Replies: 16 - Last Post: Nov 12, 2012 8:43 PM Last Post By: zoltan
Nov 5, 2012 1:45 PM
I am trying to find out which electrical plugs are used in India. A google search shows both 2 prong round European type plugs and also 3 prong round plugs. Are both used or is one of them more commonly used? I only want to take one adaptor so any advice would be appreciated. Thanks
Nov 5, 2012 2:31 PM
1The most common plugs are the 2-prong round.
However, it depends on what you are using it for. The 3rd prong is an earth connection. So if your device needs to have an earth, bring a 3-prong adapter.
If you are powering up computers; camera chargers; etc. you only require the 2-prong adapter.
I would also strongly recommend that you get a surge protector given power fluctuations can fry your sensitive equipment.
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Nov 6, 2012 12:01 AM
7"How easy is it to find an adaptor for US to India plug in India? We'll be arriving to Delhi. I've picked up a surge protector and a couple of 3-prong plug adaptors, but might need some 2-prongers. "
It's very easy to get an adapter for US plugs to go into Indian sockets, in any electrical shop in India. They cost under 1$ here and work better than ones you might pay ten times for and bring from home.
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Nov 7, 2012 11:06 AM
10Thank you everyone for your replies - very helpful. I will take my European plug adaptor and buy a surge protector when I get to Delhi then.
Nov 11, 2012 3:02 PM
11I'm still a bit confused ... First, what would an "earth connection" be? Like if I wanted to plug in the surge protector that I'd buy in India or more like if I wanted to run a power drill (Indian one)? Second, do I need an adaptor AND a converter? If yes, what goes into the electrical socket first and then where does the surge protector go? This sounds like an awful lot of items to be schlepping around from place to place. I will only need to charge the battery of my camera. Would it be better to acquire a second battery for the Cannon camera I will take with me? Thanks for the clarification.
Nov 11, 2012 4:02 PM
Nov 11, 2012 5:00 PM
13Forgive me if I'm explaining unnecessarily. But mrstheo, it sounds like you're confused about this. I get that - earth connection had me thrown also. Turns out it's just the "ground" prong, like what we have in North America - that third prong on some (but not all) plugs.
So you're coming from the US. Your appliances, battery chargers, etc. are made for US current, which is 110-120. India current, as well as Europe, is 250-ish. So you have to make sure that whatever you're plugging in is ok at that higher voltage, first of all. That information will usually be on a sticker somewhere on the thing - it will say something like 110-250 input. Ok, so if it's ok at that voltage you DON'T need a converter, you just need a plug adaptor which is the thing that makes your US plugs (the two flat parallel blades, plus a ground sometimes) into the Indian plug (two or 3 round prongs). These are small and you just plug your US plug into one of the adaptors and then plug it into the socket.
If your charger ISN'T ok with the 250 India voltage, you'll need a converter which reduces the current so that you don't fry your charger. I once fried a phone charger because I didn't realize it wasn't ok for dual voltage. I just stuck on the adaptor and plugged it in and bZZZT. Gone. You may not want to lug around a converter for just a battery charger - just find a battery charger that is ok for the higher current, if that's the only electrical thing you'll be plugging in.
Finally the surge protector. This wasn't something I ever thought about before. A North American surge protector can't handle 250 voltage. Duh, I mean obviously. But I hadn't thought of it. So I just bought one online that I'll be bringing to India. It's good to 250 volts so you have to hunt around for that. Actually, that might be easier to find in India than it was to find in North America - so you might wait to get that. If you buy it in India, it won't need an adaptor because it will already have the right plug configuration. But if you buy it in North America, like I did, you'll have to plug the surge protector first into the plug adaptor - to get the right prong configuration - and then into the wall outlet.
Clear as mud now, right?
Nov 11, 2012 11:03 PM
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