Plug sockets are electrical devices attached to walls or bodies of appliances, which are primarily designed to create a safe and convenient instrument for power distribution. They are designed specifically to fit a particular type of plug, which also determines their types, and can directly power anything electrically.
Types of plug sockets
Plug sockets are available in a range of different varieties, corresponding to the particular type of plug they accommodate. Other than that, they are available in a variety of colours and aesthetic designs.
Depending on the type of plug the plug socket is compatible with, it can be categorised into the following types:
These feature 2 pins and are compatible with Type A plugs. These types of plug sockets are chiefly used in the USA, Canada, Mexico, and Japan.
These are compatible with both Type A and Type B plugs as they have a 3-pin structure. They are used in the USA, Canada, and Mexico.
Typically used in Europe, South America and Asia, the Type C plug socket accommodates Type C plugs and has 2 pins.
With 3 pins, the Type D plug socket is ideal for Type D plugs but can also accommodate Type C, E and F plugs. These are the most typical plug sockets used in India.
These possess 2 pins, are compatible with Types C, E and F plugs, and are widely used in France, Belgium, Poland, Slovakia, and Czechia.
Similar to Type E, these are used across Europe and Russia, except the UK and Ireland.
These have 3 pins and are commonly used in the UK, Ireland, Malta, Malaysia, Singapore, and the Arabian Peninsula.
Having 3 pins, these are compatible with Types C and H plugs.
Compatible with Type I plugs, these are available in both 2 pins and 3 pins varieties.
These plug sockets are 3 pins and compatible with Types C and J plugs.
These types of plug sockets are used exclusively in Denmark and Greenland and possess 3 pins.
These have 3 pins and are compatible with Types C and L plugs.
Typically used in South Africa, these have 3 pins.
Compatible with both Types C and N, these are 3-pin sockets widely used in South Africa and Brazil.
Exclusively used in Thailand, these have 3 pins that are compatible with Types C, O, E and F.