American Samoa, Anguilla, Antigua, Aruba, Bahamas, Bangladesh,
Barbados, Bermuda, Bolivia, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, Cayman Islands, China (without
holes in blades and slightly shorter blades), Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, El
Salvador, Guam, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Japan, Laos, Lebanon, Liberia,
Maldives, Mexico, Micronesia, Montserrat, Netherlands Antilles, Nicaragua, Niger, Okinawa, Panama, Peru,
Philippines, Puerto Rico, St. Vincent, Saudi Arabia, Tahiti, Taiwan,
Thailand, United States,
Venezuela, Vietnam, Virgin Islands (U.S.& British), Yemen.
ON TYPE A PLUGS/OUTLETS
In the U.S. & Canada, two-blade plugs
are often polarized, with one blade larger than the other.
Most outlets are designed to handle these. The larger blade is the neutral side of the current.
This is a safety feature intended so the plug can be inserted one
way only to reduce the chance of accidental shock. If you
try to plug a modern plug into an old-style receptacle for equal
size blades, it won't go in unless you file down the larger blade
to the older plug size. Outside the US, many countries with
Type A use the old style plug, and a newer US plug with unequal
pins might pose a problem. This can be bypassed using an adaptor (found in many travel kits)
which converts the newer Type A plug to the older model with
equal-sized blades. Be aware, though, that you might also be
bypassing the protection that polarization provides.
Flat blades with round grounding pin
All of the above noted for Type A except Bangladesh,
Bolivia, Cambodia, China, Dominican Republic, Korea, Liberia, Maldives, Peru, St. Vincent, Tahiti,
Thailand, Vietnam, Yemen.
Also found in Azores, Belize, Trinidad and Tobago.
28 February 2006
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