EHU France (2 Viewers)

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Hi all after a bit of advice regards EHU. We are heading to France (first time in van) and wondered if the vast majority of sites/aires use the same blue connection as in the UK?
I had a look on here at old post and as far back as 2016 seems that UK type of connection is most common.
 
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I daftly always assumed that it was blue connections everywhere but a couple of years ago my first time in France proved me wrong on the first night!!! After gawping at the strange plug for a couple of minutes I noticed someone had left a 2 pin adapter on the pitch next to me….problem solved🙄
 
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I’d say, 90% on the standard blue plug and an odd one on schuko, even still a few on 2 pin Euro.
 
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Just been in France for 3 weeks , most sites are using the blue connection, but some are still on 2 pin euro plug...so be prepared
If it isn't a blue IEC socket it will be a standard french socket which is compatable with the standard euro plug, unfortunatly you cannot plug a standard french plug into a euro socket.
I noticed last year that spain mainly seem to use euro sockets.
 
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The short answer is, most sockets are the round blue type, but some of them are the domestic type of socket. You need an adapter like this:

ContinentalAdapter.jpg

The long answer is, there are two types of domestic socket, the French and the German/Spanish
SocketFr.jpgSocketGerman.jpgThe French one has a reversed earth pin sticking out, the German/Spanish one has two earthing contacts top and bottom.
There are three types of domestic plug, French, German/Spanish and Compatible.
PlugFr.jpgPlugGerman.jpgPlug-type-EF.jpg
The French plug won't fit in a German/Spanish socket, and vice versa. The Compatible plug fits both. The vast majority of plugs on appliances are the compatible type, with the hole for the reversed pin, and the metal contact top and bottom for the two earthing contacts. If you buy an adapter like the first picture, make sure it is the compatible type.
 
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Hi all after a bit of advice regards EHU. We are heading to France (first time in van) and wondered if the vast majority of sites/aires use the same blue connection as in the UK?
I had a look on here at old post and as far back as 2016 seems that UK type of connection is most common.
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The short answer is, most sockets are the round blue type, but some of them are the domestic type of socket. You need an adapter like this:

View attachment 731370

The long answer is, there are two types of domestic socket, the French and the German/Spanish
View attachment 731377View attachment 731376The French one has a reversed earth pin sticking out, the German/Spanish one has two earthing contacts top and bottom.
There are three types of domestic plug, French, German/Spanish and Compatible.
View attachment 731375View attachment 731374View attachment 731378
The French plug won't fit in a German/Spanish socket, and vice versa. The Compatible plug fits both. The vast majority of plugs on appliances are the compatible type, with the hole for the reversed pin, and the metal contact top and bottom for the two earthing contacts. If you buy an adapter like the first picture, make sure it is the compatible type.
Thanks for that, I'd been aware of the different types of continental plugs, but it's very useful to have it explained 👍
 
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