Welcome to the strange world of international outlets.

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  1. Ours look so distressed. However, the one in the upper right looks very happy. :)

  2. That is strangely mesmerizing :)

  3. This shit makes me sick. Why can’t we agree on a standard of outlet, even if the voltages are different — which they shouldn’t be.

    Absolutely no reason for this crap.

  4. The Australian / Chinese one is also used in New-Zealand and Argentina.

    The British one is also used in Singapore and Malaysia, plus probably quite a few other ex-British colonies.

  5. maybe just replaced it all by USB port, smaller, smart and friendly….

  6. Woha Prescott! Chill, man, it’s not that important.

  7. Did you check how many different ones still exist within Europe? hahaha how could we ever agree on world level…

  8. Oh, I wish they could make this international – I hate travelling with adapters which end up being unusable anyway. Not, just because I’m Danish, but I think our ‘face’ is just so sweet – why can’t you all do that:-D

  9. too bad the israeli one is upside down..

  10. Cool! We have the North American and the Japanese outlets here in the Philippines!

  11. Why nobody thought of international standards to create an outlet Would not it?

  12. We can’t agree on a common European socket, how could we think that we could conceive a single currency that works!!!! I’ll go along with the USB connector.

  13. USB is low voltage low current,about 5V and an amp if you’re lucky so the connectors are small. Ask a USB connector to carry mains power to a washing machine for example and you’ll see it smoke, melt, and then go on fire.
    This lovely collection of plugs can carry considerably more but actually they are domestic plugs. Go into a factory and you’ll see even more types for even higher voltages and currents. In the end countries also have different frequencies of AC so it is hugely complicated and there’s certainly no way of having a one size fits all. I think the danish plug is my fav

  14. The Irish outlet is the same as the UK.

  15. The British one is still used in Hong Kong.

  16. In northern Italy near the border to Austria you will find the italian and german outlet as well. Really annoying!!

  17. Brazil just changed to that format. And I was wandering where did that come from… blame the Swiss! Now I have to buy adapters for all my older appliances — or electronics brought from abroad. Major pain in the neck…

  18. Australia/NZ and China are the only ones with a switch to save power. Um… der! I’d like to see a history of apple proprietary connectors – now there’s some proper cause for frustration. Anyone got a female ADC to male DVI handy?

  19. The Australian one has a switch for safety. Very practical.

    Moving from Australia meant a plug problem with two round pins here, but at least 220v, which in practice is the same as Australia’s 240. I have plugs from everywhere on chargers, etc. Here, multi system plug powerboards are available. A simple solution — as long as you don’t plug in a 110v appliance in a 220/240v country.

  20. South African is wrong.

  21. What Perez said, just with less swearing.

  22. Really nice… but only because some plugs look almost the same does not mean that they are!
    The Brazilian plug (which is an IEC standard but only used in some places in Brasil anyway) is not at all compatible with the swiss plug :-(

  23. Wow i am very surprised to see that Brasil is using the same model as Switzerland.

  24. Yeah… it would have been nice. Take a look at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IEC_60906-1#Swiss_plug for the differences.

  25. The Denmark one is happy, hahahahaha.

    Japan and US/Canada/Mexico are nearly identical.

    Italian outlets are totally crazy!

  26. En Argentina entra cualquier norma “,en tomacorrientes y la gente siempre esta adoptando ,los adaptadores de enchufes,sin normas electricas que hacen del aparato algo peligroso En muchos casos se soslaya el uso de la descarga a tierra