A universal plug socket... at last?

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  1. rwoman
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    BBC: A universal plug socket... at last?

    I am sure many of us find frustration in the variety of electical plugs out there!

    :)

     
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    I just don't see this becoming a global trend. Maybe at international mainstream hotels, but it's more likely some common standard will be adopted than that we'll see a full rollout of universal sockets. I can buy a new, standard socket at the hardware store down the street for 75 cents, and probably less if I bought it bulk. I would imagine these universal ones cost at least twice that. Multiple by several hundred or thousand for a large building...
     
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    Like Scottrick said, It costs more, so countries like US simply won't adapt these in new housing unless there are some sort of rules. I expect these to become universal around the same time voltages become universal :)
     
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    I've seen those, or a very similar outlet, at a number of hotels and on a few boats, all catering to mostly foreign travelers. They work well. My dad has a power strip that has those for each of the sockets and a universal plug so it will work anywhere in the world and take any devices from anywhere in the world.

    One advantage of having at least the North America sockets different from the rest of the world is the voltage difference. While almost all things that people would travel with will work perfectly fine on any of the voltages/cycles/amperages, not everything does. It's nice to have an idiot reminder.
     
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    These sockets are in found all over SE Asia.
     
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    Hotels or homes?
     
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    Guesthouses.
     
  8. gobluetwo
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    Saw these in hotels in S Korea, but not in any hotels in Europe (FR, DE, CH, CZ).
     

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