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Most of my electronic appliances are 5 A based, this includes my Desktop PC, external hard-drives, Laptop and TV but the socket I have are 10A/20 A one. Could there be a problem connecting the 5 A plugs into these 10 A/20 A socket ? I live in India where power supply is rated at 230 V Ac/50 Hz.

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The socket is a 5 pin 10A/20A Anchor (a brand) socket.

  • In "5A" and "10A/20A", does the "A" mean "amps"? In other words, are you plugging a device with a cord meant to handle 5 amps into a plug meant to handle 10 or 20 amps? – Daniel Griscom May 30 '16 at 0:13
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There shouldn't be, as a rule of thumb you'd normally want them to match, but you aren't likely to run into too many problems.

The only real big problem I can see is that if one of your 5amp devices were to short out completely, the 15/20amp breaker/fuse may not trip so your device would just sit there frying the poor 5amp socket which could cause a fire.

So, assuming you put in a lower rated fuse on the wire as well (or buy a socket with a fuse built in) it shouldn't be an issue, but I'd definitely refer to your local building codes for advice.

Hopefully someone more versed in practical electronics can help you, I've always been more of a low-power guy myself.

EDIT** Adding a few sources as I find more. First is this manual from OSHA in America, read pages 13-15 for the relevant information.

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