World plugs

Seasoned travellers are well aware of the many different plugs and sockets in use around the world. IEC created a plug and socket zone that is both informative and practical, start exploring.

Select a location, eletric potential or frequency to discover what plug type(s), voltage and frequency are used there.

Afghanistan

220V 50Hz C / F

Albania

230V 50Hz C / F

Algeria

230V 50Hz C / F

American Samoa

120V 60Hz A / B / F / I

Andorra

230V 50Hz C / F

Angola

220V 50Hz C

Anguilla

110V 60Hz A

Antigua and Barbuda

230V 60Hz A / B

Argentina

220V 50Hz I

Armenia

230V 50Hz C / F

Aruba

127V 60Hz A / B / F

Australia

240V 50Hz I

Austria

230V 50Hz C / F

Azerbaijan

220V 50Hz C / F

Bahamas

120V 60Hz A / B

Bahrain

230V 50Hz G

Bangladesh

220V 50Hz C / D / G / K

Barbados

115V 50Hz A / B

Belarus

220V 50Hz C / F

Belgium

230V 50Hz C / E

Belize

110V / 220V 60Hz A / B / G

Benin

220V 50Hz C / E

Bermuda

120V 60Hz A / B

Bhutan

230V 50Hz C / D / F / G / M

Bolivia

115V / 230V 50Hz A / C

Bosnia and Herzegovina

230V 50Hz C / F

Botswana

230V 50Hz D / G / M

Brazil

127V / 220V 60Hz C / N

British Virgin Islands

110V 60Hz A / B

Brunei Darussalam

240V 50Hz G

Bulgaria

230V 50Hz C / F

Burkina Faso

220V 50Hz C / E

Burma

230V 50Hz C / D / F / G

Burundi

220V 50Hz C / E

Cambodia

230V 50Hz A / C / G

Cameroon

220V 50Hz C / E

Canada

120V 60Hz A / B

Cape Verde

220V 50Hz C / F

Cayman Islands

120V 60Hz A / B

Central African Republic

220V 50Hz C / E

Chad

220V 50Hz C / D / E / F

Chile

220V 50Hz C / L

China

220V 50Hz A / C / I

Colombia

110V 60Hz A / B

Comoros

220V 50Hz C / E

Congo, Republic of the

230V 50Hz C / E

Cook Islands

240V 50Hz I

Costa Rica

120V 60Hz A / B

Cote d Ivoire

230V 50Hz C / E

Croatia

230V 50Hz C / F

Cuba

110V 60Hz A / B

Cyprus

240V 50Hz G

Czech Republic

230V 50Hz C / E

Democratic Republic of the Congo

220V 50Hz C / D / E

Denmark

230V 50Hz C / E / F / K

Djibouti

220V 50Hz C / E

Dominica

230V 50Hz D / G

Dominican Republic

110V 60Hz A / B

Ecuador

120V 60Hz A / B

Egypt

220V 50Hz C / F

El Salvador

115V 60Hz A / B

Equatorial Guinea

220V 50Hz C / E

Eritrea

230V 50Hz C / L

Estonia

230V 50Hz C / F

Ethiopia

220V 50Hz C / F / L

Falkland Islands (Malvinas)

240V 50Hz G

Faroe Islands

230V 50Hz C / E / F / K

Fiji

240V 50Hz I

Finland

230V 50Hz C / F

France

230V 50Hz C / E

French Guiana

220V 50Hz C / D / E

Gabon

220V 50Hz C

Gambia

230V 50Hz G

Georgia

220V 50Hz C / F

Germany

230V 50Hz C / F

Ghana

230V 50Hz D / G

Gibraltar

240V 50Hz C / G

Greece

230V 50Hz C / F

Greenland

230V 50Hz C / E / F / K

Grenada

230V 50Hz G

Guadeloupe

230V 50Hz C / D / E

Guam

110V 60Hz A / B

Guatemala

120V 60Hz A / B

Guinea

220V 50Hz C / F / K

Guinea-Bissau

220V 50Hz C

Guyana

240V 60Hz A / B / D / G

Haiti

110V 60Hz A / B

Honduras

110V 60Hz A / B

Hong Kong

220V 50Hz D / G

Hungary

230V 50Hz C / F

Iceland

230V 50Hz C / F

India

230V 50Hz C / D / M

Indonesia

220V / 110V 50Hz C / F

Iran (Islamic Republic of)

