Type A Electrical Outlet

Type A Electrical Receptacle

Countries Using Type A Electric Plug

Information on the Type A North American/Japanese 2-blade Electrical Adapter Plug and Electrical Outlet

The Type A electrical plug, or flat blade attachment plug, uses two flat parallel pins or blades. It is found in most of North America and on the east coast of South America on smaller devices that do not require a ground connection.

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American Samoa, Anguilla, Antigua, Aruba, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Bermuda, Bolivia, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, Cayman Islands, China (without holes in blades and slightly shorter blades), Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guam, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Japan, Laos, Lebanon, Liberia, Maldives, Mexico, Micronesia, Montserrat, Netherlands Antilles, Nicaragua, Niger, Okinawa, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, St. Vincent, Saudi Arabia, Tahiti, Taiwan, Thailand, United States, Venezuela, Vietnam, Virgin Islands (U.S.& British), Yemen.

Information on The Type A Electrical Outlet

Technically known as the NEMA 1-15 (North American 15 A/125 V ungrounded), this simple plug has two flat parallel pins, or blades. Early designs allowed the blades to be inserted either way, but more modern plugs make the neutral blade wider than the live blade so that a polarized plug can only be inserted one way. New polarized Type A plugs will not fit in old Type A sockets, but both old and new Type A plugs will fit into new Type A and Type B sockets. A similar plug and socket are commonly found in Japan, the JIS C 8303, Class II (Japanese 15 A /100 V ungrounded). It is basically identical to the North American, but incorporates stricter dimensional requirements for the plug housing, marking, and mandatory testing and approval. Japanese plugs should be able to fit North American outlets, but North American polarized plugs may require adapters or replacement non-polarized plugs in order to connect to older Japanese outlets.

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