Why Do Electric Plugs Have Holes? Answered

6 feb 2021
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Why do electric plugs have holes? You have seen them for years but what do they do? Stop believing the myths & learn what they do for yourself. After receiving multiple comments asking me to answer this question I hope you enjoy this video.
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  • Thank you for watching please *LIKE & SUBSCRIBE* 👍 If you need more outlets with built in USB Ports: amzn.to/3oX0rdK shown in the video

    Silver CymbalSilver Cymbal19 dagar sedan
    • @Richard Wolfe koi koi

      Gary GrieveGary Grieve5 dagar sedan
    • Its there to have a Tighter fit in the plug... if it wasnt there it would just slide out with ease!!! Thats why the holes are there.. Sounds Dumb, punching a hole through it bends the metal so it locks in the plug.

      JessieJessie10 dagar sedan
    • @Víðarr Kerr - From what I understood from the video, the holes themselves were a derivation of the small indentations from the original design by Hubbell. Other companies worked around Hubbell's design with the holes so they wouldn't have to pay Hubbell for his work. Both the small indents and the holes were there to secure the plug into the outlet so it wouldn't pull out easily. Modern day outlets, however, don't have any internal design that utilizes the holes in plugs to secure them in place. The holes are in fact obsolete or serve no purpose but we continue to use them because that's what people are conditioned to see. The prongs of plugs could be completely solid (no holes) and they would work just fine.

      L.PasteurL.Pasteur11 dagar sedan
    • So, what were they for???????

      Víðarr KerrVíðarr Kerr11 dagar sedan
    • You meant "indentation". There's no such thing as an "indention".

      DanielDaniel12 dagar sedan
  • I'm gonna fill those holes and see what hap

    Turkey BowlwinkleTurkey Bowlwinkle6 timmar sedan
  • Tldr; the same reason we still do circumcision

    ProfessorElbProfessorElb10 timmar sedan
  • That hitachi wand...

    DarkSerge34DarkSerge3412 timmar sedan
  • Okay then , he still didn’t answer the question why are they there

    John LawrenceJohn Lawrence15 timmar sedan
  • Stupid!

    Vincent van goVincent van go16 timmar sedan
  • I wish outlets would have a click into place and you'd have to press an eject button to remove them, that would save many people from accidentally unplugging it, and it would put the stress on the pegs going through the connector, not the friction-fit connectors, and they'll be less likely to loosen over time.

    JoeJoe22 timmar sedan
  • Do Nothing Holes ✅ Got It

    Michael CarmeanMichael CarmeanDag sedan
  • 45,000 Likes... for a couple of holes. Lol, nice.

    Lg G2Lg G2Dag sedan
  • So you can make one more for every 5 holes you didn't fill up. And 6 is greater than 5.

    qwertiedotaqwertiedotaDag sedan
  • The Algorithm Brought me here....

    That GuyThat GuyDag sedan
  • I’ve got a high quality modern extension cord with a button to lock and unlock plugs by use of those holes, but crappy plugs get stuck in there because they are putting those holes on without any intended purpose.

    SamuestosSamuestosDag sedan
  • Whats the device at 2.04?

    citationaucitationauDag sedan
  • The holes let the electricity get in.

    Jim ConwayJim Conway2 dagar sedan
  • Long ago (around 2007 or something back when SEworld video responses were still a thing), I saw a fake tutorial saying that you could power a TV off a AA or AAA battery. The method was to use RCA jacks in the power plug holes and the other ends using a battery. Something like that. Of course, people tried this and it didn't work, including someone using a video response.

    DoctorDothrakiDoctorDothraki2 dagar sedan
  • Where I work, we have this old extension cord which has a lever you can flip which locks the plug into the cord so it can't fall out. I'm sure it utilizes those holes for that purpose. I wish this feature were present on more extension cords!

    Krankie VKrankie V2 dagar sedan
  • I never wondered that un til I saw this video lol

    WFY MurdaWFY Murda3 dagar sedan
  • Why do 🔌 have holes? The same reason that humans have holes on their behind.

    Eric NataEric Nata3 dagar sedan
  • Well that was stupid... additional process in manufacturing without any good reason

    h4u5erh4u5er3 dagar sedan
  • I use extension cord that can be locked with plugged-in electrical accessories, the lock`s mechanism use this holes for safety and will avoid unwanted unplug! You can type in google search : "Plug locker Heavy-Duty Extension Cord".

    D VKD VK3 dagar sedan
  • It reduces sparks on contact from being seen as much..