220V 50Hz C / F

Iraq

230V 50Hz C / D / G

Ireland

230V 50Hz G

Isle of Man

240V 50Hz C / G

Israel

230V 50Hz H

Italy

230V 50Hz C / F / L

Jamaica

110V 50Hz A / B

Jordan

230V 50Hz B / C / D / F / G / J

Kazakhstan

220V 50Hz C / F

Kenya

240V 50Hz G

Kiribati

240V 50Hz I

Korea, Democratic Peoples Republic of

220V / 110V 50Hz / 60Hz A / C / F

Korea, Republic of

220V 60Hz C / F

Kuwait

240V 50Hz C / G

Kyrgyzstan

220V 50Hz C / F

Lao Peoples Democratic Republic

230V 50Hz A / B / C / E / F

Latvia

230V 50Hz C / F

Lebanon

220V 50Hz A / B / C / D / G

Lesotho

220V 50Hz M

Liberia

120V / 220V 50Hz / 60Hz A / B / C / E / F

Libyan Arab Jamahiriya

127V / 230V 50Hz C / D / F / L

Liechtenstein

230V 50Hz C / J

Lithuania

220V 50Hz C / F

Luxembourg

230V 50Hz C / F

Macau

220V 50Hz D / F / G / M

Macedonia

230V 50Hz C / F

Madagascar

127V / 220V 50Hz C / D / E / J / K

Malawi

230V 50Hz G

Malaysia

240V 50Hz A / C / G / M

Martinique

220V 50Hz C / D / E

Mauritania

220V 50Hz C

Mauritius

230V 50Hz C / G

Mexico

127V 60Hz A / B

Micronesia, Federated States of

120V 60Hz A / B

Monaco

230V 50Hz C / D / E / F

Mongolia

220V 50Hz C / E

Montenegro

230V 50Hz C / F

Montserrat

230V 60Hz A / B

Morocco

127V / 220V 50Hz C / E

Mozambique

220V 50Hz C / F / M

Namibia

220V 50Hz D / M

Nauru

240V 50Hz I

Nepal

230V 50Hz C / D / M

Netherlands

230V 50Hz C / F

Netherlands Antilles

127V / 220V 50Hz A / B / C / F

New Caledonia

220V 50Hz C / F

New Zealand

230V 50Hz I

Nicaragua

120V 60Hz A / B

Nigeria

230V 50Hz D / G

Norway

230V 50Hz C / F

Oman

240V 50Hz C / G

Pakistan

230V 50Hz C / D / G / M

Palau

120V 60Hz A / B

Panama

110V 60Hz A / B

Papua New Guinea

240V 50Hz I

Paraguay

220V 50Hz C

Peru

220V 60Hz A / B / C

Philippines

220V 60Hz A / B / C

Poland

230V 50Hz C / E

Portugal

230V 50Hz C / F

Puerto Rico

120V 60Hz A / B

Qatar

240V 50Hz D / G

Republic of Moldova

220V 50Hz C / F

Republic of Niger

220V 50Hz A / B / C / D / E / F

Reunion

220V 50Hz E

Romania

230V 50Hz C / F

Russia

220V 50Hz C / F

Rwanda

230V 50Hz C / J

Saint Kitts and Nevis

230V 60Hz A / B / D / G

Saint Lucia

240V 50Hz G

Saint Martin

120V / 220V 60Hz C / F

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

230V 50Hz A / C / E / G / I / K

Samoa

230V 50Hz I

San Marino

230V 50Hz C / F / L

Sao Tome and Principe

220V 50Hz C / F

Saudi Arabia

220V / 230V 60Hz G

Senegal

230V 50Hz C / D / E / K

Serbia

230V 50Hz C / F

Seychelles

240V 50Hz G

Sierra Leone

230V 50Hz D / G

Singapore

230V 50Hz C / G / M

Slovakia

230V 50Hz C / E

Slovenia

230V 50Hz C / F

Solomon Islands

220V 50Hz G / I

Somalia

220V 50Hz C

South Africa

230V 50Hz C / M / N

Spain

230V 50Hz C / F

Sri Lanka

230V 50Hz D / G / M

Sudan

230V 50Hz C / D

Suriname

127V 60Hz C / F

Swaziland

230V 50Hz M

Sweden

230V 50Hz C / F

Switzerland

230V 50Hz C / J

Syrian Arab Republic

220V 50Hz C / E / L

Taiwan

110V 60Hz A / B

Tajikistan

220V 50Hz C / F / I

Thailand

220V 50Hz A / B / C / F / O

Timor-Leste

220V 50Hz C / E / F / I

Togo

220V 50Hz C

Tonga

240V 50Hz I

