Sometimes you write articles for your own benefit. Because here I am, in Las Vegas for the world’s biggest technology show, with a bag full of European plug adapters, having packed entirely the wrong set. So – for future me’s benefit as well as yours – what does a US plug look like and how does it differ from a European plug?
The US plug
Here’s a picture of a US plug adapter.
It has the thin prongs, unlike the circular prongs that are used by European plugs.
By the way, don’t panic if you see sparks when you put a US plug into the socket. It’s unnerving at first, as you rarely see it on UK sockets, but it’s entirely common when using a US plug socket.
The European plug
For reference, here’s what a European plug looks like:
As you can see, the prongs are more rounded than the US plug.
Hopefully, that will stop you making the same mistake I did on your foreign trips!
Now read this: What is USB-C?
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