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electric adaptor

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electric adaptor

am taveling from uk and wanted to know if we need an adaptor to use our electrical items and if so what type

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1. Re: electric adaptor

Hi Travelbuggirl

we didn't need an adaptor inur hotel it was all three pin plug sockets which was real handy i think you will find this with most hotels

Colombo, Sri Lanka
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2. Re: electric adaptor

Hmmm... I wish it was that easy...

The 3-pin UK style _is_ being used yes, but so is the 2+ pin European style. 2+ pin because really only the 2 (rounded) ones are used, the 3rd earthing pin can be fooled by a piece of plastic or wood.

Universal adapter are safest if you don't know yet which types your hotel will be using...


<Erik> & [Sandya]

Ahungalla, Sri Lanka
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3. Re: electric adaptor

Hi Travelbug

Ok, as Erik says, this is NOT as easy these days, most hotels that have done any "upgrading" recently ie after Tsunami are fitting the 3 pin rounded type of sockets.

But.., don't despair ok, these hotels will glady loan you a mutli point adapter, so really no need to go rushing about to buy one before you leave ok.

Hope this helps



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4. Re: electric adaptor

Much of Sri Lanka uses the old fashioned British 3 round pin 5amp plug/socket (not to be confused with the larger 15amp type used in countries like South Africa).

There are slight differences in the dimensions of the two power pins of the 3 pin socket and a standard European two pin adapter but it is usually possible to insert the two pin European adapter and obtain a connection - although you may need to stick a match stick into the Earth hole to open the shutters of the power pins (have a look at how your sockets at home work and you will understand)

I actually purchased a couple of 5 amp plugs - yes they can still be obtained in the UK - and made myself a couple of short leads converting the 3 pin to a standard UK socket.

Hotels which are currently being refurbished/rebuilt seem to be fitting the standard 3 flat pin '13amp' sockets we use in the UK. - so for those you will not need an adapter.

The Voltage in Sri Lanka is a nominal 240 Volts - same as in England - so you do not need any type of transformer

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5. Re: electric adaptor

thanks everyone!

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