Plug and Socket Types Around the World
Replies: 8 - Last Post: Mar 30, 2013 11:47 AM Last Post By: samworrall
Sep 4, 2012 7:11 AM
Plug and Socket Types Around the WorldHello,
It's always a mess to know if you will be able to load your device or if you need to buy connector before going to travel. As you know many standard coexist in the world concerning electrical plug and sockets.
But, I can't find a simple website giving me the standard used in a specific country.
That's why I decided to create this website : http://www.world-power-plug.com/
It provides me a simple way to check plug and socket compatibility before I am going abroad.
I hope this will be helpful for other people.
Let me know if you have any questions.
Sep 4, 2012 1:11 PM
Sep 4, 2012 4:45 PM
2Good one. Easy to use.
Here's the site I've always referred to...
Sep 5, 2012 9:18 AM
3Nice site. Am sure lots will find it helpful. I would have done a while back! Ended up Googling for much longer than I wanted just to hunt down the info.
Have you thought about grouping the compatible countries together - e.g. by colour?
I realise it's not straightforward as some have have two types, some use a lot of multicompatible sockets etc, there are many variances of the two round prong plugs/sockets etc, but if you find a way to show overall compatibilities it might be a nice way of subdividing the map beyond country for a quick visual reference. Be interesting to see too how plug type commonality is geographically distributed (if you're a geek like me at least!).
Sep 5, 2012 11:32 AM
Sep 5, 2012 10:44 PM
5I solve this two ways:
- First, I make sure any gear I buy can run on dual voltage, 120-240. It is pretty common but sometimes someone will skimp on the transformer. Most laptops and chargers run dual voltage
- When u get to a country just buy the adapter you need. They are sold everywhere for US and Europe plugs.
I also now use the Monster To Go 300 plugwhich has 3 US style plugs and two USB charging plugs, so I only need to get one plug converter now. Maybe the best travel gadget ever.
Sep 8, 2012 6:42 AM
Oct 7, 2012 11:02 PM
7I've never used grounded plugs in Thailand or other parts of Asia for my electronics. The ground is an extra safety measure but since most things you are carrying probably use low current DC, it's unlikely you'll need the safety.
A few exceptions would be things like a hair dryer (which should have its own GF module), which isn't grounded, but needs a fuse/fault module.
Power tools and home appliances use high AC current and should be properly grounded.
For travel, you'll be fine. Instead of carrying a 3-prong to 2-prong adapter, I just rip out the grounding plug with my hand or a pliers.
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