September 27, 2016
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There are so many different countries in the world, each offering different travel perks and destination attractions. Every country wants to have their own identity, with their different flags, cultures, languages and, well, wall outlets.
If you plan on traveling to any other country outside of your own, it might be a good idea to find out what type of wall outlet/plug they use, because the $30 iPhone charger that you just bought at the airport won’t do you any good when you land in Russia. That is, unless you buy an adapter. And sadly, that Russian adapter won’t work when your plane touches down in Beijing either. Time to snag another adapter!
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Plugs, outlets, and adapters can be every confusing, to even the most seasoned traveler. And unfortunately, this issue seems to be prominent all over the globe. As a general rule, there are pretty much 14 major outlet styles that are only compatible with certain plugs. Take a look:
- Type A Outlets
These outlets can be found in the USA, Canada, Mexico, and Japan. They are compatible with Type A plugs only.
- Type B Outlets
Just like Type A outlets, Type B outlets can also be found in the USA, Canada, Mexico, and Japan. They are compatible with Type A and Type B plugs.
- Type C Outlets
Type C outlets are typical across Europe, aside from the UK and Ireland. They are only compatible with Type C plugs.
- Type D Outlets
India is the proud owner of Type D outlets. These outlets are compatible with Type D plugs only.
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- Type E Outlets
Type E outlets can be found in France, Belgium, Poland, Slovakia, and Czech Republic. They are compatible with Type C, Type E, and Type F plugs.
- Type F Outlets
These are found in Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, and Spain, and are compatible with Type C, Type E, and Type F plugs.
- Type G Outlets
Type G outlets are used in the UK, Ireland, Cyprus, and Malta. They are compatible with Type G plugs only.
- Type H Outlets
Type H outlets are only found in Israel, and are compatible with Type C and Type H plugs.
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- Type I Outlets
These outlets can be found in Australia, New Zealand, China, and Argentina. They are only compatible with Type I plugs.
- Type J Outlets
Type J outlets are used in Liechtenstein and Switzerland, and are compatible with Type C and Type J plugs.
- Type K Outlets
These outlets are used in Denmark and Greenland. They are compatible with Type C and Type K plugs.
- Type L Outlets
Italy is where you can find these types of outlets. They are compatible with Type C and Type L outlets.
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- Type M Outlets
These outlets are unique to South Africa and can only be used with Type M plugs.
- Type N Outlets
Type N outlets are found in Brazil, and are only compatible with Type C and Type N plugs.
So there you have it - each type of outlet, what plugs they’re compatible with, and what countries you can find them in. BUT, when searching for the right adapter to take with you on your travels, be sure to account for voltage as well! Just because you have the right adapter, doesn’t mean you can definitely use the outlet/plug. You’ll still want to make sure the country you’re visiting uses the same voltage as your home country, and that’s a whole different story!