plug types

variation in global electrical plug types mean it is critical to specify correctly to avoid any hazardous situation

Variation in electrical plug types throughout the world

 

Unfamiliar electrical plug sockets can be found all over the world. Therefore, if workplace furniture is not correctly specified on order, this may affect its compatibility and safety for use with the local voltage, frequency and plug type. Being aware of your chosen product’s electrical specification with local voltage will help better prepare for a successful installation.

Plug Type A
  • Mainly used in the USA, Canada, Mexico & Japan

  • 2 pins

  • Not grounded

  • 15 A

  • Almost always

  • 100 to 127 V

  • Socket compatible with plug type A

Plug Type B
  • Mainly used in the USA, Canada, Mexico & Japan

  • 3 pins

  • Grounded

  • 15 A

  • Almost always 100 to 127 V

  • Socket compatible with plug types A & B

Plug Type C
  • Commonly used in Europe, South America & Asia

  • 2 pins

  • Not grounded

  • 2.5 A

  • Almost always 220 to 240 V

  • Socket compatible with plug type C

Plug Type D
  • Mainly used in India

  • 3 pins

  • Grounded

  • 5 A

  • 220 to 240 V

  • Socket compatible with plug type D (partial and unsafe compatibility with C, E & F)

Plug Type E
  • Primarily used in France, Belgium, Poland, Slovakia & Czechia

  • 2 pins

  • Grounded

  • 16 A

  • 220 to 240 V

  • Socket compatible with plug types C, E & F

Plug Type F
  • Used almost everywhere in Europe & Russia, except for the UK & Ireland

  • 2 pins

  • Grounded

  • 16 A

  • 220 to 240 V

  • Socket compatible with plug types C, E & F

Plug Type G
  • Mainly used in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Malta, Malaysia & Singapore

  • 3 pins

  • Grounded

  • 13 A

  • 220 to 240 V

  • Socket compatible with plug type G

Plug Type H
  • Used exclusively in Israel, the West Bank & the Gaza Strip

  • 3 pins

  • Grounded

  • 16 A

  • 220 to 240 V

  • Socket compatible with C & H (unsafe compatibility with E & F)

Plug Type I
  • Mainly used in Australia, New Zealand, China & Argentina

  • 2 or 3 pins

  • 2 pins: not grounded / 3 pins: grounded

  • 10 A

  • 220 to 240 V

  • Socket compatible with plug type I

Plug Type J
  • Used almost exclusively in Switzerland & Liechtenstein

  • 3 pins

  • Grounded

  • 10 A

  • 220 to 240 V

  • Socket compatible with plug types C & J

Plug Type K
  • Used almost exclusively in Denmark & Greenland

  • 3 pins

  • Grounded

  • 16 A

  • 220 to 240 V

  • Socket compatible with C & K (unsafe compatibility with E & F)

Plug Type L
  • Used almost exclusively in Italy & Chile

  • 3 pins

  • Grounded

  • 10 A & 16 A

  • 220 to 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)

Plug Type M
  • Mainly used in South Africa

  • 3 pins

  • Grounded

  • 15 A

  • 220 to 240 V

  • Socket compatible with plug type M

Plug Type N
  • Used in Brazil and South Africa

  • 3 pins

  • Grounded

  • 10 A & 20 A

  • 100 to 240 V

  • Socket compatible with plug types C & N

Plug Type O
  • Used exclusively in Thailand

  • 3 pins

  • Grounded

  • 16 A

  • 220 to 240 V

  • Socket compatible with plug types C & O (unsafe compatibility with E & F)

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