I'm making a very simple diagram of a video camera set-up for my experimental design course. I need to show that a camera plugs into a wall. From a technical perspective, what symbol should I use to represent that? I have a little square to represent the camera, and a line coming out the back to represent the power chord - but obviously that has to be plugged in somewhere.

I know this is not the most correct way to represent this - any advise would be appreciated! Thanks a lot.

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    A schematic or a visual would be great!. Do you need the icons for showing ....camera plugs into wall. (Is it related to charging the camera batteries? Jun 12, 2015 at 8:35
  • I haven't made it yet - just thinking about it. But to be clear, the entire device itself must be plugged in
    – Teusz
    Jun 12, 2015 at 9:08

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If it plugs specifically to a wall you could use something like this, which includes both the classic bolt icon and also a specific plug to the wall:

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A lighting bolt denotes charging on both iOS and Android.

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Wall sockets vary country to country, a lightning bolt is synonymous with power.

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    Android does it slightly different. Jun 12, 2015 at 10:23
  • I was commenting on the fact a lightning bolt is used as a symbol for power not about the placement of the bolt itself. As per the question, the most obvious representation of that which is widely used, is a bolt.
    – philip
    Jun 12, 2015 at 14:10
  • And I commented on your answer as a contribution. Neither method is wrong nor better than the other. Thought it could be useful for future references to show how different platforms approach things like these. Jun 12, 2015 at 14:23

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