Step 10: Voltage by Region
The world is complex in many ways, with voltage being no exception. There’s no standard voltage on Earth, and the frequencies shift from country to country. And so plug shapes, holes, sizes, and sockets differ everywhere, too. This is no picnic for the world traveler, we can assure you.
Make sure you’re protected from an unnecessary cloud of smoke that will inevitably result from using the wrong devices together. Going to the UK from America? You’ll need a Type G Plug for your laptop! Heading to Israel? Take a Type C or H plug. Most of Europe uses C, E, or F Plugs, but make sure you do your proper research before you pack your bags. Don’t show up in Brazil (a C or N plug place) in hopes of using your I plug, or else you’ll just have to turn around and head on over to Australia or New Zealand, places that strictly use Type I.
Have a look at this simple guide to see the different plugs and sockets used domestically across the world. Note that compatible plugs are indicated together with same color for easy reference.
Back to the Beginning: Step 1: Why Do I Need To Convert?
10 Step Guide to Buying a Voltage Converter
- Step 1. Why Do I Need to Convert?
- Step 2. Where is the power label?
- Step 3. Is My Device Single Voltage or Dual Voltage?
- Step 4. What kind of plug adapter / travel adapter do I need?
- Step 5. How do I choose a voltage converter?
- Step 6. Do I need a Step Up or Step Down Converter? How to get from 110 to 220 and from 220 to 110.
- Step 7. Do I need a voltage converter or voltage transformer?
- Step 8. Must-read voltage tips
- Step 9. Glossary of helpful voltage terms
- Step 10. Voltage by region
Voltage Converter Knowledge Base FAQs
- Gadget Guide: View a list of popular devices with recommended voltage converter selections
- Voltage / Wattage / Plugs FAQs
- Voltage Converter Selection FAQs
*** IMPORTANT - WHEN SELECTING A CONVERTER WE SUGGEST THAT YOU BUY ONE WITH 3 TIMES THE WATTAGE OF THE PRODUCT YOU ARE CONVERTING ***