Plugs and socket-outlets for household and similar purposes - Part 2-5: Particular requirements for adaptors

IEC 60884-2-5:2017 applies to adaptors for a.c. 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.
This document also applies to travel adaptors (see Annex AA). For travel adaptors the scope is limited to a voltage rating greater than 50 V but not exceeding 250 V and to a current rating not exceeding 20 A.
Travel adaptors allowing the simultaneous connection of two or more plugs are not covered by this document.
This second edition cancels and replaces the first edition published in 1995. This edition constitutes a technical revision.
This edition includes the following significant technical changes with respect to the previous edition:
a) a general alignment with IEC 60884-1:2002, Amendment 1:2006 and Amendment 2:2013;
b) new and modified definitions;
c) requirements for travel adaptors, for adaptors with additional functions and for adaptors with a cable outlet;
d) requirements for adaptors with incorporated overcurrent protective devices;
e) requirement to warn against inserting an adaptor into another adaptor;
f) new requirements for the construction and shape of the adaptors.

Prises de courant pour usages domestiques et analogues - Partie 2-5: Exigences particulières pour les adaptateurs

L’IEC 60884-2-5:2017 s’applique aux adaptateurs pour courant alternatif seulement, avec ou sans contact de terre, de tension assignée supérieure à 50 V mais ne dépassant pas 440 V et de courant assigné ne dépassant pas 32 A, destinés aux usages domestiques et usages analogues, à l’intérieur ou à l’extérieur des bâtiments.
Le présent document s’applique également aux adaptateurs de voyage (voir l’Annexe AA). Pour les adaptateurs de voyage, le domaine d’application est limité à une tension assignée supérieure à 50 V mais ne dépassant pas 250 V et à un courant assigné ne dépassant pas 20 A.
Le présent document ne traite pas des adaptateurs de voyage permettant le raccordement simultané de deux ou plusieurs fiches.
Cette deuxième édition annule et remplace la première édition parue en 1995. Cette édition constitue une révision technique.
Cette édition inclut les modifications techniques majeures suivantes par rapport à l’édition précédente:
a) alignement général sur l’IEC 60884-1:2002, Amendement 1:2006 et Amendement 2:2013;
b) nouvelles définitions et modifications de certaines définitions;
c) exigences pour les adaptateurs de voyage, pour les adaptateurs disposant de fonctions supplémentaires et pour les adaptateurs équipés d’une sortie de câble;
d) exigences pour les adaptateurs pourvus de dispositifs de protection contre les surintensités incorporés;
e) exigence d’avertissement dans le cas où un adaptateur est inséré dans un autre adaptateur;
f) nouvelles exigences pour la construction et la forme des adaptateurs.

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IEC 60884-2-5
Edition 2.0 2017-05
INTERNATIONAL
STANDARD
NORME
INTERNATIONALE
Plugs and socket-outlets for household and similar purposes –
Part 2-5: Particular requirements for adaptors
Prises de courant pour usages domestiques et analogues –
Partie 2-5: Exigences particulières pour les adaptateurs
IEC 60884-2-5:2017-05(en-fr)
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IEC 60884-2-5
Edition 2.0 2017-05
INTERNATIONAL
STANDARD
NORME
INTERNATIONALE
Plugs and socket-outlets for household and similar purposes –
Part 2-5: Particular requirements for adaptors
Prises de courant pour usages domestiques et analogues –
Partie 2-5: Exigences particulières pour les adaptateurs
INTERNATIONAL
ELECTROTECHNICAL
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ELECTROTECHNIQUE
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CONTENTS

FOREWORD ........................................................................................................................... 4

1 Scope .............................................................................................................................. 6

2 Normative references ...................................................................................................... 6

3 Definitions ....................................................................................................................... 7

4 General requirements ...................................................................................................... 8

5 General remarks on tests ................................................................................................ 8

6 Ratings ............................................................................................................................ 9

7 Classification ................................................................................................................... 9

8 Marking ........................................................................................................................... 9

9 Checking of dimensions ................................................................................................. 10

10 Protection against electric shock ................................................................................... 10

11 Provision for earthing .................................................................................................... 11

12 Terminals and terminations ........................................................................................ 11

13 Construction of fixed socket-outlets ............................................................................... 11

14 Construction of adaptors ................................................................................................ 11

15 Interlocked socket-outlet parts of adaptors .................................................................... 15

16 Resistance to ageing, protection provided by enclosures, and resistance to

humidity ......................................................................................................................... 15

