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1 Wall sockets 2 Voltage ranges 3 Table of mains voltages and frequencies 4 References 5 See also 6 External links

[edit] Wall sockets

Plugs. The lettering system used here is from a U.S. government document[1], which defines the letter names and gives a (not always correct) list of what plug types are used where. Although useful for quick reference, the document is ambiguous in some areas. A plug and socket that are classified here under the same letter will usually mate, but there is no guarantee of this. A more up-to-date and authoritative reference on plugs and sockets is IEC Technical Report 60083[2].

[edit] Voltage ranges

Voltage and frequency:
127V/50Hz

220-240V/60Hz

220-240V/50Hz

100-127V/60Hz

100-

Distinction should be made between the voltage at the point of supply (nominal system voltage) and the voltage rating of the equipment (utilization voltage). Typically the utilization voltage is 3 to 5% lower than the nominal system voltage; for example, a nominal 208 V supply system will be connected to motors with "200 V" on their nameplates. This allows for the voltage drop between equipment and supply. Voltages in this article are the nominal single-phase supply voltages and equipment used on these systems will carry slightly lower nameplate voltages. Three-phase and industrial loads will have other voltages. All voltages are root mean square voltage, the peak AC voltage is greater by a factor of , and the peak to peak voltage greater by a factor of .

[edit] Table of mains voltages and frequencies
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. F C. Australia I 230 V 50 Hz Austria Azerbaijan Azores Bahamas Bahrain Balearic Islands Bangladesh Barbados Belarus C. F 240 V 220 V 230 V 120 V 230 V 220 V 110 V 230 V 220 V 230 V 127 V 50 Hz 50 Hz 50 Hz 60 Hz 50 Hz 50 Hz 60 Hz 60 Hz 50 Hz 50 Hz 60 Hz Airport power is reportedly 110 V. Live and neutral are reversed for socket outlet type I in comparison to most other countries. Bathrooms in hotels will often have a type I. F C. D. F. As of 2000. G. C. the mains supply voltage specified in AS 60038 is 230 V with a tolerance of +10% -6%[3]. This was done for voltage harmonisation . F A. F A.Region Afghanistan Albania Algeria American Samoa Andorra Angola Anguilla Antigua Argentina Armenia Aruba Type(s) of plug / socket Voltage Frequency Comments Voltage may vary from 160 to 280. Lago Colony 115 V. Mains voltage is still popularly referred to as being "two-forty volts". B G C. D. I C. F A. B C. C. B. C and A socket marked "for shavers only" as pictured on the right. B C 230 V 220 V 220 V 120 V 230 V 220 V 220 V 115 V 220 V 50 Hz 50 Hz 50 Hz 60 Hz 50 Hz 50 Hz 50 Hz 50 Hz 50 Hz along with 50 Hz in some outlying areas Awali 110 V. F A. I C.however 240 V is within tolerance and is commonly found. B A. F C C. 60 Hz. K A. B. F C A.

B. NBR14136:2002 and / IEC 60906-1 220 V Newer devices 60 Hz Brunei Bulgaria Burkina Faso Burundi Cambodia Cameroon G C. G. C 230 V 110 V and 220 V 220 V 120 V 230 V 220 V 127 V 50 Hz 60 Hz 50 Hz 60 Hz 50 Hz 50 Hz 50 Hz 50 Hz 50 Hz Type I is becoming common for 220 V outlets and appliances in 127 V areas. E 240 V 230 V 220 V 220 V 230 V 220 V 50 Hz 50 Hz 50 Hz 50 Hz 50 Hz 50 Hz . B and C types are sometimes together (flat with rounder ends and ground pin) so that an A. La Paz & Viacha 115 V. F. Since then. B. all devices shall comply with new standard. or 220 V.Belgium Belize Benin Bermuda Bhutan Bolivia Bonaire Bosnia Botswana C. I . E A. the exact voltage might be 115 V. Receptacle is combination of B&C without ground connector. 127 V. G C. B D. B or C types can be used. E C. E A. Also note that by Jan 1st 2010. C. Dual-voltage wiring is rather common for highpowered appliances. F C. such as clothes dryers and electric showers which tend to be 220 V even in 127 V areas. G. The A.Older 127 V C. G C. M 220 V 230 V Brazil A. E A. C. Brazil converted to the IEC 60906-1 international plug which looks similar to type J but is not compatible. Depending on the area. M A. C. F D.

