Originally Posted by Maanaam
Originally Posted by Slick
Its not the safest but it will work and its probably more safe plugging it in in the UK than plugging the same appliance in in thailand.
Dangerous advice. It's got nothing to do with which country's grid and house wiring it's plugged in to and everything to do with the quality of the appliance.
The earth is for safety if the internal wiring in the appliance shorts with the outer casing.
Nah not really. UK house wiring is coded & regulated and should have safety protections built in for leakage. Thailand is supposed to, but doesn't. Very many homes don't have anything but breakers and zero leakage protection. It's likely it will be safer to use this appliance in the UK because of the regulation & coding.
Not all appliances are required to have a 3 pin plug. The fact that this one does not have one indicates it doesn't need one. These appliances are built for sale in several regions and listing regulations.
Your logic is assuming that every appliance NEEDS to be bonded to earth to be safe and that's incorrect.
Usually these appliances have something like a CE Listing tag on them for refrence as well if someone was so inclined to look it up.
My point is, the fact that it doesn't have a 3rd pin usually indicates it doesn't need one.
If an existing 3rd pin was cut off so it could fit into a 2 pin plug then that's another story but it's no different than if a 3 pin appliance was used with an adapter to fit into a 2 pin socket, same, and people do it all the time, everywhere.
I would have zero issue using a 2 pin appliance in another country assuming the voltage & frequency is correct.