Here we take a closer look at the first type of adaptor shown above. This example was provided with a soldering appliance bought on eBay. The detachable power cord (illegally) supplied was a US power cable, so instead of supplying the correct cable the eBay vendor included this adaptor. Please note that the US cable is quite clearly marked with a 125V rating, so not only illegal but completely unsuitable for UK mains voltage!
Shutters and a fuse are required by UK law, but not present in this design. Because the adaptor is designed to accept a variety of different flat pin and round pin plugs, the pin apertures are unreasonably large, the exposed contacts can be clearly seen. Note that the line and power pins are too close to the periphery of the adaptor body, less than half of the legal minimum. Also note that the pins are not correctly aligned, and are significantly smaller than permitted, approximately 9% shorter than the minimum allowed, this can be seen in the picture comparing the adaptor pins with a genuine plug. The earth pin is partially insulated, again that is not allowed and can result in there being no connection to earth. The adaptor does not exhibit the required markings to indicate that it has been approved, it appears to bear a back-to-front “CE” mark, but the CE mark is not permitted on a BS 1363 device label because BS 1363 is a National, not European, Standard.