The Popular Electric Socket in Vietnam

You can find many kinds of power plug in Vietnam, such as A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, and M. They all follow the TCVN 6190-1999 standard. But the most popular ones for homes in Vietnam are A, C, and F.

Type A

The most common type you'll come across is the Type A plug. It has two flat pins that are parallel to each other. What's interesting is that these pins have circular holes near the ends, which helps them fit securely into the sockets. Speaking of sockets, the ones for Type A plugs can have either two flat holes or a combination of a flat hole and a round hole. Just keep in mind that the technical specs for Type A are 15A and 100-127V.

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Vietnam power socket Type A

Now, it's worth noting that Type A plugs are commonly used not only in Vietnam but also in North and Central America, as well as Japan. However, here's the catch: the plug sizes between these regions and Vietnam may not match perfectly. You see, the older TCVN 6190-1999 standard specifies a pin length of around 4mm, while the newer ISO 6190:1999 standard requires socket hole diameters between 5.5mm and 6mm.

So, even if you have the same type of plug and socket, there's no guarantee they'll connect successfully due to the size differences with some older standard sockets in Vietnam. 

Type C

Let's talk about Type C plugs, also known as Europlugs. These plugs have two round pins with insulation and no grounding. What's convenient is that they can be inserted into sockets in two orientations. They're compatible with sockets that have corresponding shapes and dimensions ranging from approximately 4mm to 4.8mm. You can use Type C plugs with various socket types like E, F, J, K, and N.

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Type C - The popular power plug in Vietnam

In Vietnam, you'll commonly come across Type C plugs. Keep in mind that the technical specs for Type C are 2.5A and 220-240V.

However, it's important to note that they adhere to the older standard sizes. So, while some European travelers may be able to use them, it's not always easy to connect them successfully to power outlets in certain places.

If you have a personal power strip, keep an eye on the specifications of each socket. They might be labeled as Φ4 or Φ5, indicating the socket hole sizes. A Φ5 socket follows the ISO standard, which makes it easier for you to use if your plug has pins longer than 5mm. It's a good idea to pay attention to these details to ensure a smooth charging experience during your travels.

Type F

One less common type you'll encounter is the Type F plug, also known as the Schuko plug. It's distinguishable by its two round pins and an additional grounding pin. What's neat about Type F plugs is that they have openings at the top and bottom, perfect for fitting into corresponding sockets.

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Type F - The popular Vietnam power socket

Type F plugs are commonly used in Europe, and Russia, except for the UK and Ireland. Technically speaking, Type F plugs have a rating of 16A and operate at 220-240V. It's interesting to note that Type F sockets are compatible with plug types C, E, and F. So, if you have any of these plugs, you're good to go!

Furthermore, you'll come across outlets that can handle these three types of plugs. They have a distinct appearance, which might puzzle some folks. But fear not! These outlets can accommodate both Type A plugs with flat pins and Type C and Type F plugs with round pins. Isn't that convenient?

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The type of power outlet that you can see everywhere in Vietnam

These are the three most commonly found power plug types in many places in Vietnam. However, some high-end 4 or 5-star accommodations may provide other plug types such as the three-pin Type G. So, if you're experiencing any hiccups with your power connection, don't hesitate to inquire with the reception for the assistance you need.

Power Voltage and Frequency

If you’re traveling to Vietnam, you might be wondering about the voltage and frequency there. Vietnam uses 110/220V and 50Hz, so you need to check if your devices can work with that. Look at the labels or manuals of your devices and see what voltage and frequency they can handle. For example, if your device says 110-240V and 50-60Hz, that means it can work in Vietnam and anywhere else in the world. 

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Universal travel adapter has power plug in Vietnam

If your devices need a different voltage than what Vietnam offers, you can buy a voltage converter. This is a handy option because most converters also have the right plugs for Vietnam.

With a good adapter, you can plug in your phone, laptop, or camera anywhere you go. Whether you’re at a restaurant, a hotel, or a cafe, you can always keep your devices charged.

Power Plug Compatibility With Vietnam's Sockets

Here is some information about plug and socket compatibility in different regions compared to Vietnam:

  • Europe (excluding the UK): Fortunately, your electrical plugs are similar to those used in Vietnam.

  • North and Central America, Japan: You won't encounter many difficulties as you can still find your plug type in Vietnam. However, pay attention to voltage and frequency.

  • UK, Singapore, Ireland, Malta, Malaysia, Cyprus, and Hong Kong: Some places in Vietnam use Type G plugs (common in the UK) but are not widespread. It's best to prepare a converter for the best experience.

  • Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Argentina, and parts of China: If your plug doesn't require grounding, it can still be used. It's best to prepare a converter.

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Understanding the Vietnam power socket type and the voltage and frequency specifications can greatly benefit your trip. We hope that the information provided by New Asia Tours about power plug in Vietnam will help you prepare effectively for your Vietnam journey. Contact us for more specific advice and guidance.