    The BeastThe Beast3 dagar sedan
  • I was looking at some extension plugs. On one older one, the holes are on the inside only of each leg and on another, the opposite, holes on the outside only. Both have legs that are folded over and the hole is on one side only. The 3rd has solid legs without any holes.

    HopheadHophead3 dagar sedan
  • I dont think they drill a hole they already have it in the mold

    Kushana BowalaKushana Bowala3 dagar sedan
  • Personally, I would prefer if they reinstalled to latching mechanism in the outlets... my chargers unplug WAY too easily and often... LoL

    Michael EllsworthMichael Ellsworth3 dagar sedan
  • Honestly I liked the first answer about needing a standardized plug, so I’ll go with that one 😂

    Art by AtlasArt by Atlas3 dagar sedan
  • First of all, no such word as "indention." You were probably thinking of "indentation." Secondly, the holes were used in the early days to help remove any corrosion on the socket contacts as the plug would be inserted and removed.

    Richard IredaleRichard Iredale3 dagar sedan
    • The original patent documents clearly describe the holes as the retention mechanism the corrosion ability is a myth with no documentation supporting this.

      Silver CymbalSilver Cymbal3 dagar sedan
  • It's interesting that the holes were originally used to keep the plug from falling out. The real question then is when and why did the manufacturers stop making sockets to take advantage of that design feature?

    rlitz99rlitz993 dagar sedan
    • That's the question I spent hours on. I believe it ended around the 50s, I could not find any example outlets after that with the prongs in use and because so many companies made outlet it varied per brand so one brand may have kept it going longer. The standard itself never actually changed and since they weren't required they likely just stopped using them.

      Silver CymbalSilver Cymbal3 dagar sedan
  • I kinda remember when I was a kid in the late 60’s and 70’s having trouble pulling plugs out of the sockets. Maybe those holes were doing their job.

    jonnyboat2jonnyboat23 dagar sedan

    David SharpeDavid Sharpe3 dagar sedan
    • The UK plugs were so far ahead of their time when they were created. They are excellent.

      Silver CymbalSilver Cymbal3 dagar sedan
  • 0:19 I didn't know the Italians made a mjolnir

    Random SpectatorRandom Spectator3 dagar sedan
  • typical USA design stupidity. You wanna see REAL STUPID ? look at product packaging in USA products. Food products packaging to be exact. Ever tried to open a food product package? Go ahead and try.

    zurdozurdo3 dagar sedan
  • Wow, that's a modern socket / wall receptacle? Ugh...

    rj hinderj hinde4 dagar sedan
  • I never knew it !

    R WrightR Wright4 dagar sedan
  • The American plug is shit anyway. The European plug and socket are the best and safest. ------------ Change my mind.

    ZeroZero4 dagar sedan
  • U got the reason in 0:50 when u showed the plug u over pushed it and u just got blind or idk there is a little bend fot it ... thats the 1st reason :)

    Gamer KING!!!Gamer KING!!!4 dagar sedan
    • Look carefully the holes are chamfered and offer no resistance to the prongs. The original plug patent included actual points that settled into the holes. Those have not existed since at least the 60s

      Silver CymbalSilver Cymbal4 dagar sedan
  • Nope, I never wondered why electric plugs have holes.

    MrChowhuaMrChowhua4 dagar sedan
  • I return appliances that don't have holes

    rock star2345rock star23454 dagar sedan
  • And it's still a terrible and dangerous design.

    Kevin WotipkaKevin Wotipka4 dagar sedan
  • Actually, there are some extension cords that use a locking female end. I've seen it several times as a commercial electrician. Certain drop course utilize those holes and when you plug it into a locking extension cord it does not allow the end to be pulled out accidentally. You have to pull back a release collar to be able to unplug your device.

    Braeburn Hilliard's ChannelBraeburn Hilliard's Channel4 dagar sedan
  • lock out tag out loto.,. hahahaha

    Teodoro JulaoTeodoro Julao4 dagar sedan
  • As a European, I don't care that much

    Some GuySome Guy5 dagar sedan
  • On some level i knew this, but didn't want to admit it.

    TheRulerofEarthTheRulerofEarth5 dagar sedan
  • It really is obvious when they're missing. Not sure why, but it's unsettling seeing no holes.

    Rick JamesRick James5 dagar sedan
  • If theres a hole theres a way

    Medic_Gaming 45Medic_Gaming 455 dagar sedan
  • 😵

    zz1956 zz1959zz1956 zz19595 dagar sedan
  • With those holes you save so much steel in big production line

    sevin furlysevin furly5 dagar sedan
  • Open up a Hospital Grade outlet. It does incorporate the holes for retention purposes

    onecrazywheelonecrazywheel5 dagar sedan
    • I have opened several and none of them utilize the holes. Hospital outlets are under UL 498 and if you review this document, this is not required there either.

