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Electrical Plug Adapters, Converters, and Transformers.

Adapters vs Converters for Newbies

There are two very important things you need to know about traveling with electronics. First, the plug you use at home may not work in a wall socket when traveling because different countries have different plug shapes.

Second, you can’t use some of your electronics while traveling unless they’re dual voltage because countries such as the USA and Canada have 120V electricity while destinations in Europe have 220V electricity.

“In simple terms, the adapter makes your device fit in the holes. The converter changes the electric power going into it.” Just remember that they’re two different devices (there’s no such thing as a travel adapter converter!) This is when you need to know the difference between adapter and converter. Here, we explain the popular adapter vs converter question.

Our Tips & Advice

1.) Check everything before you leave.  A dual voltage rated appliance will display for example ‘INPUT: 110-240V’ on the body of the appliance or its power supply. This means that you will not need a converter or transformer but just a travel adaptor, because Switzerland operates on a 230V supply voltage, which is within the 110- 240V range that the dual voltage appliance operates on.

2.) Don't take expensive electronics like fancy hairdryers , razors, or other similar dual voltage appliances.  Even thought they say it should work often they burn out, we aren't sure why it just happens.

3.) Use a Surge protectors in addition to the converters and adapters... it will look crazy but may save you $100's from damaged devices.

4.) The biggest thing to remember is always know where your devices are. And, before leaving any location check to make sure you have what you came with. This can save you a ton of heartbreak and worry. Anytime you leave an item behind you are putting it at an extreme risk for theft.

Plugs and Electrical Information for Common Destinations

Country      
Africa
Botswana D,G,M 230 V 50 Hz
Egypt C,F 220 V 50 Hz
Kenya G 240 V 50 Hz
Namibia D,M 220V 50 Hz
South Africa C,D,M,N 230 V 50 Hz
Tanzania D,G 230 V 50 Hz
 
Asia and Southeast Asia
China A,C,I 220 V 50 Hz
India and Nepal C,D,M 230 V 50 Hz
Indonesia C,F 110 V, 220 V 50 Hz
Japan A,B 100 V 50 Hz, 60 Hz
Thailand A,B,C,F 220 V 50 Hz
Vietnam A,C,F 220 V 50 Hz
 
Australia and New Zealand
Both countries I 230 V 50 Hz
 
Europe
Croatia, Germany, Greece, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain C,F 230 V 50 Hz
France C,E 230 V 50 Hz
Italy C,F,L 230 V 50 Hz
 
Iceland and Scandinavia (Denmark, Norway, Finland)
Denmark C,F,E,K 230 V 50 Hz
Finland, Norway, Sweden C,F 230 V 50 Hz
 
Ireland and the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales)
All countries G 230 V 50 Hz
 
South America and Central America
Argentina C,I 220 V 50 Hz
Belize A,B,G 110 V, 220 V 60 Hz
Brazil C,N 127 V, 220 V 60 Hz
Chile C,L 220 V 50 Hz
Costa Rica and Ecuador A,B 120 V 60 Hz
Peru A,B,C 220 V 60 Hz

 

