As you know, haa, you have forgotten, we are holidaying in Malaysia later this year. Google certainly hasn't forgotten. Mr Google, I have booked our accommodation, so you can stop offering me Penang hotel deals on every which site of yours that I go to.
We were sitting having coffee in QV shopping centre opposite a suitcase and luggage shop. I noticed electric conversion plugs for foreign countries. This started a discussion and I suggested to R that Malaysia would use the same plugs as Singapore, which uses the same as Britain. It turned out I was correct. After coffee we were passing an el cheapo shop and decided to check how much they were. Only $6, so we took two. With phones, camera and laptop needing charging, plus my electric shaver and toothbrush, we need two now.
Back home I decided to look up what the internet said about Malaysia's power supply. I came across a Wikipedia entry that I found quite fascinating. It was a table of power plugs around the world. For a start, Australia is one of very few countries that has only one type of plug and as far as I know, it has never changed. The same plug is used in New Zealand and many of the Pacific Islands, including Samoa, but what about Western Samoa under US influence?
Now work this out. Why would the Australian plug be used in Argentina? Even odder, why would it be used in Tajikistan? There is really no where else that uses an Australian plug. The problem with Argentina is they reverse the wires in their plugs. Positive becomes neutral and vice versa. In my expert opinion as an amateur rewirer, it doesn't make any difference. Please use a licensed electrician and don't take my opinion.
The unified Vietnam does not have unified plugs. The north use the Euro plug and the south the American plug. But in new hotel developments built by Hong Kong or Singapore developers, the English plug is used. I am sure that annoys the ex colonial owners, the French who visit their in ex colony in large numbers.
Could this explain why Aussie plugs are sometimes used in Tajikistan? Did we fund some big development there?
My memory is telling me something about Argentina. Let me check. No, wrong. It was Paraguay. I was thinking of the Australian socialist settlement in South America and it wasn't Argentina. Can't imagine why Argentina would use Australian plugs at all.
R tells me that when he was a kid in England, if you bought an appliance, it came without a plug. You fitted you own plug to suit what ever type of socket you had. His family's clothes iron was plugged into the light socket. Oh, the luxury of an electric iron after using irons that were heated on the stove. (just noticed I have said that before in another post)
When we went to Japan, I had to do a little adapting to the plug converter as the laptop earth plug would not go into the two pinned adapter. As for Malaysia, we should be ok with our converters. I note they have a way of forcing in non compliant Euro plugs into the English sockets there. If you want a bit of a chuckle, Pants explains about English plugs here. Surprising that it went on until the eighties at least.
If you are not familiar with them, this is a good old Aussie plug and socket, well sockets actually. It should be a crime to install a power point that only has a single socket.