      Silver CymbalSilver Cymbal5 dagar sedan
  • Most plugs have holes in both prongs, but the plug on my electric golf cart only has a hole in one.

    Damon ThomasDamon Thomas5 dagar sedan
  • Europeans: *what?*

    LetrixoLetrixo5 dagar sedan
  • So wtf are the holes for, dick? You can’t make a video like that and just leave us hanging.

    LamtitudeLamtitude5 dagar sedan
  • “Indentions”? Is that like an intention to make a hole? Or did you mean indentations?

    Peter EppPeter Epp5 dagar sedan
  • Probably won't see this but great vid bro I dont know have I have never seen u before

    josh icejosh ice5 dagar sedan
  • Yeah probably because of design to help electricity to get in

    matyrdoomツmatyrdoomツ5 dagar sedan
  • After all that you didn’t tell us the reason

    joffautejoffaute5 dagar sedan
    • The holes replaced the indentations that Hubell had originally used in early outlets to hold the plug in position 1:00 - what they became later is explained further in the video. Hope this is helpful.

      Silver CymbalSilver Cymbal5 dagar sedan
  • Some extension cords have a locking mechanism in them to go into those holes so when you move the cord stays plugged

    Pouring KahunaPouring Kahuna5 dagar sedan
  • some do not have them made now

    rigomortisfxstudiosrigomortisfxstudios5 dagar sedan
  • 2:03 nobody actually going to talk about that lol

    FireTechFireTech5 dagar sedan
  • Convient tho if You wanted to twist wires to them or connect terminals (not advised but could be done)

    henrysmoothhenrysmooth6 dagar sedan
  • Laugh in asia

    Ararya ArkanantaArarya Arkananta6 dagar sedan
  • Am I the only one to catch the humor at 2:03

    Morey MonroeMorey Monroe6 dagar sedan
  • I wonder how many countries don't have those holes? We don't in Australia.

    nick fatsisnick fatsis6 dagar sedan
  • “Fast-forward to day?” “Indentions?” Are you not a native English speaker?

    Ho RenomoHo Renomo6 dagar sedan
    • Correct, I am from New Jersey

      Silver CymbalSilver Cymbal6 dagar sedan
  • Less material saves money when 400 million units are made with a penny of metal saved each is still 4 million dollars...

    James BelcherJames Belcher6 dagar sedan
  • I just feel bad for the person who wants to use the vibrator but can't because this guy locked it...

    Mark WainwrightMark Wainwright6 dagar sedan
  • Thoughts in the shower be like:

    Adeyemo FrancisAdeyemo Francis6 dagar sedan
  • “Because that’s the way we’ve always done it.”

    Jeffro451 !Jeffro451 !6 dagar sedan
  • I would guess that the holes are most often there because while modern outlets don't really require them, a lot of older outlets (which you WILL still find in a lot of houses) still need them.

    formertechformertech6 dagar sedan
  • "We've always done it that way." Reason enough.

    KameraShyKameraShy6 dagar sedan
  • They are used to dissipate heat.

    VGofRIVGofRI6 dagar sedan
  • The holes are useful if you are connecting a cord to a "wall wart" transformer inside a chassis. You can run the wires through the hole and solder them in place.

    Daniel BingamonDaniel Bingamon6 dagar sedan
  • Holly cow! I thought I was going to get the hole truth here! So Silver Cymbal got you all to plug in turn on and drop out? With nearly 4,000,000 diode heads tuning in, he's going to make enough money to produce another crappy video!

    earthstewardudeearthstewardude6 dagar sedan
    • Listen, you now know more than 99.9% of the US population. Gain friends, get dates, ace your next interview all with what you now know. If you still need more: The holes replaced the indentations that Hubell had originally used in early outlets to hold the plug in position 1:00 - what they became later is explained further in the video.

      Silver CymbalSilver Cymbal6 dagar sedan
  • The UK one doesn't

    Citaro SRCitaro SR6 dagar sedan
  • I always thought those holes were a manufacturing thing. My company molds connectors and we have some electrical contacts with holes like these. They are inserted into the mold tooling and a pin is dropped into the mold and through the holes. This secures the pins in place and keeps them from sliding back during the molding process since there is a lot of pressure inside the mold cavity that wants to blow the cable out, resulting in short contacts. But these particular plugs are often molded in low-pressure machines, so sliding contacts isn't really that big of an issue. I still wouldn't be surprised if some manufacturers use the pin method since it's a quick and easy way to eliminate a mode of failure which reduces scrap.

