I had this conversation, the other day, with a friend of mine. He was going to travel to Canada and he was packing his stuff. We started talking about the gadgets he was going to take with him, you know mobile phone, tablet, camera when i asked him if he had bought the adapter for the electrical sockets, that people use in Canada. You see in Canada they don’t share the same type of socket which is compatible with those plugs we use here in Greece and in almost all Europe. On the contrary they have two other types of electrical sockets for 2 or 3 pins. Therefore they have different plugs. So i started searching about those different types because of the great importance they have for our travels. Imagine arriving in your hotel at your destination, after a long journey, with your mobile phone just seconds before turning off automatically, just to find out that your charger’s plug doesn’t fit to the socket the use there. The nervous breakdown is seconds ahead.
So lets stay calm and lets see the different types of plugs and sockets. There are about 15 various types according to http://www.worldstandards.eu/ Before starting counting lets just mention that for every type of socket there is a plug, the end of the cable that connects with it. In some occasions the plug of one type can connect with the socket of another type. So lets start :
Its used primarily in the United States, Canada, Japan, Mexico ( + countries on the northern part of Latin America ), Saudi Arabia. Its voltage is 100-127 Volts. The electrical socket is compatible only with the plug of the same A type.
As with type A, type B is used only in the United States and the rest of the countries mentioned above. It differentiates though from because it has 3 pins instead of the 2 that type A has. As for the socket, this is compatible with both types A and B.
You will find this type if you travel to various European countries, Russia, in many African states, some from south America ( Peru ), and in many countries in Asia like Iran, Kazakhstan, Indonesia. Its one of the most common types and its voltage is 220-240 Volts.
If you travel to India or Pakistan you will see this socket. There are 2 of the countries that almost exclusively use this type, along with Sudan. The cable’s plug is compatible with type’s C and D sockets, while the compatibility with types E and F is no consider safe. At 220-240 V its voltage.
Another one of the most commonly used types of sockets, is 100% compatible with plugs of type C, E and F. Mainly its found if you travel to France, Belgium, Poland or Slovakia. It operates in 220-240Volts and it has 2 pins.
Having 100% compatibility with plugs and sockets of types F,C and E is in use almost everywhere in Europe and Russia. Two exceptions are the United Kingdom and Ireland. In the European countries, like in Greece its preferred instead of type C.
Its one of those types that definitely all of you have used or have seen in movies. The United Kingdom, Ireland, Malaysia and Singapore are some of the countries that use it exclusively. The plugs have 3 pins that allow the connection with sockets of the same only type.
Only in Israel and in Gaza’s stripe you will find this specific type of socket. However all of you that have gadgets with cables that finish to a C type plug, are lucky because you won’t be needing an adapter. Although in that case there is compatibility, its not the same with types E and F because of the danger that exists.
Apart from China you will have to travel all the way to the southern hemisphere to use this kind of socket. It operates mainly in Australia, New Zealanf, Argentina and the exotic Papua New Guinea. Its found in two sub types one with 2 and another with 3 pins.
The citizens of Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Rwanda are used in this electrical socket which is reasonable because in their countries type J is found inclusively. The plug looks similar to the one of type’s C, but is has one more pin for grounding. That similarity makes sockets of this type to be compatible with type’s C plug, but not in the opposite combination.
Another plug with 3 pins and a socket with 3 holes respectively, constitute type K. A rare enough combination that you will see only if you visit Denmark and Greenland, where its used inclusively. The socket is compatible with plugs of the C type. Plugs of E and F type although they connect with type’s K sockets, it would be better no to be used for safety issues.The Voltage is again 220-240 V.
In Europe its only found in Italy but you can also find it in Libya and in countries of South America like Chile and Uruguay. There is a particularity though. For 10 Amperes sockets a type’s C plug can be connected whereas for 16 Amperes use only plug of the same type.
This Type with the strange plug and the 3 hole socket, can be found inclusively in houses and appliances of Namibia and South Africa. The socket is not compatible with any other kind of plug.
Although in 1986 it was proposed as a universal standard, for a common type of plugs and sockets, this type was adopted only by Brazil, where it was introduced in 2007. If you travel in the land of Samba with devices that have a C type plug, you won’t face any compatibility issues.
The last type is also very rare as the previous one, as it can be found only in magical Thailand. It has a Voltage of 220-240 Volts and a resistance of 16 Amperes. It is compatible with types C,E and F but only C is considered safe to use.
Κουραστήκατε ε??? Έτσι είναι καθώς όπως βλέπουμε υπάρχουν πολλές χώρες, στις οποίες αν ταξιδέψουμε θα χρειαστούμε κάποιον ειδικό αντάπτορα. Βέβαια αυτό δεν είναι πρόβλημα καθώς στο εμπόριο υπάρχουν πάρα πολλά είδη, από κοινούς για όλους τους τύπους μέχρι και μεμονωμένοι για κάθε χώρα που επισκεπτόμαστε. Οι universal αντάπτορες είναι γενικά ακριβότεροι, αλλά έχετε λύσει μια και καλή το πρόβλημα ρευματοδότησης των συσκευών σας στα ταξίδια. Καλά ταξίδια λοιπόν και έχετα πάντα τις συσκευές σας φορτισμένες.
You got tired right??? That’s the deal since as we can see there are many countries that if we choose to visit, we will need a specific adapter. Of course that’s not a problem since you can find in stores meany kinds of adapters, from universal ones to specific ones, only for the visiting country. The universal adapters are more expensive but with them you have solved the problem of charging you devices while traveling. So have a nice journey and keep your gadgets charged.
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