and time switches

Surge protected sockets
and Trailing leads with surge protected socket-outlets

IEC / BS EN 61643-11 +A11
Low-voltage surge protective devices - Part 11: Surge protective devices connected to low-voltage power systems – Requirements and test methods.

CISPR14-1 / BS EN 55014-1
CISPR 14-2 / BS EN 55014-2
Household appliances,
electric tools and similar.
Part 1: Emissions
Part 2: Immunity

IEC / BS EN 61643-21 +A1 +A2
Low-voltage surge protective devices - Part 21: Surge protective devices connected to telecommunications and signalling networks – Performance requirements and testing methods.

Power supply adaptors
and Mains chargers with USB outlet-sockets

IEC / BS EN 61204
Low-voltage power supply devices, dc output — Performance characteristics

IEC / BS EN 61204-3
Low-voltage power supply devices, dc output

IEC / BS EN 61204-7 +A11
Low voltage power supplies, dc output — Part 7: Safety requirements

Plug-in energy savers

EN 60335-1
Safety of household and similar electrical appliances - Part 1: General requirements

CISPR14-1 / BS EN 55014-1
CISPR 14-2 / BS EN 55014-2
Household appliances,
electric tools and similar.
Part 1: Emissions
Part 2: Immunity

Laboratory Services for Electrical Devices & Appliances

Ensuring the safety and performance of your electrical fittings

 

 

 

 

Scope of screening tests for safety includes a Pass/Fail verdict on:-

 

 

 

 

Plug dimensions

Initial Operation

Classification, marking and instructions, power input

Protection against live parts

Heating

Touch current and electric strength

Abnormal operation

Mechanical strength

Construction

Internal wiring

 

Clearance, creepage distances and solid insulation

Resistance to heat and fire

 

CRANAGE can help with all your testing needs. For further details please contact the testing team on

+44 (0) 1630 658568 or email info@cranage.co.uk

Country Standard

UK

BS 1363-1:1995 +A4:2012
13A plugs, socket-outlets, adaptors and connection units. Specification for rewirable and non-rewirable 13A fused plugs

BS 1363-2:1995 +A4:2012
13A plugs, socket-outlets, adaptors and connection units. Specification for 13A switched and unswitched socket-outlets

BS 5733:2010 +A1:2014
General requirements for electrical accessories

BS EN61242:1997 +A1:2008
Electrical accessories.  Cable reels for household and similar purposes

Republic of Ireland

I.S. 401:1997
Safety requirements for re-wirable 13A fused plugs for normal and rough service use having insulated sleeves in line and neutral pins

I.S. 411:1997
Safety requirements for 13A switched and unswitched, shuttered socket-outlet for household, commercial and light industrial purposes, with particular references to safety in normal use

I.S. 61242:1999
Electrical accessories.  Cable reels for household and similar purposes

France

NF C 61-314:2008 +A1:2010
Plugs and socket-outlets for household and similar purposes – 6A/250V and 16A/250V

NF EN 61242:1997+A11:2004 +A12:2006 +A1:2008
Electrical accessories – Cable reels for household and similar purposes

Germany

DIN VDE 0620-1:2013-03
Plugs and socket-outlets for household and similar purposes – Part 1 General requirements on fixed socket outlets (+ Berichtigung 1:2014-02)

DIN 49440:2006-1
Two-pole socket-outlets with earthing contact, 16A 250V AC – Part 1: Main dimensions

DIN 49441:1972-06
Two-pole plugs with earthing contact

DIN 49440-2 Berichtigung 1
Two-pole socket-outlets with earthing contact, 16A 250V AC – Part 2: Mobile multiple socket-outlets; combination of socket-outlets 16A 250V and 2.5A 250V – Main dimensions (Corrigenda to DIN 49440-2:2006-01)

DIN EN 61242; VDE 0620-300:2008-12
Electrical accessories – Cable reels for household and similar purposes

International

IEC 60884-1 ed 3.2 +A1 +A2
Plugs and socket-outlets for household and similar purposes – Part 1: General requirements

IEC 61242 +A1 ed 1.0:2008
Cable reels for household and similar purposes

Electrical Appliances/Electrical Equipment Safety Tested at Cranage
Portable sockets with switched/unswitched outlets Surge protected sockets
Portable RCD’s with outlet-socket Surge protected extension sockets
Cable reels Trailing leads with RCD protected socket-outlets
Plug-in timers with socket-outlet Trailing leads with surge protected socket-outlets
Time switches Plug-in energy savers
power supply adaptors Mains chargers with USB outlet-sockets