Monday Nov 05, 2007

We've Got the Power!

In response to a post on an internal email list regarding the type of power connectors located in Beijing, here are three pictures of some common ones:

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1. In my office
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2. An extension cord at my apartment (I just noticed that it has a free socket...
I must buy something to fill it!)
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3. A socket in my apartment

The sockets are pretty much universal. Two caveats:

  • If have a grounded (three-prong) US power cord, you should probably bring along a two-prong converter. They're easy enough to get, but you might not want to bother after a long flight... of course, you could always break-off the ground tab... but, well, I would never advice someone to do that.
  • Ensure that whatever device you are plugging in is auto-ranging. The stuff in the states at 110 doesn't work so well on the 220 we've got here. (Two Sonicare Toothbrushes have met untimely deaths in my apartment because of this.)

And, for the record, I will neither confirm nor deny that I was a fan of HE-MAN during my youth.


Here's an answer from jmcp to the question chrisg asked in the comments for this entry:

Yup, that's the case - it will take that British Standard plug.

I found http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Domestic_AC_power_plugs_and_sockets to be quite handy, and when I arrived in Beijing last year I found that I could turn by Australian standard plug upside down and just plug it in. I expect that you won't have any problems doing likewise.

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