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Old 06-01-2012, 05:00 AM
 
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I've never seen a socket like this, it seems such a simple yet clever idea.

BBC News - A universal plug socket... at last?

"Three pins. Two pins. Slanting pins. Straight. Circular. In a world where there is no global standard for plug design, taking electrical items abroad can be fraught with difficulties. But now a solution may be at hand - and already in use in China."
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Old 06-01-2012, 05:40 AM
 
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I saw plenty of those in various locations that I visited in China last year.
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Old 06-01-2012, 06:05 AM
 
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I saw plenty of those in various locations that I visited in China last year.
I've never been to China.. Have you (or anyone) seen these anywhere else? I never have.
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Old 06-01-2012, 09:44 AM
 
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That would be just wonderful... a universal plug socket everywhere...
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Old 06-01-2012, 10:03 AM
 
Location: SoCal
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Trouble with that is, it doesn't prevent you from plugging in a device which is not designed for the voltage/current that you'll be getting. You can still do this sort of damage if you use a physical rather than electrical converter, but at least the different plugs give you a clue.
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Old 06-01-2012, 04:06 PM
 
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You can find these in India as well. The voltage difference would still be a reason for concern.
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Old 06-01-2012, 05:40 PM
 
Location: God's Gift to Mankind for flying anything
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The voltage difference would still be a reason for concern.
I just checked every electrical part I travel with, and they all are multi-voltage.
But then I think, my stuff is not older than maybe 5 years ?
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Old 06-04-2012, 08:38 PM
 
Location: Eretz Yisrael
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The voltage difference would still be a reason for concern.
Everything I carry is 100V-240V & 50/60 cycle and I carry a Targus adapter which takes very little room.

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That would be just wonderful... a universal plug socket everywhere...

It would, but it will never happen.
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Old 06-05-2012, 01:36 PM
 
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Everything I carry is 100V-240V & 50/60 cycle and I carry a Targus adapter which takes very little room.

Targus World Power Travel Adapters | APK01US



It would, but it will never happen.
Of course, there are places where voltage can fluctate enough that not all devices will work all the time. And if you buy something as you travel you do need to see if it's multi (meaning all) voltage. Even just within Brazil, for example, some places (e.g., Rio) are 110 vs., while others are 220. Or other. I've seen devices (e.g., electric toothbrushes) in the U.S. one might think are dual/multi-voltage but aren't.
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Old 06-08-2012, 08:06 AM
 
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For most devices today, a USB socket would suffice.
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