Electrical Outlet and Voltage Information for Brunei
In Brunei, the standard voltage used by electronic gadgets and appliances is 220-240 volts with a frequency of 50Hz. Also, the type of electrical outlet and plug present in Brunei is the Type G British BS-1363. If a tourist would want to use his electronic gadget or laptop that has a 220-240 V in Brunei, a plug adapter along with a step-up transformer would be needed.
There are also Japanese appliances that use 100 V and to be able to use this safely and efficiently in Brunei, a Japan to U.S. reducer transfomer must be used. Other solutions to the incompatibility of voltage in Brunei are voltage converters like transfomer, network-resistor converter, and combination voltage converter. In addition, there are also times when tourists in Brunei encounter differently shaped outlets with which the shape of the appliance’s plug is not physically compatible. To solve this, one must use adapters that will alter the shape of the plug to make it work together with the electrical outlet in Brunei.
Type G British BS-1363 Plug, Electrical Outlet, and Adapter
The Type G electrical outlet and plug is a Type G British BS-1363 rectangular blade used widely in Brunei that has a protective fuse inside to protect cords from high-current circuits and, most of the time, the Type G British BS-1363 electrical outlet includes a safety switch. The Type G British BS-1363 plug also has a receptacle end that is compatible with most household plug types, except the Type M South African SABS1661 (Old British BS-546 Large) plug. The plug end is a British BS-1363 13-amp type. For the adapter, the live and neutral pins are 4 x 6 x 18 mm apart, with the grounding pin measuring 4 x 8 x 23mm. Also, through the Type G British BS-1363 adapter, a tourist could use his or her appliance or electronic gadget in Brunei.
The plug of this Type G British BS-1363 is polarized and grounded but not fused. In terms of compatibility, the Type G British 3-pin electrical outlet will work together with the Type G British BS-1363 plug and adapter in Brunei. With all the safety measures and features of this plug and outlet, it is considered as one of the safest in Brunei, even the world. However, with all its features, this type of plug is bulky and cumbersome. Some people claim that the Type G British BS-1363 plug is mostly bigger than the appliances they are connected to but if tourists would want to use their electronic gadget or appliance in Brunei, then they must have a Type G British BS-1363 adapter. Although the adapter would not change the voltage used, it will enable the plug of the appliance or electronic gadget to be inserted to the electrical outlet used in Brunei.
For the electrical outlet, the Type G British BS-1363 sockets are not compatible with other types of electrical outlet in Brunei. Another name for the Type G British BS-1363 plug is the 13-amp plug. For safety reasons, Brunei requires electrical outlets in households that use the Type G British BS-1363 to have shutters over the live and neutral connections of the electrical outlet. In the insertion of the longer earth pin from the plug, the safety shutters of the Type G British BS-1363 are opened. The shutters are also present to prevent the use of incompatible plugs made to other standards in Brunei.
However, there are cases wherein the safety shutters of this electrical outlet could be opened through a screwdriver in order to insert Type C plugs. The usage of the Type G British BS-1363 outlet along with another kind of plug is not recommended because these plugs do not have a fuse. The regulation about the safety shutters and fuse is then followed in Brunei and all the other countries that use the Type G British BS-1363 electrical outlet and plug like the United Kingdom, Ghana, Grenada, Macau, Malta, Malaysia, Qatar, Saint Vincent, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Maldives and Kuwait.