Reversed polarity

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  1. Fermenter

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    We are going on our first trip across the channel this summer and would like to hear people's views on the above. Specifically if people bother to re-wire a 2 pin hook up link or is it ok not to bother. Thanks.:thumb:
     
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    You have a Chausson like me.
    Its French and reversed polarity is not a problem.
     
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    Hi, we are also on our first trip to France this summer,like you I wondered if a reverse polarity connection was needed.
    I took the plunge a made up a connector for a couple of reasons;
    1) because I didn't want to end up needing one and not having one.:cry:
    2) because I could.:Rofl1:

    Dead easy to make and gives you peace of mind.
    It's just knowing my luck I will only need one if I've not got one. :Wink:
     
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    My OH made a polairty converter years ago and we have had to use it many times :Smile:
     
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    Some folk on here say that reverse polarity is not a problem which I believe to be true so long as nothing goes wrong with any electrical items you may be using.

    So ... I don't want to take any chances and carry all the necessary connectors to be able to correct reverse polarity.

    I'm sure someone with more knowledge on the subject than me will explain the pro's & con's.

    Brian
     
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    It only becomes a problem if you have to strip down a mains appliance when its still connected to a live supply.
     
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    Two basic points about connecting to EHU in France.
    1.You will encounter reversed polarity. A tester is cheap and we leave one plugged in all the time,if it shows that polarity is reversed I have a lead about 12" long that I made up to correct this.

    2.You will encounter a connection other than the usual Euro hook-up socket. This will usually be a 2 pin French connection,so I carry a short lead to adapt to this.

    Mike.
     
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    When you've sorted the hook-up out don't forget your anti gas attack devices.
     
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    its a 2 pin plug, If it is reversed polarity, just turn the plug round 180 deg and refit, it will then be correct polarity.
     
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    never had any problem in France same blue socket as here
    mind you i did wild camp a lot :BigGrin::Smile:
     
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    an example of why rev polarity is and isnt be dangerous

    normal polarity

    1) remove a lit 'bulb' from its holder and stick a finger in the holder...you will get a shock

    2) now turn off the light and stick a finger in...you wont get a shock.

    now reversed polarity....

    repeat item #1......you will get a shock

    repeat item #2....you will still get a shock.

    the reason.......when performing #2 you are turning off the live supply to the bulb holder so cant get a shock

    performing #2 with reversed polarity means you are turning off the neutral supply wire...which means the live supply is indeed still live.

    electrical items will still work as intended...lights will still light, motors will still turn the same way and a kettle will still boil.

    there is no such thing as reversed polarity....only incorrect wiring by our safety standards.

    please dont try this at home...its only an example :Doh:


     
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    Me tooooo
     
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    Can't do that with a French two pin plug as the socket has an earth pin that locates in a hole in the plug. Spain and many other European countries use earth contact strips on the outside of the plug and these can be reversed, a Schuko plug that has both systems will work throughout Europe and is fitted to adaptors bought in the UK.

    Be careful when using plug in testers as some (mine) does not show the lack of an earth when showing reversed polarity, so when testing always correct the polarity in order to test for an earth. Lack of an earth connection is also a common problem and IS dangerous.
     
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    Thanks to everyone for the replies. It seems that some people think it is best to make up an adaptor in case required. However others have never had a problem. I am still none the wiser but will err on the side of caution just in case.
     
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    Very misleading advice.

    The German Shuko plug has two pins (L and N) and side stripes for the earth connection. This plus IS REVERSBLE.

    The French domestic type plu has two pins (L and N) and a hole (earth) to accept the pin on the socket. This plug IS NOT REVERSIBLE.

    I carry a short lead with the European blue plug and socket just like a mini ehu lead. This has the live and neutral wires swapped over at one end. This can be placed bewteen the long ehu lead and the motorhome thus correcting reversed polarity no matter what plug on the ehu bollard.
     
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    Thanks Oldun, this is what I had decided to do.
     
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    we know when polarity is reversed as the leds in the switches glow dimly even when switched off
     
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    Sorry but it if it has a hole for the earth then my 2 pin continental lead, will not have a earth as this is on the outside as in spain. never seen this set up when travelling in France.
     
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    Brian I'm not sure if you're messing about or are serious. Gas attack devices? Europe is out of range to any North Korean ballistic missiles and surely they'll be nuclear warheads not mustard gas?

    I would have thought they'd be better off knowing how to defend against Somali pirates?
     
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