Trinidad and Tobago

115V 60Hz A / B

Tunisia

230V 50Hz C / E

Turkey

220V 50Hz C / F

Turkmenistan

220V 50Hz B / C / F

Turks and Caicos Islands

120V 60Hz A / B

Tuvalu

220V 50Hz I

Uganda

240V 50Hz G

Ukraine

220V 50Hz C / F

United Arab Emirates

230V 50Hz D / G

United Kingdom

230V 50Hz G

United Republic of Tanzania

230V 50Hz D / G

United States

120V 60Hz A / B

United States Virgin Islands

110V 60Hz A / B

Uruguay

230V 50Hz C / F / L

Uzbekistan

220V 50Hz C / I

Vanuatu

220V 50Hz C / G / I

Venezuela

120V 60Hz A / B

Viet Nam

220V 50Hz A / C / F

Yemen

230V 50Hz A / D / G

Zambia

230V 50Hz C / D / G

Zimbabwe

220V 50Hz D / G

Plug Details

Plug Type A

Used in: North and Central America, Japan

The Type A electrical plug (or flat blade attachment plug) is an ungrounded plug with two flat parallel pins. Although the American and Japanese plugs appear identical, the neutral pin on the American plug is wider than the live pin, whereas on the Japanese plug both pins are the same size. As a result, Japanese plugs can be used in the US but often not the other way around.

The pins on Type A and Type B plugs have a hole near the tip that fits into ‘bumps’ found on the contact wipers of some sockets, so that the pins are gripped more tightly allowing for better contact and also to prevent the plug from slipping out of the socket. Some sockets have spring-action blades that grip the sides of the pins, making the holes obsolete.

Plug Type B

Used in: North and Central America, Japan

The Type B electrical plug has two flat parallel pins and a round grounding (or earth) pin. The earth pin is longer than the other two so that the device is grounded before the power is connected. As with the type A plugs, the American and Japanese versions vary slightly.

Type B plugs are rated at 15 amps.

Plug Type C

Used in: Europe, with the exception of the UK, Ireland, Cyprus and Malta

The Type C electrical plug (or Europlug) is a two-wire plug that has two round pins. It fits into any socket that accepts 4.0 – 4.8 mm round contacts on 19 mm centres. They are being replaced by E, F, J, K or N sockets which work perfectly with Type C plugs.

Type C plugs are generally limited for use in appliances that require 2.5 amps or less.

Plug Type D

Used in: India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Namibia

The Type D electrical plug has three large round pins in a triangular pattern. Type M plugs are often used alongside Type D plugs for larger appliances and as a result, some sockets work with both Type D and Type M plugs.

Type D plugs are rated 5 amps.

Plug Type E

Used in: France, Belgium, Slovakia and Tunisia among others

The Type E electrical plug has two 4.8 mm round pins spaced 19 mm apart and a hole for the socket's male earthing pin. The Type E plug has a rounded shape and the Type E socket has a round recess. Type E plugs are rated 16 amps.

Note: The CEE 7/7 plug was developed to work with Type E and Type F sockets with a female contact (to accept the earthing pin of the Type E socket) and has earthing clips on both sides (to work with Type F sockets).

