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Plug Type A

Description:

Used in: North and Central America, Japan (see complete list of countries as below).

The Type A electrical plug (or flat blade attachment plug) is an ungrounded plug with two flat parallel pins. Although the American and Japanese plugs appear identical, the neutral pin on the American plug is wider than the live pin, whereas on the Japanese plug both pins are the same size. As a result, Japanese plugs can be used in the US but often not the other way around.

The pins on Type A and Type B plugs have a hole near the tip that fits into ‘bumps’ found on the contact wipers of some sockets, so that the pins are gripped more tightly allowing for better contact and also to prevent the plug from slipping out of the socket. Some sockets have spring-action blades that grip the sides of the pins, making the holes obsolete.

Locations using Plug Type A
American Samoa 120V 60Hz A | B | F | I
Anguilla 110V 60Hz A
Antigua and Barbuda 230V 60Hz A | B
Aruba 127V 60Hz A | B | F
Bahamas 120V 60Hz A | B
Barbados 115V 50Hz A | B
Belize 110V | 220V 60Hz A | B | G
Bermuda 120V 60Hz A | B
Bolivia 115V | 230V 50Hz A | C
British Virgin islands 110V 60Hz A | B
Cambodia 230V 50Hz A | C | G
Canada 120V 60Hz A | B
Cayman Islands 120V 50Hz A | B
China 220V 50Hz A | C | I
Colombia 110V 60Hz A | B
Costa Rica 120V 60Hz A | B
Cuba 110V 60Hz A | B
Dominican Republic 110V 60Hz A | B
Ecuador 120V 60Hz A | B
EI Salvador 115V 60Hz A | B
Guam 110V 60Hz A | B
Guatemala 120V 60Hz A | B
Guyana 240V 60Hz A | B | D | G
Haiti 110V 60Hz A | B
Honduras 110V 60Hz A | B
Jamaica 110V 50Hz A | B
Japan 100V 50Hz | 60Hz A | B
Korea Democratic People's Republic of 220V | 110V 50Hz | 60Hz A | C | F
Lao People's Democratic Republic 230V 50Hz A | B | C | E | F
Lebanon 220V 50Hz A | B | C | D | G
Liberia 120V | 220V 50Hz | 60Hz A | B | C | E | F
Malaysia 240V 50Hz A | C | G | M
Maldives 230V 50Hz A | C | D | G | J | K | L
Mexico 127V 60Hz A | B
Micronesia, Federated States of 120V 60Hz A | B
Montserrat 230V 60Hz A | B
Netherlands Antilles 127V | 220V 50Hz A | B | C | F
Nicaragua 120V 60Hz A | B
Niger 220V 50Hz A | B | C | D | E | F
Palau 120V 60Hz A | B
Panama 110V 60Hz A | B
Peru 220V 60Hz A | B | C
Philippines, Rep. of the 220V 60Hz A | B | C
Puerto Rico 120V 60Hz A | B
Saint Kitts and Nevis 230V 60Hz A | B | D | G
Sanit Vincent and the Grenadines 230V 50Hz A | C | E | G | I | K
Taiwan 110V 60Hz A | B
Thailand 220V 50Hz A | B | C | F
Trinidad and Tobago 115V 60Hz A | B
Turks and Caicos Islands 120V 60Hz A | B
United States of America 120V 60Hz A | B
United States Virgin Islands 110V 60Hz A | B
Venezuela 120V 60Hz A | B
Vietnam 220V 50Hz A | C | F
Yemen 230V 50Hz A | D | G