All you need to know about plug and socket types when travelling abroad – Part 2

Do you know how many plug and socket types are there in the world? We may all be very familiar with our domestic sockets but there are so many different types out there. Whatever your journey takes you, from Australia to Europe, Asia or the Americas, we hope this guide will come in handy. So sit back and enjoy your reading!

Many of you who are frequent travellers probably ask yourself: ‘Why isn’t there a single plug that could be used everywhere in the world?’ This would definitely save you time, effort and money when looking to buy the necessary power adapters and converters.

However, while many modern buildings in China feature a single universal socket that can accommodate a wide variety of plugs, most of the other countries stick to their traditional plug. So here are the 15 different types of plugs and sockets used around the world as classified by WorldStandards.

plugs and sockets in the world

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Plug type A

Type: A

Pins: 2

Locations: Canada, USA, Mexico, Venezuela, Japan, Vietnam

Technical specifications: 15 A, 100-127 V, not grounded

Photo source: World Standards

 

 

Type: B

Pins: 3

Locations: USA, Canada, Cuba, Mexico, Philippines

Technical specifications: 15 A, 100-127 V, grounded

Photo source: World Standards

 

Plug type C

 

Type: C

Pins: 2

Locations: most of Europe, South America, Asia

Technical specifications: 2.5 A, 220-240 V, not grounded

Photo source: World Standards

 

Plug type D

Type: D

Pins: 3

Locations: India

Technical specifications: 5 A, 220-240 V, grounded

Photo source: World Standards

 

Plug type E

 

Type: E

Pins: 2

Locations: Madagascar, Monaco, France, Belgium, Poland, Slovakia, Czech Republic

Technical specifications: 16 A, 220-240 V, grounded

Photo source: World Standards

 

Plug type FType: F

Pins: 2

Locations: Europe, Russia

Technical specifications: 16 A, 220-240 V, grounded

Photo source: World Standards

 

Plug type G

 

Type: G

Pins: 3

Locations: Malaysia, Singapore, UK, Ireland, Scotland, Gibraltar, Malta

Technical specifications: 13 A, 220-240 V, grounded

Photo source: World Standards

 

Plug type HType: H

Pins: 3

Locations: Israel, Palestine

Technical specifications: 16 A, 220-240 V, grounded

Photo source: World Standards

 

Plug type I

 

Type: I

Pins: 2 or 3

Locations: Australia, New Zealand, China, Fiji, Argentina

Technical specifications: 10 A, 220-240 V; 2 pins – not grounded, 3 pins – grounded

Photo source: World Standards

 

Plug type JType: J

Pins: 3

Locations: Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Jordan

Technical specifications: 10 A, 220-240 V, grounded

Photo source: World Standards

 

Plug type K

 

Type: K

Pins: 3

Locations: Denmark, Senegal, Greenland, Maldives

Technical specifications: 16 A, 220-240 V, grounded

Photo source: World Standards

 

Plug type LType: L

Pins: 3

Locations: Italy, Cuba, Chile, Uruguay

Technical specifications: 10 A and 16 A, 220-240 V, grounded

Photo source: World Standards

 

Plug type MType: M

Pins: 3

Locations: South Africa, Nepal, India

Technical specifications: 15 A, 220-240 V, grounded

Photo source: World Standards

 

Plug type NType: N

Pins: 3

Locations: Brazil, South Africa

Technical specifications: 10 A and 20 A, 100-240 V, grounded

Photo source: World Standards

 

Plug type 0

 

Type: O

Pins: 3

Locations: Thailand

Technical specifications: 16 A, 220-240 V, grounded

Photo source: World Standards

 

In conclusion, you should always double check these important guidelines before travelling overseas, especially if you’re heading to a destination for the first time. For further info about plug and socket types used by a specific country, you may find a complete list here.

 

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Until next time, be sure to stay safe while travelling!

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John Ricca

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