World Travel Guide #4 - To and from certain countries with electrical standards similar to the U.S.
WORLD TRAVEL GUIDE - Travel to and from certain countries with electrical standards similar to the U.S. (see list)
Bahamas, Barbados, Barbuda, Bermuda, Canada, Cayman Islands, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guam, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Japan, Mexico, Micronesia, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Palau, Puerto Rico, Saba and Saba (St. Eustatius), Taiwan, Trinidad, Tobago, Turks / Caicos Islands, United States of America, Venezuela, and Virgin Islands
U.S. traveling to country on list above
The outlets in these countries (see list above) are very similar to the outlets in U.S. however, these countries do not have as many grounded (3 pin) and polarized (one flat pin bigger than the other) outlets as found in the U.S.
Many appliances have ungrounded plugs (2 pins) with one of the pins being wider than the other. This means the plug is polarized for safety reasons. Quite often the outlets in the listed countries (except US and Canada) are not only not grounded but the ungrounded outlets are not polarized and won't accept your polarized US/Canada appliance. Not all ungrounded appliances are polarized but many are.
If you are going to one of the countries on the list from the US or Canada we recommend you contact your destination to find out if you will have any problems with your electrical appliances.
In our World Electric Guide we do show adapters for each of the countries in the list but you will notice that they are similar to the US/Canada plugs. We show those plugs because we also sell to people from other countries coming to the U.S. and they would definitely need them.
If you look carefully at the #3 adapter, you will see that, on the female side, it will accept foreign round pins, foreign angled flat pins similar to this #2 adapter, and US/Canada polarized pins (one pin wider than the other). If you look at the male side of the #3 adapter, you will note that it is not polarized and both flat pins are the same size (not polarized).
Country on list above traveling to the U.S.
Most outlets in the US and Canada are grounded and polarized. This means that if any of your appliances have plugs that are grounded (3 pins) or ungrounded (2 pins, polarized or not), they should fit into US and Canada outlets without the need for a plug adapter. Polarized plugs have 2 flat pins with one being wider than the other