This 16A plug has durably 24 carat gold plated pins, that can handle wire-diameters of up to 4 mm² (11 AWG). This is the so-called type F-plug (with the European "Schutzkontakt"-contact). Schuko is an abbreviation for SchutzKontakt, this is German for "rim-earth-contact". In addition, this plug is also usable as a type E-plug (pin-earth, to be used in Belgium and France). All contact materials are antimagnetic. Cables of up to 13 mm (1/2") in diameter can be used.