17 Insulation resistance and electric strength ..................................................................... 15

18 Operation of earthing contacts ....................................................................................... 16

19 Temperature rise ........................................................................................................... 16

20 Breaking capacity .......................................................................................................... 18

21 Normal operation ........................................................................................................... 19

22 Force necessary to withdraw the plug ............................................................................ 20

23 Flexible cables and their connection .............................................................................. 22

24 Mechanical strength ...................................................................................................... 24

25 Resistance to heat ......................................................................................................... 25

26 Screws, current-carrying parts and connections ............................................................. 25

27 Creepage distances, clearances and distances through sealing compound .................... 25

28 Resistance of insulating material to abnormal heat, to fire and to tracking ..................... 26

29 Resistance to rusting ..................................................................................................... 26

30 Additional tests on pins provided with insulating sleeves ............................................... 26

Annex A (normative) Safety-related routine tests for factory-wired portable

accessories (protection against electric shock and correct polarity) ...................................... 27

Annex B (normative) Survey of specimens needed for tests ................................................. 28

Annex C (informative) Alternative gripping tests ................................................................... 29

Annex D (normative) Switches incorporated in adaptors ...................................................... 31

Annex E (informative) Changes planned for the future in order to align IEC 60884-1

with the requirements of IEC 60228, IEC 60998 and IEC 60999 ............................................ 32

Annex AA (normative) Travel adaptors ................................................................................. 33

Annex BB (informative) Examples of adaptors ..................................................................... 41

Bibliography .......................................................................................................................... 43

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Figure AA.1 – World plug types ............................................................................................. 35

Table 101 – Nominal cross-sectional areas of flexible copper conductors for the

temperature-rise test ............................................................................................................. 17

Table 16 – Maximum and minimum withdrawal force for plug and socket-outlet parts of

adaptors ............................................................................................................................... 22

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PLUGS AND SOCKET-OUTLETS
FOR HOUSEHOLD AND SIMILAR PURPOSES –
Part 2-5: Particular requirements for adaptors
FOREWORD

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International Standard IEC 60884-2-5 has been prepared by subcommittee 23B: Plugs,

socket-outlets and switches, of IEC technical committee 23: Electrical accessories.

This bilingual version (2018-07) corresponds to the monolingual English version, published in

2017-05.

This second edition cancels and replaces the first edition published in 1995. This edition

constitutes a technical revision.

This edition includes the following significant technical changes with respect to the previous

edition:

a) a general alignment with IEC 60884-1:2002, Amendment 1:2006 and Amendment 2:2013;

b) new and modified definitions;
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c) requirements for travel adaptors, for adaptors with additional functions and for adaptors

with a cable outlet;
d) requirements for adaptors with incorporated overcurrent protective devices;
e) requirement to warn against inserting an adaptor into another adaptor;
f) new requirements for the construction and shape of the adaptors.
The text of this International Standard is based on the following documents:
FDIS Report on voting
23B/1242/FDIS 23B/1246/RVD

Full information on the voting for the approval of this International Standard can be found in

the report on voting indicated in the above table.
The French version of this standard has not been voted upon.

This document has been drafted in accordance with the ISO/IEC Directives, Part 2.

This Part 2-5 shall be used in conjunction with IEC 60884-1. It was established on the basis of

the third edition of IEC 60884-1 (2002) and of its Amendments 1 (2006) and 2 (2013).

This Part 2-5 supplements or modifies the corresponding clauses in IEC 60884-1, so as to

convert that publication into the IEC Standard: Particular requirements for adaptors.

Where this Part 2-5 states "addition“, "modification“ or "replacement“, the relevant

requirement, test specifications or explanatory matter in Part 1 shall be adapted accordingly.

Subclauses, figures, tables or notes which are additional to those in Part 1 are numbered

starting from 101. Additional annexes are lettered starting from AA.

A list of all parts in the IEC 60884 series, published under the general title Plugs and socket-

outlets for household and similar purposes, can be found on the IEC website.

The committee has decided that the contents of this document will remain unchanged until the

stability date indicated on the IEC website under "http://webstore.iec.ch" in the data related to

the specific document. at this date, the document will be
• reconfirmed,
• withdrawn,
• replaced by a revised edition, or
• amended.
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PLUGS AND SOCKET-OUTLETS
FOR HOUSEHOLD AND SIMILAR PURPOSES –
Part 2-5: Particular requirements for adaptors
1 Scope
Replacement:

This part of IEC 60884 applies to adaptors for a.c. 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.

