Electrical plugs and sockets around the world

Did you know that there are 14 types of plugs you could encounter when you travel abroad!

When planning a trip, we (or rather Papa Joe) used to spend a lot of time checking to see what type of plug we would come across and whether we would then have to pack adapters.

Now Papa Joe has discovered a wonderful website, run by The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), which will let you know what type of electrical socket is in use in the country that you are visiting.

Just click on the name of the country you are going to visit and you will see a picture of the types of plug that are in use.

Papa Joe suggests you start by checking the plugs in your own country first (e.g. the UK)

plugs 5Then look up each country you are going to visit to see if an adapter is required.

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Hong Kong uses type G, the same as the UK – no adapter needed

plug france

Different to UK – an adapter will be needed




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