Question by  yvalentine05 (17)

Can you explain what a polarized plug is?


Answer by  JohnHolmes (2660)

A polarized plug is a plug that has different sized prongs which allow them to work only in one direction. They utilize this to keep the current flowing in only one direction, the same as a battery manufactures do with the positive and negative sides of the battery.


Answer by  FrankFooter (96)

A polarized plug is an electrical plug that can only plug into the wall outlet when inserted at the proper orientation. That is, it cannot be plugged in "upside-down." This is due to the fact that one of the prongs is slightly wider than the other; therefore, it will only fit in the proper side of the outlet.


Answer by  swamisarge (283)

As its' name suggests, a polarized plug can be inserted only one way. This is usually done to keep all ground, neutral and hot connections consistant throughout. It's also used to assure ground is the first made connection, in that the ground lug is the longest of the plug. It can also specifically orient connections for safety purposes.


Answer by  kish2554 (33)

A polarized plug is a standard plug, but with one distinction. It is designed in such a way that it cannot be inserted improperly. One of the prongs is slightly larger than the other to prevent improper insertion.


Answer by  Darrell (316)

Polarized plugs are a safety feature to help make a product safer and reduce the risk of electric shocks. Some plugs have a wider prong on one side. This ensures that they can only be plugged in one way allowing manufacturer's to better insulate certain areas of the appliance.


Answer by  ttownbeast (341)

A polarized plug is just a two pronged plug which fits into an AC outlet one way due to the different shapes of its prongs preventing plugging it in wrong.


Answer by  spellcrafted (72)

A polarized plug is a standard 2 prong plug in which one prong is thicker than the other. This means it can only be inserted one way.


Answer by  ahamedirshad123 (72)

A polarized plug connects the most exposed part of an appliance to the ground wire so that we can't experience an electrical shock when we touch it or a ground.


Answer by  kencorley (61)

A polarized plug insures that the Nuetral and 120v conductor is correctly delivered to the equipment power is being supplied to. Also a grounding or bonding issue for some equipment.

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