Pretty simple question, but I couldn't find the answer anywhere. Suppose I have a standard '5-pin'/5 recesses wall-socket and I check it with a voltage tester. How many recesses should show a voltage? My expectation was 3, however in my case only the bottom right recess showed a voltage.

Context: this is in an apartment I just moved to in the Netherlands. I tried connecting my electric stove and 3 out of 4 plates no longer worked. That caused my to grab a voltage tester to check the socket.

  • What kind of voltage tester? How did you measure? And what was the returned result: a measurement value or an indication (beep, light)? – Grebu Jul 16 '17 at 15:46
  • Its a screwdriver with a built-in voltage tester. Stick it in the hole, touch the back, light goes on=power is on. – dimpol Jul 16 '17 at 15:50
  • Get a proper 2 probe tester – ratchet freak Jul 16 '17 at 16:20
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    Can you provide a link to what this connector is? It sounds unique to the Netherlands as I have never come across one before and have no clue to what you are referring. – Majenko Jul 16 '17 at 16:32
  • 5 recesses and mains can only be 3-phase power. In Europe they do bring that to kitchens of distinction. – Harper - Reinstate Monica Jul 16 '17 at 21:21

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