Plug Type F

Used in: Germany, Austria, the Netherlands and Spain among others

The Type F electrical plug (also known as a Schuko plug) has two 4.8 mm round pins spaced 19 mm apart. It is similar to the Type E plug but has two earth clips on the side rather than a female earth contact. The CEE 7/7 plug was developed to work with sockets E and F and has grounding clips on both sides (to work with Type F sockets) and a female contact (to accept the grounding pin of the type E socket).

Type F plugs are rated 16 amps.

Plug Type G

Used in: UK, Ireland, Cyprus, Malta, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong

The Type G electrical plug has three rectangular blades in a triangular pattern and has an incorporated fuse (usually a 3 amps fuse for smaller appliances such as a computer and a 13 amps one for heavy duty appliances such as heaters). British sockets have shutters on the live and neutral contacts so that foreign objects can’t be introduced into them.

Plug Type H

Used in: Israel

The Type H plug is unique to Israel and has two flat pins in a V-shape as well as a grounding pin. It is however currently being phased out in favour of a round-pinned version. The holes in Type H sockets are wide in the middle so as to accommodate the round-pinned version of the Type H plug as well as Type C plugs.

Plug Type I

Used in: Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Argentina

The Type I plug has two flat pins in a V-shape as well as a grounding pin. A version of the plug, which only has the two flat pins, exists as well. The Australian plug also works with sockets in China.

Australia’s standard plug/socket system is rated 10 amps but a plug/socket configuration rated 15 amps also exists, although the ground pin is wider. A standard 10 amp plug will fit into a 15 amp socket but not the other way around.

Plug Type J

Used in: Switzerland and Lichtenstein

The Type J plug has two round pins as well as a grounding pin. Although the Type J plug looks a lot like the Brazilian Type N plug it is incompatible with the Type N socket as the earth pin is further away from the centre line than on Type N. However, Type C plugs are perfectly compatible with Type J sockets.

Type J plugs are rated 10 amps.

Plug Type K

Used in: Denmark and Greenland

The Type K plug has two round pins as well as a grounding pin. It is similar to Type F, the difference being that Type F has grounding clips instead of a grounding pin. Type C plugs are perfectly compatible with Type F sockets. Type E plugs and sockets are also used in Denmark.

Plug Type L

Used in: Italy

There are two variations of the Type L plug, one rated at 10 amps, and one at 16 amps. The 10 amp version has two round pins that are 4 mm thick and spaced 5.5 mm apart, with a grounding pin in the middle. The 16 amp version has two round pins that are 5 mm thick, spaced 8mm apart, as well as a grounding pin. Italy has a kind of “universal” socket that comprises a “schuko” socket for C, E, F and L plugs and a “bipasso” socket for L and C plugs.

Plug Type M

Used in: South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho

The Type M plug has three round pins in a triangular pattern and looks similar to the Indian Type D plug, but its pins are much larger. Type M plugs are sometimes used for bigger appliances in countries that make use of Type D plugs, as well as in Israel (Type H). Therefore, sockets in these countries sometimes work with Type M plugs.

Plug Type N

Used in: Brazil

There are two variations of the Type N plug, one rated at 10 amps, and one at 20 amps. The 10 amp version has two round pins that are 4 mm thick, and a grounding pin. The 20 amp version, used for heavier appliances, has two round pins 4.8 mm in diameter, and a grounding pin. The Type N socket was designed to work with Type C plugs as well.

Brazil is one of the few countries that uses two types of voltage. While most states use 127 V, some of them use 220 V. It is therefore important to find out the local voltage before plugging in your appliance (note: wrong voltage can destroy your appliance). Many appliances sold in Brazil are dual voltage.

Plug Type O

Type O is used exclusively in Thailand.

The type O socket and plug, rated at 16 amps, are the official standard in Thailand. The plug system was designed in 2006, but its use is not widespread as yet. It is currently gradually being phased in. The standard is described in TIS 166-2549.

Type O consists of two power pins and an earth pin, which are round and have a 4.8 mm diameter. The power pins measure 19 mm in length, they have 10 mm long insulated sleeves and their centers are spaced 19 mm apart.