Electrical Outlet and Voltage Information for Uganda
In Uganda, the types of electrical outlet used are the Type G BS 1363 with the voltage being used by appliances and electronic gadgets is 220-240 volts. Tourists who have the country of Uganda in their itinerary must know the kind of electrical outlet and plug used in this country in order to avoid problems and delay especially in terms of using their electronic gadgets and appliances.
If a person who is visiting Uganda would want to use an appliance or electronic gadget that has a 110-120 voltage, he must use a plug adapter and a step-down transformer. There is also a universal adapter that is compatible with different types of electrical outlet and plug that could be used in Uganda.
Type G British BS -1363 3-Pin Plug, Electrical Outlet, and Adapter
The Type G electrical plug is a British 3-pin rectangular blade used widely in Uganda. It has a protective fuse inside to protect cords from high-current circuits and, most of the time, the Type G electrical outlet includes a safety switch. The Type G British 3-pin 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 of this plug common in Uganda 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.
The plug of this Type G British 3-pin is polarized and grounded but not fused. Also, through the Type G British 3-pin adapter, a tourist could use his or her appliance or electronic gadget in Uganda. Another name for the Type G British 3-pin plug is the 13-amp plug. In terms of compatibility, the Type G British 3-pin electrical outlet will work together with the Type G British 3-pin plug and adapter in Uganda. For the electrical outlet, the Type G British 3-pin sockets are not compatible with other types of electrical outlet in Uganda. For safety reasons, Uganda requires electrical outlets in households that use the Type G British 3-pin 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 3-pin are opened.
Another purpose of the shutters is to prevent the use of incompatible plugs made to other standards. 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 3-pin 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 Uganda and all the other countries that use the type G British 3-pin electrical outlet and plug like United Arab Emirates, Cyprus, Ghana, Grenada, Macau, Malta, Malaysia, Qatar, Saint Vincent, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Wales, Yemen, Botswana, Bahrain, Saint Lucia, Oman, Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka, Singapore, and Hong Kong.
With all the safety measures and features of this plug and outlet, it is considered as one of the safest in the Uganda, even the world. However, with all its features, this type of plug is bulky and cumbersome. Some people claim that the Type G British 3-pin plug is mostly bigger than the appliances they are connected to but if tourists would want to use their electronic gadget or appliance in Uganda, then they must have a Type G British 3-pin 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 Uganda.