L A. 240V single phase used for applications such as clothes driers. F. A 20-Amp type B but with a T-slot is used in kitchens in new construction. I 220 V 220 V 120 V 220 V 220 V 230 V 220 V 220 V 50 Hz 50 Hz 60 Hz 50 Hz 50 Hz 50 Hz 50 Hz 50 Hz Most wall outlets simultaneously support Types A and I. a Type C or a Type I (Unearthed) plug can be used. B C. type B now required for new construction and renovation. Some outlets support Type C as well (the holes in the outlets are flat in the middle and round on the sides) so that either a Type A. B 120 V 60 Hz Standardized at 120V.Canada A. [4] Canary Islands Cape Verde Cayman Islands Central African Republic Chad Channel Islands Chile China (mainland only) C. E D. Type A outlets are for repairs only (house from the 1950s or older). L C. Three-phase 120/208 V or 347/600 V is available though primarily only to commercial or industrial buildings. water heater. Buildings and houses with more than one branch circuit have both voltages. C. G C. E. A second outlet only type I (Earthed) is next to the unearthed multi Type . air conditioning. E. cook-stoves and machinery. F C. electric heating. F A.

D I C A. E C.[5] 3-phase 400 V AC used for heavy duty applications. cookstoves and ovens use 240 volt supplies. F A. Wiring conventions. See photo at right. voltage in china is always 220 volts. especially for low-power devices. NOTE: no matter the type of plug the socket will accept. B G 220 V 230 V 220 V 240 V 220 V 120 V 230 V 230 V 110 V 240 V 50 Hz 50 Hz 50 Hz 50 Hz 50 Hz 60 Hz 50 Hz 50 Hz 60 Hz 50 Hz Type C Plugs are common.Colombia A. High-power air conditioners. and exist only in very old installations. restaurant equipment. Czech Republic C. E C. E 230 V 220 V 50 Hz 50 Hz . K C. Type E is added from July 2008. B 120 V 60 Hz A\C\I outlet. E. E C. E 230 V 50 Hz Denmark Djibouti C. Comoros CongoBrazzaville Congo-Kinshasa Cook Islands Corfu Costa Rica Côte d'Ivoire Croatia Cuba Cyprus C. Type C wall sockets are very uncommon. Type A outlets only fit plugs with pins of the same width—a polarized Type A plug requires an adapter. practices and standards follow the Colombian Electrical Code (Codigo Electrico Colombiano) which is essentially a translation of the USA National Electric Code. B C.

G A. E. E C. I A. G G. F. and exist only in very old installations.Dominica Dominican Republic East Timor Ecuador Egypt El Salvador Equatorial Guinea Eritrea Estonia Ethiopia Faroe Islands Falkland Islands Fiji Finland France French Guiana Gaza Strip Gabon Gambia Georgia D. F. Type F ("Schuko". K G I C. Type C sockets exist only in old Ghana Gibraltar Greece D. short for "Schutzkontakt") is standard. F. B C. Type K was used in the Europort development by the Danish builders. F C. L C. Otherwise the United Kingdom fittings are used. E C C. 230 V (older)"Tripoliko" (formerly similar to type J 220v) and post-1989 type H . B C. K 230 V 240 V 50 Hz 50 Hz 50 Hz C. F 230 V (formerly 220v) 50 Hz Type F ("Schuko". especially for low-power devices. B C A. Type C Plugs are common. Greek: Σούκο) is the de-facto standard for new installations' sockets. E C. (see Israel in this list) Germany C. D. E. Type C wall sockets are very uncommon. F C. H C G C 230 V 110 V 220 V 120 V 220 V 115 V 220 V 230 V 230 V 220 V 220 V 240 V 240 V 230 V 230 V (formerly 220v) 220 V 230 V 220 V 230 V 220 V 50 Hz 60 Hz 50 Hz 60 Hz 50 Hz 60 Hz 50 Hz 50 Hz 50 Hz 50 Hz 50 Hz 50 Hz 50 Hz 50 Hz 50 Hz 50 Hz 50 Hz 50 Hz 50 Hz 50 Hz Type C wall sockets have been prohibited in new installations for more than 10 years.