World Plug Types Photos

Plug Type Details and Specifications

The Complete Worldwide List
Plugs Types & Electrical Info by Country

 Country / State / Area / Zone Plug Type Frequency (Hertz) Single Phase Voltage Special Notes
Abu Dhabi G 50 Hz 230 V Not a country, but a state (an emirate) within the United Arab Emirates
Afghanistan C / F 50 Hz 220 V
Albania C / F 50 Hz 230 V
Algeria C / F 50 Hz 230 V
American Samoa A / B / F / I 60 Hz 120 V
Andorra C / F 50 Hz 230 V
Angola C / F 50 Hz 220 V
Anguilla A / B 60 Hz 110 V
Antigua and Barbuda A / B 60 Hz 230 V
Argentina C / I 50 Hz 220 V
Armenia C / F 50 Hz 230 V
Aruba A / B / F 60 Hz 120 V
Australia I 50 Hz 230 V Officially In Reality often 240 V
Austria C / F 50 Hz 230 V
Azerbaijan C / F 50 Hz 220 V
Azores A / B / C / F 50 Hz 230 V
Bahamas A / B 60 Hz 120 V
Bahrain G 50 Hz 230 V
Balearic Islands C / F 50 Hz 230 V
Bangladesh A / C / D / G 50 Hz 220 V
Barbados A / B 50 Hz 115 V
Belarus C / F 50 Hz 220 V
Belgium C / E 50 Hz 230 V
Belize A / B / G 60 Hz 110 V / 220 V
Benin C / E 50 Hz 220 V
Bermuda A / B 60 Hz 120 V
Bhutan C / D / G 50 Hz 230 V
Bolivia A / C 50 Hz 230 V
Bonaire A / C 50 Hz 127 V
Bosnia & Herzegovina C / F 50 Hz 230 V
Botswana D / G 50 Hz 230 V
Brazil C / N 60 Hz 127 V / 220 V
British Virgin Islands A / B 60 Hz 110 V
Brunei G 50 Hz 240 V
Bulgaria C / F 50 Hz 230 V
Burkina Faso C / E 50 Hz 220 V
Burma (officially Myanmar) A / C / D / G / I 50 Hz 230 V
Burundi C / E 50 Hz 220 V
Cambodia A / C / G 50 Hz 230 V
Cameroon C / E 50 Hz 220 V
Canada A / B 60 Hz 120 V
Canary Islands C / E / F 50 Hz 230 V
Cape Verde (in Portuguese: Cabo Verde) C / F 50 Hz 230 V
Cayman Islands A / B 60 Hz 120 V
Central African Republic C / E 50 Hz 220 V
Chad C / E / F 50 Hz 220 V
Channel Islands (Guernsey & Jersey) C / G 50 Hz 230 V
Chile C / L 50 Hz 220 V
China, People's Republic of A / C / I 50 Hz 220 V
Christmas Island I 50 Hz 230 V
Cocos (Keeling) Islands I 50 Hz 230 V
Colombia A / B 60 Hz 110 V
Comoros C / E 50 Hz 220 V
Congo-Brazzaville C / E 50 Hz 230 V Republic of the Congo
Congo-Kinshasa ) C / E 50 Hz 220 V The Democratic Republic of the Congo
Cook Islands I 50 Hz 240 V
Costa Rica A / B 60 Hz 120 V
Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) C / E 50 Hz 220 V
Croatia C / F 50 Hz 230 V
Cuba A / B / C / L 60 Hz 110 V / 220 V
Curaçao A / B 50 Hz 127 V
Cyprus G 50 Hz 230 V
Cyprus, North G 50 Hz 230 V Unrecognized, a self-declared state
Czech Republic (Czechia) C / E 50 Hz 230 V
Denmark C / E / F / K 50 Hz 230 V
Djibouti C / E 50 Hz 220 V
Dominica D / G 50 Hz 230 V
Dominican Republic A / B / C 60 Hz 120 V
Dubai G 50 Hz 230 V Not a country, but a state (an emirate) within the United Arab Emirates
East Timor (Timor-Leste) C / E / F / I 50 Hz 220 V
Ecuador A / B 60 Hz 120 V
Egypt C / F 50 Hz 220 V
El Salvador A / B 60 Hz 120 V
England G 50 Hz 230 V
Equatorial Guinea C / E 50 Hz 220 V
Eritrea C / L 50 Hz 230 V
Estonia C / F 50 Hz 230 V
Ethiopia C / F / G 50 Hz 220 V
Faeroe Islands C / E / F / K 50 Hz 230 V
Falkland Islands G 50 Hz 240 V
Fiji I 50 Hz 240 V
Finland C / F 50 Hz 230 V
France C / E 50 Hz 230 V
French Guiana C / E 50 Hz 230 V French overseas department
