Types of Electric Plugs Worldwide

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Types of Electric Plugs Worldwide
All sockets around the globe do not accept the same electrical plugs. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

World travel can be a memorable, life-altering experience. The last thing you'll want on such an occasion is the inconvenience of being unable to plug in or recharge your electrical devices. Electrical sockets in other countries often vary from those you're used to in America. You may need an adaptor or have to purchase a replacement device to be able to plug into electrical sockets abroad.

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Type A Plug

People in the United States use a Type A plug to power numerous devices. It features two flat blades or pins situated across from each other. The technical name for a Type A plug is a NEMA 1-15. The neutral pin is wider than the live blade. Therefore, the plug can go in the socket only one particular way. Countries that use Type A electrical plugs include China, Bahamas, Canada, Cayman Islands, Costa Rica, United States and Cuba.

Type B Plug

The Type B plug has two flat blades similar to the Type A electrical plug. However, it also includes a round grounding pin that grounds the unit prior to the power connects. In addition, sometimes people may refer to the Type B plug as the NEMA 5-15 or the North American 3-pin. Countries that use a Type B electrical plug include the United States, Thailand, Trinidad, Cambodia, Dominican Republic and South Korea.

Type C Plug

Some people call the Type C plug the Europlug. It is an electrical plug that has two rounded pins. The technical name for the unearthed plug is the CEE7/16. Use the type C CEE7/16 plug for devices that require 2.5 amps or less. Some countries that use type C electrical plugs include Turkey, Brazil, Indonesia and virtually every country across Europe.

Type F Plug

Some people may refer to the Type F electrical plug as the "Schuko" plug. It gets its name from "Schukostecker," meaning the "protective contact plug." Some countries that use the Type F electrical plug include Aruba, France, Germany, Greece, Spain, Finland and Netherlands. It does not have a grounding female contact, but rather has two grounding clips--one on either side.

Type K Plug

The technical name for a Type K electrical plug is a Danish 10A/250V unearthed plug. This type of plug has a two round pins and small-grounded pin. The socket has two round holes and a half-circle like insertion. Places you will find this electric plug include Denmark, Greenland, Bangladesh, Tunsisa and Madagascar.

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