This document also applies to travel adaptors (see Annex AA). For travel adaptors the scope

is limited to a voltage rating greater than 50 V but not exceeding 250 V and to a current rating

not exceeding 20 A.

Travel adaptors allowing the simultaneous connection of two or more plugs are not covered

by this document.

NOTE 1 In the following countries the use of non-shuttered adaptors is not allowed: BE, CN, DK, ES, FR, IT, NO,

MY, PT, SE, SG, UK, ZA.

NOTE 2 In the following countries adaptors having IP classes below IPX4 shall be provided with shutters: FI.

NOTE 3 In the following countries fused adaptors are not allowed: ZA.

NOTE 4 In the following countries rewirable external flexible cables connected to adaptors are not allowed: ZA.

NOTE 5 In the following countries, travel adaptors shall not be used for charging electrical vehicles: CH, SE.

This document covers the requirements for adaptors with additional functions, however the

additional function itself is not covered by this standard.

NOTE 6 Examples of additional functions are electronic power supply units, dimmers, timers, protection devices,

infrared switches.

This document does not apply to adaptors incorporating connectors according to IEC 60320

(all parts).

Adaptors complying with this document are suitable for use at ambient temperatures not

normally exceeding +40 °C, but their average over a period of 24 h does not exceed +35 °C,

with a lower limit of the ambient air temperature of –5 °C.
NOTE 7 Tests for temperatures below normal range are under consideration.
2 Normative references
This clause of Part 1 is applicable except as follows:
Addition:
IEC 60127-2, Miniature fuses – Part 2: Cartridge fuse-links
IEC 60127-3, Miniature fuses – Part 3: Sub-miniature fuse-links
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IEC 60884-2-5:2017  IEC 2017 – 7 –

IEC 60269-3, Low-voltage fuses – Part 3: Supplementary requirements for fuses for use by

unskilled persons (fuses mainly for household or similar applications) – Examples of

standardized systems of fuses A to F

IEC 60884-1:2002, Plugs and socket-outlets for household and similar purposes – Part 1:

General requirements
IEC 60884-1:2002/AMD1:2006
IEC 60884-1:2002/AMD 2:2013
3 Definitions
This clause of Part 1 is applicable except as follows:
Replacement of NOTE 3:

NOTE 3 The term "accessory" is used as a general term covering plugs, socket-outlets and adaptors; the term

"portable accessory" covers plugs, portable socket-outlets and adaptors.
Addition:

NOTE 101 The term "adaptor" is used as a general term covering all types of adaptors except where reference

is made to one particular type.
3.25 Replacement:
rated voltage
value of voltage assigned to the accessory by the manufacturer
3.26 Replacement:
rated current
value of current assigned to the accessory by the manufacturer
Addition:
3.101
adaptor

portable accessory constructed as an integral unit incorporating one plug part and one or

more socket-outlet parts, with or without integrated additional functions, allowing the

connection of one or more plugs to a socket-outlet, both the socket-outlet and the plugs

belonging to the same national system
Note 1 to entry: Examples of national systems are listed in IEC TR 60083.
3.102
fused adaptor

adaptor incorporating a replaceable fuse link in one or more current-carrying poles

Note 1 to entry: Fuses of fused adaptors are not intended to protect appliances or parts of them against overload.

3.103
polarized adaptor

adaptor constructed so that, when inserted in a socket-outlet installed in a polarized wiring

installation, the correct relationship between the neutral and the line pole or poles is

maintained
3.104
single-way adaptor
adaptor with one socket-outlet part allowing the connection of one plug
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3.105
multi-way adaptor

adaptor with more than one socket-outlet part allowing the simultaneous connection of two or

more plugs
3.106
travel adaptor

portable accessory, intended for temporary use, allowing the connection of one or more plug

type(s) of different national systems to a socket-outlet that is not designed to accept such

plugs

Note 1 to entry: A travel adaptor is not necessarily an integral unit and it can include integrated additional

functions.
Note 2 to entry: Examples of national systems are listed in IEC TR 60083.
3.107
travel adaptor with movable pins

travel adaptor where plug pins may slide in and out, rotate or fold in any direction, so that

they are not permanently fixed but have means to be locked in position for normal use

