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World map showing the spread of plug types

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World map showing the spread of plug types around the world

The world map below visualises the spread of the different plug types in use around the world. Red countries use type A & B plugs, the deep blue ones use types C & E/F (which are compatible with each other), brown countries use type D, sea-green countries use the British type G plug, pink coloured Israel uses types C & H, yellow countries use the Australian type I system, black countries use C & Jorange countries use types C & L, purple countries use the South African type M, pale blue countries use the international type N and moss-green Thailand uses types C & O. Keep in mind that this is a simplified overview showing only the most common plug type, but sometimes multiple systems are used within one and the same country. For a comprehensive and thorough overview of the electric plugs in use in every country, click here.

Type A

  • mainly used in the USA, Canada, Mexico & Japan (a full list can be found here)
  • 2 pins
  • not grounded
  • 15 A
  • almost always 100 – 127 V
  • socket compatible with plug type A

Type B

  • mainly used in the USA, Canada, Mexico & Japan (a full list can be found here)
  • 3 pins
  • grounded
  • 15 A
  • almost always 100 – 127 V
  • socket compatible with plug types A & B

Type C

  • commonly used in Europe, South America & Asia (for a full list, click here)
  • 2 pins
  • not grounded
  • 2.5 A, 10 A & 16 A
  • almost always 220 – 240 V
  • socket compatible with plug type C

Type D

  • mainly used in India (a full list can be found here)
  • 3 pins
  • grounded
  • 5 A
  • 220 – 240 V
  • socket compatible with plug type D (partial and unsafe compatibility with C, E & F)

Type E

  • primarily used in France, Belgium, Poland, Slovakia & Czechia (a full list can be found here)
  • 2 pins
  • grounded
  • 16 A
  • 220 – 240 V
  • socket compatible with plug types C, E & F

Type F

  • used almost everywhere in Europe & Russia, except for the UK & Ireland (a full list can be found here)
  • 2 pins
  • grounded
  • 16 A
  • 220 – 240 V
  • socket compatible with plug types C, E & F



Type G

  • mainly used in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Malta, Malaysia & Singapore (a full list can be found here)
  • 3 pins
  • grounded
  • 13 A
  • 220 – 240 V
  • socket compatible with plug type G

Type H

  • used exclusively in Israel, the West Bank & the Gaza Strip (a full list can be found here)
  • 3 pins
  • grounded
  • 16 A
  • 220 – 240 V
  • socket compatible with plug types C & H (unsafe compatibility with E & F)

Type I

  • mainly used in Australia, New Zealand, China & Argentina (a full list can be found here)
  • 2 or 3 pins
  • 2 pins: not grounded / 3 pins: grounded
  • 10 A
  • 220 – 240 V
  • socket compatible with plug type I




Type J

  • used almost exclusively in Switzerland & Liechtenstein (a full list can be found here)
  • 3 pins
  • grounded
  • 10 A
  • 220 – 240 V
  • socket compatible with plug types C & J

Type K

  • used almost exclusively in Denmark & Greenland (a full list can be found here)
  • 3 pins
  • grounded
  • 16 A
  • 220 – 240 V
  • socket compatible with plug types C & K (unsafe compatibility with E & F)

Type L

  • used almost exclusively in Italy & Chile (a full list can be found here)
  • 3 pins
  • grounded
  • 10 A & 16 A
  • 220 – 240 V
  • 10 A socket compatible with plug types C & L (10 A version)
  • 16 A socket compatible with plug type L (16 A version)

Type M

  • mainly used in South Africa (a full list can be found here)
  • 3 pins
  • grounded
  • 15 A
  • 220 – 240 V
  • socket compatible with plug type M

Type N

  • used in Brazil and South Africa (a full list can be found here)
  • 3 pins
  • grounded
  • 10 A, 16 A & 20 A
  • 100 – 240 V
  • socket compatible with plug types C & N

Type O

  • used exclusively in Thailand
  • 3 pins
  • grounded
  • 16 A
  • 220 – 240 V
  • socket compatible with plug types C & O (unsafe compatibility with E & F)
Click here for a detailed country-by-country list of plug and outlet types, voltages and frequencies.