This has bothered me for many years, but I'm only now coming around to ask about it.
I don't know if this is unique to Sweden or something, but for whatever reason, when I try to plug things into the standard power strips (see photo), they physically won't go in. If I try another socket on the same strip, it might fit there.
They look visually identical! One will go in and the next won't. For example the standard power connectors for Sega Saturn and PlayStation. Or SNES. Or any console. Or anything. It seems completely random.
I've carefully examined the plugs. They look exactly identical. Nothing special about them that would "block" them. Yet they physically cannot be pushed down, in spite of no plastic parts being in the way, and the metal pins are perfectly aligned to the holes.
Yes, I have tried both sides. Many, many times.
I'm starting to wonder if this is some sort of security mechanism and that the power strip has some sort of mechanical "blocker" when it detects that too many devices are connected or something. But how could that possibly work? There are multiple unused sockets in my power strip right now, and I just cannot connect my PlayStation/Saturn cable into those. I have to unplug an already attached one and use its place instead. Even though they look exactly identical.
I cannot stress this enough: both the plugs and the connectors on the power strip look exactly identical. No special colour coding, or different shape, or extra/lacking pins. Nothing like that whatsoever. They physically won't go into some of the sockets on the power strip.
It would mean a ton for me to finally get this maddening fact of life straightened out. Sometimes I feel like I've gone completely mental and am hallucinating.