B C. Greenland Grenada Guadeloupe Guam Guatemala Guinea Guinea-Bissau C. G 240 V 60 Hz Haiti Honduras A. F. or a switch to select voltage. which are sometimes labelled as 110 V and 220 V. 50 Hz Hungary Iceland India C. now obsolete. D is now obsolete in Hong Kong. F C. D. D. B A.installations. F C. D. This duo installation is not as common in HK as in the UK. B. E A. M 230 V (formerly 220V) 230 V 230 V 50 Hz 50 Hz 50 Hz The standardised voltage used in India is 220V/50 Hz with a . Occasionally. Light appliances use type C plug while more electricityconsuming ones use type E&F or F plugs. There was a smaller 2A version of type D. B 110 V 110 V 60 Hz 60 Hz Largely based on UK system. while M is (rarely) used when required 220 V current rating is between 13~15A. B A. K G C. a 'shaver' socket (similar to Type C) is found in some bathrooms that provides low current to some other plug types. These almost always have a 110 V socket and a 220 V socket in the same unit. K C 220 V 230 V 230 V 110 V 120 V 220 V 220 V 50 Hz 50 Hz 50 Hz 60 Hz 60 Hz 50 Hz 50 Hz Mixture of 50 Hz and 60 Hz distribution according to Guyana Power and Light [6] Conversion of 50 Hz distribution to 60 Hz is ongoing [7] Guyana A. Hong Kong G is used in almost all products.

F 220 V 50 Hz Iraq C. or a switch to select voltage. Type C wall sockets are less common. Indonesia C. These almost always have a 110 V socket and a 230 V socket in the same unit.S.tolerance varying from 216V to 253V. 110 V centre point earthed transformers are often used for industrial portable tools. 411 (Socket outlet). which are sometimes labelled as 115 V and 230 V. Type F ("Side Earth") plugs occasionally seen in old installations probably because much of the early Irish electrical network was heavily influenced by Siemens. Type F is used for new installations. G 127 V and 230 V 50 Hz Type G socket/plug is not common.S. D. G Sockets and plugs standard as defined by NSAI I. Type C Plugs are common for lowpower devices. Some hotels provide dual receptacles for foreign appliances giving both 120V and 230V. The G type socket often has a on-off switch on the socket. F. ' A 'shaver' socket (similar to Type C) is sometimes found in bathrooms that will provide low current to some other plug types. 401 (Plug) I. G 230 V 50 Hz Ireland G (obsolete or specialist 230 V installations may be (formerly D and M (as in the 220 V) UK) or F) 50 Hz . Iran C. and exist only in older installations.

in which case American polarized plugs (one prong wider than the other) would not fit.Isle of Man C. Older buildings have nonpolarized sockets. B 100 V 50 Hz and 60 Hz Jordan B. Identical plugs and sockets also used in the Palestinian National Authority areas. B 230 V (formerly 220v)[8] 110 V and 220V 50 Hz 50 Hz Eastern Japan 50 Hz (Tokyo. Osaka. M 230 V 50 Hz Italy Jamaica C. Kobe. G 240 V 50 Hz The standard for H plugs and sockets was recently modified to use round pins. F 220 V 50 Hz Kenya Kiribati Kuwait Kyrgyzstan G I C. L A. F. Actual voltage may vary (usually 150-200 V) because of unstable electrical system. Israel C. No official standard. Yokohama. Nagoya. Western Japan 60 Hz (Okinawa. C. Kyoto. J 230 V 50 Hz Kazakhstan C. H. D. E. Voltage tolerance is 220 V ±10%. Many buildings do not have the ground pin. and Sendai). Japan A. Type M sockets are used for air conditioners. Hiroshima). so most modern sockets accept both type C and type H plugs. Sapporo. F. Kawasaki. Sockets and switches fit in Americansized standard boxes. G. G C 240 V 240 V 240 V 220 V 50 Hz 50 Hz 50 Hz 50 Hz .

