A Guide To The World’s Electrical Outlets [Pic]

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32 Responses to A Guide To The World’s Electrical Outlets [Pic]

  1. One think I like about the British one is although it is the least interesting to look at it's the most secure hence it not needing a recess to slot the whole plug head into.

    • It's not, in fact I have extensively traveled, used every single plug that you see here and I can tell you the plug I had least difficultly with, was the brazilian one.

    • and you can also use that plug for DC power…which is exactly what i did…designed a amplifier for a PC…

    • It does look that way. Though I like how only one of them has a switch on the point. Though it is something we take for granted here in Australia that powerpoints have a switch

      • Yeah that wierded me out when i went to Canada. Live contacts just sitting there, waiting for something to short them out.

        • Must be because we in Denmark (and apparently Canada) believe that if you are stupid enough to short-circuit a powerplug, then you probably shouldn’t be in the genepool. – That said – you do not actually die of putting you finger in a socket.. it just hurts like hell.
          In Denmark we have different sockets for our 360V – but I love the smilie face of our sockets

  2. The british plug uses the top socket as a trigger to begin electrical current so it is actually incredibly difficult to electrocute yourself.

    • The Europlug is compatible to this kind of outlet, the german Schuko-Plug fits in the France and Denmark, too. It is called “CEE 7/7″.
      For example in Belgium, Netherlands or Spain, the france and german outlets are used.

  3. Dont take this the wrong way, because i dont mean it negatively but ive always felt that ours (British) looks safer than every other one out there, the rest have always looked like they would damage your electrical goods.

  4. Australia's is the best, simply because we have the outlet switch as standard, meaning you can switch off your devices without having to "yank out" the plug, which is obviously an energy saving concept.

  5. But what I don't get is why everyone has a different one to begin with? Why don't we have one universal design?

    I'm used to using my native US(/Canada/Mexico) sockets, and I've used British sockets – I was amazed by how HUGE they were! They're twice the size of the US sockets!