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Here in the UK, we use very bulky three-pin earthed electric plugs for our 240V AC system. In normal domestic use, these plugs are satisfyingly chunky and solid, but if you need to go on the road, not only do they take up a much larger […]

Here in the UK, we use very bulky three-pin earthed electric plugs for our 240V AC system. In normal domestic use, these plugs are satisfyingly chunky and solid, but if you need to go on the road, not only do they take up a much larger amount of space in your bag than European or U.S. plugs (particularly if you have more than one), if not well packed they can end up damaging your precious gadgets.

So when I saw this video of a concept design for an innovative folding three-pin plug, I was astounded. Not only does the clever folding design save space in your bag and keep the pins from damaging your electronics, the folded plug can then be used to save space in multi-outlet wall adapters. I really hope that it can pass the various safety checks and makes it into production — I would happily pay a premium for it.

(via Unclutterer)

Have you seen a genius bit of product design like this lately? Let us know!

  1. I’ve got one of these, not perfect (sometimes -though rarely- it needs a little wiggling in the socket for it to get power) but all in all its great for travelling: http://www.slimplug.com/

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    1. That’s quite slim, Jeremy, but it’s not as compact as the plug that’s demonstrated in the video — that’s what I want :)

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  2. [...] places, the UK plug is bulky and doesn’t lend itself well to mobility. Our buddy Simon at WebWorkerDaily found a concept UK plug that folds for easy transport. The ability to fold it also opens the possibility for compact power [...]

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  3. One big difference though, mine is available to buy (and by the looks of it took at least two years of testing to pass all the relevant safety approvals). The other one is at present vapourware. If it comes to market, I’ll probably buy one – the concept looks stunning. But I won’t be holding my breath.

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  4. [...] with thick AC/DC adapters, our friends in the U.K. have to deal with thick plugs. Simon Mackie from Web Worker Daily spotted a concept design for a very cool folding plug that could make Brits a little more mobile if [...]

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  5. Fantastic idea….
    Is this available in the market?
    How much?

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