This part of lEC 60320 sets the general requirements for appliance couplers for two poles and
two poles with earth contact and for the connection of electrical devices for household and
similar onto the mains supply.
This part of lEC 60320 is also valid for appliance inlets/appliance outlets integrated or
incorporated in appliances.
The rated voltage does not exceed 250 V (a.c.) and the rated current does not exceed 16 A.
Appliance couplers complying with this part of lEC 60320 are suitable for normal 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.
Appliance couplers are not suitable for
– use in place of plug and socket-outlet systems according to IEC 60884-1.
– use in place of devices for connecting luminaires (DCLs) according to IEC 61995 or
luminaire supporting couplers (LSCs).
NOTE Requirements for d.c. are under consideration.

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lEC 60320-1:2015(E) sets the general requirements for appliance couplers for two poles and two poles with earth contact and for the connection of electrical devices for household and similar onto the mains supply. This part of lEC 60320 is also valid for appliance inlets/appliance outlets integrated or incorporated in appliances. The rated voltage does not exceed 250 V (a.c.) and the rated current does not exceed 16 A. This third edition cancels and replaces the second edition published in 2001 and Amendment 1:2007. This edition constitutes a technical revision. This edition includes the following significant technical changes with respect to the previous edition: a) Standard sheets moved from IEC 60320-1 to IEC 60320-3. b) Clarification of requirements for non-standardized appliance couplers.

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lEC 60320-3:2014 sets the dimensions for appliance couplers for two poles and two poles with earth contact: - for the connection of electrical devices for household and similar onto the mains supply and - for the interconnection of the electrical supply to appliance or equipment - and dimensions for gauges.

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NEW!IEC 60799:2018 is available as IEC 60799:2018 RLV which contains the International Standard and its Redline version, showing all changes of the technical content compared to the previous edition.IEC 60799:2018 specifies requirements for cord sets and interconnection cord sets for household and similar general purpose equipment. It does not apply to cord sets for industrial purposes (with plugs and connectors according to IEC 60309) nor to cord extension sets. This third edition cancels and replaces the second edition published in 1998. This edition constitutes a technical revision. This edition includes the following significant technical changes with respect to the previous edition: - alignment with IEC 60320-1:2015; - extension to include appliance couplers in accordance with IEC 60320-2-3:- (Under preparation. Stage at the time of publication: IEC/FDIS 60320-2-3:2018).

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NEW!IEC 60320-2-4:2018 is available as IEC 60320-2-4:2018 RLV which contains the International Standard and its Redline version, showing all changes of the technical content compared to the previous edition.IEC 60320-2-4:2018 is applicable to two-pole appliance couplers for alternating current only, with or without earthing contact, with a rated voltage not exceeding 250 V and a rated current not exceeding 16 A, for household and similar general purposes and intended for incorporation or integration within electric appliances or other electric equipment of multi‑part construction for 50 Hz or 60 Hz supply which depend on the weight of the appliance to ensure correct engagement. This second edition cancels and replaces the first edition published in 2005 and Amendment 1:2009. This edition constitutes a technical revision. This edition includes the following significant technical changes with respect to the previous edition: - IEC 60320-2-4 is aligned with IEC 60320-1:2015. - IEC 60320-2-4 is aligned with IEC 60335-1 and IEC 60335-2-15. IEC 60320-2-4 appliance couplers are incorporated into appliances designed and manufactured to these standards. To this end, particular attention is drawn to 14.2 and Clause 20. - It also now proposes that appliance couplers with auxiliary contacts be considered.

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IEC 60320-2-1:2018 is applicable to special purpose appliance couplers for household sewing machines. These sewing machine couplers are for alternating current only and have a rated voltage not exceeding 250 V and a rated current not exceeding 2,5 A. This third edition cancels and replaces the second edition published in 2000. This edition constitutes a technical revision. This edition includes the following significant technical changes with respect to the previous edition: - Aligned with IEC 60320-1:2015. This Part 2-1 is to be used in conjunction with IEC 60320-1: Appliance couplers for household and similar general purposes – Part 1: General requirements. It was established on the basis of the third edition of that standard (2015).

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NEW!IEC 60320-2-3:2018 is available as IEC 60320-2-3:2018 RLV which contains the International Standard and its Redline version, showing all changes of the technical content compared to the previous edition.IEC 60320-1:2018 applies with the following addition: This document applies to appliance couplers with a degree of protection against ingress of water higher than IPX0. This second edition cancels and replaces the first edition published in 1998 and Amendment 1:2004. This edition constitutes a technical revision. This edition includes the following significant technical changes with respect to the previous edition: - Aligned with IEC 60320-1:2015. - The scope is extended to cover current ratings up to and including 16 A. - The scope is extended to cover Class I appliance couplers. - The scope is extended to cover appliance couplers for hot and very hot conditions. - Added classification regarding the use of retaining devices. - Added classification for indoor and outdoor use.