    SemperSmashSemperSmash6 dagar sedan
  • I use them to hook wires and give power...sometimes, do not try at home :)

    S u r f e x pS u r f e x p6 dagar sedan
  • 2:03 “someone using a device they’re not supposed to” :|

    NeedForWeedNeedForWeed6 dagar sedan
  • Because older homes still exist. I owned a home that was 100 years old. Super old wall sockets.

    W BayneW Bayne6 dagar sedan
  • Or it is designed to still accommodate older homes?

    W BayneW Bayne6 dagar sedan
  • 100 holes will make another plug

    MOLDY SOXMOLDY SOX6 dagar sedan
  • Find some old outlets from the early 1900s and take those apart and see if they have an intent to grab the hole.

    Ben SBen S6 dagar sedan
  • 2:19 everyone seems to forget about WW1, why is that?

    Definitely not LunaDefinitely not Luna6 dagar sedan
  • When you have a hammer, everything looks like a nail; when you have a hole, people want to insert

    bob bobbob bob6 dagar sedan
  • 2:03 VIBRATOR

    White ScytheWhite Scythe6 dagar sedan
  • No info provided. The holes are to reduce drag during insertion.

    Curtis CookCurtis Cook6 dagar sedan
    • The holes replaced the indentations that Hubell had originally used in early outlets to hold the plug in position 1:00 - what they became later is explained further in the video. Hope this is helpful.

      Silver CymbalSilver Cymbal6 dagar sedan
  • 2:02 how cruel! She's going to be angry!

    The Moto fixeryThe Moto fixery6 dagar sedan
  • It must have been a poorly interpreted engineering proposal, right? Like it was supposed to indicate a bump from the inside to the outside to create a standardized kind of friction (instead of the offset lines along the length of the prong), and manufacturers just punched holes instead. Right? Or... What I wonder is if the design difference has a substantial effect on grip within the socket. I could have sworn I remember there being certain outlets from 30+ years ago that would lock or grip so tightly you'd risk yanking out the socket. Maybe the hole on the plug was supposed to match up with a bump on the outlet (which may or may not have been standardized in all aspects), which got phased out over time or never got adopted in the first place because...whatever...or people got sick of accidentally yanking out sockets and the fire risk wasn't worth it.

    Elliot BoyceElliot Boyce6 dagar sedan
  • "The answer may shock you" yea duh it's because it's electrical.

    emir peynirciemir peynirci6 dagar sedan
  • Around here all the plugs use a cilinder shape like the one i assume its the GND in the american plugs.

    captain0080captain00806 dagar sedan
  • Let's make a video that has a question, no answer, but we'll get views. Idiotic.

    Neo lantisNeo lantis6 dagar sedan
  • As someone from europe: they have holes?

    TheCivildecayTheCivildecay6 dagar sedan
  • Can you answer why one side is wider than the other?

    Ian BlankIan Blank6 dagar sedan
  • When you overthink things

    Jrg VsqzJrg Vsqz6 dagar sedan
  • Yoy guys have holes in plugs??😮😲

    Mohit KumarMohit Kumar6 dagar sedan
  • 2:03 A dildo?!?

    Francisco RodriguezFrancisco Rodriguez6 dagar sedan
  • So basically theres no reason well ok

    Nexus DefultzNexus Defultz6 dagar sedan
  • If the answer is "easy," why did you waste 3minutes of nearly 4million people's lives? Thumbs down, jackass.

    Chris BrowningChris Browning6 dagar sedan
  • there is science behind them but #1 reason for simple easy testing with leads or wire hook #2 if you do winds or loops you can impact EMF loops can reduce winds increase #3 different metals may chemically react but these loops with a load helps to reduce corrosion.

    kevin almeidakevin almeida6 dagar sedan
  • btw the holes are used to lock into sockets/extension cords in some rather rare cases.

    mkmk7 dagar sedan
  • Europe: "nope"

    P3MSP3MS7 dagar sedan
  • The reason those holes are there is simple. They allow air to 'smooth in' the male plug into the socket. Less effort in pushing and pulling the plug. The guy that made this video is a simpleton.

    Latitty JamesLatitty James7 dagar sedan
  • They have holes cause they made so many back in the day, they are still using them connectors for plugs...

    Shao LungShao Lung7 dagar sedan