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I have a toothbrush charger that is supposed to have a standard UK bathroom plug, but when I'm trying to plug it into the socket, it is very loose, and I'm not sure if it is charging as there is no indicator on the charger. See the images below. Is it the plug that is non-standard or is it the socket?

Note this is not a standard European plug - I have a EU extension cord so I checked. The span of the pins is too narrow. It is a BS4573 plug.

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    Looks more like a European plug than a UK plug (your plug, not the socket). – Mark Mayo Apr 9 '15 at 7:08
  • Chart: Which does your seem more like? europlugs.com/Wonpro_images/_home_page/… – Mark Mayo Apr 9 '15 at 7:09
  • And do you normally plug it into the "shavers only" plug? – Mark Mayo Apr 9 '15 at 7:13
  • The plug is a standard British shaver plug and the socket looks like a multi-plug receptacle. It could be that someone crammed something in the outlet that was too big and bent the contacts inside so they don't grip. Or maybe they are just getting well used and lost some of their spring. – user13044 Apr 9 '15 at 7:42
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    @Tom, would you like to write this as an answer? – alkamid Apr 9 '15 at 7:43
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The BS4573 plug is a standard British shaver plug and the socket looks like a multi-plug receptacle.

It could be that someone crammed something in the outlet that was too big and bent the contacts inside so they don't grip. Or maybe they are just getting well used and lost some of their spring.

You can try shining a flashlight into the socket to see if the contacts are visible or bent back.

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