F A. B.R. of D. M. B. Macau S. Sabha & Tobruk 230 V.A. D. F 127 V 230 V (formerly 220v) 230 V 230 V (formerly 220v) 50 Hz 50 Hz 50 Hz 50 Hz Swiss Norm. a small China number of F 220 V 50 Hz No official standards there. J.Laos Latvia Lebanon Lesotho A. J C. After handover. 110V was found in Macau but now obsolete. Many private power plants are still 60 Hz. Liberia A. E. now officially 50 Hz. F C. and public power supplies are still limited. Darnah. F C. However. D. K C. F C. F 120 V and 240 V 50 Hz Libya Lithuania Liechtenstein Luxembourg D. A & B are used for 110v. C. Much of the centralized power system was destroyed during the civil wars starting in 1990. C & F are used for 230/240v. E. B. Local supplies may vary and may not match the usual voltage for a particular wall socket. G M 230 V 220 V 240 V 220 V 50 Hz 50 Hz 50 Hz 50 Hz Previously 60 Hz. Macau adopted G in both government and private buildings. C. E. F 220 V 127 V and 220 V 220 V 50 Hz 50 Hz 50 Hz . Benghazi. Before 1980s. [9] Barca. G. C only in the form CEE 7/16. in the MacaoHK Ferry Pier built by Portuguese Government before handover the standard was E & F. L C. C. Macedonia Madagascar Madeira C.

D. although hazardous. G. as the supplied voltage is within the allowed tolerance.10% (giving a range of 114 to 140 volts). E. G 230 V 220 V 230 V 220 V 220 V 230 V 50 Hz 50 Hz 50 Hz 50 Hz 50 Hz 50 Hz Type B is becoming more common. D. E G C.Malawi G 230 V 50 Hz The official mains power voltage is AC 230 V with the tolerance of +10%. F 120 V 220-230 V 127 V and 220 V 230 V 220 V 60 Hz 50 Hz 50 Hz 50 Hz 50 Hz . Split phase is commonly available and local electricians are apt to wire both to a type A/B socket to give 240 V for air conditioning or washing machine/dryers. F C. F C. the supplied voltage remains at 240 V (except Penang at 230 V). Malaysia G (but M for air conditioners and clothes dryers) 240 V 50 Hz Maldives Mali Malta Martinique Mauritania Mauritius A. D. Mexico A. Type C plugs are very common with audio/video equipment. B C. J. K.6%. E C. Plugged into Type G outlets using widely-available adapters or forced in by pushing down the shutter.[10] However. E C C. Compatible with European and former Soviet Union (GOST) standards. L C. The latter is widely practised. B 127 V 60 Hz Micronesia Moldova Monaco Mongolia Montenegro A. Voltage can legally vary by +/.

G 230 V 50 Hz Namibia Nauru Nepal Netherlands Netherlands Antilles New Caledonia New Zealand Nicaragua Niger Nigeria North Korea D.Montserrat (Leeward Is. F A. Official standard is 230 V / 50 Hz. E. G C. M C. Martin 120 V. 60 Hz. many major hotels chains are said to have outlets that will take Type I plugs and perhaps other types. Maputo. F E I A. B A. Also. B C. D. E 230 V 127 V and 220 V 220 V 60 Hz 50 Hz Conversion to 220 V only underway. B. B C. B. Saba & St. Type M found especially near the border with South Africa. D. including in the capital. Voltage variations common. G C 220 V 240 V 230 V 230 V (formerly 220v) 127 V and 220 V 220 V 230 V 120 V 220 V 240 V 220 V 50 Hz 50 Hz 50 Hz 50 Hz 50 Hz 50 Hz 50 Hz 60 Hz 50 Hz 50 Hz 50 Hz IT earthing system (most widespread) TN earthing system (new installations) TT earthing system (used in some installations in Bergen) Military facilities 120 V. M I C. maybe B Norway C. F 230 V 50 Hz Okinawa Oman Pakistan A. F. A. D. M 50 Hz Myanmar/Burma C. Voltage Electricity Regulations 1997 states supply voltage is 230 V ±6% St. Eustatius 110 V. Type G found primarily in better hotels. D. 60 Hz.) Morocco A. G 100 V 240 V 230 V 60 Hz 50 Hz 50 Hz . C. Mozambique C. M. F D. F.

