I just saw a TV commercial. It was about two Asian girls fighting in
an Asian coffee shop. At the end of the commercial one of the two
girls plugs in a laptop. The outlet is shaped like the outlets we use
here in America.
Do they use the same type outlets in the countries that drive on the
right side of the road?
I was hoping a worldly person could answer this. I never leave the
One has no bearing on the other...the choices came for different reasons
in different locales.
As only one example, Napoleon decreed right-hand rule in all occupied
countries which follows to the day in the Low Countries, Switzerland,
Germany, Italy, Poland and Spain. Not a one of them uses US-style
It was a TV commercial
The structure looked similar to these.
If you can't follow the link, turn off word wrap.
Japan uses outlets and switches very much like North American ones, I
presume owing to the American administration following WWII, having
resisted the European colonization of, oh, everywhere else. A lot of
the outlets are only two-prong but apparently the three-prongs are
becoming more common. Wikipedia tells us that the actual size specs
are a little different but they certainly look the same.
Trivia question du jour: name another drive-on-the-left place which
the US took (and retains) control of and *didn't* bother to change the
You sure the ad was set outside North America? Was there anything else
that might give it away? Money? Cars? Skinny little cans of Coke or a
bottle of Calpis?
Across the whole country? I thought that half of it was still 50Hz AC and
half 60Hz (presumably for "historical reasons"), so I'm surprised that
there aren't different outlet styles for each (not that the frequency
difference should matter in most cases, but there will be a few
This was an American commercial, and you are worried about its
authenticity? I mean, the whole thing is a fake, probably including
what ever they were advertising, so why should they try to make it
right? I think I saw a small amount of that commercial, but I
have no idea to what they were advertising.
There's a thriving business in travel adapters for different sockets and
plugs so that you can plug things in when you travel. Personally, I use
something called "World Connect". See:
(Amazon.com product link shortened)
It's a bit heavy, but it's always matched the sockets in the hotel rooms in
any country I've been in. The nice thing about computer power supplies and
cell phone chargers these days is that they work just fine on 50-60 Hertz
and 110-240 volts. Just plug them in via the adapter.
The first time I traveled to 220 volt Europe in the 1960s, I built an
adjustable resistor box for my electric razor and set the output voltage by
the sound of the motor. It was amazing that the motor didn't get fried.
In some cases yes. In my laptop bag I have a power strip that I
purchased at a Lawson's (basically a Japanese 7-11) in Tokyo when I
found that the only recep in my hotel room was too far away from the
bed to comfortably surf while lounging. My understanding is that in
some places in Japan the power/receps may be different but I haven't
been to any of them.
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