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This standard is applicable to two-pole appliance couplers for a.c. only, with or without earthing contact, with a rated voltage not exceeding 250 V and a rated current not exceeding 16 A, for household and similar general purposes and intended for incorporation or integration within electric appliances or other electric equipment of multi part construction for 50 Hz or 60 Hz supply which depend on the weight of the appliance to ensure correct engagement.

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This Amandment adds appliance couplers of rated current 6 A, gives  dimensions of connectors and appliance inlets 6 A 250 V for  cold conditions for class II equipment IPX4 (Standard Sheets  C and D). Specifies corresponding cords. Changes test  conditions respectively.

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Applicable to two-pole interconnection couplers for a.c. only, with and without earthing contact, with a rated voltage not exceeding 250 V and a rated current not exceeding 10 A. Applicable also to interconnection cord sets incorporating plug connectors of such interconnection couplers.

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Applies to two-pole non-reversible appliance couplers for cold conditions for a.c. only, with a degree of protection against ingress of water higher than IPX0, with a rated voltage not exceeding 250 V and rated current not exceeding 10 A for a 50 Hz or 60 Hz supply. They are intended for the connection of the supply cord to portable electrical appliances of class II for household, commercial and light industrial use. The clauses of this standard supplement or modify the corresponding clauses in EN 60320-1.

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Specifies requirements for cord sets for household and similar general purpose equipment.

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This part of lEC 60320 sets the general requirements for appliance couplers for two poles and two poles with earth contact and for the connection of electrical devices for household and similar onto the mains supply. This part of lEC 60320 is also valid for appliance inlets/appliance outlets integrated or incorporated in appliances. The rated voltage does not exceed 250 V (a.c.) and the rated current does not exceed 16 A. Appliance couplers complying with this part of lEC 60320 are suitable for normal 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. Annex E provides test requirements for derating the operating current of an accessory when used in ambient temperatures above +35 °C up to +90 °C. Appliance couplers are not suitable for - use in place of plug and socket-outlet systems according to IEC 60884-1. - use in place of devices for connecting luminaires (DCLs) according to IEC 61995 or 306 luminaire supporting couplers (LSCs). 307 NOTE Requirements for d.c. are under consideration.

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Amandma A1:2008 je dodatek k standardu SIST EN 60320-1:2003
Applicable to two-pole application couplers for a.c. only, with or without earhting contact, with a rated voltage not exceeding 250 V and a rated current not exceeding 16 A, for household and similar general purposes and intended for the connection of a supply cord to electrical applicances or other electrical equiment for 50 Hz or 60 Hz supply.

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Applicable to two-pole appliance couplers for a.c. only, with and without earthing contact, with a rated voltage not exceeding 250 V and a rated current not exceeding 16 A.

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Applicable to two-pole appliance couplers for a.c. only, with and without earthing contact, with a rated voltage not exceeding 250 V and a rated current not exceeding 16 A.

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Superseded by EN 60799:1998

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Superseded by EN 60320-1:1996

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This clause of IEC 60321-l is replaced as follows: This standard is applicable to: - two-pole interconnection couplers for a.c. only, with and without earthing contact, with a rated voltage not exceeding 250 V and a rated current not exceeding 10 A, for household and similar appliances and equipment and intended for the interconnection of the electrical supply to electrical appliances or equipment for 50 Hz or 60 Hz supply . - interconnection cord sets incorporating plug connectors of such interconnection couplers. Appliance outlets integratea in or incorporatea in appliances or other equipment are within the scope of this standard. The dimensional and general requirements of this stanaard apply to such outlets, but certain tests may not be relevant. The requirements for plug connectors are based on the assumption that the temperature of the socket contacts of the corresponding appliance outlets does not exceed 65 C (cold conditions) . Interconnection couplers complying with this standard are suitable for use at ambient temperatures not normally exceeding 25 C, but occasionally reaching 35 C. Interconnection couplers complying with the standard sheets in this standard are intended for the interconnection of appliances or equipment having no special protection against moisture; for the interconnection of other appliances or equipment and of an appliance or equipment which is subject to spillage of liquid in normal use, additional requirements are necessary. Special constructions may be required: - in locations where special conditions prevail as, for example, in ships, vehicles and the like; - in hazardous locations, for example, where explosions are liable to occur.

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This standard specifies requirements for cord sets for household and similar general purpose equipment. It does not apply to cord sets for industrial purposes (with plugs and connectors according to HD 196:Plugs, socket-outlets and couplers for industrial purposes), nor to cord extension sets. Information as to original IEC text Explanation deleted. It reads: Although electrical supply flexes provided with rewirable plugs and connectors are not "cord sets" in the sense of this standard, but considered as being similar to "cord sets" and serving the same purpose, it is recommended to apply the requirements as specified in this standard to such assemblies as well as far as is reasonable.

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This clause of EN 60 320 Part 1 is replaced as follows: This standard is applicable to special purpose appliance couplers for household sewing machines. These sewing machine couplers are for a.c. only and have a rated voltage not exceeding 250 V and a rated current not exceeding 2.5 A. The sewing machine couplers may include two or more contacts depending on the control components or circuitry required to operate the sewing machine and may be with or without earthing contact.

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