Type G Plug / Socket is less common. Type C Soviet sockets could be seen in old houses and in countryside. G E 220 V[11] 120 V 240 V 220 V 50 Hz 60 Hz 50 Hz 50 Hz . Sockets and switches are built to USA dimensions and fit USA sized wall boxes. Industrial appliances use 3-phase 400V AC (formerly 380V AC) supply. B. Frequency tolerance 50 Hz ±2% (49 Hz to 51 Hz) But Karachi Electric Supply Corporation (KESC) is 240 V / 50 Hz. especially for low-power devices. Arequipa 50 Hz Most plugs and outlets are Type A. Portugal Puerto Rico Qatar Réunion C. Type B are commonly found in high powered appliances and computers. Type C and D Plug / Socket are common for low-power devices. C 110 V 240 V 220 V 220 V 60 Hz 50 Hz 50 Hz 60 Hz tolerance is 230 V ±5% (218 V to 242 V). Panama City 120 V. Type C Plugs are common. Some areas have 110V as in Baguio.Panama Papua New Guinea Paraguay Peru A. E 230 V (formerly 220v) 50 Hz Talara 110/220 V. B. Type M Plug / Socket is common for air conditioners and highpower devices. B I C A. but some are C. F A. C 220 V 60 Hz Poland C. B D. Philippines A.

0 mm pins). E. Most household sockets still compatible with East European standards (4.Romania C. welding equipment) use 3-phase 400V AC supply. Obsolete standard 127 V/50 Hz AC is used in some remote villages. Elsewhere it was replaced in 1970s by the 220V standard. J A. Kitts and Nevis St. Vincent (Winward Is. Industrial appliances use 3-phase 380V AC supply. F A. USSR (along with much of Eastern Europe) used type GOST sockets with 4.) São Tomé and Príncipe Saudi Arabia Senegal Serbia Seychelles C. F. K C. Lucia (Winward Is. D.0 mm pins similar to West European C type plugs instead of the 4. F 220 V 50 Hz Virtually identical to German standards. K C. B. Region plug is same as United States (2 pin) 110120 V Rwanda St. C. The former Soviet sockets could be seen mainly in old houses and in countryside.8mm standard used by West European type E/F Plugs. G G A. I. E.) St. Industrial appliances (washing machines. B. D. F G 230 V 110 V and 230 V 240 V 230 V 220 V 127 V and 220 V 230 V 220 V 240 V 50 Hz 60 Hz 50 Hz 50 Hz 50 Hz 60 Hz 50 Hz 50 Hz 50 Hz . F 230 V (formerly 220v) 50 Hz Russian Federation C. G. G C.

the ground contact is often not connected to anything. Types C & F are used for 220 Volts. F C M A. B. F (Types A & B are used for 110-volt installations and/or found in very old buildings.Sierra Leone Singapore Slovakia Slovenia Somalia South Africa South Korea D. Switches and outlets fit American-sized 3-phase 400 V AC used for heavy duty applications. G G (but M for air conditioners and clothes dryers) C. also found in King Williams Town Type F is normally found in offices. . 220 volt power is distributed by using both "live" poles of a 110 volt system (neutral is not used). hotels and homes. Most hotels only have 220 V outlets. E C. 110 V/60 Hz power with plugs A & B were previously used but has already been phased out. Some residents install their own step-down transformers and dedicated circuits. but some hotels offer both 110 V (Type A or B) and 220 V (Type C or F) outlets. airports. C. Type C (type CEE 7/17) sockets are obsolete as of 2008 but still found in a lot of places. Type C is used for audio/video equipment and plug adapters are widely available. so that they can use 110 V appliances imported from Japan or North America.) 230 V 230 V 230 V 230 V 220 V 220 V 220 V 50 Hz 50 Hz 50 Hz 50 Hz 50 Hz 50 Hz 60 Hz Grahamstown & Port Elizabeth 250 V. In cases where a Type C socket was replaced with a Type F.

