In addition to the various plug types explained in the above sections, there are multiple different types of mains plug socket available. Each is best suited to varying applications, and the advantages differ between socket types.
Some of the core mains socket types are explored in greater detail below:
USB Mains Sockets
A USB mains socket can be found as an additional accessory on a standard mains plug socket. The USB port can typically be located on either the top or the side of the socket.
USB mains sockets are becoming increasingly common in the UK. They are seen as a simple way to quickly attach devices such as mobile phones for easy charging. A mains plug with USB socket can enable the user to either power or charge their appliance with the use of a USB cable.
Remote-Control Mains Sockets
A remote-control mains socket allows the user to select the socket that they would like to be active. Remote mains sockets work by plugging the receiver socket into the wall, then plugging the device or appliance into the socket.
For example, a remote might feature five buttons. Each button on the remote corresponds to a particular socket. When the first button on the remote is pressed by the user, the corresponding socket is turned on. In turn, the device or appliance is also turned on.
Remote-control mains sockets are useful, offering the potential for a greater level of automation and better-connected environments. Remote-control mains socket adaptors are also available to simplify the process and ensure a straightforward connection.
Mains Timer Sockets
A mains timer socket allows the user to set a timer for the duration they want the socket to be active. This works on a similar principle to automatic lights which are only switched on during pre-set active hours.
Digital mains timer sockets can also prove useful in commercial and industrial environments. This way, sockets can be set to only activate during specified operational hours, remaining inactive overnight or outside of usual working hours.