No More Fuss About UK’s Fuse

UKOut of the dozens of international plugs in the world, the UK-style plug is in a class of its own.  While this plug may look unnecessarily clunky and outdated to the casual observer, it is actually referred as the safest and most efficient plug in the world.

Similar to the US standard plug, the UK standard plug features 3 prongs.  The UK version, however, is much safer. Each of the prongs are coated in insulation, which makes it impossible to be accidently shocked by the plug in case it is incorrectly plugged in. Even if the plug isn’t fully inserted into the wall outlet, touching the exposed prongs will not cause a shock.

UK plugs take extra precaution to prevent people from electrocuting themselves. The UK grounding prong is slightly longer than the other two so that when the plug presses into the wall, the longer one grounds first- making this an important safety measure. Continue reading No More Fuss About UK’s Fuse

International Travel For The Holidays

funnyholidayplaneAhh, the holidays.  A time for celebrating the important things in life with the people we cherish the most.  Even if that means traveling far and wide, we do so without question, because we know that’s what really matters.  Often, this even involves international travel.  And low and behold there will be some planning involved, especially if you plan to capture memories and maybe take care of some business on the side by bringing your electronics and accessories.  For the uninitiated, or those with limited experience, we’ve come up with a handy step by step guide to making sure you have an (electronically) seamless holiday, and more time to spend with your loved ones.

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Australia’s New Power Cord Marking

RCM jpgTo all our customers from down under: you may have noticed something a little different about Quail’s Australian power cord plugs. There is a new marking on the plug that supplements the Australian standard for approving electronics in Australia and New Zealand. 

As of March 1, 2013, The Australian Communication and Media Authority (ACMA) and the New Zealand Radio Spectrum Management (RSM) consolidated regulatory certifications for electrical equipment to the Regulatory Compliance Mark (RCM). On that same date, Continue reading Australia’s New Power Cord Marking

New India Power Cord Is Finally Here!

New India Power Cord

New India Power CordQuail Electronics would like to introduce the new power cord for India. Quail’s 8580 series was formerly used in both South Africa as well as India. However, the two are now parting ways. India has created a standard for their plug which provides the CII (Confederation of Indian Industry) approval. The plug is still the same pin configuration as South Africa. The only new difference is that the markings for the approvals will change.

Japan went through the same situation when they switched approvals from UL to PSE. The plug is still the same as the US NEMA 5-15P standard, only now, Japan requires their own PSE approval. Continue reading New India Power Cord Is Finally Here!

Russian Approval Goes from GOST to EAC

Russian Approval

EAC Russian ApprovalIn early 2013 the Russian approval, GOST R, came to an end and was no longer being issued. The new certification for Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan is the Customs Union Technical Regulation (EAC). The Customs Union was started in 2010 to make it easier to transport goods in and out of the 3 countries.

The CU TR certification by EAC and declarations will be the new standard for the 3 countries. An EAC logo will now be displayed. This new single certification can be used to replace GOST R, GOST K and STB. Quail Electronics‘ power cords, such as the 8510 series, is currently displaying the EAC marking.

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Brazil Standard

FlagBrazil is a wonderful, beautiful country filled with rich history and culture.  However, previous to 2010, the country was lacking in one major area; electrical standardization. There was no formal Brazil standard for any electrical sockets or plugs.  Since there was no standard, that led to a total of eight different kinds of plugs.  That’s right; eight!  The multitude of options caused Brazilian citizens and tourists alike to have a difficult time connecting different plugs and wires for numerous electronic devices. Continue reading Brazil Standard

Japanese and Taiwanese Plugs: Together At Last

Not clearTwo is better than one.  Think about it.  Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are so much better than jelly sandwiches.  And where would Mario be without Luigi?  Chips and salsa truly belong together.  As much as he may hate to admit it, the Coyote would have no idea what to do if it wasn’t for the roadrunner.  And after all, how could Kirk captain the Enterprise without Spock?

That’s why Quail Electronics has brought you Dual Approved Power Cords for Taiwan and Japan.  For several years, Japan and Taiwan have been using very similar electrical standards and identical plugs and connectors.  However, different approval bodies caused these cords to be offered as separate power cords.  Therefore, if you had products in the Japan and Taiwan market, you needed to have two power cords. Continue reading Japanese and Taiwanese Plugs: Together At Last