Travelling to a new country, you need to learn about the electricity system, especially the sockets and plugs that are used in that country.
There are 14 types of plugs and sockets are in use worldwide; hence, a little preparation helps you avoid any problem with the electricity equipment that you bring together.
In Laos the power plugs and sockets are of type A, B, C, E and F. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.
Which power plugs and sockets are used in Laos?
In Laos the power plugs and sockets are of type A, B, C, E and F. Check out the following pictures.
- Type A: mainly used in North and Central America, China and Japan. This socket only works with plug A.
- Type B: like type A but with an extra prong for grounding. This socket also works with plug A.
- Type C: also known as the standard “Euro” plug. This socket also works with plug E and plug F.
- Type E: this type is of French origin. This socket also works with plug C and with plug F if it has an additional pinhole.
- Type F: also known as “Schuko”. This socket also works with plug C and plug E.
See the below picture to have more ideas of the plugs and sockets used in Laos
You can also check the below maps to know the type of plugs difference among countries in the world
What voltage and frequency in Laos?
In Laos the standard voltage is 230 V and the frequency is 50 Hz.
You can use your electric appliances in Laos, if the standard voltage in your country is in between 220 – 240 V (as is in the UK, Europe, Australia and most of Asia and Africa). Manufacturers take these small deviations into account.
If the standard voltage in your country is in the range of 100 V – 127 V (as is in the US, Canada and most South American countries), you need a voltage converter in Laos. You can also consider a combined power plug adapter/voltage converter.
If the frequency in Laos (50 Hz) differs from the one in your country, it is not advised to use your appliances.
But if there is no voltage difference, you could (at your own risk) try to use the appliance for a short time.
Be especially careful with moving, rotating and time related appliances like clocks, shavers and electric fan heaters.
To be sure, check the label on the appliance. Some appliances never need a converter. If the label states ‘INPUT: 100-240V, 50/60 Hz’ the appliance can be used in all countries in the world.
This is common for chargers of tablets/laptops, photo cameras, cell phones, toothbrushes, etc.