Electrical Outlet and Voltage Information for Kuwait
Kuwait is one of the countries that are frequently visited in the middle east. A person visiting Kuwait must first know some basic information about the country including the type of electrical outlet and plug used, the standard voltage, and the kinds of adapters that would be needed. In Kuwait, the standard electrical voltage is 220-240 volt while the types of electrical outlet and plug present are the Type G British BS-1363 and the Type D Indian BS-546.
In cases wherein the plug of the electronic gadget or appliance does not fit the shape of the electrical outlet present in Kuwait, there are different kinds of adapters that could be used. These adapters will alter the shape of the plug so that it could be compatible with the electrical outlet present in Kuwait. On the other hand, when it comes to voltage, there are voltage converters that could be purchased by a visitor before heading off to Kuwait. Examples of these voltage converters are the network-resistor converter, step-up and step-down transformer, and a combination voltage converter. For traveling purposes, there are also travel voltage converters that have a switch so that the person using it could just easily select the kind of voltage conversion he or she wants in order to use an electronic gadget or appliance in Kuwait.
Type D Indian BS-546 Adapter Plug and Electrical Outlet
The Type D Indian BS-546 electrical outlet is most compatible with the Type D Old British Plug Adapter that is sometimes used in Kuwait. In this Type D Old British Plug Adapter, the live and neutral pins are 5mm in diameter, spaced 22mm apart, and the grounding pin is 7mm in diameter with the plug being polarized and grounded. It is an old British standard electrical outlet which is still the primary household electrical outlet in countries like Sri Lanka, Nepal, Namibia, and Hong Kong. The receptacle end of this Type D Indian BS-546 plug is also compatible with common household plugs except the Type M South African SABS1661 (Old British BS-546 Large) plug.
Although the Type D Indian BS-546 electrical outlet and plug is not the standard in Kuwait and other countries, it is still used in various households. In terms of design and appearance, the Type D Indian BS-546 electrical outlet and plug is often confused with the Type M South African electrical outlet and plug. However, as similar as these two may seem, they are not compatible and must not be used together in Kuwait or even in other countries.
Type G British BS-1363 Plug, Electrical Outlet, and Adapter
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 Kuwait. The plug of this Type G British BS-1363 is polarized and grounded but not fused. The Type G electrical outlet and plug is a Type G British BS-1363 rectangular blade used widely in Kuwait 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.
Another name for the Type G British BS-1363 plug is the 13-amp plug and for safety reasons the Kuwait 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 Maldives. 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 then followed in Kuwait and all the other countries that use the Type G British BS-1363 electrical outlet and plug like the United Kingdom, England, Ghana, Grenada, Macau, Malta, Malaysia, Qatar, Saint Vincent, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Maldives and Kuwait. 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 Kuwait.
For the electrical outlet, the Type G British BS-1363 sockets are not compatible with other types of electrical outlet in Kuwait. With all the safety measures and features of this plug and outlet, it is considered as one of the safest in Kuwait, 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 Kuwait, 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 Kuwait.
Some of the electronic gadgets and appliances that a traveler often brings to a trip to Kuwait are laptop computers, digital cameras, mp3 players, battery chargers, mobile phone chargers, and hair dryers. If the plug of these appliances is not compatible with the electrical outlet present in the hotel or place where a tourist would stay in Kuwait, then the trip would have some unnecessary problems. When it is the voltage that is not compatible as Kuwait uses 220-240 volts and most American products are 110-120 volts, a voltage converter will be needed. An example of these are the network-resistor converter, the transformer, and a combination of the two. The last one might be the most handy in a tourist’s trip to Kuwait. Just a quick stop at a hardware or electronic store in Kuwait and one could already have an adapter or voltage converter that a tourist would need.