3.108
intermediate adaptor

adaptor allowing the connection of one or more plugs to a socket-outlet via a control device

such as a dimmer, photo-electric switch, etc., which is connected to the adaptor by an

external flexible cable
3.109
rewirable intermediate adaptor

intermediate adaptor constructed in such a way that the external flexible cable can be

replaced
3.110
non-rewirable intermediate adaptor

intermediate adaptor constructed in such a way that it forms a complete unit with the external

flexible cable after connection and assembly by the manufacturer of the adaptor
Note 1 to entry: See also 14.1.
3.111
adaptor with cable outlet

adaptor which may be rewirable or non-rewirable, and constructed in such a way that it allows

the connection of an external flexible cable through a cable outlet
3.112
rated power
power value assigned to the accessory by the manufacturer
4 General requirements
This clause of Part 1 is applicable.
5 General remarks on tests
This clause of Part 1 is applicable except as follows:
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Addition:

For the purposes of the tests, unless otherwise specified, the word “adaptors” covers all

adaptors including fused adaptors, polarized adaptors, single-way adaptors, multi-way

adaptors, intermediate adaptors, adaptors with cable outlet and travel adaptors.
6 Ratings
This clause of Part 1 is applicable except as follows:
Addition:

6.101 The rated voltage of the adaptor shall not be lower than the nominal voltage of the

supply system to which it can be connected via a socket-outlet.
NOTE Nominal voltages are defined in IEC 60038.

6.102 The rated current of the adaptor shall be the lowest value of the following:

– the rated current of the plug part; or

– the arithmetic sum of the highest rated currents of all plugs which can be simultaneously

inserted into the adaptor; or
– the rated current of the incorporated overcurrent protective device, if any.

6.103 When assigned, the rated power of the adaptor shall be calculated by multiplying the

rated current (as determined in 6.102) and the rated voltage (as determined in 6.101) at a

power factor equal to 1.

Compliance with the requirements of 6.101 to 6.103 is checked by inspection of the marking.

7 Classification
This clause of Part 1 is applicable.
8 Marking
This clause of Part 1 is applicable except as follows:
8.1 Replacement of the first dashed item:
– rated current in amperes or rated power in watts, or both;
Addition at the end of the subclause:
The marking for the rated power, if any, shall be completed by the word MAX.

NOTE 101 These markings can be shown as in the examples: MAX 2 000 W or 2 000 W MAX.

The rated power and/or rated current marking shall be easily discernible until the last plug

is connected.

NOTE 102 In the following country, marking of the rated power in watts, visible when the adaptor is in use, is

mandatory: FR.

Fused adaptors shall be marked to indicate the presence of a fuse within the adaptor and this

marking may be in the form of a symbol.
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Fused adaptors shall be marked with the rated current and type of fuse on the fuse-holder or

in the proximity of the fuse.

An instruction, which may be a symbol or a sentence, warning against inserting an adaptor

into another adaptor shall be provided by the manufacturer:
– on the adaptor, or
– on the smallest package unit, or
– on the instruction sheet accompanying the adaptor.

NOTE 103 A standardized symbol and/or sentence can be defined by the National Committees.

8.2 Addition before NOTE 1:

Watts .................................................................................................................................... W

Fuse ............................................................................................................................

(see IEC 60417-5016:2002-10)
9 Checking of dimensions
This clause of Part 1 is applicable.
10 Protection against electric shock
This clause of Part 1 is applicable except as follows:
10.1 Replacement of the second paragraph and NOTE:

Live parts shall not be accessible when the plug part of an adaptor is in partial or

complete engagement with a socket-outlet of the same system.

NOTE In the following countries this requirement does not apply when the plug part of the adaptor is partially

engaged: CA, DK, JP, US.
Replacement of the fifth paragraph:

For adaptors, the test finger is applied in every possible position when the adaptor is in partial

or complete engagement with a socket-outlet of the same system.
10.3 Replacement of the first paragraph:

It shall not be possible to make contact between a pin of a plug and a live socket contact of

an adaptor or between a pin of an adaptor and a live socket contact of a socket-outlet, of

the same system, whilst any other current-carrying pin is accessible.
10.4 Replacement of the first paragraph:

External parts of plugs, with the exception of assembly screws and the like, current-carrying

and earthing pins, earthing straps and metal rings around pins and accessible metal parts

fulfilling the requirements of 10.2.1 or 10.2.2 of IEC 60884-1:2002,

IEC 60884-1:2002/AMD1:2006 and IEC 60884-1:2002/AMD2:2013 , shall be of insulating

material.
10.5 Replacement of the first paragraph:
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Shuttered socket-outlet parts of adaptors shall, in addition, be constructed in such a way

that live parts are not accessible without a plug in engagement, when checked with the

gauges shown in Figures 9 and 10
Addition:

10.101 Removal of the fuse and/or fuse carrier shall not result in live parts becoming

accessible when the adaptor is in full e
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