Find the right travel plug for the vacation
- January 21, 2020
- William Lewis
Are you going on holiday soon or have you purchased an electronic device abroad that does not fit completely in the socket? Here you can quickly find out which travel adapter is suitable for you.
Unfortunately, there is no worldwide standard for voltages and frequencies of electricity networks. The same applies to the sizes and shapes of plugs and the number of holes of connections. If you are gifted enough, simply cut the wrong cable end from a device and replace it with the correct connector. The more elegant (and probably safer) solution is the purchase of a travel adapter or travel plug.
In short, a travel adapter is a small purchase that costs no more than 10-20 euros. However, differences are depending on your travel plans and requirements. Simply answer the following questions yourself and find out which travel adapter you need.
Travel plug with contact protection?
Not only travel plugs, and travel adapters must have protected contacts, but also conventional electrical appliances and sockets. When you buy a travel plug, you must ensure that the metal contacts are not exposed, but the so-called protective conductor embedded in the plastic environment. There is then no risk of an electric shock.
Simple travel plug for a country or universal travel adapter?
A simple travel module only bridges the differences in the form of different connections but does not include a transformer that converts the line voltage. If you are in a country with a mains voltage of 100 – 120 volts (for example the US, Canada, Japan), the simple travel module for many Dutch devices (Dutch mains voltage is 230 volts) is not enough. Information about simple travel plugs for different countries follows below.
Not only do most universal travel plugs have the great advantage of having a built-in voltage converter, but they also work for more than 150 countries around the world. Some even have an additional USB port for charging the cell phone or another small device. For this reason, it makes sense, rather invest a few euros more in a universal travel adapter, but not for every destination to buy a new travel module.
Overview of the most important countries for travel plugs
If you have already decided to purchase a universal travel adapter, you do not have to worry about country-specific functions. If you are considering a simple travel module, you will find a list of the most popular travel destinations and their plug types here:
Travel plug for the USA, Canada, Mexico, Japan: these countries have a mains voltage of 100 – 120 volts and the type A or B plug is required. The first type of power plug has the same two narrow contacts but does not have the third round pin. Due to the different voltages, the plug must contain a transformer.
Travel plug for Europe (except the UK, Ireland, Malta, and Cyprus): all European countries have a mains voltage of 220 – 240 volts and almost all use the type C plug. Not surprisingly, this is also called a Euro plug. The need for such a plug may well exist if you have purchased an electrical device from a non-European foreign country.
Travel plug for the Indian subcontinent: if you travel in India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka or Tibet, then you need a type D connector. The countries on the Indian subcontinent, as well as the Netherlands, have a mains voltage of 220-240 volts. The shape of the plug is still from the British colonial era and can still be found occasionally in England.
Travel plugs for England (UK), Ireland, Malta, Cyprus, Malaysia, Singapore, and Hong Kong: the European exceptions are the United Kingdom, Ireland, Malta and Cyprus using the G plug type. The same applies to the Asian countries of Malaysia and Singapore and Hong Kong (in contrast to China). Here too you will find a mains voltage of 220-240 volts so that a simple travel module is an option.
Travel plug for Israel: the H plug type is unique for Israel and is not used anywhere else in the world. Despite the elongated pins, the holes in many sockets were rounded to fit for the Euro plug. But you can’t trust that, so a travel plug is recommended — the mains voltage in Israel, as well as in the Netherlands, 230 volts.
Travel plug for Australia, New Zealand, and Argentina: most countries in Oceania and Argentina have a mains voltage of 220-240 volts and use the type I plug. This is characterized by three elongated pins, which are arranged in a V-shape. Occasionally there is only the plug with the two upper oblique contacts, but it still fits in the connections of the mentioned countries.