Today, there are 14 different types of plugs in the world. Each one of them receives a letter to name it. We can find from type A to type N plugs.
We’ll explain where each one of them is used and what makes them different. If you leave Europe, the advice is to bring a universal adapter just in case:
Type A plugs
- Two parallel flat pins and each pin has a small hole. One of the pins is thicker than the other (except in Japan).
- It is used in: it is a common plug in the United States, Canada, Mexico, China and Japan. It is also used in Saudi Arabia, Belize, Bolivia, Cambodia, Colombia, North Korea, South Korea, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Philippines, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Jamaica, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico, Thailand, Taiwan, Venezuela, Vietnam and Yemen. You will need an adapter.
Type B plugs
- Two parallel flat pins, each one of them has a small hole. In addition, it has a longer round pin than these. Like the type A plugs, one of the two pins is wider than the other.
- It is used in: it is a common plug in the United States, Canada, Mexico, China and Japan. It is also used in Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Honduras, Jamaica, Jordan, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Taiwan, Thailand and Venezuela. You will need an adapter.
Type C plugs
- It’s the plug you're most familiar with, given that it is the one that it mainly used in Spain. Two parallel round pins. Compatible with types E, F, H and K.
- It is used in: all of Europe, except for the United Kingdom, Ireland and Malta.