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    Default Anyone fitted Smartplug for their shore power

    I have been reading that the standard Hubble type twist connectors for shore power a common cause of fires. Here is one example https://marinehowto.com/shore-power-...tplug-vs-1938/

    The Smartplug is sold as the "best" and newest upgrade https://smartplug.com/why-smartplug/

    SM-female-retrofit-connectors-1.jpg

    The smartplug is not cheap. Have users upgraded to Smartplug? If they have was it an easy job as the company asserts?

    Thanks

    TudorSailor
    Last edited by tudorsailor; 24-03-19 at 11:13.

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    Default Re: Anyone fitted Smartplug for their shore power

    I cant see the point when we have a tried, tested and cheap solution in the 16/32amp ceeform connector.

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    Default Re: Anyone fitted Smartplug for their shore power

    Quote Originally Posted by Loddon View Post
    I cant see the point when we have a tried, tested and cheap solution in the 16/32amp ceeform connector.
    Do you have a Ceeform socket on your boat rather than the twisty Hubble that I have?

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    Default Re: Anyone fitted Smartplug for their shore power

    Quote Originally Posted by tudorsailor View Post
    Not particularly impressed with the physics behind that rant. Especially the contact area bit./ The author barks on about contact are being "only" 1.3mm wide but says nothing about the length, from the images I guess contact area is at least 8mm^2 with plenty of metal around that for any heat dissipation. The author rants on about corrosion, but nothing about how scraping contacts (as per the design) overcomes this. The author bemoans the fact that on one installation there was no locking mechanism, well... dont buy that version eh?

    Having said that, that style is not one I would choose. IEC 309 (blue 16A) would be my choice.
    Just call me Dougal, Sir Dougal to you.

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    Default Re: Anyone fitted Smartplug for their shore power

    +1 for the blue 16 amp "commando" plugs and sockets.
    Very robust, come in a variety of options re straight angled etc.and not at all expensive. Lots of conductor material so no high resistance hot spots.
    Fed up having to fix dodgy yellow hubble twisters, especially on charter boats.

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    Default Re: Anyone fitted Smartplug for their shore power

    Quote Originally Posted by tudorsailor View Post
    Do you have a Ceeform socket on your boat rather than the twisty Hubble that I have?

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    Yes, I thought that they were the norm and Hubble the oddball. Aren't Hubble American?
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    Default Re: Anyone fitted Smartplug for their shore power

    Quote Originally Posted by tudorsailor View Post
    Do you have a Ceeform socket on your boat rather than the twisty Hubble that I have?
    Yes, and likewise all the boats Iíve ever chartered or other peopeís boats Iíve sailed on. I donít think Iíve ever seen one of those American twisty sockets on a yacht in the UK or Med, though Iím not disputing that a handful will exist.

    Pete

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    Default Re: Anyone fitted Smartplug for their shore power

    Yes indeed I have 16amp blue ceeform on my boat and on the caravan.
    In my working life I remember back to the days before ceeform were widely available and yes we did use Hubbel of all differing types as they were the only connectors available to us.

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    Default Re: Anyone fitted Smartplug for their shore power

    Quote Originally Posted by LadyInBed View Post
    Yes, I thought that they were the norm and Hubble the oddball. Aren't Hubble American?
    Interesting that my British built boat has a Hubble connector! I think I will change to the Ceeform

    Thanks everyone

    TS

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    Default Re: Anyone fitted Smartplug for their shore power

    I changed over to one of these, very happy with it:

    https://www.ratio.nl/en/catalog/mari.../g+c+a+nr+view

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