Most appliances have Type A plugs. I D. but some appliances have 110 V 60 Hz Type B plugs. Taiwan. L A. F M C. G C. D C. E 50 Hz 50 Hz 60 Hz 50 Hz 50 Hz 50 Hz Sockets lacking earth are prohibited in new installations. J C. The ground prong on the Type B plus is often cut off to make it fit in Type A sockets in older buildings. G 220 V 50 Hz 110 V Marquesas Islands 50 Hz and 60 Hz/50 Hz [12] 220 V Most outlets are Type A. E. 220 V 50 Hz 230 V 50 Hz . Sri Lanka Sudan Suriname Swaziland Sweden Switzerland Syria Tahiti D. M. the ground (earth) holes are usually not connected to anything in older houses. Republic A. B of China Tajikistan Tanzania C. B. However. F C. Sockets and switches are built to USA dimensions and fit USA sized wall boxes. in modern houses you'll find them to be properly grounded. F 230 V (formerly 220v) 230 V 230 V 127 V 230 V 230 V 230 V 50 Hz Increased use of type G in new houses/establishments. C only in the form CEE 7/16. Mainly in Colombo and high end hotels. When an outlet is Type B. Dedicated sockets provide 220V for air conditioning units. Spain C.boxes.

earthed type I plugs will not fit. F B. B. A 3-pin plug that only fits in B/C sockets is also seeing increased use. kettles and cookers. G 220 V 240 V 115 V 230 V 230 V 220 V 240 V 220 V 220 V 50 Hz 50 Hz 60 Hz 50 Hz 50 Hz 50 Hz 50 Hz 50 Hz 50 Hz 50 Hz Lome 127 V. F C. [14] A "shaver socket" (similar to Type . or B if an Earth connection is required. Only Unearthed Type I plugs can be used in these combination sockets. B C. Type F is mainly for high-powered appliances such as air conditioners. C and I. widened to 230 V ±10% (207 V to 253 V) in 2008. F G C. C. D. G (D and M seen in 230 V very old installs (formerly and specialist 240 V) applications) Voltage tolerance of 230 V +10%/−6% (216. while outlets in older buildings are usually type A. The system supply voltage remains centered on 240 V. An equal proportion of appliances have type A or C plugs. Unearthed I 220 V 50 Hz Togo Tonga Trinidad & Tobago Tunisia Turkey Turkmenistan Uganda Ukraine United Arab Emirates United Kingdom C I A.Tenerife C 220 V 50 Hz Outlets in hotels and most buildings are usually a combination of types B and C which will accept plug types A. [13] Thailand A.2 V to 253 V). it differs from type B by having all the pins round. F. E C. B.

or a switch to select voltage for a single socket. IEC 60309 plugs and connectors are used in industrial and construction locations as well as for outdoor use in domestic and other business premises. Type L is the most . L (I only 230 V 50 Hz C) is sometimes found in bathrooms that will provide low current to some other plug types. clothes dryers. A T-slot Type B is rated for 20 amperes for use in kitchens or other areas using large 120 V appliances. E+F. Buildings with more then one branch circuit will have both 120 and 240 V available. F. Since 1962.United States of A. B America 120 V 60 Hz Uruguay C. These sometimes have a ~110 V socket and a ~240 V socket in the same unit. Standardized at 120V. Type B outlets are required by code in new construction and renovation. Electricity suppliers aim to keep most customers supplied between 114 and 126 V most of the time. Plug types D and M were used until the 1960s and are still in preferred use for theatre and TV stage lighting applications due to lack of internal fuse. stoves. The G type socket usually has an on-off switch. and water heaters. 240V/60Hz used for heavy duty applications such as air conditioners. ovens.

C 220 V 50 Hz Type G found in household 220V service only for air conditioning and some high power appliances. Type G is found only in some new luxury hotels. primarily those built by Singaporean and Hong Kong developers. shops. I I A. or offices. D. Neutral and live wires are reversed. G D. B I A. D. G C. G 110 V 230 V 230 V 230 V 220 V 60 Hz 50 Hz 50 Hz 50 Hz 50 Hz . Type A is the norm in Southern Vietnam and Type C is the norm in Northern Vietnam (according to the preunification border at 17 degrees North). Virgin Islands Western Samoa Yemen Zambia Zimbabwe A. B (formerly 220 V) 220 V 230 V 120 V 50 Hz 50 Hz 60 Hz common in modern homes and type F is the second as a result of computer use. But Type G is never found in homes. as in Argentina. Vietnam A.in very old installs) Uzbekistan Vanuatu Venezuela C.

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