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Travel Plug Adaptor for Canada

The electrical sockets used in Canada are type A and type B. These are 2 variants of the same socket - one earthed (with an earth pin) and the other unearthed. You will therefore need a UK 3 pin to type A/B plug adaptor in order to connect your devices.
Type B Adaptor
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Please be aware that whilst a travel adaptor will allow you to physically plug a UK plug into a different socket it will not change the voltage or frequency of the supply.

Warning triangle Voltage - The mains voltage in Canada is 120 V which is incompatible with most UK appliances (UK voltage is currently specified as 230 V +10% / - 6%). Check any appliances that you wish to use carefully to see what voltage is specified. Items such as laptops will often specify "100 - 240V" either on the equipment or the power supply (if it has one). If not then you will need a transformer to operate your appliance.

Warning triangle Frequency - The frequency in Canada is 60 Hz which is slightly higher than in the UK (which operates at 50 Hz). In practical terms this makes little difference as most travel appliances will run at either frequency. Some items with motors, such as hairdryers and some clocks will run a little faster than intended but it is not likely to be problematic. Check your device - it may say 50/60 Hz which indicates that it is compatible with either frequency. If you are in doubt or have expensive equipment check with the manufacturer first as some equipment may be damaged by running on an incorrect frequency.

Special considerations - "Standardized at 120V. 240V single phase used for applications such as clothes driers, air conditioning, electric heating, water heaters, cookers and machinery. Buildings and houses with more than one branch circuit have both voltages. Three-phase 120/208 V or 347/600 V is available though primarily only to commercial or industrial buildings. Type A outlets are for repairs only (house from the 1950s or older), type B now required for new construction and renovation. A 20-Amp type B but with a T-slot is used in kitchens in new construction."

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Plug / Socket Types in use in

Voltage: 120 V Warning triangle
Frequency: 60 Hz Warning triangle

Type A Socket used in Canada
Type A Socket

Type A Plug used in Canada
Type A Plug

Type B Socket used in Canada
Type B Socket

Type B Plug used in Canada
Type B Plug

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