French Polynesia C / E 60 Hz 220 V French overseas collectivity
Gabon (Gabonese Republic) C / E 50 Hz 220 V
Gambia G 50 Hz 230 V
Gaza Strip (Gaza) C / H 50 Hz 230 V
Georgia C / F 50 Hz 220 V
Germany C / F 50 Hz 230 V
Ghana D / G 50 Hz 230 V
Gibraltar G 50 Hz 230 V
Great Britain (GB) G 50 Hz 230 V
Greece C / F 50 Hz 230 V
Greenland C / E / F / K 50 Hz 230 V
Grenada G 50 Hz 230 V
Guadeloupe (French overseas department) C / E 50 Hz 230 V
Guam A / B 60 Hz 110 V
Guatemala A / B 60 Hz 120 V
Guinea C / F 50 Hz 220 V
Guinea-Bissau C / E / F 50 Hz 220 V
Guyana A / B / D / G 60 Hz 120 V / 240 V
Haiti A / B 60 Hz 110 V
Holland (officially the Netherlands) C / F 50 Hz 230 V
Honduras A / B 60 Hz 120 V
Hong Kong G 50 Hz 220 V
Hungary C / F 50 Hz 230 V
Iceland C / F 50 Hz 230 V
India C / D / M 50 Hz 230 V
Indonesia C / F 50 Hz 230 V
Iran C / F 50 Hz 230 V
Iraq C / D / G 50 Hz 230 V
Ireland (Republic of Ireland, Eire) G 50 Hz 230 V
Ireland, Northern G 50 Hz 230 V
Isle of Man C / G 50 Hz 230 V
Israel C / H 50 Hz 230 V
Italy C / F / L 50 Hz 230 V
Jamaica A / B 50 Hz 110 V
Japan A / B 50 Hz / 60 Hz 100 V
Jordan C / D / F / G / J 50 Hz 230 V
Kazakhstan C / F 50 Hz 220 V
Kenya G 50 Hz 240 V
Kiribati I 50 Hz 240 V
Korea, North C / F 50 Hz 220 V
Korea, South C / F 60 Hz 220 V
Kosovo C / F 50 Hz 230 V
Kuwait G 50 Hz 240 V
Kyrgyzstan C / F 50 Hz 220 V
Laos A / B / C / E / F 50 Hz 230 V
Latvia C / F 50 Hz 230 V
Lebanon C / D / G 50 Hz 230 V
Lesotho M 50 Hz 220 V
Liberia A / B / C / F 60 Hz 120 V / 220 V
Libya C / L 50 Hz 230 V
Liechtenstein C / J 50 Hz 230 V
Lithuania C / F 50 Hz 230 V
Luxembourg C / F 50 Hz 230 V
Macau G 50 Hz 220 V
Macedonia, North C / F 50 Hz 230 V
Madagascar C / E 50 Hz 220 V
Madeira C / F 50 Hz 230 V
Malawi G 50 Hz 230 V
Malaysia G 50 Hz 230 V Officially In Reality often 240 V
Maldives C / D / G / L 50 Hz 230 V
Mali C / E 50 Hz 220 V
Malta G 50 Hz 230 V
Marshall Islands A / B 60 Hz 120 V
Martinique (French overseas department) C / E 50 Hz 230 V
Mauritania C / E / F 50 Hz 220 V
Mauritius C / G 50 Hz 230 V
Mayotte (French overseas department) C / E 50 Hz 230 V
Mexico A / B 60 Hz 127 V
Micronesia (officially: Federated States of Micronesia) A / B 60 Hz 120 V
Moldova C / F 50 Hz 230 V
Monaco C / E / F 50 Hz 230 V
Mongolia A / B / C / D / E / F / G / I / O) 50 Hz 230 V Most sockets in Mongolia are universal ones, which accept either types A / C, prone of the many listed types.
Montenegro C / F 50 Hz 230 V
Montserrat A / B 60 Hz 230 V
Morocco C / E 50 Hz 220 V
Mozambique C / F / M 50 Hz 220 V
Myanmar (formerly Burma) A / C / D / G / I 50 Hz 230 V
Namibia D / M 50 Hz 220 V
Nauru I 50 Hz 240 V
Nepal C / D / M 50 Hz 230 V
Netherlands C / F 50 Hz 230 V
New Caledonia (French overseas collectivity) C / E 50 Hz 220 V
New Zealand I 50 Hz 230 V
Nicaragua A / B 60 Hz 120 V
Niger C / D / E 50 Hz 220 V
Nigeria D / G 50 Hz 230 V
Niue I 50 Hz 230 V
Norfolk Island I 50 Hz 230 V
North Cyprus (unrecognised, self-declared state) G 50 Hz 230 V
North Korea C / F 50 Hz 220 V
North Macedonia C / F 50 Hz 230 V
Northern Ireland G 50 Hz 230 V
Norway C / F 50 Hz 230 V
Oman G 50 Hz 240 V
Pakistan C / D 50 Hz 230 V
Palau A / B 60 Hz 120 V
