ELi5 Why is traditional electronic iron (for ironing clothes) doesn’t have on/off switch like other gadgets to enable it stay plugged into power socket (e.g overnight) while on. Essentially, I want to know why most irons have to switched on/off from the socket instead of the device.

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ELi5 Why is traditional electronic iron (for ironing clothes) doesn’t have on/off switch like other gadgets to enable it stay plugged into power socket (e.g overnight) while on. Essentially, I want to know why most irons have to switched on/off from the socket instead of the device.

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The electric iron normally equipped with a heater up to 2000W, so the switch are supposed to handle at least maybe 2.5kW~3kW. Lets say you live in 110/120V country, then you need a switch that rated at to 25A which is big and tight to press.

In addition, the already have thermostat as switch. So don’t need a second switch which is the weakest point.

imagine if you accidentally forgot to flip the switch and didnt realize
Thats why they make you unplug to power down.
Reduces accidental fire risks significantly.

Im not sure what irons you are referring to. All the ones I’ve ever seen and used have a circular dial which lets you turn it on and then select the temperature you want. Everything is controlled at the iron nothing is controlled at the socket. I think the ones that you call traditional are probably the less expensive basic version of an iron, because like I said every iron I’ve ever seen has a dial that lets you not only select what temperature you want but turning it all the way clockwise turns it off.

A safety feature – what other appliance has a big long cord and weighs a ton. Very easy to trip over it, it falls on you etc. Its an appliance you should be either using, or in a cupboard safely out of the way