Power plugs & sockets around the world

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It’s no secret that Aussies are obsessed with travel. Whether it’s a last-minute getaway in Bali or a backpacking adventure around Europe, travelling abroad is a rite of passage when you live down under. Despite all the excitement of booking and planning an overseas trip, we often forget about something so important.

Think about all the gadgets you pack in your luggage; cameras, phones, laptops – the list goes on. What about when it’s time to charge your device by plugging it into a wall socket? That’s where this guide comes into play. After all, we’d hate for you to miss out on those perfect sunset snaps because your battery’s dead. With this in mind, let’s take a look at the power plugs you’ll need in some of Australia’s favourite travel destinations.

What are universal plug adaptors?

Close up of universal electric socket plug adapters

Otherwise known as a travel adaptor, universal plug adaptors are a compact gadget that allows travellers to plug their Australian devices into foreign wall sockets. Travel adaptors come in different shapes, sizes and voltage rates, but usually contain multiple countries’ plug outlets, as well as USB ports for simultaneous charging. Multi country travel adaptors will normally list the compatible countries on its packaging, plus its maximum electric current (amps), connection types and voltage capacity.

International power plugs by country

Before we jump into each country, it’s worth noting a few basics of power plugs. Currently, there are 15 types of electrical outlet plugs used throughout the world. Each type is categorised by a letter of the alphabet, making it very easy to identify which plug you need. Not only do countries differ in plugs, they also vary in standard voltage, meaning the electricity running through the adapter may have to be converted.

Power Plugs New Zealand

Country New Zealand
Plug Type I
Voltage 230-240 V
Hertz 50 Hz

Power Plugs Indonesia

Country Indonesia
Plug Type C, Type F
Voltage 220-230 V
Hertz 50 Hz

Power Plugs Thailand

Country Thailand
Plug Type A, Type B, Type C, Type O
Voltage 220 V
Hertz 50 Hz

Power Plugs Malaysia

Country Malaysia
Plug Type G
Voltage 220-240 V
Hertz 50 Hz

Power Plugs Singapore

Country Singapore
Plug Type G
Voltage 230 V
Hertz 50 Hz

Power Plugs China

Country China
Plug Type A, Type C
Voltage  220 V
Hertz 50 Hz

Power Plugs India

Country India
Plug Type C, Type D, Type M
Voltage 230 V
Hertz 50 Hz

Power Plugs Japan

Country Japan
Plug Type A, Type B
Voltage 100 V
Hertz 50-60 Hz

Power Plugs South Africa

Country South Africa
Plug Type D, Type M, Type N
Voltage 230 V
Hertz 50 Hz

Power Plugs USA

Country United States of America
Plug Type A, Type B
Voltage 120 V
Hertz 50 Hz

Power Plugs France

Country France
Plug Type E
Voltage 230 V
Hertz 50 Hz

Power Plugs Germany

Country Germany
Plug Type F
Voltage 230 V
Hertz 50 Hz

Power Plugs Italy

Country Italy
Plug Type F, Type L
Voltage 230 V
Hertz 50 Hz

Power Plugs UK

Country United Kingdom
Plug Type G
Voltage 230 V
Hertz 50 Hz

 

Image credits: N Azlin Sha/Shutterstock.com, PARALAXIS/Shutterstock.com, Anna_Bo/Shutterstock.com

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