Why the Charger plug all comes in 2-pin?

So you have just bought that new electric toothbrush, but wait, how do you charge it? It has a 2 pin plug on it, rather than 3 pin plug you are used to here in your country. This 2 pin plug, is a shaver plug. It is designed to fit into the shaver socket found in many bathrooms in UK/US/EU.

The 2 pin connector is not Braun/Oral-B being cheap and not offering a 3 pin connector for the UK/Malaysian buyers, it is because they are designed to be charged from a shaver socket found in many bathrooms, which in turn use this 2 pin configuration.

You can charge it from the mains with a 3 pin plug, you just need an adapter which are available in most supermarkets or hardware stores and cost just a couple of Ringgits.

Safety is the reason it comes with a 2 pin shaver plug, rather than a 3 pin.

In the UK or countries using the UK 3-pin plug, the mains electricity that you connect your appliances and gadgets into works on 240 volts.  This is a high voltage and can cause serious injury and death if you were to touch a live electrical line.

Under most circumstances if you include water and electricity the effects of injury are much greater as water reduces the resistance the human body has to the electrical current.

Therefore to protect people, a ‘safer’ less powerful form of electrical socket was introduced into bathrooms, where water is generally present more frequently.

This safer solution was and is the 2 pin socket, similar to the 2 pin SCHUKO connector found in many European countries.

This meant that more traditional power hungry products could now not easily be used within these rooms, only lower power items, therefore reducing the chances of injury.

I don’t have a 2 pin shaver socket in my bathroom, what do I do?
Yes you will need a 2 pin to 3 pin plug adapter also known as a UK 3-pin adapter. So that you can use it with the common wall socket in most Malaysian homes.

Various UK-3-Pin adapters

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