Types of 220V Plugs

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Types of 220V Plugs
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Different countries employ different electrical systems and their electrical sockets and plugs are designed to operate on dissimilar voltages. While the U.S. and Japan use 110-127V systems, Europe and other areas operate on 220-240V electrical systems. 220V plugs have a 50 Hz frequency. Different 220V plugs have varied amperage ratings.

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C 220V

The technical name for the C 220V is CEE 7/16 and its popular name is Europlug. Rated at 2.5Amp, the unpolarized plug is unearthed. It has two rounded 4mm-diameter pins and 19mm centres. It powers Class 2 appliances. It is used in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Central Asia, South America and the former Soviet Union.

D 220V

Technically called BS546, the Type D 220V plug is the "old British plug." It has three round prongs in a triangular arrangement. The 220V 5Amp earthed plug has a 2Amp variant and has limited use in former British colonies.

E 220V

The 16Amp Type E 220V plug or CEE 7/5 has two rounded pins and a 19mm centre. It also has a hole to accommodate the socket's male grounding pin. The polarised plug is the standard in France, Poland and Belgium. You will also find it in Denmark.

F 220V

The industrial name of the F 220V plug is CEE 7/4. This Class-I grounded 16Amp "Schuko" mains plug has two rounded 4.8mm pins separated by 19mm and two earth-clips sited on its sides for grounding purposes. Its unpolarised-plug insertion has no directional restriction. It is a standard plug in Germany, the Netherlands, Australia, Sweden, Finland and Norway.

G 220V

Technically called BS1363, the British Type G 220V plug has three rectangle shaped blades and a fuse to protect against high-volt currents. They are 13Amp earthed plugs and their sockets have safety switches. They are deployed in Bangladesh, Belize, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Zimbabwe.

H 220V

The H 220V plug is industrially referred to as SI 132. This is a unique Israel standard. This 16Amp rated unearthed plug has three rounded pins which are each 4mm in diameter.

I 220V

The technical term for the I 220V plug is AS 3112, and this three-pin plug can generally operate applications of 10Amp. Two of its pins are flat obliquely placed blades and the third is a grounding blade. This 220V plug has reversed neutral and live wires and it is used in Argentina and Uruguay.

J 220V

The J 220V is technically called SEV 1011; this unique Switzerland standard is rated at 10 Amperes. It is a three-prong plug with an earth pin off to one side.

K 220V

This two-pin K 220V plug is scientifically termed Afsnit 107-2-D. This 10Amp "Danish plug" is Denmark's standard plug. It is also used in Bangladesh, Greenland, the Maldives and Madagascar.

L 220V

The L 220V plug is the standard Italian plug, technically named CEI 23-16/VII; there are 10Amp and 16Amp versions. It is grounded, unpolarized and possesses two round pins and a third round grounding pin all set in a straight line. Besides Italy, it is used in North Africa, Libya, Chile, the Maldives, Cuba, Syria and Ethiopia.

M 220V

The technical term for the M 220v is BS546. This 15Amp plug has three circular pins. It is the standard plug in South Africa, India, Nepal and regions influenced by the British.

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