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ADAPTER PLUGS

We know this whole electrical issue is confusing.  Please call us if you have any questions and we'll help you determine what you'll need to take to use your electrical items abroad.
 

Electrical wall outlets around the world differ in the shape, size, number, and arrangement of plug holes. In addition, some countries use more than one type of outlet.

Some Frequently Asked Questions:
Q. Why do I need an adapter plug?
A Outlets vary around the world and your North American plug may not fit into the available outlets in other countries. Adapter plugs adapt your North American plug so it will fit into other kinds of outlets. Adapter plugs DO NOT convert electricity, they simply modify American-style plugs to fit into foreign outlets.
Q What is a polarized plug?
A.

A polarized plug has one blade wider than the other, which is a requirement for many ungrounded appliances in North America.

IMPORTANT NOTE: You may find some countries (parts of Central America, Japan, Mexico, etc.) that use the North American style plug without polarized outlets. The "1" adaptor plug will allow your polarized appliance to operate in those locations.

UNGROUNDED GROUNDED

Please note: there exist in the world many types of outlets and many types of adapters. Outlet configurations differ from country to country and most countries have both grounded and ungrounded connections. In addition, some countries have more than one configuration. These shown below are the most commonly used.

  • You should take the plugs that are common in the countries you are visiting.
  • It is usually wise to take both grounded and ungrounded plugs to accommodate whatever outlet situations you may encounter.

A

  Outlet Plug

Two flat pins - parallel - and a half-circle grounding pin

This plug is used in North & South America.
Grounded

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B

  Outlet Plug

Three flat pins - two angled, one straight

This is used primarily in Australia & New Zealand
Grounded

$9.00
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C

  Outlet Plug
Three pins - rectangular
This plug is widely used in Great Britain.
 Grounded

$9.00
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D

  Outlet Plug
Two round pins, grounding clips and a female receptacle

This plug is designed for recessed outlets and can be used in non-recessed outlets.

This is referred to as "Schuko" style and is used in most of the countries in continental Europe and is also widely used in South Africa.

This plug DOES NOT fit Italian or Swiss sockets.

Grounded

$9.00
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E

  Outlet Plug

Three pins - round

This plug is similar to the general European plug except it has the addition of a center grounding pin. This is primarily used in Italy.
Grounded

$9.00
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F

  Outlet Plug

Three pins - round

This plug is similar to the general European plug except that it has a grounding pin unique primarily to outlets in Switzerland.
Grounded

$9.00
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G

  Outlet Plug

Three pins - two round, one half-round

This plug is similar to general European plugs except it is round and has the addition of a half-round grounding pin. This is primarily used in Denmark.
Grounded

$9.00
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H

  Outlet Plug

Three pins - round, thick

This plug is used in India and the Middle East.  It is the old British Standard, is used almost exclusively in India, and at least somewhat in many former British colonies.
Grounded

$9.00
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I

  Outlet Plug

Three pins - round, thicker

This plug is widely used in Southern Africa.
Grounded

$9.00
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J

  Outlet Plug

Three pins - two angled, one straight

This plug is similar to B (Australia, New Zealand), but not compatible. It is used exclusively in Israel
Grounded

$9.00
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