BS 1363-2:2016+A1:2018 specifies requirements for 13 A switched and unswitched shuttered socket?outlets for household, commercial and light industrial purposes, with particular reference to safety in normal use. The socket?outlets are suitable for the connection of appliances, sound?vision equipment, luminaires, etc. in a.c. circuits only, operating at voltages not exceeding 250 V r.m.s. at 50 Hz using plugs in accordance with BS 1363?1:2016. Additional requirements are included for socket-outlets suitable for electric vehicle charging.
Requirements are specified for 13 A shuttered socket?outlets in single or multiple arrangements, with or without associated controlling switches, for flush mounting in suitable boxes, e.g. conforming to BS 4662:2006+A1:2009, or for surface or panel mounting or for portable use. Fixed socket?outlets are intended for use with cables conforming to BS 6004:2012 and cables to the relevant part of BS EN 50525 (see Annex H), having copper conductors. Portable socket?outlets are intended for use with flexible cables conforming to the relevant part of BS EN 50525. Socket?outlets incorporating fuse links, switches and indicator lamps are included within the scope of this part of BS 1363.
Socket?outlets incorporating electronic components as detailed in Annex I are included within the scope of this part of BS 1363.
Socket-outlets conforming to this standard are shuttered and therefore do not require the use of additional means to shield the current?carrying contacts when no plug is present in the socket-outlet.