What power plugs do I need for travelling?

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Do you ever find yourself heading overseas and at the last minute think, Shoot! Which power adapter do I need in this country?

I bought one of those all-in-one power plugs once, but it was useless. The connection was so loose that I had to prop it up with books in hotels and even then it was intermittent. That $30+ investment is now in the flotsam heap and I take one power plug adapter for the country or countries I’m going to and a New Zealand multi-box with about 4 power points in it so I can charge all my gadgets at once.

So here’s some photos of the power plugs/sockets/outlets I’ve started collecting:

*Beware, these are not power converters, so if you have a voltage question and need a converter, this post isn’t for you!

This is the power plug they use in the UK, Ireland, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Singapore:

UK power point

You need 3 big square prongs for these countries. Pic  www.FreeDigitalPhotos.net

What power adapter do I need in France, New Caledonia and Tahiti?

Power plug for France and Tahiti

You’ll need a round plug with 2 prongs and a hole for France, New Caledonia and Tahiti

What power adapter do I need in Germany?

Germany power plug

This is what you need in Germany – 2 prongs and a chip out of the plug

What power adapter do I need in China?

Chinese power plugs

Here’s the line up of power plugs at my hotel in Shanghai

What power plug do I need in America and Mexico?

American power point

The US has the 2 straight prongs and 1 round underneath

What power socket do they have in New Zealand, Australia, Pacific Islands?

Australia and NZ power outlet

Australia and New Zealand use the same power plug. 2 prongs on an angle and 1 straight underneath. You’ll find this one across the Pacific too.

What power plug do I need in Italy?

Power socket Italy

This is what you’ll need in Italy and parts of North Africa

Please email me your power point pics to add to the list!

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