Palestine C / H 50 Hz 230 V
Panama A / B 60 Hz 120 V
Papua New Guinea I 50 Hz 240 V
Paraguay A / C 50 Hz 220 V
Peru A / B / C 60 Hz 220 V
Philippines A / B / C 60 Hz 220 V
Pitcairn Islands I 50 Hz 230 V
Poland C / E 50 Hz 230 V
Portugal C / F 50 Hz 230 V
Puerto Rico A / B 60 Hz 120 V
Qatar G 50 Hz 240 V
Réunion (French overseas department) C / E 50 Hz 230 V
Romania C / F 50 Hz 230 V
Russia (officially the Russian Federation) C / F 50 Hz 220 V
Rwanda C / E / F / G 50 Hz 230 V
Saba A / B 60 Hz 110 V
Saint Barthélemy C / E 60 Hz 230 V French overseas collectivity, informally also referred to as Saint Barths or Saint Barts
Saint Helena G 50 Hz 230 V
Saint Kitts and Nevis D / G 60 Hz 230 V Officially the Federation of Saint Christopher and Nevis
Saint Lucia G 50 Hz 230 V
Saint Martin C / E 60 Hz 220 V French overseas collectivity
Saint Pierre and Miquelon C / E 50 Hz 230 V French overseas collectivity
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines A / B / G 50 Hz 110 V / 230 V
Samoa I 50 Hz 230 V
San Marino C / F / L 50 Hz 230 V
São Tomé and Príncipe C / F 50 Hz 230 V
Saudi Arabia G 60 Hz 220 V
Scotland G 50 Hz 230 V
Senegal C / D / E 50 Hz 230 V
Serbia C / F 50 Hz 230 V
Seychelles G 50 Hz 240 V
Sierra Leone D / G 50 Hz 230 V
Singapore G 50 Hz 230 V
Sint Eustatius A / B / C / F 60 Hz 110 V / 220 V
Sint Maarten A / B 60 Hz 110 V
Slovakia C / E 50 Hz 230 V
Slovenia C / F 50 Hz 230 V
Solomon Islands G / I 50 Hz 230 V
Somalia G 50 Hz 220 V
Somaliland G 50 Hz 220 V Unrecognized, self-declared state
South Africa C / M / N 50 Hz 230 V
South Korea C / F 60 Hz 220 V
South Sudan C / D 50 Hz 230 V
Spain C / F 50 Hz 230 V
Sri Lanka G 50 Hz 230 V
Sudan C / D 50 Hz 230 V
Suriname (Surinam) A / B / C / F 60 Hz 127 V / 220 V
Swaziland M 50 Hz 230 V
Sweden C / F 50 Hz 230 V
Switzerland C / J 50 Hz 230 V
Syria C / E / L 50 Hz 220 V
Tahiti C / E 60 Hz 220 V The largest island in French Polynesia, an overseas collectivity of France
Taiwan A / B 60 Hz 110 V
Tajikistan C / F 50 Hz 220 V
Tanzania D / G 50 Hz 230 V
Thailand A / B / C / O 50 Hz 230 V
Togo C / E 50 Hz 220 V
Tokelau I 50 Hz 230 V
Tonga I 50 Hz 240 V
Trinidad & Tobago A / B 60 Hz 115 V
Tunisia C / E 50 Hz 230 V
Turkey C / F 50 Hz 230 V
Turkmenistan C / F 50 Hz 220 V
Turks and Caicos Islands A / B 60 Hz 120 V
Tuvalu I 50 Hz 230 V
Uganda G 50 Hz 240 V
Ukraine C / F 50 Hz 230 V
United Arab Emirates (UAE) G 50 Hz 230 V
United Kingdom (UK) G 50 Hz 230 V
United States of America (USA) A / B 60 Hz 120 V
United States Virgin Islands A / B 60 Hz 110 V
Uruguay C / F / L 50 Hz 220 V
Uzbekistan C / F 50 Hz 220 V
Vanuatu I 50 Hz 230 V
Vatican City C / F / L 50 Hz 230 V
Venezuela A / B 60 Hz 120 V
Vietnam A / B / C 50 Hz 220 V
Virgin Islands (British) A / B 60 Hz 110 V
Virgin Islands (USA) A / B 60 Hz 110 V
Wales G 50 Hz 230 V
Wallis and Futuna (French overseas collectivity) C / E 50 Hz 220 V
West Bank C / H 50 Hz 230 V
Western Sahara C / E 50 Hz 220 V
Yemen A / D / G 50 Hz 230 V
Zambia C / D / G 50 Hz 230 V
Zimbabwe D / G 50 Hz 230 V

Our Source: International Electrotechnical Commission
https://www.iec.ch/world-plugs
8/27/2021
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