All our mainsleads for Switzerland are manufactured to the highest quality standards, and carry Swiss approvals; copies of approvals certification is available freely on request.
European and worldwide power supply cords specialists Morvan Trading offer a comprehensive selection of mains cables for Switzerland. With approximately 10,000 Swiss products available from stock on overnight delivery, backed by the best customer service, we make purchasing for the Swiss market easy.
For bespoke specifications and high-volume requirements we can have special production runs manufactured on demand. We can also hold customer stock (special or standard items) on call-off agreements to guarantee price and leadtime for the duration of the order. Contact our friendly sales team with your requirements for more information and prompt pricing on type J plugs, sockets and cables.
Supplying Products to Geneva, Zurich or Bern? Switzerland uses a 3 pin 10 Amp plug as standard, which can be recognised by its elongated hexagonal shape and earth pin offset from live and neutral pins by 5mm. Europlugs are also used for unearthed low current applications, along with a larger 16A version for high draw appliances.
The Swiss type plug is used almost exclusively in the Swiss Confederation and the bordering principality of Liechtenstein; the only other country that uses it is Rwanda.
As one of the world’s most stable economies, with a skilled workforce creating high value items for export, having its own discrete plug has not proved a problem for Switzerland.
Swiss SEV 1011 – Switzerland standard – an overview
The standard to which Swiss plugs must comply is SN SEV 1011; SEV is the Schweizerischer Elektrotechnischer Verein or Swiss Electrotechnical Association, recently renamed to Electrosuisse.
The normal 10A 3 pin plug with round 4mm diameter pins is listed under SEV 1011 typ 12, and a larger 16A version with rectangular 5mm x 4mm pins under SEV 1011 typ 23. As of 2013 all 10A plugs must have partially-insulated live and neutral pins. The 16A version does not currently require pin insulation as all typ 23 sockets are recessed, limiting the risk of inadvertent contact with a partially-inserted plug. From 2017 only recessed sockets are permitted (T13 for 10A and T23 for 16A), as a large number of 10A plugs without insulated pins are still in use.
Type 15 10A and Typ 25 16A three-phase 5 pin plugs and sockets are included the SEV standard, whose sockets also accept single phase plugs: this is unique to Switzerland. Essentially these are the same as the 3 pin plugs, but with two extra rectangular pins. Sockets will accept plugs of equal or lower current rating, and equal or lower number of pins. For more information see document ASE1011/1959 SW10A-R. More information on all standards can be found in SEV 1011 documents 5932, 5933, 5934, 6532, 6533 and 6534.
Whilst visually similar to the Brazilian plug and IEC 60906 plug, these are not interchangeable with the Swiss type as the earth pins are located differently: 3mm offset from live and neutral, as opposed to 5mm for the Swiss.
Approval is carried out under the auspices of ESTI, the Federal Inspectorate for Heavy Current Installations, a department of Electrosuisse. Approved products will be marked SEV or S+; older products may be marked ASE or ASEV for the Association Suisse des Electriciens.
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