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I am curious why there is the grounding on a device with two prong cord? As far as I know there should be 3 prong cord to make the grounding working.enter image description here

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    \$\begingroup\$ The third prong is a female one, is it not? \$\endgroup\$ Jul 25, 2019 at 9:24
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    \$\begingroup\$ And what about the tabs on the side? \$\endgroup\$
    – Jeroen3
    Jul 25, 2019 at 9:26
  • \$\begingroup\$ I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because this is the equivalent of a typo: OP asks about a two-prong connector having only two contacts, when in fact there's way more contacts visible. Thus, there's really no question to be answered. \$\endgroup\$ Jul 25, 2019 at 9:29
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Laurvnas: "So, my questions is regarding my safety." There is no mention of safety in your question. You can edit it to improve the question. \$\endgroup\$
    – Transistor
    Jul 25, 2019 at 9:38
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    \$\begingroup\$ If your sockets don't have the wipers, then the issue is with the sockets not being earthed, not the cable which is earthed. \$\endgroup\$ Jul 25, 2019 at 9:40

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Unless your house has an old style unearthed socket (CEE 7-1), the more modern schuko sockets (CEE 7-3) have two earth tabs - little metal wipers top and bottom that contact the earth connections on the cable. These are found in the majority of EU countries (notable exceptions include the UK and France).

There is also a second style of socket (CEE 7-5) that has a earth pin that engages with the hole in the plug. These are typically found in France.

If your sockets don't have the wipers, or the earth pin, then the issue is with the sockets not being earthed, not the cable which is wired with a hybrid (CEE 7-7) earthed plug compatible with both styles of socket.

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That is a grounded plug. It just fits into two different types of grounded sockets. It will also fit into ungrounded sockets, but in general devices with grounded plugs shall (or at least should) be connected to grounded sockets for safety and correct operation of equipment.

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