Electrical Outlet and Voltage Information for Isle of Man
Between Great Britain and Ireland is the Isle of Man. Those who intend to visit this country, however, need to know certain basic things before going there–like the standard voltage, electrical outlet, plug, and adapter used in this country.
When a tourist in Isle of Man already knows what to expect before getting there, the trip would be spared from delays and problems, especially in relation to his or her usage of electronic gadgets and appliances. In the Isle of Man, the standard electrical outlet type is Type G British BS-1363 while the voltage is 220-240 V.
Type G British BS-1363 3-Pin Plug, Electrical Outlet, and Adapter
The Type G British BS-1363 electrical plug is a 3-Pin plug (13 A/230-240 Volts, 50 Hertz earthed and fused) with a rectangular blade that is used widely in Isle of Man. Also, the Type G British BS-1363 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 and electrical outlet type used in Isle of Man is a British BS-1363 13-amp plug. The plug of this Type G British 3-pin is polarized and grounded but not fused. Another name for the Type G British BS-1363 common in Isle of Man is the 13-amp plug and for safety reasons, the United Kingdom (UK) required 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 is opened.
Another purpose of the shutters is to prevent the use of incompatible plugs in Isle of Man. 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. But then, the usage of 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 followed in Isle of Man and all the other countries that use the Type G British BS-1363 electrical outlet and plug like United Kingdom, China, Brunei, Cameroon, Vietnam, United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Sri Lanka, Uganda, Northern Ireland, Nigeria, England, Grenada, Macau, Malta, Malaysia, Singapore, Saint Vincent, Saudi Arabia, Scotland and Hong Kong. For the adapter of Type G British BS-1363, the live and neutral pins are 4 x 6 x 18 mm apart, with the grounding pin measuring 4 x 8 x 23mm. It 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. In terms of compatibility, the Type G British BS-1363 electrical outlet will work together with the Type G British BS-1363 plug and adapter in Isle of Man. For the electrical outlet, the Type G British BS-1363 sockets are not compatible with other types of electrical outlet and could not be used in Isle of Man.
Also, the design of the Type G British BS-1363 plug commonly used in Isle of Man features three rectangular prongs that form a triangle and the British standard requires the use of the three-wire grounded and fused plug for all the connections to the power mains, including class II, two-wire appliances in Isle of Man and in other countries. Through this adapter, a tourist can finally use his or her appliance or electronic gadget in Isle of Man. With all the safety measures and features of this plug and electrical outlet, it is considered as one of the safest in the world. 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 Isle of Man. However, with all its features, the 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 a tourist would want to use his or her electronic gadget or appliance in Isle of Man, then there must be a Type G British BS-1363 adapter.
Voltage Converters and Universal Adapters
When the plug of the electronic gadget or appliance is not compatible with the electrical outlet present in Isle of Man, there are various adapters that could be used to alter the shape of the plug and make it compatible with the electrical outlet. There are certain adapters that would fit particular plugs and these could be bought in hardware stores or electrical outlets in Isle of Man or before heading there. Another is that there are also universal adapters that could be used with any type of plug and electrical outlet, may it be in Isle of Man or another country. In terms of voltage, there are voltage converters that could make the 110-120 V of other electronic gadgets and appliances compatible with the 220-240 V used in Isle of Man. Example of these voltage converters are network-resistor converter, step-up and step-down transformer, and travel voltage converter.
Most appliances and electronic gadgets made in the United States of America (USA) have a voltage of 110-120 and using it directly on a 220-240 electrical outlet in Isle of Man would cause damage to the appliance or electronic gadget, to the extent that it might get totally fried or might even cause a fire. Voltage converters and adapters will be very handy if a tourist plans a trip to Isle of Man and intends to bring along some gadgets that require a particular voltage. In using an electronic gadget or appliance that has a different voltage requirement than the 220-240 volts of Ireland, the best way is by using voltage converters such as resistor-network converters, transformers, and in some cases the combination of both. The resistor-network converters to be used in Ireland are usually advertised to support as much as 50-1600 Watts and are just ideal to use for short periods of time. The resistor-network converter is also not recommended for digital devices like laptop computers however it is great for lightweight electronics like hair dryers and irons.
If a tourist would want to use a laptop computer or charge batteries for camera, mp3 players, camcorders, and radios in Isle of Man, the ideal voltage converter would be a transformer which lowers maximum watt rating. It could be used for long periods of time but is a little bit heavy because of the large iron rods and copper wires. The last kind of voltage converter in order to use electronics in Ireland that are not compatible with the electrical outlet present in Isle of Man is the combination of a resistor-network converter and transformer. Most of the time, there is a switch that enables the changing of modes from resistor-network converter to transformer, depending on the tourist’s needs in Isle of Man.